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Wednesday night found a merry troupe of cineastes traveling the length of West 23rd Street in honor of Paul Giamatti’s latest acting turn, “Win Win.” Giamatti was all smiles at the GQ- and Nixon-sponsored screening, fondly greeting fellow castmates Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and Melanie Lynskey at the School of Visual Arts Theater at 333 West 23rd Street. After the film ended, the crowd spilled onto the street and moved to The Chelsea Room, in the underbelly of the Chelsea Hotel, which, in a nice bit of symmetry, is exactly 111 addresses east at 222 West 23rd Street. The small space quickly overflowed with bodies, to the chagrin of some of the public relations people present, who grumbled audibly. “I wish we didn’t have to accommodate the families of the talent,” said one clipboard toter. “We’re overcapacity already.”
The crowds inside, which included Lake Bell, Carol Alt, Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino, made a sort of shimmying line dance in their attempt to gain access to one of the two bars. Patricia Clarkson abstained from the hoedown to embrace Ryan, and enthusiastically praise her turn in “a wonderful film: everyone was spectacular.” Lisa Marie Falcone, resplendent in a fringed Tom Ford frock in Yves Klein blue snuggled up to Cannavale for a photo op (the latter’s family was present, with his teen son Jake all grins for much of the evening). John Slattery was on hand, munching on the buffet dinner near a confused Rachel Dratch, who found herself the victim of unwanted attention when one guest clutched her about the shoulders and forced her into a photo op, screaming “I LOVE SNL!” into her face. “Thank you?” Dratch winced, before fleeing.
This story first appeared in the March 18, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.