'Romantics' premieres in New York

Want to make your indie premiere a big-time social event? Just get Tom Cruise to show up. At the Cinema Society’s Tuesday evening preem of “The Romantics” (starring and produced by Katie Holmes), the corner of 19th and Broadway was mobbed by fans and photogs watching Cruise’s every move. And for a movie star, he was acting weird: He showed up on time, didn’t try to sneak out of the screening early and chewed the fat with folks who sidled up to him after the pic rather than booking it out of the crowded theater.

In fact, the whole screening of this Paramount pickup was pretty collegial. The entire cast watched the film, hooting when each others’ names popped up during the credits and having a good time. “It was really fun,” confessed helmer-scribe Galt Neiderhoffer, who adapted the pic from her own novel, which in turn is loosely based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Niederhoffer described the process as “a neat puzzle. In a novel, you’re looking for description and interior monologue, and in a movie you’re looking for movement and action and expression.”

The power couple was harder to spot afterwards at the post-screening party at the Gansevoort Park Avenue. Well-wishers like Russell Simmons, Carol Alt and Whit Stillman chatted with stars, including Malin Akerman and Adam Brody. And nobody missed an opportunity to talk up Katie Holmes. “We had a producer‘s meeting and she attended – no manager, no rep, no Tom, no nothing, just her,” said producer Ron Stein. “She says, ‘I want to produce. I want to work. I don’t want my name on there without my doing anything.'”

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