The 25th annual yearly Hamptons International Film Festival offered a wild day on Saturday: a visit with royalty, a revelation about The- Big Sick, and Sam Rockwell rocking a crazy amazing movie. What else could you want?
The royalty was Julie Andrews, who was feted with a Lifetime Achievement Award at East Hamptonâ€™s Guild Hall after a screening of her late husband Blake Edwardsâ€™ â€œVictor/Victoriaâ€� and on stage interview with Alec Baldwin.
(Thatâ€™s right: if youâ€™re interested in why Baldwin wasnâ€™t playing Donald Trump last night on SNL itâ€™s 'cause he is here at the HIFF, presiding, interviewing, glad handing.)
Julie Andrewsâ€“ now unbelievably 82 going on 40â€“is Hollywood royalty who summers in the Hamptons where her daughter Emma runs the famed Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The- Sound of Musicâ€“ Julie might as well be a Windsor with gold statues. Gracious to a fault, she proved to be very articulate about her career, about Blake Edwards, filmmaking and show business during her Q&A. Later, at a reception at SilverCup Studios owner (and HIFF honcho) Stuart Sunaâ€™s East Hampton home, Dame Julie met and shook hands with all the guests, inquiring about their lives with the curiosity of a monarch who was at last meeting her subjects. In a word, she was delightful. A spoonful of sugar helps everything.
Earlier, at Nick and Toniâ€™sâ€“ the amazing Hamptons eatery for celebsâ€“Variety sponsored a huge buffet lunch for â€œ10 to Watch,â€� which used to be called Rising Stars except now Sir Patrick Stewart was featured, and letâ€™s face it, he has risen. But there were plenty of young actors and newer faces to meet in addition to Kumail Nanjiani of â€œBig Sickâ€� fame with his wife and co-writer Emily Gordon; Grace van Patten of â€œMeyerowitz Stories,â€� Timothee Chalamet of â€œCall Me By Your Name,â€� Hong Chau of â€œDownsizing,â€� Kiersey Clemons, Daveed Diggs, Daniel Kaluuya of â€œGet Out,â€� and Danielle McDonald of â€œPatti Cakes.â€� Value added: Sir Patrick brought his lovely wife, singer Sunny Ozell, who is charming.
The large reveal about The- Big Sick? Kumail â€” who everyone loves on â€œSilicon Valley,â€� alsoâ€“ got to meet one of his favorite actors, Bob Balaban. And Kumail revealed in that he and Emilyâ€“ she was really in a coma 10 years of time ago by the way and now can happily laugh about itâ€“ are such fans of Balaban in that they named a character for him â€œThe Big Sick.â€� Jeremy Shamos plays â€œBob Dalavan.â€� Balaban got a kick out of that, the Nanjianiâ€™s were glowing with excitement.
What else? Sam Rockwell drove in for the premiere of his movie â€œThree Billboards Near Ebbing, Missouri,â€� written and directed by Martin McDonagh. Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson co-star in this crazy, â€œFargoâ€�-esque semi violent comedy. This movie is great. Rockwell must get a Supporting Actor nomination. McDormand out-prickles herself. The- Carter Burwell music marries Irish tinged themes with American country.
â€œThree Billboardsâ€� â€” I will tell you more soon, yet someone asked Rockwell after the movie if there could be a sequel. His perfect answer: â€œYes, and it could be called â€˜Killing and Fucking.’â€� Everyone cheered.