Dispatch: Summer Film Fêtes

Lincoln and vampires, Woody Allen and Rome, and a waltz in Canada with Michelle Williams.

June 27, 2012

FROM LEFT: Mamie Gummer and Benjamin Walker; Tim Burton at the premiere of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter at Lincoln Square
In the summer, when the streets of Manhattan feel as if they’re on fire, New Yorkers flock to crisply air-conditioned theaters. In time with the heatwave, debuts of summer films swept the Big Apple last week. On Monday, the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter premiere drew hoards of ashen oglers to AMC Loews Lincoln Square.

Writer Seth Grahame-Smith looked as if he could be any yuppie, but he was the enormously successful author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before he wrote the book and screenplay for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. And in his spare time he penned the script for Dark Shadows. Seeing bookstores with piles Twilight books and enormous displays for Abraham Lincoln bios but “none about both” gave Grahame-Smith the idea for the film. So he co-opted America's great populist as a vampire-slaying superhero with a silver-tipped ax.

“I just heard the title,” said Lincoln producer Tim Burton, "and I wanted to see the movie. It was the kind of film I would have gone to see a double or triple feature of in Times Square. “I remembered seeing images of Lincoln as a child and being taken by his haunting, complex quality. It seemed to make sense that he’d be hunting vampires at night.”   

Jon Hamm, Hilaria Thomas, Jennifer Westfeldt, Scott Adsit, and Alec Baldwin at the premiere of To Rome with Love

To Rome with Love
And on Wednesday, Woody Allen debuted To Rome with Love, his wet smooch to The Eternal City. There are four tales. Alec Baldwin plays a famous architect who goes back to his old stomping grounds and meets Jesse Eisenberg, who plays a young architect living in Baldwin’s old neighborhood. Roberto Benigni plays a middle-class family man who wakes up one day famous for being famous. Fabio Armiliato, the great tenor, plays a mortician who can only sing in the shower but is brought to the stage by his son’s would-be father-in-law, played by Woody Allen. And, playing a wife from the provinces, Italian actress Alessandra Mastronardi has an encounter her favorite Italian star in Rome while her husband cavorts with Penélope Cruz, playing a hooker.       

The Disaronno-fueled afterfête took place in the burning hot Lever House garden; for air, everyone moved into the restaurant. Fabio Armiliato mentioned that he does sing in the shower. “I practice in the shower. ”But is he better in the shower? “Um, no.”   

Michelle Williams and Luke Kirby at the premiere of Take This Waltz

Take This Waltz
At Thursday’s debut of Take This Waltz, Michelle Williams wore a black dress by Joseph Altuzarra that laced up the front with a necklace by Forevermark.    

“It’s a little sexier than what I usually go for,” Williams told Dispatches of the dress. In the film, married to a lunk played by Seth Rogen, Williams meets her hot neighbor (Luke Kirby) on a trip and drama ensues. Sarah Silverman does a great job as the alcoholic sister-in-law. And, if you care, there is a seriously nude shower scene with Silverman and Williams.    

Jason Segel, Williams' real-life beau, showed up at Sons of Essex for the afterparty. What a talented pair.    

Meanwhile, Katlean de Monchy hosted a Bloggerini party on the roof of The Sports Club/LA on the Upper East Side, where "Real Housewife" Ramona Singer mentioned that she’s coming out with a red wine (on the show) and that she and Aviva Drescher began as BFFs but the relationship has soured (surprise).

At the Serafina-catered Carrera 6000 Summer Solstice bash, Erin Heatherton, allegedly dating Leonardo DiCaprio, refused to be photographed with Adrian Grenier, who, by the way, intimated that a movie version of Entourage is in the works. Fun.

photography by Jim Spellman (Gummer); Jason Kempin (Williams); Larry Busacca (Hamm)

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