The Long Goodbye
“The first time I saw it I felt sick all day, but it’s not so bad the second time around,” LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney told us Tuesday as he leaned against a brick wall on 12th Street.
We stood with him outside of a screening of Shut Up and Play the Hits: The Very Loud Ending of LCD Soundsystem, a rockumentary capturing the band’s epic Madison Square Garden farewell show in April 2011 and the following 24 hours in the life of frontman/mastermind James Murphy. Even though fans watched from butter-stained velvet seats and not a packed world-famous arena, there was applause after every song.
At the screening, presented by the Peggy Siegal Company, we spotted John Leguizamo, Anne Hathaway, designer Charlotte Ronson, actor Alex Karpovsky, DJ Chelsea Leyland,
confirmed couple downplayed duo Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach and the entire band, who was catching the film once more after a private friends and family screening a few weeks prior.
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Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are indie Hollywood’s worst kept secret. The duo have been “quietly dating” since September–only one year after his divorce from Jennifer Jason Leigh–but their names rarely appear together in gossip columns.
On several occasions–most noticeably at the Cinema Society screening of Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress–we’ve actually witnessed Mr. Baumbach sliding out of pictures when photographers try to shoot the Greenberg director with his star.
But no longer! They’ve finally been photographed together–at a Peggy Siegal event, no less!– with Mr. Baumbach’s hand on Ms. Gerwig’s neck.
Last night, Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn arrived promptly for the The Cinema Society, Piaget, and Hollywood Reporter-hosted screening of Mr. Allen’s new European romp, To Rome With Love; while star Penelope Cruz sipped a soda nearby and paparazzi-embattled star Alec Baldwin breezed past the press into the theater, Mr. Allen walked the rope line of journalists, Ms. Previn trailing closely behind.
Given the sheer volume of stars with whom Mr. Allen has worked–in this film alone, Mr. Baldwin, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ms. Cruz–we asked Mr. Allen who’d done the best job of playing “the Woody Allen part.” You know, the shy young nebbish Owen Wilson played in Midnight in Paris or that Mr. Eisenberg played in this film? Mr. Allen demurred: “They’re very different! Owen Wilson is a sweet kid from Texas, speaks slowly, serves my script great! I would have played that part, but Owen played it better than I ever could have. Jesse Eisenberg is a fast mover, talks kind of like me–and he was great!
“The truth is they’re both better actors than me. I’m a writer who can play his own material. They’re actors who can play Chekhov.”
Tribeca Film Festival
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: So Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister Jones, Allison Williams and Whitney Cummings walk into a bar…
(Well, not just a bar, but Bunker Club. And they don’t ‘walk in,’ so much as get escorted to the venue which is hosting an after-party for Tribeca Film Festival’s screening of Lola Versus…)
Anyway, Ms. Gerwig turns to Ms. Cummings and says, “Hey, did we lose somebody on the way over?”
And Ms. Cummings looks around the room and replies:
the eight-day week
From empowered women to their exact opposites, Damsels in Distress opens at your local indie theater, bringing with it a period-piece sensibility about neurasthenic college ladies so damaged by their beaux that they need to learn assertiveness. (Where’s Geena Davis when you need her?) Last week, we attended a free outdoor screening of Damsels director Read More
(Chloe Sevigny, Greta Gerwig)
Last night The Cinema Society, (along with co-sponsors Town & Country and Brook Brothers) toasted Whit Stillman’s latest success, Damsels in Distress. Though the screening at Tribeca Grand Hotel began a half hour late and the room was packed to the gills, no one seemed to mind.
Damsels in Distress star Greta Gerwig is dishing already about her next-next role, in Woody Allen’s Italian romp Nero Fiddled. Says the indie darling in an exclusive outtake from the upcoming issue of Bullett: “Woody Allen is so sweet. He would make these little jokes to himself and sometimes to the people around him, Read More