Last night I went to what turned out to be a supersmall and superfancy screening of Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers." I was ready to show up in jeans and a jacket and my friend said: "You better wear a suit, babe, this is a serious night." It was.
"Top Chef" Host Padma Lakshmi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Toni Collette, Barry Diller, Laura Linney, Aidan and Lizzie Quinn, "Sex and the City" braintrust Michael Patrick King with Adriana Trigiani, and Lauren Bacall were all there to see the film. The seats next to ours had a nametag on them that said "Streep" but the Dame never showed. That is what I call serious.
In attendance from the film were Ryan Philippe (with wife Reese Witherspoon), Jesse Bradford, John Slattery and my dear friend John Benjamin Hickey. The flick is really good and tells the story behind one of the most famous photos ever told -- the six men raising the flag in battle at Iwo Jima. It features standout performances from the guy who plays the Indian (I irresponsibly can't remember his name), Slattery, and Hickey. Also Ryan Phillippe is literally wearing a sailorsuit to match his babyface for the entire film, which ain't awful to watch for 90 minutes.
The film ends with everyone in the audience in tears. This being a premieresque screening, people stayed for the entirety of the credits. It's always weird determining the appropriate time to exit a movie premiere. Can one stand when the credits enter the sound mixer category? The craft service apparatus? This audience sat still for the entire credit roll. Appropriate, but zzzzzzzz.