After a feature film hiatus of more than a decade, Peter Bogdanovich came back in a big way, and the stars came out to support the director at the Los Angeles premiere of “She’s Funny That Way” Wednesday at the Harmony Gold in West Hollywood.
Bogdanovich attended the event along with film stars Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn and Jennifer Aniston, who made her first public appearance since her secret wedding ceremony on Aug. 5. Sporting a yellow gold wedding band with channel-set pave diamonds, Aniston said new husband Justin Theroux was shooting “The Leftovers” and unable to attend.
Quentin Tarantino walked the red carpet and shared how excited he was to make a cameo appearance as himself in the film.
“I just wanted to be able to say that when I go to my grave, ‘I was in a Peter Bogdanovich movie.'”
Lionsgate Premiere’s screwball comedy centers around a director (Wilson), who hires his call girl (Poots) to act alongside his wife (Hahn) and her ex-lover (Rhys Ifans) in a Broadway play about a hooker. Wilson said that he misses the screwball comedy in the present day.
“It’s like the Western — a genre that we need to revive,” said Wilson. “So this is our effort to do that.”
Hahn voiced the same sentiments as her onscreen husband when she stated that she was such a fan of the genre and wanted to work with the New Hollywood director.
“One of my favorite movies of all time is ‘What’s Up, Doc?'” she started. “I just wanted into that world. Also I had done a farce on Broadway. I love the science of it. There’s something about the math of a farce that I’m really just turned on by… trying to figure out that nut. And to do it with such a master of the form, I mean, it’s Peter Bognanovich!”
Before the screening, the 76-year old film icon said a few words about the span of his career and “What’s Up Doc?” that gained whistles and applause from a packed theater.
“That was a little bit of a cartoon, whereas this is more grounded in reality,” he said of his newest film.
His speech also included a big thank you to the production and acting industry heavyweights who were involved in the film. “They ask me how it was working with a cast like that, and I say, ‘Look, you don’t have to be that great a director when you have that many great actors.'”
Celebs in the audience included Cloris Leachman, Jeff Bridges, Bill Paxton, Jane Seymour, Mena Suvari and Lucy Punch, who also makes a cameo appearance.
Poots told Variety that she was blown away by the director’s unique method of filming.
“It was sort of like walking into a dance because the way he directs, he almost choreographs you and conducts it like an orchestra because of the timing, and what I found really riveting was working with a filmmaker who has an academic approach to something creative,” she said.
More celebrities came out to show their support during the after-party at the Sunset Tower Hotel including Luke Wilson, who snapped photos alongside his brother, Owen; Alex Pettyfer; and NBA all-star Kevin Durant.