Renee Zellweger returned to the Hamptons on Saturday night from ‘ where else, if you’ve been keeping up with the tabloids ‘ Barcelona. This was presumably with her beau of the moment, Bradley Cooper, an actor who’s been touted all summer as dating everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Cameron Diaz.
Renee was making her annual Oscar run, starring as Hollywood bon vivant George Hamilton’s real life mother in “My One and Only.” She’s terrific as this independent minded mother of two who takes her’sons on’a road trip after she catches their bandleader father with another woman (wonderful Kevin Bacon performance, ‘natch).
No talk of Bradley at the premiere ‘ first a screening at Bryan Bantry’s Goose Creek home, then Mexican dinner at the tiny and very hot Blue Parrot in East Hampton where co-owner Jon Bon Jovi was front’and center’partying along with George, and the likes of art dealer Larry Gagosian, Vanity Fair scribe Bob Colacello, and not only Marci Klein but her dad, too. (That’s Calvin)
Renee brought her parents, who are in town, but no Bradley. When I mentioned Barcelona, she replied, “How ever did you know that?” Wink, wink.
“My One and Only” opens this Friday in limited release in New York and L.A., then rolls out to the rest of the country over Labor Day weekend. Norton Herrick is the producer, and the distributor ‘ this is really an indie movie, with indie distribution. Herrick is a soft spoken, intense New Jersey real estate magnate ‘ and he’s determined to make a stand in the film business.
“We could have gone with a lot of different people,” Herrick told me of his encounters with distributors. “But they didn’t offer us anything we couldn’t get on our own.”
That’s the indie spirit ‘ so watch for “My One and Only” to get Renee her annual nominations, including Indie Spirit. And check out “My One and Only” for the various cameos ‘ Eric McCormack, Troy Garity, Nick Stahl ‘ who populate this well crafted, beautifully told story.
P.S. As for George Hamilton, he looks great, just got his star on the Walk of Fame, now has a movie based on his life. It’s everything his fabled mother wished for him, and more.