Tuesday, June 25, 2024

One Roof Not Big Enough for Courtney Love and British Actor Steve Coogan


Steve Coogan may play a philandering jerk in “Our Idiot Brother” with Paul Rudd, but when ex former, er, adventurer Courtney Love appeared at last night’s New York premiere, the British actor split fast. And no wonder: we were all on a roof of a big new shiny apartment tower on West 42nd St. where the movie was screened outdoors after cocktails.

Coogan, who has a reputation for wildness, was pretty sedate before the screening. When he was introduced to the legendary Leslie Caron, Coogan almost bowed. But later, when he crossed paths with Courtney, he simply growled under his breath and made a hasty exit. The two have a not so happy past, something to do with lawsuits.

The rest of the “Idiot” who made it to the lofty premiere had an easier time, including Paul Rudd–who plays the sweet natured “idiot” brother of Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, and Emily Mortimer–and Hugh Dancy, who’s become an “overnight sensation” with a bunch of big signings lately. Dancy plays the artful lover of Deschanel’s lesbian character. (She’s partnered with Rashida Jones.)

Also at the screening: Jack Huston, the talented actor nephew of Anjelica, who’s starring in “Boardwalk Empire,” Steve Guttenberg, currently rehearsing for Woody Allen‘s part of Broadway bound “Relatively Speaking,” as well as Richard Belzer, Judah Friedlander, Alicia Silverstone,  and John Ventimiglia (Artie Buco from “The Sopranos”).

My favorite guest in this weirdly eclectic group: Kirsten Dunst. She sort of appeared, blew off the red carpet and photogs, and took a stroll on the roof during cocktails. I don’t think anyone knew she was there except for producer Meryl Poster, who chatted her up for a bit. Kirsten starts shooting a new film this week. But she’s going to cause a sensation when people see her soon in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.” She won Best Actress in Cannes for her performance. But last night, she just blended into the crowd.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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