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No premiere hostilities between Kidman, Cruise

Beneath the gaze of a formidable press armada, plus 1,000 guests who came to see (not necessarily in this exact order of interest) the film and how the divorcing star and exec producer handled the Awkwardness of It All, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise attended Tuesday’s DGA preem of “The Others.”

Those secretly wishing for some histrionic red carpet hostilities were disappointed. It was all handled with civility.

Kidman came at 7:15 p.m. She was wearing high heels (she could dunk a basketball in the pair she wore), and proceeded to do the press line. The star was accompanied by her friends Naomi Watts and Rebecca Rigg. Since they did the red carpet as a trio, Watts and Rigg immediately became the most heavily photographed unknowns since the assistant who opens Rep. Gary Condit’s car door.

Cruise’s limo arrived roughly 20 minutes later. By this time Kidman was well inside the DGA doing electronic interviews (the press line stretched from the sidewalk into the lobby). Cruise did the photo line with exec producer Paula Wagner.

Kidman finished the press line while Cruise was still outside. She was seated in the theater (which seemed divided along these lines: the west aisle was the bride’s side, the east the groom’s) while he did his interviews. She stayed for the screening. He left. She went to the after-party. He’d had enough.

Among those with Kidman at the Mondrian party hosted by Talk Magazine were Miramax/Dimension’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein; Disney’s Michael Eisner; director Alejandro Amenabar; producer Sunmin Park; co-star Fionnula Flanagan; Talk’s Tina Brown; plus guests Karl Austen, Thora Birch, Michael Cimino, Cameron Crowe, Perry Ferrell, Diane Keaton, Ron Silver, Patrick Swayze, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne and Paul Verhoeven.

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