Disney tunes up ‘High’

Novelist compliments pic

Disney execs were flying high following Tuesday night’s preem of Walt Disney Pictures’ “High Fidelity” at the El Capitan.

Post-preem bash was held at the Sunset Room, where cast member Jack Black and his Tenacious D. band entertained the raucous crowd with raw lyrics.

“It’s incredibly faithful to my book,” said English novelist Nick Hornby, on whose book the film is based. “There’s a lot of stuff in there that I wrote. I don’t think that happens that often. Every writer should be so lucky.”

“Nick’s book captures people’s love affair with music,” star John Cusack said. “But also the circus in men’s hearts when they are trying to figure out matters of the heart.”

Disney music division prexy Kathy Nelson, who originally sent the book to Cusack, said it was a challenge to create the pic’s soundtrack because music selections had to match the eclectic tastes (in the film) of Cusack and his pals; but she’s thrilled at how it all came out.

Seen mingling were Walt Disney toppers Peter Schneider, Dick Cook, Todd Garner and Nina Jacobson; novelist Nick Hornby; the pic’s director, Stephen Frears; producers D. V. Devincentis and Steve Pink; cast members John Cusack, Black, Iben Hjejle and Lisa Bonet; Miramax topper Harvey Weinstein, Disney music’s Nelson, Disney’s co-presidents of marketing Geoff Ammer and Oren Aviv, and guests George Clooney and helmer Mike Figgis.

“I don’t know who it won’t appeal to,” Clooney said. “Cusack is great. It’s my era, my music and I loved it.”

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