‘Gone’ to H’wood

Petersen Auto Museum hosts after-party for preem of Cage, Jolie starrer

One industryite at Touchstone’s “Gone in 60 Seconds” National Theater preem Monday described the pic’s genre as “a criminal ensemble Bruckheimer movie.” Another compared it to ” ‘American Graffiti’ if they stole the cars.” Still another said the category’s roots stretch back to “The Dirty Dozen,” making it a “bad-guys-in-service-of-a-good-thing movie.”

Certainly smoked-filled wet streets flanked by geysers of flame, swooping helicopter shots, an earthquake’s-worth of shattered glass and a clock counting down to an unmissable deadline are elements filmgoers have come to expect from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. (The dog on Ex-Lax would be something new.) For his part, Bruckheimer views the film as being “about the relationship between two brothers.” And while calling “60 Seconds” a “relationship film” might seem a stretch, the producer makes the case “that the relationship is the core of the movie. Without that, it’s just a bunch of explosions and car chases. You need that underpinning of emotion and humanity amongst men.”

Amongst the humanity at the Petersen Auto Museum after-party were Disney’s Michael Eisner, Dick Cook, Nina Jacobson and Bob Iger; director Dominic Sena; stars Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall, Giovanni Ribisi and Delroy Lindo; plus guests Robert Towne, Juliette Lewis, Joel Silver, Jay Polstein, Steve Stabler, Nigel Sinclair, Michael Bay and Lee Iacocca, who mentioned this showbiz link: he gets a roughly $300 per-month pension from SAG, the result of 61 Chrysler commercials (“some good, some bad”) made over 15 years.

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