While we attended the screening of The Amazing Spider-Man last night, we’ll leave the movie to the critics at The Daily Bugle. However, the afterparty, thrown by the Peggy Siegal Company and the Gerber Group at Lilium? We were on that like Peter Parker is on the Spider-Man beat.
“That movie was amazing! Andrew Garfield is so good as Spider-Man!” independent film director Ry Russo Young told us over the lively music that filled the modest-sized Lilium lounge. We barely had time to agree with her before being separated in the crowded space. However, we did see her talking with director, actor and producer Alex Karpovsky, an actor on the HBO series Girls with Lena Dunham. (Ms. Dunham and Ms. Young co-wrote Nobody Walks together, which was recently screened at the BAMcinemafest.)
We asked Smash’s Jaime Cepero about his preferred superhero. “Spawn has to be one of my favorites. Spawn is just a BAMF,” Mr. Cepero told us, referencing a subversive internet acronym (Google it). However, before we could even stare at the looping video of a pair of lipsticked lips sensually licking up pomegranate seeds that played above the bar, we heard Twilight star Chaske Spencer’s deep voice behind us. Mr. Spencer told us that now that he is finally done with Twilight, he is working with his new production company on some indie projects.
Actor, singer and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis was moving a little slow due to a huge protective boot he had on his right leg. “No, I was not playing superhero,” he laughed. “I was actually playing softball at Yankee Stadium. It had always been my dream to play at Yankee Stadium and I got to do it for a charity fundraiser, but I rolled my ankle. But the boot helps and it matches my pants!” He lifted it slightly to show us. “Kinda Spider-Man style right?”
The boot certainly did not stop Mr. Maroulis from snagging up three of the Spider-Man action figures that were floating around the room. His girlfriend, model Ashley Haas, who he met in a bar down the street from the theater where he performed in Rock of Ages, laughed at his antics. Mr. Maroulis admitted to us that he has yet to see the movie version of the play, despite making an appearance in it.
The party was still going strong when we left. As we were leaving we overheard Miss USA Olivia Culpo mention that it must be nice to swing from building to building like Spider-Man. Well, Ms. Culpo, it certainly would beat the subway.
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