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‘O’ what a night

Nelson's update of Othello preems in Gotham

A sense of relief filled the air at Greenwich Village’s Union Square Theater on Tuesday night for the packed Gotham preem of “O,” helmer Tim Blake Nelson’s update of Shakespeare’s Othello.

Pic made waves earlier this year when Miramax, who acquired the film in 1999, sold the film to Lions Gate Films amid rumors that its violent content in a high school setting would be too inflammatory in the wake of several well-publicized acts of teenage violence.

Stars Julia Stiles and Mekhi Phifer were on hand to join Nelson, who was clearly excited about the long-awaited release. “This film will finally reach its audience,” he said. “I’m grateful that Miramax was able to find in Lions Gate a company so enthusiastic about the film.”

“I think Tim is an amazing director,” said Stiles. “I think it’s wonderful that a movie as good as this one has prevailed.”

The afterparty took place at lounge du jour the Park, where the cast and crew were joined by Frances McDormand, Macaulay Culkin, Natalie Portman, Taye Diggs, Heidi Klum, Shalom Harlow and others.

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