"Six Days, Seven Nights", "Mulan": The premieres
Hmmm—seems it is a small world after all. While New York gave the Disney-produced The Lion King the royal treatment at the 52nd Annual Tony Awards, held June 7 at Radio City Music Hall (crowned Best Musical, the African extravaganza took home a total of six awards for the night), L.A. was busy doubling as the Far East and the South Pacific, respectively, for premieres of the studio’s animated adventure Mulan (on June 5) and action romance Six Days, Seven Nights (on June 8).
“It’s kind of like Chinatown,” said partygoer Robert Downey Jr. of the outdoor celebration for Mulan at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl. Along with Downey was his son Indio, 5—who spent the evening coloring Chinese paper fans with other kid attendees—and his party pal for the evening, actress Minnie Driver. “We came here for the movie, but the festivities are kind of fun too,” Downey added.
Meanwhile, at The Beverly Hills Hotel’s poolside soiree for Six Days, Seven Nights, nearly 700 guests were on hand to toast stars Anne Heche, Harrison Ford, and David Schwimmer, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Ellen DeGeneres, Brian De Palma, and Melissa Etheridge, among others. The libation of choice: piña coladas served in carved-out coconuts. The requisite accessory: fresh leis flown in from Hawaii. “It feels like Hawaii, but a little colder,” said Shriver.
Heche brought her mom, Nancy Heche, and “my other mother,” Betty DeGeneres, as well as 40 friends—and pranced around shoeless all night. “My thongs were uncomfortable, so I took them off,” she explained. Besides, “we’re at a pool—I thought I should be barefoot. I think I should get everyone in bare feet by the end of the evening.” No such luck. “Everybody’s well behaved,” remarked Ford as the night progressed. “Nobody’s naked in the pool yet. That’s a good sign.”
(With reporting by Tricia Laine and Lilly Ock)