Famed filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich’s comedy“She’s Funny That Way,” had its premiere last night at the Harmony Gold in Hollywood last night. Why did I almost get trampled by autograph seekers you ask? Because one of the star studded cast, Jennifer Aniston, made her first public appearance since her wedding to Justin Theroux.
The screening was on the small size, at the private Harmony Gold, but Aniston generated enough heat for a thunderstorm from paparazzi. They posted 600 photos on WireImage; over 100 were of her.
Aniston is reunited with “She’s Funny that Way” with her “Marley and Me” co star Owen Wilson, as well as Will Forte, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, with cameos by Austin Pendleton, Tovah Feldshuh, Tatum O’Neal, Quentin Tarantino, Colleen Camp, and more. Jennifer was being tight lipped about her nuptials, only telling the press and even her friends who were saying hi to her before the screening that her wedding was, “a beautiful private moment.”
Because of the hoopla, Bogdanovich noted to the crowd of the late start that, “Sorry about the delay, it was bit of a long red carpet.” Peter went on to explain his storied history. “Years ago I made my first screwball comedy, ‘What’s Up Doc,’ that was more of a cartoon. This movie is more grounded. Since Cary Grant was known for his screwball comedies, I asked Ryan O’Neal (who co-starred in “Doc” with Barbra Streisand”) to go and talk to him for advice. After he did, I asked Ryan what Cary told him and Ryan told me, ‘ Wear silk underpants.’ ” That got laughs.
Bogdanovich continued, in front of a crowd that included Bill Paxton,, and Billy Magnussen: “I love making comedies and it’s not hard being a great director when you have great actors. I’ve often wondered what it is about movies that make them so intoxicating and compelling.”
Peter than did a spot-on Jimmy Stewart accent and mused about a conversation they had. He went on, “Jimmy told me that if you’re good and God helps you and you’re lucky and have enough of a personality that comes across, you’re giving people a tiny piece of time that they will never forget. I hope you enjoy this tiny piece of time we made in New York a year and a half ago.”