CRACKING THE WHIP

The stars of “Georgia,” an emotionally charged film about two sisters and their passion for music, not only showed up for the film’s Los Angeles premiere last week, but also sang.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mare Winningham and rock singer John Doe belted out Velvet Underground tunes on the stage of the Viper Room after the screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Academy Theatre. Winningham has been working as a singer regularly these days, playing gigs in clubs around San Francisco.
“But I was really nervous about singing the lead in the film,” she admits. “I was wigged out.”
The next night, a small group of Hollywood heavy-hitters, including Frank Mancuso, Paula Wagner, William Morris biggie John Burnham and CAA mavericks Kevin Huvane and Rick Nicita, descended on Santa Monica’s AMC Theater for a private screening of “Wild Bill.”
“There’s free candy!” cried Barbara Davis, waving a plastic baggie filled with goodies at producer/hosts Lili Fini Zanuck and Richard Zanuck.
Later, over dinner at the Buffalo Club, a Gucci-clad Ellen Barkin, who plays a lovelorn Calamity Jane in the movie, regaled her table with stories of the lessons she took to learn how to use a whip correctly.
“I’m still doing it,” she said. “My children love it. I can just see them on the psychiatrist’s couch 20 years from now.”

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