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A swimming debut

'Life Aquatic' keeps its head above water

HOLLYWOOD — “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” received a refreshingly casual “VIP screening” Saturday that somehow flew under the stalkarazzi radar: no fans or photographers and the stars relaxed enough to be smoking cigarettes on the sidewalk outside the Harmony Gold.

At the Dominick’s after-party, helmer Wes Anderson‘s filmmaking style was described as “deliciously obtuse” by co-star Jeff Goldblum and “disarmingly emotional” by Disney’s Nina Jacobson.

Composer Mark Mothersbaugh said Anderson’s films “always feel like plays written by a kid for adults to be in.”

As for himself, the helmer said: “I don’t really think of it as a style. I know the films have crazy people who say crazy things, wear crazy clothes and are in crazy situations, but I want every moment to be as real as possible.”

Among those being real with Anderson were Disney’s Dick Cook.

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