Mimsical Evening


In keeping with the film's wondrous theme, New Line hosted a colorful, whimsical postpremiere bash for its sci-fi fantasy "The Last Mimzy." Following the film's screening Tuesday at Mann's Village Theatre in Westwood, guests walked to a nearby tent, where they were greeted by waiters with milk and cookies. During the bash, helmer/executive producer and studio chief Robert Shaye talked about his passion for the project, which had been in development since 1993. Shaye cited his fascination with Lewis Padgett's 1943 short story, which he read as a child, among the reasons he decided to direct the film. So, how was Shaye's return to the director's chair? "We'll let the audience tell me the answer to that," he said. Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin -- who met Shaye when Rubin was a curator at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art only to discover that they had gone to the same high school in Detroit (as did Jerry Bruckheimer) -- discussed his eight-year involvement with the film. "It was a labor of love beyond anything you can imagine," he said, calling the collaboration among everyone involved in the project "an enormous vibrancy of a collective effort."

Among those attending the party were Rubin's son Ari, who recently finished a screenplay called "The War Magician" for Cruise/Wagner Prods., co-writer Toby Emmerich, the film's Kathryn Hahn and Joely Richardson, composer Howard Shore and New Line's Michael Lynne and Russell Schwartz. Turning out to support the film's Rainn Wilson were his fellow cast mates from NBC's "The Office," including Leslie David Baker, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Melora Hardin, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski and Phyllis Smith.