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New Film Screenings; Theater Debuts And Reunions On Television

Originally Posted: August 05, 2009

Jennifer Tuesday

Clare Danes attends screening of “Adam” in New York City. Images courtesy of Google Images

Southampton - I don't know how they do it but those Cinema Society guys - Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict - are at every posh East End bash and yet are still hosting their fabulous film screenings in New York City, when one would think every bold faced name has fled town. But Andrew and Daniel still pull their usual heavy mix of young socials and Tinseltown stars as they did just recently for a mid-week screening of "Adam," the movie starring Hugh Dancy as a gifted young man struggling with Asberger's Syndrome and Rose Byrne as his unlikely partner.

On a sultry New York night hordes turned out at the Loew's Theatre in the Flat Iron District. Andrew pulled in a gang that included Claire Danes, Gerard Butler, Rachel Roy, Andre Leon Talley, Fern Mallis, Olympia Dukakis, Eva Amurri, Olivia Palermo, Zani Gugelmann, Bobby Kennedy III, John Cameron Mitchell, Zac Posen, Boyd Gaines, Duncan Sheik, Bee Shaffer, Luke Parker-Bowles, Jennifer Creel, Jessica Joffe, CNN's Alina Cho, Yigal Azrouel (sans Katie Lee Joel), Kelly Bensimon, MAC prexy John Demsey, Sante D'Orazio, Fabiola Beracasa, Charlotte Ronson, Thom Filicia and Fox Searchlight President Steve Gilula. Even on a hot sweltering New York night these boys pull off the coolest parties with the hippest crowds!

Cinema Society screenings are not the only place to catch Hollywood's biggest stars. The coming Broadway season promises a galaxy of mega names who want to tread the boards as they say in the UK. Producer Barbara Broccoli, daughter and famed film producer Cubby Broccoli, the man who brought James Bond to the screen (and by the way made a huge fortune with the decades old franchise). Barbara took over the co-production role of the 007 series, but now she is coming to Broadway, co-producing with Broadway vets Frederick Zollo, Michael G. Wilson, Raymond L. Gaspard, Frank Gero, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Jeffrey Sine, Michael Rose and Robert Cole Keith Huff's play, "A Steady Rain" slated to open on Broadway in late September with two mega box office stars Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman.

Daniel Craig to star on Broadway.

This will be Daniel's Broadway debut and, well, you already know about Hugh's amazing success critically and box office wise in "The Boy from Oz." It will be a limited run - 12 weeks only - at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater so scoop up those ducats now!

Hot on their heels is Jude Law who will star in "Hamlet" produced by The Shubert Organization's Phillip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel. Then we will see Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles in "Oleanna;" James Spader in "Race" and the lovely Sienna Miller who will make her Broadway debut in "After Miss Julie."

While big marquee names don't guarantee critical success - you might remember that Julia Roberts was panned by the press when she made her Broadway debut some years ago in "Three Days of Rain." But Broadway will certainly benefit - even if only a short burst at the box office, unless of course they find some way to keep those pesky critics away.

Good news for the stay at home types who like their laughs delivered to their living room. HBO just announced their fall line-up and it includes a reunion of major note. "Entourage" and "Hung" will be returning and 10 new episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" have been ordered. This is where the reunion comes in - the cast of "Seinfeld" - Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards - will reunite on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" this season. Seinfeld will appear in five episodes and the others (potentially four - either all together or separate). But the season-finale will focus on the Seinfeld reunion.

Gwyneth Paltrow designing tee-shirts.

Everyone has been asking about the whereabouts of Gwyneth Paltrow - well I can tell you! Gwynnie has been busy designing her new line of tee-shirts and dresses for Zoe and lending her stardom to some worthy events in other parts. She was guest of honor at a special charity event in New York City earlier this week, the Champions of Hope dinner at the Tribeca Rooftop, to benefit Children of the City. Also in attendance were author and meteorologist Bill Evans of Channel 7 Eyewitness News and the New York Giants' David Tyree.

Since 1981, Children of the City has been serving the underprivileged children in the inner-city communities of Southwest Brooklyn. Starting out as a children's prevention outreach in the early years, their services have evolved to include trauma intervention, counseling, an after-school and summer program, courtroom and legal advocacy, social work, guardianship, financial counseling, youth mentoring, and other as-needed services to help children and their families achieve success in education, social relationships, home, financial and career.

The 2009 Children's Champion Award Recipients were Councilwoman Sara M. Gonzalez, Richard Mahle and John Abi-Habab.

I just learned from my friend in Noyac, Linda Stocknoff that the brilliant dancer/choreographer David Parsons's very first full evening-length dance work, "Remember Me," a rock-dance opera created in collaboration with East Village Opera Company, will very soon make its broadcast debut on public television stations across the country. Linda, who is on the board of the Parsons Dance Company and all David's fans including me are just thrilled at the news.

Jerry Seinfeld and cast to reunite on HBO.

"Remember Me" is scheduled to premiere in New York on WLIW Channel 21, on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. David Parsons will appear live from the WLIW studios, in conjunction with the broadcast. The live stage production of "Remember Me" will tour the U.S. beginning this Fall. "Remember Me" made its world stage debut at The Joyce Theater in New York in January 2009 and will return to The Joyce with spectacular new staging and choreography and a highly romantic narrative that make it feel like a whole new show.

Caught the amazing designer Jackie Rogers on WVVH-TV last week in a special dedication to what would have been Jackie Kennedy's 80th birthday. Jackie, you might know, was born at our very own Southampton Hospital and grew up on her father Jack "Black Jack" Bouvier's estate "Lasata" in East Hampton - just a stone's throw from her infamous relatives chronicled in "Grey Gardens." Jackie shared memories of dressing both Jackie and her sister Lee Radziwill as well as having made dresses for Caroline and John, Jr.'s high school graduation suit! Michael Wudyka of The Enclave Inn chain conducted the interview with the design legend and one time model for Coco Chanel. Also profiled on the show was renowned Associated Press photographer Stanley Einzig who for years both before and after JFK's assassination chronicled - with Jackie's permission - their coming and goings.

Mary J. Blige to be honored.

As a surprise for Jackie Rogers and the audience, he unveiled a hither to unseen portrait of the serenely beautiful former First Lady. Stopping by Rogers' Jobs Lane sop, I learned that besides running one of the most successful ateliers on the East End with a passel of social and celeb clients clamoring for her evening gowns, she recently was invited by director Robert Wilson to speak to the artists in residence at his Watermill Center about her design philosophy and business style which she adored. Next she was supervising the movement of several bushes on her Watermill property in advance of a photo shoot for Architectural Digest this week!

Anderson Cooper will host the upcoming New Yorkers For Children Tenth Annual Fall Gala in late September honoring singer Mary J. Blige for her philanthropy and as founder of FFAWN. He'll be helping out co-chairs Nina and Mitch Davidson, Oscar de la Renta, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Nancy and Andrew Jarecki, Kevin Liles, Shirin von Wulffen and Frederic Fekkai and Stephanie and David Wolkoff.

The race to replace the legendary District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is heating up and a lot of powerful and well knonw folks are lining up. This week my good friend Jacques Rosas hosted a meet and greet at his midtown production studios for Richard Aborn long thought to be Morgenthau's natural successor. No surprise that he pulled in some pretty big names including sisters-in-law, Isabella Rossellini and Pia Lindstrom, author Walter Mosley, and Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel.

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