FROGS, SNAKES AND CHAMPAGNE?
WHAT ELSE AT A HOLLY-WEIRD PARTY FOR WILD AT HEART DAVID LYNCH
People, August 27, 1990
It's not that anyone would expect a David Lynch party to be, well,
conventional. After all, this is the man who put a severed ear on the
big screen in Blue Velvet and brought a prophetic log to TV in last
season's Twin Peaks. Still, the Los Angeles premiere of the
director's latest project, the controversial Cannes Film Festival
winner, Wild at Heart, was deeply strange even by Lynchian standards.
Besides Lynch and Wild stars Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern, the
soiree at Hollywood's cavernous nightspot Arena boasted an exotic
dancer boogying with a boa constrictor, a smoke machine belching
smoglike clouds, and a fire-eater. The mix was interesting at both
the screening and the party after: Jayne ^ Meadows and Justine
Bateman, Steve Allen and Rob Lowe, Bruce Davison and Dweezil Zappa,
Howie Mandel and his mom.
Of course, the celebs didn't mingle for long which no doubt had
more to do with the cash bar and low-budget hors d'oeuvres than with
the company. But almost everyone had something (relatively) nice to
say about the long-awaited film. ''It's a celebration of ugliness,
but very artistically accomplished,'' said Allen. ''Intriguing,''
said L.A. Law's Harry Hamlin. ''I think it's the feel-good movie of
the summer,'' said Mandel. ''I came out ((with)) a warm feeling in my
body. I don't know if it's from my heart or in my spleen, but there's
a lot of warmth in that general area.''
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