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Bash before ‘Blood’ premiere

'Great Debaters' premieres in L.A.

In an unusual move, helmer Paul Thomas Anderson and thesps Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano celebrated Monday’s premiere of “There Will Be Blood” before the Ziegfeld screening at a small soiree just down the street at Brasserie 8½.

The helmer said he was anxious to leave the gathering and get to the theater. “I never really wanted to show my movies, but I really want to show this one,” he said. “I’m not exactly sure what that means — maybe I like it.”

Although he was also eager to see the film, Day-Lewis confessed to a certain sadness at leaving his character behind after the film wrapped.

“The difficulty is that it takes time to distance yourself from a very intense working experience,” the thesp explained. “You leave (the character) with a sense of regret because you never fully explore all of the things you wished to.”

— Addie Morfoot

Masterful ‘Debaters’

HOLLYWOOD — Oprah Winfrey went from the Barack Obama presidential campaign to the Harvey Weinstein award season campaign when she attended Tuesday’s premiere of “The Great Debaters” at the Cinerama Dome.

Weinstein said the Oprah-produced film is the one he’s placing his best-picture hopes on. It’ll be interesting to see how the two moguls work together on that.

In her prescreening remarks, Winfrey talked about how each worked at signing Denzel Washington to direct and star.

“I’m better at surrendering,” she said. “Harvey’s better at hammering.”

As for the film itself, fellow producer Joe Roth said he saw it as “emotional, hard-hitting and real, which could also apply to the writers strike.”

— Bill Higgins

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