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THE FILM FOUNDATION AND VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE PRESENT “REEL TALK” WITH ROB MARSHALL

12/3/2005 12:00:00 AM

As part of the ongoing “Reel Talk” series, The Film Foundation and Vanity Fair presented a special evening surrounding Rob Marshall’s latest film, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005) at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood on Saturday, December 3, 2005. The “Reel Talk” series of events has successfully celebrated the art and history of film and spotlighted the need for film preservation since its inception in 2003. This memorable evening featured a special advanced screening of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005) starring Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, and Ken Watanabe. Vanity Fair Associate Publisher of Creative Services Renee Lewin opened the evening with a few remarks and acknowledged the successful long term partnership of The Film Foundation and Vanity Fair. Immediately following the screening, director Brad Silberling led an illuminating dialogue with Rob Marshall about the unique experience of making the film. In attendance were also the film’s stars Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh. The evening was sponsored by Banana Republic, with a special thanks to Columbia Pictures, Dreamworks, Spyglass Entertainment, Audi, Level Vodka, Tassimo and Lutthansa for raffling two business class airline tickets.

PICTURE: (from left to right) The evening's moderator Brad Silberling with MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA stars Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh and director Rob Marshall.

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FOCUS FEATURES, THE FILM FOUNDATION, AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATE THE PREMIERE OF THE CONSTANT GARDENER

8/8/2005 12:00:00 AM

On Monday, August 8th, Focus Features, The Film Foundation, and Amnesty International co-hosted the premiere of Fernando Meirelles’ latest film, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, at Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York City.

Based on the best-selling John le Carré novel, the film stars Ralph Fiennes as a British career diplomat who sets out to uncover a global, pharmaceutical conspiracy after his pregnant, activist wife (Rachel Weisz) is brutally murdered. 

The film’s stars Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, and director Fernando Meirelles attended the event, along with Liam Neeson, Kathleen Turner, and Focus Features’ co-presidents David Linde and James Schamus. A party was held at Compass immediately following the screening.

Picture: THE CONSTANT GARDENER'S stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz at the film’s premiere

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HFPA Charity Luncheon

Elizabeth Snead

7/28/2005 12:00:00 AM

Golden Globes aren’t the only things the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hands out. At the org’s annual summer luncheon, Brad Pitt, Jack Valenti, Kevin Bacon and other luminaries stopped by the Beverly Hills Hotel to pick up checks worth $1.5 million for assorted good causes.

It was Pitt’s first public appearance since being hospitalized for viral meningitis, and the tanned actor certainly looked the picture of health. But he didn’t stay for lunch, skipping out after HFPA prexy Philip Berk handed over the funds. “On behalf of Martin Scorsese and the Film Foundation, I want to thank the Foreign Press for your generosity, leadership and unwavering commitment to film preservation,” Pitt said. “And, personally, thanks for the money.”

Industryites who missed Valenti’s signature cheery yellow shirt were once again treated to the ensemble. The former MPAA chief showed up to accept for the Anne and Kirk Douglas Playground Grant Awards, which builds playgrounds in L.A. public schools. “(Kirk) has been a star for 60 years, and he would be here today except he is home recovering from two knee replacements. Only Spartacus could make that kind of commitment.”

Also on hand were Ziyi Zhang for FilmAid International, Bacon for Film Independent, Sally Field for the Sundance Institute and “Happy Endings” star Jesse Bradford for Columbia University film scholarships.

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MARC JACOBS MAKES A SPLASH IN L.A.

Booth Moore

5/19/2005 12:00:00 AM

He may be a New York boy, but Marc Jacobs is no fish out of water in L.A. On Thursday he opened his first store here on Melrose Place with a bash for 400 of his closest friends. The street was closed off and tented for his Technicolor and Fairydust-themed benefit for the Film Foundation for film preservation. By 8:30 p.m., the scheduled start time, the party was already nearing capacity and the fire marshal was griping about the throngs trying to get in. Some gave up and went home.

Inside, it was a scene out of Studio 54. Marilyn Manson and fiancee Dita Von Teese, Winona Ryder, Selma Blair, Sean Hayes, Jeremy Piven and Owen Wilson cavorted with fairylike dancers with cellophane wings, nude except for strategically placed leaves, pasties and body glitter. On the swirl-painted dance floor, guests sported Day-Glo pants, shirts and helmets festooned with flowers. Others waited in line to have pictures taken against a painted backdrop of a field of poppies.

Later, Perry Farrell took the stage to sing a few songs, including a cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love," chosen, he said, "to show Jacobs how much the West Coast loves him." The Jane's Addiction frontman enigmatically told the crowd, "In 2005 Marc is going to open a satellite store in heaven and I plan to sing for that one too."

For most of the time, Jacobs stood under an arch of 600,000 roses greeting his guests, along with Robert Duffy, his business partner and company president. "Who are all these people?" Jacobs said. He did recognize Raquel Welch, who wore one of his gowns, which she bought off the rack at Barneys, to the Golden Globes. "You looked so amazing in that dress!" he told her.

She fawned over him too.

"What's funny is that Sofia Coppola wore the same dress when she won the Academy Award for 'Lost in Translation,' " Jacobs later explained. "When it came over the Internet I said, 'No way that Sofia Coppola with the most boyish nothing of a figure and Raquel Welch who is the complete opposite wore the same dress.' I e-mailed Sofia the next day and told her I had her on the same page as Raquel Welch in my celebrity scrapbook."

The designer also joked about Welch paying retail. "That's got to be a first -- a celebrity actually paying for a dress," he said. "Doesn't she know she can call in 50 dresses, never wear any of them, and keep them all?"

Jacobs traveled to L.A. for the first time years ago for a store appearance while he was head designer at Perry Ellis. It was the 1980s and he had designed an L.A.-inspired collection "with the lowriders of East L.A., Malibu, Hollywood and Beverly Hills ... all the cliches were there," he said.

He remembers getting a certificate from the mayor in recognition. "I called it my key to the city."

Although Jacobs is close to Sofia Coppola and her dad, Francis Ford Coppola, who was at the party, he isn't ready to go into the movie biz just yet. "I'm very happy designing clothes," he said. Duffy, on the other hand, said he is working on producing a small film project with a friend.

During his trip, Jacobs has a busy schedule of R&R. He took in the Eli Broad contemporary art collection during the day Thursday, and visited the Gagosian, Regan Projects and A.C.E. galleries. He saw friend Anna Sui on Wednesday night at an event she did with Samsung phones at Fred Segal. And this weekend, he plans to dine with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who is in town for the Walk of Style award Sunday and has vowed to attend at least one show at Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Speaking of which, those in charge of the shows at Smashbox Studios were none too happy with the timing of the big fish's party, which led to three show cancellations.

Picture: TFF Board Member Francis Ford Coppola (right) with designer Marc Jacobs.

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