George Miller talks about absence from behind the camera
* * *Hollywood geeked out Tuesday night for the launch of “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” at downtown’s Belasco Theater. Who knew that videogame preems drew everyone from Christina Aguilera to John Cho? “Whenever I come to L.A., it’s one of these, so I expect this is a regular Tuesday night,” joked East Coaster Todd Howard, director of “Skyrim.” Jane’s Addiction played an hourlong set complete with nearly naked backup dancers, a climactic blast of confetti and profane rants about Modest Mouse fans from frontman Perry Farrell. “You don’t care,” Farrell told the crowd. “You came for the free drinks.” - Todd Kushigemachi
* * *Chris Weitz’s better life these days means politics and promoting Demian Bichir, star of his “A Better Life.” “It’s really interesting where directing can take you,” said the driving force behind the Summit pic. Tuesday’s lunch took place at Rosa Mexicano, where Bichir used to serve up great guacamole. “As people are summing up the great performances of this year, Demian is being recognized and in the hunt as it were,” added the helmer-producer. Weitz’s riff on current immigration issues has also meant “a politicization of me by the film. I haven’t decided what’s next as a filmmaker. My concentration is on these little political attack ads I’m making on the Internet.” - Stephen Schaefer
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