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Thursday evening, Allison Sarofim opened up her West Village townhouse to toast Spike Jonze, who has much to celebrate. In addition to his highly anticipated “Where the Wild Things Are,” the director managed to co-direct (with Lance Bangs) a 66 Productions documentary on Maurice Sendak entitled, “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak,” and is the subject of a MoMA exhibit.

“It’s a trip,” he said simply before turning his attention to gushing guests.

This story first appeared in the October 12, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

While Julianne Moore hid out in a hallway, a black-clad crew sipped vodka, smoked cigarettes and noshed on Pop burgers in Sarofim’s courtyard, tricked out with a backdrop of Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” illustrations. And despite partying appearances, there were many parents in the room well familiar with the beloved children’s book.

“I read it to my daughter, Arrow. She’s obsessed,” said Sarah Sophie Flicker.

“My son likes ‘In the Night Kitchen.’ ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ is still too scary for him,” said Julianna Margulies’ beau Keith Lieberthal, as he caught up with pal Samantha Mathis.

Of course like most late night affairs, the evening—which continued long past midnight—brought out the latent kid in some revelers. One girl flitted through the rooms sporting a large gold crown, while another took one of the Sendak paper mache decor pieces as a parting gift. None of it likely struck Catherine Keener as unusual, who feels more tuned into her juvenile tendencies.

“How do I tap OUT of my inner child?” she laughed, gesturing towards Jonze and pals, “I mean, I hang out with these guys.”

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