By Alex Distefano
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There were even more body parts over at Lincoln Center's performing arts library, where they premiered a show of photographer Kenn Duncan's glamour portraits of nudes and celebrities from the '70s gay mag After Dark. A mole told me, "Hal Prince didn't want anything to do with this part of the evening because he thinks Kenn was sleazy." Really, Hal!
Speaking of princes and queens, Martha Stewart scandal player Peter Bacanovic has a live-in boyfriend who I hear works for Us Weekly and, even more scandalously, posed nude in the '80s for a campus issue of Playgirl. But I bet Peter has crossed that off the guy's ledger.
Let me now bare my soul and say that Synecdoche is an A-for-effort film that ends up pushing too hard for profundity, and as a result it could use all the press it can get. But socially striving zhlub/promoter Andrew Saffir wouldn't invite me to the premiere, even under pressure. Rather than guess whether I'm too old, arch, honest, or ethnic to land his approval, I'll simply wallow in the fact that I'm not self-loathing, and besides, I'm invited to everything else!
I certainly got swept into the W. premiere, and though a homeless-looking man was being escorted out of his seat not far from me, another one was being led right into it. (Turned out it was actually scruffy movie star Michael Pitt. Grunge lives!) After the movie, I asked writer Bob Morris who will star as his dad in the NBC-optioned sitcom of his book Assisted Loving, and he said Jack Klugman or Bob Newhart would be good—"some charming old guy that needs work and still has his marbles and people would turn on the TV to watch. Hey, maybe George W. Bush!" Perfect—except for the part about being charming, having his marbles, and being something people would want to watch.
One more invite: A Michael's luncheon for Richard Jenkins, who's getting an Oscar push for The Visitor (a/k/a "two illegal immigrants unknowingly squat in a disaffected professor's apartment and teach him the drums"). As we toasted the movie's DVD release, Jenkins told me the Prince of Belgium liked it, but insisted there should be 10 more minutes showing what happens to the young woman. ("I guess no one says no to the prince," Jenkins told me, laughing. Or Harold Prince.) The actor—who's also in everything from Step Brothers to Burn After Reading—told me he's enjoying getting older and looking back at a varied life. The downside? "You're gonna die soon!"