You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Evita’ savors decadent bow

GOOD MORNING: The big Mouse machine got the preem parades for “Evita” started Saturday night on their way to London, Rome, Paris and Madrid. Andrew Lloyd Webber had flown in from D.C. and the bow of his musical “Whistle Down the Wind,” and winged out (in his own plane) from L.A. to London immediately after the Shrine send-off for “Evita” here. The “Evita” event also provided a preview for Acad president Arthur Hiller of problems to face when the Oscars and the Acad’s Board of Governors’ Ball are held here March 24: arrival traffic outside the Shrine and freezing air temperature inside … Disney brought in some of its army from Disneyland to make the preem as perfect as possible. Technically, the screening was excellent, with a giant (44 x 25 foot) screen and 100 speakers serving the movie to best advantage in the huge auditorium. Six hundred seats were removed (4,000 remained) to make the viewing easier for all. Disney brought in a specially built projection booth, and curtains were majestically draped across the Shrine’s giant stage. As for the movie itself — it was magnificent, and the audience applauded often following impressive songs and scenes. “Evita” left little doubt it will be a film classic, long to be remembered. And when we wondered how Madonna could find a role to follow “Evita,” Melanie Griffith laughed and said, “Don’t worry — she will!” Press coverage included camera crews from around the world. But Michael Eisner was not around to be queried about a subject other than “Evita,” natch. Joe Roth was on hand, as well as Donald DeLine, president of Touchstone, and Charles Hirschhorn, Hollywood Pictures exec vice president; Robert Stigwood, Alan Parker, Andy Vajna and Lloyd Webber had large tables at the post-preem party in the Shrine Exhibition Hall, which adjoins the auditorium and will be the site for the Governors’ Ball next year. “Evita,” eight years and as many millions in its development, had come in for a reported $50 million despite its impressive size. And Parker assured me there were no computerized tricks for the giant sequences. “Illusion,” he smiled. Antonio Banderas assured me he and Madonna were indeed in scenes with “thousands.” “And they were Peronistas,” he added. Banderas, Madonna and the filmmakers had completed three days of press junkets prior to the press onslaught Saturday. Madonna arrived with Carlos Leon, father of their baby girl, Lourdes. They were seated in the Shrine balcony and made an appearance at the party afterwards, where 1,000 of the movie’s audience were invited and Alberto Toledano and Loreen Arbus’ tango troupe danced on a stage extending out from the bandstand into the large hall, where guests dined on a menu with South American flavor. When preemgoers departed, they were each gifted with a bag containing “Evita Red” nail polish and “Evita Red” lipstick from Estee Lauder. (Will Melanie Griffith use hers? She’s a spokeswoman for Revlon!) … Alan Parker said he continues to work on “Evita” — but for the cassette going to Acad members. Andy Vajna said he next readies “Broadway Brawler” to star Bruce Willis. Banderas heads to Mexico after the preem parade to start a long stand on “The Mask of Zorro.” His wife, Griffith, will leave his side in February to star here in “Reasonable Doubt.” And what’s next for director Parker after the mammoth “Evita”? “Well,” he said, “when we were shooting scenes in Budapest, we dreamed of next doing a movie with two characters, in a French vineyard in Burgundy, living in a chateau — and shooting only three days a week!” And after viewing his magnificent creation of “Evita,” he deserves it. … More gala year-end pic preeming: WB rolled out the red — as in Mars — carpet for its all-out “Mars Attacks” launching salvo at Mann’s Chinese and party following across Hollywood Blvd. at the Colonnade. All the “Martians” weren’t dissolved in the Tim Burton blast — several remained to welcome guests at the party and to dance with the go-go girls late into the night. If any Earthling would care to resemble a Martian, duplicates of the Martian headpieces will be for sale at Cinema Secrets in Burbank. Although Jack Nicholson had an early call on “Old Friends” Friday, he stayed late at the “Mars” party. And when I asked him which of the two “Mars” roles he played he liked better, he smiled (you know his smile!) and answered, “The third one.” Did you spot him? Take another look … Glenn Close, who plays president Nicholson’s First Lady in “Mars,” arrived from playing the Vice President in “AFO” with Harrison Ford. It’s only a week’s work — but another terrif role to round out her year, topped, of course, by “101 Dalmatians,” in which she did her own stunts, including falling into a barrel of molasses. Others from the “Mars” cast on hand included Martin Short, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Paul Winfield, Christina Applegate and Lisa Marie, for whom Tim Burton gave a birthday party the previous night. Also on hand: Martin Landau, who won best supporting actor for Burton’s “Ed Wood” in ’94. Sharon Stone, adding glamour, was also on hand, as were WB exex Bob Daly, Sandy Reisenbach and Barry Reardon — who’s readying restored prints of “Papillon,” “The Man Who Would Be King” and “Enter the Dragon,” plus a 30th anni of “Camelot” next year. The preemgoers arrived at the Colonnade party redressed by Sharon Sacks Prods. to fit the theme of the pic, complete with the above-named Martians, “planets,” a Galaxy Room, Cosmos Bar, Lava Lounge. Along Came Mary concocted “Martian Margaritas” and other “Intergalactic inspirations” for the preemgoers … Sunday night, Mann’s Chinese was the site for Par’s preem of “Beavis & Butt-head Do America,” and the Palace party that followed continued the tacky look of the pic — along with Mary Micucci’s tasty “Tackiest in Takeout” menu! … Meanwhile, out at Universal, Steven Spielberg wound principal photography on “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” — six days under sked and under budget ($60-70 million?) The original “Jurassic Park” grossed close to $1 billion worldwide. The movie had been shooting on as many as five stages. Several will remain filled with fauna and flora, including the T-Rex, to be photo’d for publicity shoots — and commercials, like Burger King. Special effects have been under way during production and will continue until late March to wind in time for a memorable Memorial Day bow. Richard Attenborough wound his role last Friday. Was he asked to return for a third “J.P.”? Not yet … Producer Arthur Cohn is off to Rio for his feature “Central Station,” directed by Walter Salles. And next for Cohn is “The Foolish Immortals,” based on Paul Gallico’s bestseller. Cohn is elated by the Sony Classics distribution of the revitalized print of his classic “Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” directed by Vittorio De Sica — which originally was turned down by every distributor until it won the foreign Oscar in 1973 … Composer David Foster, who escaped with nary a broken bone when a Pacific Coast Highway mountainside crashed down on his Lincoln Continental on Thursday, went on to appear for pal Quincy Jones, honored Friday by the USC Music School at the Biltmore. Web site veteran (over 2-1/2 years) Rodney Dangerfield launches his “Meet Wally Sparks Wallygrams” this week, and continues with daily Webbed gags from the pic and his nitery act until “Sparks” bows Jan. 31 via Trimark. The first joke, he says is: “Siskel and Ebert gave the picture one finger up” … Despite this, Rodney’s readying another pic, “Serenade Cafe” … Roger Ebert winged into L.A. to plug his book, “R.E.’s Book of Film”; his cable show at the Western Show; and the “Siskel and Ebert” Disney TV’er, which got a three-year renewal … The Company, at 612 S. La Brea, and Planet Hope, founded by Kelly and Sharon Stone, put together a Christmas tree lot and Christmas boutique, with proceeds from sales and silent auctions going to homeless families. On Dec. 22, Planet Hope and its celeb friends will donate hundreds of gifts to children in homeless shelters … Shecky Greene receives Nevada’s Lifetime Achievement Award Dec. 17 at Caesars Palace, with a host of fellow comics to be on hand live or on tape. Pete Barbutti emcees.

More Voices

  • Janet Mock Pose

    'Pose' Writer Janet Mock on Making History With Trans Storytelling (Guest Column)

    GOOD MORNING: The big Mouse machine got the preem parades for “Evita” started Saturday night on their way to London, Rome, Paris and Madrid. Andrew Lloyd Webber had flown in from D.C. and the bow of his musical “Whistle Down the Wind,” and winged out (in his own plane) from L.A. to London immediately after […]

  • Tony Awards Sightlines Column

    How to Produce the Tony Awards: 5 Unsolicited Tips

    GOOD MORNING: The big Mouse machine got the preem parades for “Evita” started Saturday night on their way to London, Rome, Paris and Madrid. Andrew Lloyd Webber had flown in from D.C. and the bow of his musical “Whistle Down the Wind,” and winged out (in his own plane) from L.A. to London immediately after […]

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Cannes 2018's Hidden Thrill: The Opportunity to Find New Voices

    GOOD MORNING: The big Mouse machine got the preem parades for “Evita” started Saturday night on their way to London, Rome, Paris and Madrid. Andrew Lloyd Webber had flown in from D.C. and the bow of his musical “Whistle Down the Wind,” and winged out (in his own plane) from L.A. to London immediately after […]

  • Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow poses backstage

    It's Time for Action, Not Promises, to Get More Women in Filmmaking (Guest Column)

    GOOD MORNING: The big Mouse machine got the preem parades for “Evita” started Saturday night on their way to London, Rome, Paris and Madrid. Andrew Lloyd Webber had flown in from D.C. and the bow of his musical “Whistle Down the Wind,” and winged out (in his own plane) from L.A. to London immediately after […]

  • Netflix Cannes

    Cannes vs. Netflix Defines Fight for Cinema’s Future

    GOOD MORNING: The big Mouse machine got the preem parades for “Evita” started Saturday night on their way to London, Rome, Paris and Madrid. Andrew Lloyd Webber had flown in from D.C. and the bow of his musical “Whistle Down the Wind,” and winged out (in his own plane) from L.A. to London immediately after […]

  • Love Never Dies - Utica, NY

    Could 'Love Never Dies' Live Again on Broadway?

    GOOD MORNING: The big Mouse machine got the preem parades for “Evita” started Saturday night on their way to London, Rome, Paris and Madrid. Andrew Lloyd Webber had flown in from D.C. and the bow of his musical “Whistle Down the Wind,” and winged out (in his own plane) from L.A. to London immediately after […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content