Sunday, May 26, 2024

Bill Clinton, McCartney, Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Mellencamp Turn out for Bill Murray’s New Movie


The movie is called Rock the Kasbah, so rockers turned out last night to celebrate Barry Levinson’s new comedy starring Bill Murray and Bruce Willis. And I do mean the ultimate rock star, former president Bill Clinton, was front and center, mixing and mingling at East Hampton’s Blue Parrot with — are you ready– Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, and Roger Waters all in the same, small private space.

Yes, this really happened, I wasn’t dreaming.

Rock star publicist Peggy Siegal assembled this crowd of crowds, which also featured actor Bob Balaban and many Hamptons luminaries including Tribeca Films’ Jane Rosenthal and Open Road Films’ Tom Ortenberg.

Not only that: screenwriter Mitch Glazer invited a friend, someone I really always wanted to meet, rocker Jenny Lewis, formerly of the band Rilo Kiley and now on her own. Jenny and partner Johnathan Rice wrote “Cold One,” that wonderful song Meryl Streep sings in “Ricki and the Flash.”

Plus Christie Brinkley, looking more gorgeous and younger than ever, brought her burgeoning actor son Jack.

“Rock the Kasbah” is a hilarious and timely comedy opening October 23rd, also featuring Kate Hudson and Zoe Deschanel. There’s also a few classic hits from Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, produced by Peter Asher and approved by Yusuf himself.

But back to the party, where Bruce mixed and mingled chatting with Paul McCartney intensely. Bruce told me he rarely comes to the Hamptons but was accompanying his equestrian daughter Jessica to the Hamptons Classic. We talked about Bruce’s cameo in Darlene Love’s new video. “Have you seen it?” he said, laughing. He and Steve van Zandt are clowning around in Asbury Park.

McCartney brought his beautiful wife Nancy, and they were introduced to John Mellencamp, who’s mentioned as a punchline in the movie (he’s friends with Glazer). Bon Jovi accepted compliments on his new album, “Burning Bridges,” which debuted in the top 5 this past week.

Meantime, Bill Clinton — looking very well, sun tanned and speaking in that buttery Southern accent– met everyone. He told actor-director Bob Balaban, who introduced himself: “I know who you are. I’m a big fan.” Balaban floated away.

More on Clinton in my next item…

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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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