Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Famke Janssen partied at the Woody Allen premiere

By Dave Karger
Updated October 09, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

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You would think a premiere for Woody Allen’s Celebrity, a comedy that takes down the world of fame, would be the perfect op for a party that pokes fun at itself. Nah. The Sept. 25, 1998, fete at New York’s Tavern on the Green — the movie kicked off the New York Film Festival — was an irony-free madhouse where little attention was paid to Allen’s flick, and much attention was paid to — you guessed it — the famous. While press-shy Celebrity costar Leonardo DiCaprio hid at a corner table with magician pal David Blaine (the two chatted on matching cell phones, though presumably not to each other), frantic publicists cleared a path for star Kenneth Branagh. ”It’s surreal — life imitating art imitating life,” said costar Joe Mantegna. Fellow cast member Famke Janssen agreed: ”We’re at this party but it feels like a scene in the movie.” True to form, Allen didn’t show; he was shooting his next film. ”Woody’d rather be a fly on the ceiling,” figured Mantegna. ”I hope he’s somewhere safe and warm and happy.” Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

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