‘Storm’ crowds gather

After preem, author Junger calls pic 'exhausting' and 'incredible'

It was a crowd more in need of Dramamine than food that exited the Village Theater and headed to the Armand Hammer Museum following Monday’s “The Perfect Storm” preem.

The wild squalls in Warner Bros.’ when-bad-things-happen-to-good-sailors pic produced reactions that included: “I’m never going to Catalina again,” “I’m never even going fly fishing,” and “I’m going home and draining the pool.”

Even “Perfect Storm” author Sebastian Junger said he found the film “exhausting. The storm, the waves were incredible. I was afraid it would look like it was done in a bathtub.”

Director Wolfgang Petersen credited ILM with giving him the right tools: “absolutely photo-realistic waves and weather. ‘Titanic’ was different. There, the water was flat. This is a storm.”

As for the CGI’s effect on the audience, “It draws people into it,” said the helmer, “and getting seasick is part of the whole thing.”

Among the crew on board for the launch were Warner Bros.’ Gerald Levin, Barry Meyer, Alan Horn, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Kevin McCormick; stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg; plus 1,000 guests including Barry Diller, Terry Semel, Armyan Bernstein, Joel Silver, Mark Canton, Mark Johnson, Kevin Misher, Bryan Lourd, Cher, Brad Krevoy, Lou Pitt, John Singleton, Gary Ross and Scott Berg.

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