On The Avenue

Smoke-Free ‘Philip Morris’ Screening on Fire with Famous Faces

by Jasmine Lombardi Photographed by CLINT SPAULDING/ Patrick McMullan
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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The Cinema Society and DeLeon Tequila’s special screening of I Love You Phillip Morris last night at the SVA Theater was smoke-free but on fire with famous faces. I arrived just as Gabourey Sidibe was stepping out of her car with a mini entourage and just in time to catch Olivia Palermo and her model boyfriend Johannes Huebl pose for the paparazzi (a wave of envy immediately came over me—could they be a more beautiful couple?). Inside the screening, the film’s star Jim Carrey sat with pal John Mayer as the real Philip Morris sat just rows behind.

I Love You Phillip Morris is a true (though highly unlikely) story of a con man’s (played by Carrey) transformation from a seemingly happily married man (his wife is played by the hilarious Leslie Mann) to a flamboyantly gay guy who turns to fraud to afford his new, extravagant lifestyle — all in the name of love. It is in the state penitentiary where he meets the love of his life, Phillip Morris (a petite, blonde-haired, blue-eyed man played surprisingly well by Ewan McGregor). It is his deep love for Morris which motivates him to commit one impossible con after another.

The after party was at Avenue, where castmembers Brennan Brown, Annie Golden, Rodrigo Santoro and writers/directors Glenn Ficarra & John Requa sipped DeLeon Tequila accompanied by Stefanie Powers, Caroline Rhea, Tiki Barber, Alex & Keyt Lundquist, Genevieve Bahrenburg, Jackie Astier, Gregg Bello, Rachel DuranAmy Durning, Laura Durning, Albert Hammond Jr., Patrick Heusinger, Lizzie Jordan, Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, John Ventimiglia, Vincent Pastore, Meredith Ostrom, Kevin Zegers, Thora Birch and Evan Handler.


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