Sunset, Stars Light Up The Hollywood Reporter's Hamptons Screening for 'The Spectacular Now'
A stunning sunset and a rainbow provided the backdrop for The Hollywood Reporter, Samsung and Cinema Society-hosted screening of the coming-of-age pic The Spectacular Now at The Crow's Nest restaurant in Montauk. A beach party and bonfire followed the showing of the teen drama.
While the weather was pleasant Friday evening for the outside screening, director James Ponsoldt explained that, during the film's production, the crew had to endure thunderstorms in Georgia.
"We ran with it. Even the scene where Miles [Teller] and Shailene [Woodley] have their first kiss, the long walk and talk, it rained, we huddled under a tent," he said. "You have to embrace the elements and not fight them."
The Spectacular Now shoot was the first time that Woodley had visited the state. "I had never been to the South before and I loved the atmosphere," the actress said. "I loved the food and the people. It was so diverse.”
Teller, the film's lead who nabbed a special jury award for acting at the Sundance Film Festival in January, described how he felt when he learned about the honor. “I found out I won the award from my mom,” the actor said. “She called me crying. 'You won, you won.'"
The high school-set film sees Teller playing a hard-partying senior who falls for a classmate (Woodley) with a promising future. The drama was penned by 500 Days of Summer writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
Producers Andrew Lauren and Tom McNulty also attended the intimate screening. McNulty elaborated on how the film went from script to screen. "Everybody in town was passing on it," he said. "It was a long process for many years it was just me and a script. I normally make big studio films; this was my first independent and it was a uphill battle."
The Hamptons event drew numerous industry notables. During the evening, guests, including Christie Brinkley, Aida Turturro and Lauren Bush Lauren, dined on a raw bar of oysters and clams, red quinoa tabouli and octupus salad with fennel, celery and a watermelon salad and sipped red wine and proseco.
Actor Zosia Mamet took a break from filming the third season of the HBO comedy Girls to view the film in Montauk. “I love teen movies,” said Mamet. “I was a huge fan of The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink."