October 26, 2006
Wednesday in La La Land

The Variety Screening Series unloaded Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" tonight at the Arclight, a film I'm tempted to call something of a masterwork, but I'd like to take it in again. It's unabasedly creative, and to hear del Toro talk about it and his convictions in creating the film is a definite treat. The Q&A with Variety senior editor Steven Gaydos was both enlightening and humorous. Del Toro's one of a kind.

The Arclight was also booming with the likes of Don Cheadle, Sinbad (where ya been?), and the cast and crew of "Catch a Fire," launching a red carpet premiere and making for one packed freakin' parking garage. I ducked out of the "Pan's" Q&A and headed across the street to The Cabana Club for the "Catch a Fire" after party.

Typical conversations with Jeff Wells and Pete Hammond amongst others, giggling at Tim Robbins cheesily dancing to the DJ's incarnations with Mr. Cheadle in tow and laughing at his expense. The usual Hollywood crowd (Ron Yerxa is quickly becoming the most recognizeable guy in town to me). Phillip Noyce, Derek Luke, et al. A great party really, but after last night's booze-a-thon at Morton's, I couldn't take too much so I got out of dodge soon enough.

Next event, I promise to have a better story. I'm exhausted...


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