Hawks book fete cooks

A day after it hit book stores, celebs and Hollywood literati turned out Tuesday evening at the Book Soup Bistro in Hollywood to honor Daily Variety chief film critic Todd McCarthy’s publication of “Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood” (Grove Press).

Among those on hand to congratulate McCarthy were thesp Red Buttons (who starred in Hawks’ “Hatari!”); “Red Line 7000” screenwriter George Kirgo; helmers Curtis Hanson, Henry Jaglom, Jim McBride, Monte Hellman, Jonathan Kaufer with his wife, actress Pia Zadora; Hawks’ sons David and Gregg; the Cannes film fest’s Pierre Rissient; cinematographer Allen Daviau; and journos Peter Bart of Daily Variety, Bernard Weinraub of the New York Times and Kenneth Turan of the L.A. Times.

McCarthy’s bio of Hawks is the first written about the acclaimed helmer of such films as “Scarface,” “Bringing Up Baby,” “The Big Sleep” and “Rio Bravo.”

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