Last night was the New York premiere of Jerry Seinfeld's "Bee Movie", which Seinfeld wrote and voices with Matthew Broderick, Renee Zellweger, Chris Rock.
They were all there, and so was James Gandolfini, who is not in the movie. They passed out those bee headbands that Oprah was wearing on her show the other day. I held onto mine until the very end of the night, damnit. I am kind of glad I lost mine, what would I have done with them? Oprah, by the way, provides the voice of the judge.
Before the movie, Jerry spoke about how making the film was like the movie "The Wizard of Oz", in which Dreamworks honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg was Oz, the director was the Tin Man, and on and on. It made me think of that great ROLLING STONE cover with the cast of "Seinfeld" as "Wizard" characters (i.e. Julie Louis-Dreyfus was 'Dorothy', remember?).
So Jerry asked the crowd who his wife, cookbook bestseller Jessica, would be from "Wizard"... Jessica screamed out "the Wicked Witch" and Jerry countered that she was "home", as in "there's no place like..." It was all very sweet and the crowd ooh'd and aah'd.
The movie is really really funny for kids and adults. Plus, anyone who loves Seinfeld will love the movie. It is very him. And Barry Benson, the main bee who is essentially Jerry, is Jewish! Actually, in the movie, he's Bee-ish. Leave it to Jerry Seinfeld to bring Jews to an animated kids movie. I love it. And Berry the Bee is ADORABLE to look at. He looks like Seinfeld's middle child, Julian. Look at a picture and you will see what I am talking about.
The party was at the Stone Rose Cafe at the Time Warner Center. The view of Columbus Circle and the Park is the only good thing I can think of to say about the Time Warner Center. They cleaned up the Columbus Circle fountain on account of the mall, too... so that's another good thing.
We talked to Ralph Lauren, the notion of which is still very exciting. He once again was able to pick out what line of Ralph Lauren suit I was wearing (it was a Polo and not a Black Label), which I still find incredibly impressive. When you have as many clothes on the market as he does, how is it possible to pick out what is yours at a dimly lit party? I know there are only a handful of designers of his magnitude, but I have to wonder if they are as involved as he... I wonder.
We wound up at Barracuda, where there was a rampant rumor that Madonna was going to show up. Our friend knew for a fact that M is in LA, so we squashed that. I, for one, am happy that after living here 17 years there are STILL rumors that Madonna is going to show up at random gay bars. That somehow renews my faith in things...