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Fall’s premiere scene

Hollywood gears up for awards season

For industry folks, it’s not the change in weather that marks the arrival of fall; it’s the change in nightlife. The slow days of summer disappeared this week with a jam-packed lineup of premieres on both coasts.

At Monday’s WGA Theater bow of “Rachel Getting Married,” helmer Jonathan Demme was  the main topic of conversation, though he was absent and on his way to the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Producer Neda Armian said, “Every frame of this film has Jonathan Demme’s heartbeat,” and Sony Pictures Classics co-topper Tom Bernard said the film was “a Jonathan Demme auteur film made outside the studio system.”On the opposite coast, Ricky Gervais brought “Ghost Town” to Gotham’s IFC Center, where he said he wasn’t nervous about starring in his first studio pic. “If someone said I had to do the next ‘Matrix’ or ‘Die Hard,’ then I would be in trouble. But I’m doing what I’m good at, which is playing a putz and hopefully being funny while doing it.”

The following night, the action continued with the Los Angeles premiere of DreamWorks’ “Eagle Eye.” Studio toppers Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen chose politics over preem parties and skipped the bow for a big Barack Obama fund-raiser across town. But fans and photogs still had plenty to see, as Shia LaBeouf, Billy Bob Thornton, Michelle Monaghan and Rosario Dawson arrived at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

— Bill Higgins, Addie Morfoot and Jeff Sneider

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