But you can judge a film by its premiere party star power.
Tuesday’s night party in New York for Martin Scorcese‘s “The Departed” drew a Hollywood icon (Lauren Bacall), a music legend (Billy Joel) and two Rolling Stones (Mick and Ronnie). Listen for some classic Stones tunes in Scorcese’s return to his "Mean Streets" beginnings. Along with the cast, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, this party was a pretty big bill to top.
But writer/director Sofia Coppola‘s “Marie Antoinette” party – sponsored by Chanel – at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood came in a close second.
The reigning queens of the night were definitely Sofia – in a Chanel Spring ’07 pleated chiffon dress – and her movie muse, Kirsten Dunst, in a Christian LaCroix halter gown.
Penelope Cruz came glued to her “Volver” director Pedro Almodovar. Geoffrey Rush caught up with Angelica Huston, who later chilled on the patio with her husband and Jason Schwartzman. Will Ferrell was there and so was Courtney Love, who is starting to do a Thanksgiving Day Parade float imitation again (shock!).
I think I saw Samantha Mathis (where the heck has she been anyway?) in the crowd. Mike White and Robin Tunney seemed to be in good spirits.
One of the first to arrive was Maria Bello, followed by LA’s ultimate cool trio Donovan Leitch, Kristy Hume and Ione Sky and famed fashion photog Ellen Von Unwerth.
Also in the party: Mischa Barton, Drew Barrymore, Milla Jovovich, The Strokes, and Bow Wow Wow.
Dunst kept close to her patio table for most of the night, closely guarded by her PPP (Protective Personal Publicist) Steven Huvane.
No sign of a hot date for the "Marie" star. But guess who arrived late and snunk in under the radar? Her rumored on-again/off-again beau, Orlando Bloom.
Much like “Marie Antoinette,” the most impressive aspects of the party were not the actors but the astonishing set, costumes and props.
The Chateau was transformed into a tiny Versailles with a ballroom, crystal chandeliers, Louis XIV chairs, period rugs, huge gilded mirrors and bouquets of pink roses/ gardenias.
Perrier Jouet was flowing and a decadent dessert banquet was piled with white chocolate boxes containing tiny berries, pastel-colored French macaroons, meringue, tarts, pink and lavender cupcakes and petite cotton candy.
The only thing missing was a few white powdered wigs, which, come it think of it, would have looked better on Bloom than that wierd flat hat.
“I remember we cleared the lobby out for our very first party,” recalled Marmont’s owner Andre Balazs. "It was for Sofia’s 17th birthday party."
How tres, tres appropriate.
By the way, the mystery of where those pink Converse shoes came from has been solved.
Seems Io Bottoms, who plays a lady-in-waiting in "Marie," bought the pink Chucky’s in Paris for Kirsten to wear during rehearsals and down time on the set.
"They cost about 80 Euros," she explained, "They were a gift for Kirsten."
Then Sofia’s bro, Roman Coppola, slid the funky modern shoes into that shot of Marie Antoinette’s fancy French period footwear.
So now you know.
Photo Credits: Mick, Leo and Ron get satisfaction at the New York premiere of "The Departed."
Photo Credits: Long live the Queens! Kirsten and Sofia party hearty at the Chateau Marmont.
Photo Credits: Penelope Cruz, a buzzed about Oscar possibility, makes the scene at the Marie Antoinette party at the Chateau.
Photo Credits: Better than her 17th birthday party? You betcha. Sofia’s table awaits her at the Marie post party.