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Sponging off kiddies

'Closer' bow for adults only

HOLLYWOOD — Before “Closer” unspooled Nov. 22 at the Village Theater, helmer Mike Nichols cautioned the aud: “For those who are here for the ‘SpongeBob’ screening, you are so in the wrong theater.”

Nichols was stressing his pic’s grownup appeal — no happy sponge living in an undersea pineapple inhabits Patrick Marber’s story of love and betrayal in modern relationships.

At the Spago after-party Nichols joked that “next year I’m doing a Christmas movie about the triumph of the human spirit.”

As for making that most rare of Hollywood pics — the Big Talent “serious” film — producer John Calley said: “I don’t know if studios are inclined to make this kind of movie. The big temerity is it’s ‘too dark’.”

Having been the former CEO of Sony Pictures probably helped smooth Calley’s entree. Plus motion picture group topper Amy Pascal said, “with Mike Nichols and this cast I’ll do it any day of the week.”

Among those on hand for the party that included tenting the street outside Spago were Sony’s Michael Lynton, Geoffrey Ammer and Jeff Blake; plus guests including David Geffen, Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, Neal Moritz, David Mamet, Ed Zwick and Diane Sawyer.

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