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‘Funny Story’ happens at Focus premiere

Sponsor-free party, declares Schamus

Few movie premieres can be described as “laid-back,” but Tuesday evening’s shindig in honor of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” was one of them. “I’m very happy that we do not have to thank our corporate co-sponsors this evening, because we have none!” Focus topper James Schamus announced to the aud before the screening at the Landmark Sunshine. “It’s all us, free and clear.”

Accordingly, aud and crew stayed late at after-party venue Shang, a Lower East Side eatery where stars Zach Galifianakis, Jim Gaffigan and Emma Roberts gathered.

“We thought we’d make a really appealing movie in the way that the John Hughes movies were appealing to us,” said Ryan Fleck, co-helmer of the upbeat dramedy, with Anna Boden. It was easy for everyone to bond. “I screened ‘The Breakfast Club’ for the cast so we could get on the same page,” said Fleck.