You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Polar’s’ diverse bow

Hanks pic preem crosses Santa Claus with Judaism

Monday’s Gotham preem of Christmas pic “The Polar Express” was an interfaith affair.

Waiters at the Rockefeller Center party served mini latkes. Chris Van Allsburg, whose original book about a boy losing faith in Santa is semi-autobiographical, said he converted to Judaism when he got married.

And Robert Zemeckis, what about those elves, who say things like “meshugganah” and “time is money” in New York accents?

“We always thought that they were from Brooklyn, in the tradition of the lollipop guild from ‘The Wizard of Oz,'” he explained.

Party also featured turkey, stuffing, cookie decorating, video games, Santa’s sleigh and a choreographed perf by ice-skating waiters.

Tom Hanks was asked when his belief in Santa began to wane.

“What are you saying? I go to bed at Christmas Eve, I wake up, the stockings are stuffed, I don’t ask any questions,” he joked (perhaps) to Daily Variety. “What’s with you, man? Don’t be a jaded show business professional.”

More Film

  • Black Panther

    Box Office: 'Black Panther' Rules With $108 Million in Second Weekend

    Monday’s Gotham preem of Christmas pic “The Polar Express” was an interfaith affair. Waiters at the Rockefeller Center party served mini latkes. Chris Van Allsburg, whose original book about a boy losing faith in Santa is semi-autobiographical, said he converted to Judaism when he got married. And Robert Zemeckis, what about those elves, who say […]

  • Guillermo del Toro To Open Cinema

    Guillermo del Toro to Open Cinema Named after Him at Guadalajara Fest (EXCLUSIVE)

    Monday’s Gotham preem of Christmas pic “The Polar Express” was an interfaith affair. Waiters at the Rockefeller Center party served mini latkes. Chris Van Allsburg, whose original book about a boy losing faith in Santa is semi-autobiographical, said he converted to Judaism when he got married. And Robert Zemeckis, what about those elves, who say […]

  • 'Lemonade' Review: A Quietly Seething Romanian

    Berlin Film Review: 'Lemonade'

    Monday’s Gotham preem of Christmas pic “The Polar Express” was an interfaith affair. Waiters at the Rockefeller Center party served mini latkes. Chris Van Allsburg, whose original book about a boy losing faith in Santa is semi-autobiographical, said he converted to Judaism when he got married. And Robert Zemeckis, what about those elves, who say […]

  • Cinema Audio Society 2018 Winners: 'Dunkirk,'

    'Dunkirk,' 'Game of Thrones' Win Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing

    Monday’s Gotham preem of Christmas pic “The Polar Express” was an interfaith affair. Waiters at the Rockefeller Center party served mini latkes. Chris Van Allsburg, whose original book about a boy losing faith in Santa is semi-autobiographical, said he converted to Judaism when he got married. And Robert Zemeckis, what about those elves, who say […]

  • Kazuhiro Tsuji Darkest Hour Makeup artist

    'Darkest Hour,' 'American Horror Story' Lead Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild Winners

    Monday’s Gotham preem of Christmas pic “The Polar Express” was an interfaith affair. Waiters at the Rockefeller Center party served mini latkes. Chris Van Allsburg, whose original book about a boy losing faith in Santa is semi-autobiographical, said he converted to Judaism when he got married. And Robert Zemeckis, what about those elves, who say […]

  • Isle of Dogs

    The 10 Best Films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival

    Monday’s Gotham preem of Christmas pic “The Polar Express” was an interfaith affair. Waiters at the Rockefeller Center party served mini latkes. Chris Van Allsburg, whose original book about a boy losing faith in Santa is semi-autobiographical, said he converted to Judaism when he got married. And Robert Zemeckis, what about those elves, who say […]

  • Indian Actress Sridevi Kapoor Arrives For

    Legendary Bollywood Actress Sridevi Dies at 54

    Monday’s Gotham preem of Christmas pic “The Polar Express” was an interfaith affair. Waiters at the Rockefeller Center party served mini latkes. Chris Van Allsburg, whose original book about a boy losing faith in Santa is semi-autobiographical, said he converted to Judaism when he got married. And Robert Zemeckis, what about those elves, who say […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content