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A Bangin’ night at the TFF & The Maritime Hotel

Friday, April 22, 2011
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My 90s love for Ryan Phillippe is back–with a bang–sparked by last night’s Tribeca Film Festival and Cinema Society premiere of “The Bang Bang Club” presented by American Express.

AVENUEinsider had the pleasure of sitting surrounded by stars just as eager as we were to see the film based on a true story of young combat photographers. Think Boardwalk Empire‘s Aleksa Palladino and Zoe Kazan to my left, Christopher McDonald and Will Estes behind, and stars of the film Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch and Malin Akerman 4 rows in front (yes, I counted).

Also amongst the crowd, Johannes Huebl sitting with Daniel Benedict, Nicole Miller, Karolina Kurkova (holy beautiful) and Pablo Schreiber (who was approached by a “professional matchmaker”, to whom, he and his pal politely declined and shared a laugh as she walked away–true story).

Set in the early 90s before the first free elections, the film explores the comradery between the photogs, but also the immense danger and morality associated with exposing the truth of South Africa under apartheid. Phillippe played real-life photographer Greg Marinovich (who also graced the red carpet–camera in hand). It’s truly a must-see.

On a less serious note–the after party. Held at La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel, the easy-on-the-eyes cast (we’ve truly fallen hard for Phillippe and Kitsch-can you tell?) mingled with pals such as Zoe Kravitz, Todd and Megan DiCiurcio, Vinessa Shaw, Paul Haggis, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell, Bridget Hall, Alex Lundqvist and the man behind it all, Andrew Saffir.

 
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