MONSTER BASH

It was a monster bash in L.A. for the visiting Prince Charles. Temporarily escaping the terror of England's tabloid press, he was guest of honor Tuesday for a horror show of a different kind--the film premiere of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" in Century City.
Whether it was the Prince or a chance to see director Kenneth Branagh's long-awaited film adaptation of the Shelley book, a slew of Hollywood heavyweights was on hand. Among them: Jack Nicholson, who not only wore his trademark sunglasses, but carried an extra pair. He was joined by Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, and Peter Guber. Branagh--who co-stars as Dr. Frankenstein--was also there, along with his wife, Emma Thompson.
Response to the movie seemed a bit cool. But during a cocktail session with the stars, said co-star Helena Bonham Carter, Prince Charles told her that he loved it.
"He went very much toward the moral tale of it," Bonham Carter reported.
Dressed in a black Morgane Le Fay dress, she dragged on her cigarette and conceded that the film was "fairly overwhelming and bewildering."
In a fairly short speech at the post-screening dinner, the Prince praised the British film industry and told the crowd he was excited about being at a Hollywood premiere.
"I think they told him not to say anything controversial," muttered a member of his entourage.

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