Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dining With the Stars:
Bruce Dern, Jack Nicholson
and More Cupcakes

A private screening of "Nebraska"
for 600 of Jack's Close Friends

 It was another big night in Hollywood on Tuesday at the Jack Nicholson-hosted private showing of Alexander Payne’s terrific “Nebraska.” 

Is it Bruce Dern's turn for an Oscar? He was last nominated in 1978.

Screen icons of an important earlier generation turned out in force to applaud Bruce Dern’s indelible performance, surely one of the year’s finest (and one that already had earned him the Best Actor award in Cannes in May). Peter Fonda, Mel Gibson, and Sean Penn were in the audience. So were SNL favorites Bill Haider and Molly Shannon, cheering on the multi-talented Will Forte who plays Bruce Dern’s son in the film. 

No Jack, no Sean, no Mel, no press! Cupcakes instead
Elliot Gould told us he would be back on TV in “Ray Donovan” next year. “You’re a very bad guy,” we chided. “No, I’m a great guy!” he insisted. 

Payne, Dern, and producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger fielded beaucoup kudos at the reception in the WGA lobby after the film. It was a strict no press, no photography evening. Hence no celeb pics here. But we did manage to sneak a snap of the wonderful red velvet cupcakes that Jackson’s Catering served for dessert. 

Watch Jack Nicholson's wry speech accepting his first Oscar for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Even if the film’s a dud, you can always count on first class food from Jackson’s. Fortunately for us, both last night’s film and the feast following it were outstanding.

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