Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Jay Z, Eminem, 50 Cent All in One Room for Premiere of Excellent “Southpaw”


This probably couldn’t have happened ten years ago: Jay Z, Eminem, and 50 Cent all in one small movie theater sitting near each other. But that’s what did happen last night at AMC Lincoln Square for the star studded premiere of “Southpaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Throw in Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and that’s what you call a hip hop audience par excellence.

Also at the premiere were Jake’s sister Maggie Gyllenhaal and her actor husband Peter Sarsgaard. I also ran into Tony winner Alex Sharp from “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” as well as Rosie Perez, “Girls” star Zosia Mamet, and actor boyfriend Evan Jongkeit.

Director Antoine Fuqua sent a video from the set of his new movie “The Magnificent Seven.” But Jake was there, along with Rachel McAdams. Naomie Harris, and child star Oona Laurence.

Also MIA was Forest Whitaker, who plays Jake’s boxing coach. “Southpaw” is about a left handed boxer named Billy Hope who’s down for the count in a big way but attempts a resurgence with Whitaker’s help. The performances are just wonderful, giving the movie a lot of heart and soul that overcomes some old cliches. Gyllenhaal and Whitaker will get awards buzz this fall in a big way.

Rosie Perez told me she does not feel gypped by “The View.” Even though she’s leaving the show after one season, she has not regrets. I am bitter for her, but that’s my problem!

I was also introduced to ultra- marathoner Scott Jurek and his beautiful wife Jenny by Sarsgaard. Over the weekend, Jurek completed a record breaking 46 day run of the Appalachian trail. And the Appalachians, living up to their reputation, rewarded him with tickets for public drinking, littering and hiking with an oversized group. You can’t make this up. Good grief.

Anyway, “Southpaw” has all marks of a hit and a big entertainment. It’s a little different for the Weinstein Company, something of a big studio movie for them. The film is dedicated to late composer James Horner, who died tragically last month piloting his private plane.

More on “Southpaw” later today. I couldn’t get downtown to the after party at Jay Z’s 40/40 club, but I do hope Jake was allowed to eat something other than a protein shake and a celery stalk.

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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