Liz Smith: Mark Wahlberg Delivers Pain and Gain and Just a Little Controversy
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"God! I need a horse tranquilizer after that movie!" said one patron staggering out of a screening of the new Mark Wahlberg/Dwayne Johnson flick, Pain and Gain.
"Oh, how lucky" said the event organizer Andrew Saffir of The Cinema Society, "That's what we're serving." And he wasn't kidding. A towering, crop-haired blonde waitress with the Eiffel Tower tattooed on her calf, offered a drink with fumes so strong, only the alkies could take it. (Horse tranquilizers actually play a vital part in the movie.)
The after-party happened at the James Hotel and was studded with 50 Cent, Joshua Bell, Carol Alt, Dan Abrams, Paul Haggis, Carlos Leon, Scott Gorenstein, Ben Shenkman and the usual men and women too beautiful to even bother having names.
You can read last week's Hollywood Reporter on the rivalry between Saffir, a relative newcomer to the party scene, and the iconic Queen of the Night Peggy Siegal. Hilarious! "I don't hate Peggy!" said Andrew, when I mentioned the art
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