Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Hamptons Fest Gets Raves from Celebs Like Julianne Moore, John Slattery, Griffin Dunne, and Alec Baldwin and His Seven Children


Until last night the Hamptons Film Festival was going off without a hitch. But nothing lasts forever.

Thirty minutes into a very packed screening of “Anatomy of a Fall,” the audience started complaining loudly there were no subtitles– mainly because some of the Cannes Palme D’or winner was in English.

But other parts were in French and German. As Justin Triet’s murder mystery got more complicated, the room became rowdy until the projectionist pressed pause and turned on the house lights.

The audience included Oscar winner Julianne Moore, director husband Bart Freundlich, married actors John Slattery and Talia Balsam, Bob Balaban and wife Lynn Grossman, plus Hamptons regulars Judy Licht and Jerry Della Femina. Ironically, much of the audience at their second film of the night, the first having been Moore’s “May December” (which she didn’t attend because of the SAG strike).

Alas, in this digital world the “files” could not be restored, so the screening was cut short and rescheduled for today. Moore, Freundlich, Slattery, and Balsam were all seen having an unexpected dinner down the street at Saint Ambroeus restaurant. Earlier, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” writer-directed Peter Hedges was spotted having pizza across the street.

Otherwise, the Hamptons fest was considered quite a success. Alec Baldwin brought his seven little children to the annual Chairman’s party at Stuart Suna’s estate on Saturday afternoon — tented thanks to the rain. Also seen there was Griffin Dunne, whose movie “Ex Girlfriends” was getting raves from audiences.

PS Some jokers were heard leaving “Anatomy” saying they were going to vote for it for the audience award. Very funny. I do think Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers” would be a better choice!

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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