Friday, June 21, 2024

Lionel Richie Steals the Show at Anne Hathaway’s Hollywood Movie Premiere


There were plenty of celebrities in the room last week when Oscar winner Anne Hathaway and her producer husband Adam Shulman premiered their movie “Song One” at the new Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills.

But the biggest celeb wasn’t even invited– Lionel Richie just happened to wander in for dinner separate from the roaring crowd. The first person he saw, by luck, was the night’s organizer, New York publicist Norah Lawlor. Smart girl, she immediately invited him. Suddenly the whole party was taking selfie’s with Lionel, who was talking about his upcoming European tour and hanging with money guy Kevin Allyn of Winnick and company.

Not only Anne and Adam wanted their photos taken with Lionel, but also “Song One” director Kate Barker Froyland, rockers Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice (who wrote the music for the film), as well as an eclectic bunch of Hollywood luminaries invited by Peggy Siegal including Susan Blakely, Billy Zane, Gary Busey, Rebecca Dayan, Illeana Douglas, Nastassja Kinski, Heather Matarazzo, Penelope Ann Miller, Ben Platt, Tony Revolori, Peter Mark Richman, Dominique Swain, Jess Weixler, and Madeline Zima.

New York philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hosted the party in awareness and support of The New York Women’s Foundation. And yes, Jean tells me, she got her Lionel selfie too.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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