Kirsten Dunst must have made all the money she ever needed from the Spider-Man films. Other than “All Good Things.” Peter Parker’s on-screen girlfriend Mary Jane has no new movies set until “Spider-Man 4″ in 2011.
The time off might be good for Dunst, who might find value in attending a Night School for Deluded Actresses with Julia Roberts. At last night’s premiere of Robert Kenner’s “Food Inc.” documentary, Dunst — there to help promote the film — kinda did the opposite. She wouldn’t take pictures on the red carpet, do interviews or speak to the press. She didn’t have much use for the other guests — an A list crowd, to be sure — either. At the dinner following the screening at the French Culinary Institute on lower Broadway, Dunst kept to a small clique and wouldn’t mix with the invited crowd.
Too bad, too, because the one time child screen vampire could have met Regis and Joy Philbin, Nora Ephron and Nick Pileggi, Ken Auletta and Amanda Urban, Christine Baranski (with gorgeous daughter Isabelle), Sirio Maccione of Le Cirque fame, restaurateur Drew Nieporent, “Grey Gardens” director Albert Maysles, the Institute’s founder Dorothy Hamilton, and many other erudite, delightful dining companions.
Instead, 27-year-old Dunst played the evening as if she were Greta Garbo, and I’m not sure it worked.
And the talk at dinner — prepared by the school’s students and sponsored by Quintessentially — was largely about Kenner’s eye-opening film that details the way food gets to our tables in America. It’s not for the faint of heart. But at the same time, “Food Inc” — getting rave reviews — offers hope: a burgeoning business in organic food that’s coming not just to yuppie city types, but everywhere.
As for Dunst, after a succession of duds including “Wimbledon,” “Elizabethtown,” “Marie Antoinette,” and “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” she’d better hope “All Good Things” is a good thing, and one that she doesn’t mind promoting.
As for the people Kirsten missed: Regis talked about his two-week stint hosting the prime time 10th anniversary of “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” on ABC starting Aug. 9. Amanda “Binky” Urban, the famed literary agent, said she loved “Next to Normal” on Broadway. It’s about depression, she’s in book publishing, so it made sense. Cindy Adams traded secrets with Baz Bamigboye of the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Christine Baranski told us about her new CBS drama with Chris Noth and Julianna Margulies called “The Good Wife.” Kenneth Cole said he hoped Sharon Stone was coming back to help with more AmFar auctions. Joy Philbin talked to Nick Pileggi about his Dean Martin script written but never made for Marty Scorsese.