Love among the runways

Premiere attendees go the 'Distance'

Monday night’s preem of Warner Bros.’ “Going the Distance” at the Chinese made attendees nostalgic for long-lost loves.

“I can’t tell you the number of people who come up to me to say that the long-distance romance story is their story,” producer Adam Shankman mused at the poolside post-preem bash at the Hotel Roosevelt.

Director Nanette Burstein and scripter Geoff LaTulippe were particularly pleased at the cast’s ability to improvise during certain scenes, especially Drew Barrymore’s advice on sexual technique and Jason Sudeikis’ explanation for the bushy moustache (required for the concurrently shooting “Bounty Hunter”). “My favorite parts are the ones I didn’t write,” LaTulippe said.

“I’m just a documentary director so I just assumed we’d somehow figure out his moustache during the shoot,” Burstein said.

New Line exec Dave Neustadter admitted it was slightly unnerving to see his life on the bigscreen, since his long-distance relationship with a woman named Lena inspired LaTulippe’s script. Lena, who lives in Kansas City, was his plus-one for the preem.

LaTulippe’s plus-one was his mother. “She’s been very pleased to see four billboards for the movie near her hotel,” the scribe said. – — Dave McNary

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