Sunday, June 16, 2024

Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Friends Watch Cubs Beat Indians in Hotel Bar After A List Gala


What a night for Warren Beatty and Annette Bening! First they were feted at the annual Museum of the Moving Image gala on Park Avenue. Then they took a bunch of friends including directors Barry Levinson and James Toback across the street to the Regency Hotel bar to watch the Cubs win the World Series.

The Museum dinner was full of A listers not only including Levinson and Toback, but stars of Beatty’s new movie “Rules Don’t Apply” including Matthew Broderick (with Sarah Jessica Parker), Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins and Candice Bergen.

Heartfelt testimonials were also offered by Mandy Patinkin, Oliver Platt, Barry Diller, Paul Schneider and the legendary Oscar winner Lee Grant. Beatty’s other guests included director Elaine May and her famous actress daughter Jeannie Berlin (who’s going to win a lot of awards for HBO’s “The Night Of”).

Sony Pictures Classics chief Michael Barker, who helps helm the Museum (a great resource based in Queens) gave his own heartfelt toast to Beatty, as did the star’s wife, Annette Bening.

Other guests included director/writer Richard LaGravanese, Gina Gershon, David Rasche, and Paul Sorvino, who’s starred in several Beatty movies including, memorably, “Reds.”

Patinkin, who appeared in “Dick Tracy,” recalled Beatty hiring him over the phone. “He said, Stephen Sondheim is writing a song for you. I said, Okay. Then he said, You may have to sing it with Madonna. I said, Okay, again.” Patinkin was just happy to have work. He couldn’t believe what Beatty did for him.

And that was the tone of the night, one of the best Museum of the Moving Image dinners ever–Beatty is loved, and he’s glowing in return. He talked about his four kids — he calls them “four little Eastern European countries”– and it’s clear he and Bening have found rare Hollywood bliss.

More from the dinner later today– and PS it was Bening who said, when the dinner was over, “We’re missing the World Series!” That’s when a little “Bugsy” reunion coalesced and suddenly the sports fans hanging out in the Regency bar had a bunch of Oscar winners and nominees cheering for the Cubs in their midst!

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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