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‘Secret Life of Bees’ premieres in L.A.

Movie opening offers Southern hospitality

HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood got a taste of Southern hospitality during the star-studded premiere of “The Secret Life of Bees” on Monday.

At the after-party, exec producer Jada Pinkett Smith and hubby Will Smith mingled with guests while Dakota Fanning and her friends enjoyed a Southern delicacy: biscuits and honey.

Onscreen mother and son Shondrella Avery and Tristan Wilds gave each other a big hug hello. Later, Avery said she jumped at the chance to be in the film, saying that when she got a call from scribe-helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood, she told her, “I don’t care if I just have to blink, I’m there.”

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