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‘Rwanda’ pares back preem’s glitz factor

Stars check into 'Hotel'

UA’s buzz-building “Hotel Rwanda” event Sunday at the Whitney Museum, co-hosted by the U.N. Refugee Agency, was, per the genocide subject matter, just glitzy enough — low-lit, with lots of candles, and a not-too-extravagant buffet.

Still, star Don Cheadle disliked being trotted out for the chatterati.

Such soirees “are not my thing,” he said. “I’ll be leaving very soon.”

But the man Cheadle portrays, Paul Rusesabagina, was very social, saying he felt no ill will toward the superpower that did not intervene.

“This is the most important place to visit,” he said, speaking of his desire to educate more citizens about the situation. “Those who ignored, it is because they never knew.”

Michael Moore came to support “one of the best films I’ve seen this year.” He quipped, “My next job is to convince Tom Hanks to run for president in ’08.”

Other supporters: Terry George, Wyclef Jean, Sophie Okonedo and producer A. Kitman Ho from the film, plus UA’s Danny Rosett, Antoine Fuqua, Lou Reed and Susan Sarandon.

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