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WB’s ‘Lying’ didn’t fabricate the fun

Garner, Obst, Gervais attend surreal fete

Tuesday’s preem of Warner Bros.’ “The Invention of Lying” at the Chinese Theater had a surreal feel by design.

“The voiceover at the start is very much a tribute to Rod Serling,” noted Matt Robinson, who co-wrote and co-directed with Ricky Gervais. “I got the idea after I had watched a ‘Twilight Zone’ marathon when I wasn’t feeling well, then woke up the next day wondering if Rod had ever done an episode where no one lies.”

At the after-party at Boulevard 3, Gervais admitted that “Lying” reflects his British sensibilities. “We’re always expecting it to rain,” he added. “I finally got to put my degree in philosophy to use — though in a very silly way.”

The party was a bit of a family affair since Lynda Obst produced with son Oly, who had been Robinson’s college roommate. “After all these years, I’ve finally done something that feels like an independent film,” she noted.

Warner topper Alan Horn and execs Jeff Robinov and Sue Kroll attended along with cast members Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill and Louis C.K., plus producer Dan Lin.

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