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‘Kiss’ and tell time

Warner pic kicks off fest

WHAT: Warner’s Tuesday preem of “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” which uncorked the ninth annual Hollywood Film Festival.

WHO: Writer-helmer Shane Black, thesps Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr., Corbin Bernsen, Michelle Monaghan and Duane Carnahan; producer Joel Silver; plus guests Courteney Cox and David Arquette.

WHERE: Grauman’s Chinese, followed by a poolside fete at the Roosevelt Hotel.

NEW DISH: Black said his mission for the dark comedy — about a petty thief who finds himself in the midst of a murder investigation — was to “brew a stew” that would break tough-guy stereotypes.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen the gay guy who kicks down the door, shoots everyone and bails your ass out before,” he said, referring to Kilmer’s turn as Detective Gay Perry.

VROOM, VROOM: “Maybe once, twice, three times in an entire career you get a script that’s a goddamn Ferrari engine,” said Downey, “and then you get to drive it.”

“Shane built it, and it was really hard to build. That’s what a difficult script is: difficult to build, easy to use.”