“Austin Powers in Goldmember” is cameo-packed, with everyone from Tom Cruise to Britney Spears putting in face time. Even Gwyneth Paltrow appears as a Barbarella-meets-Emma Peel vixen. “Oh God, the leather catsuit…” she moaned, covering her face in mock embarrassment at Monday’s L.A. premiere. Natalie Portman, Mira Sorvino, Lucy Liu, Susan Sarandon and Robert Downey Jr. all trekked to the Valley to catch the film, but the night belonged to leading lady Beyoncé Knowles.
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“I’m a whoooole looootta woman,” she growled, prancing down the gold carpet. “That’s my favorite line, sugar.” Though the 20-year-old wasn’t even alive in the Seventies when her character Foxy Cleopatra reigned, Knowles is crazy about the decade.
“Everything was dramatic,” she said, “even the shoes.”
Meanwhile in New York’s Central Park, those dining behind the stage before a performance of “Twelfth Night” at a benefit for the Joseph Papp Public Theater, pondered another dramatic era — Shakespeare’s.
“I read the play years and years ago,” said Alexandra Shiva, who hosted with Ginny Bond Donahue, “but I never saw it performed. I wasn’t one of those theater people in high school.”
But the prospect of sitting through a two-hour performance sans champagne or cigarettes had some guests squirming.
“Tickets anyone?” joked Dennis Basso.
“I keep telling them, it’s not abridged,” scolded Donahue. “People, it’s Shakespeare.”
Marjorie Gubelmann, Samantha Bass, Ethan Hawke, Daniella Rich and Jeff Klein all found their seats, and with a big moon hanging overhead, the night couldn’t have been more magical. Except, maybe, with champagne on hand. But afterward, at the Belvedere castle, the dinner crowd and cast burned some sack, as the Elizabethans used to say.
“It’s such an amazing place that even if the production is OK, people think it’s good,” said Oliver Platt, whose capering Sir Toby stole the show. “And if it’s good, they think it’s great.”