Let the games begin! The fall season in New York kicked off with the proverbial bang Wednesday night, with the convergence of three key factors: an autumnal drop in temperature; the premiere of the new Michael Douglas thriller, “The Game,” which ended with a dinner at Balthazar, and the mobbed opening of Marc Jacobs’s first retail store, on Mercer Street.
Pedestrian party-hopping ensued, since Balthazar and the Jacobs event were only three blocks apart. The throng coursing through the Jacobs party, which overflowed into a parking garage next door, included Stephen Dorff, Anna Sui, Guy Oseary, Boy George (who also attended Jacobs’s first ever party, at Charivari in 1985), Taylor Dane and Sheryl Crowe.
“Everyone was coming up to us,” said Jacobs’s partner, Robert Duffy, “and asking, ‘Would you put that dress on hold for me?’ I had to give them a business card and tell them to come back tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, the star-gazing was bright at Balthazar, where Douglas was joined by Gwyneth Paltrow (and her parents, Blythe Danner and Bruce Paltrow), Lauren Bacall and “She’s So Lovely” director Nick Cassavetes and Sean Young. Paltrow looked very chic in a booth with Larry Gagosian — who was trying his best to interest her in some art — dressed in Prada knee-high boots, a Rebecca Dannenberg skirt and a Gap T-shirt. Douglas and Paltrow are about to be co-stars: They’re both starring in an upcoming remake of “Dial M for Murder.”
Douglas held court in the far back banquet with his agents and “The Game” director David Fincher. Fincher, who also directed “Seven” and a number of Nine Inch Nails videos, was a tad nervous about the reaction to the movie.
“People are saying it’s upbeat for a David Fincher movie,” he sighed. “Except I don’t know what a David Fincher movie is.”

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