August blockbuster premiers
It was a hectic 10 days on the celeb social circuit as Hollywood partied bicoastally at bashes for three of the summer’s last big films. On July 28, stars gathered at Jerry’s Famous Deli in L.A. for the Conspiracy Theory premiere, where Mel Gibson ruminated on the dark side he shares with his character. ”If the right influence was exercised on me, [I] could probably go postal,” said Gibson, after taking a bite out of pal Jodie Foster’s pizza. Gibson’s moods didn’t make Julia Roberts miss the party: She twisted her ankle walking from the car to the curb before the film.
No one was injured at the G.I. Jane premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Aug. 6, though Demi Moore said watching the movie ”brought back memories of [costar] Viggo Mortensen kicking the s— out of me.” Ellen DeGeneres suffered a different kind of discomfort: ”I didn’t join the Navy,” she said, noting the porta-potties. ”I’d like an indoor restroom.”
That same night, Sylvester Stallone and his Cop Land costars enjoyed more chichi conditions at New York’s swank Supper Club. Security was tight, but some found unique ways to get behind the velvet ropes. ”I’m at the Winona Ryder table illegally,” said Janeane Garofalo, who plays Stallone’s police partner. ”She doesn’t know it because I put the Ryder [place card] in my fanny pack.” Good thing no real cops were at the party.
— Additional reporting by Tricia Laine