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'Sisters' preem-goers tout Grove; 'Tuxedo' suave at Chinese

HOLLYWOOD — Thursday was a busy day for the biz with preems for “The Banger Sisters” at L.A.’s Farmer’s Market-adjacent Grove, “Tuxedo” at the Chinese Theater and “Jonah – A Veggie Tales Movie” in Nashville.

It was the first time the Grove, the new Disneyland Main Street-style complex, was used for a film launch.

Comments on the venue included compliments on the theater itself and the upscale environment, but security misgivings with the arrival layout: The mall’s stores were all open and guests traversed a 100-yard-long, unfenced, red-carpet that left celebs exposed to auto-focus camera-toting fans and professional autograph seekers. A comparison could be drawn to walking through the Beverly Center.

Among those on hand were Fox Searchlight’s Peter Rice, Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula; producers Mark Johnson and Elizabeth Cantillon; writer-director Bob Dolman; stars Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush; plus guests Kate Hudson, Tommy Schlamme and Christine Lahti, George Schlatter, Eugene Levy and Andrew Macdonald.

Meanwhile East met East as Jackie Chan came to the Chinese for the bow of his latest film, “The Tuxedo.”

The evening had a decidedly Pacific Rim feel from a karate demonstration on the red carpet, to sushi and pizza on the after-party menu at Club One Seven, to Chinese lanterns and American dance music.

Among those attending were DreamWorks co-topper Jeffrey Katzenberg, producers Adam Schroeder and John H. Williams, exec producers Walter H. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Debi Mazar along with tyro helmer Kevin Donovan plus guests including Thora Birch, Claire Forlani, Melissa Joan Hart and Gene Simmons.

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