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‘School of Rock’ crew have dueling pre-opening night parties



Sunday, December 6, 2015, 4:00 AM

There's a competition brewing for the better party between the producers of 'School of Rock.' One will be held at the Palm in Midtown, while another is being held at Emmett O’Lunney's Irish Pub.

There’s a competition brewing for the better party between the producers of ‘School of Rock.’ One will be held at the Palm in Midtown, while another is being held at Emmett O’Lunney’s Irish Pub.


Pre-opening-night parties for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock” are shaping up to be a battle-of-the-bands-like rivalry — if not a riff on upstairs/downstairs.

On Sunday, the show’s producers are throwing a bash for the stars of the 2003 movie the musical is based on. The shindig is at the Palm in Midtown, a posh spot a stone’s throw from the Winter Garden Theatre.

At the same time, the Broadway show’s book writer Julian Fellowes, who also created “Downton Abbey,” is hosting a party for stars of that popular upper-crusty British TV series at the earthy Emmett O’Lunney’s Irish Pub, just a few doors down.

At the Palm, look for Miranda Cosgrove, who played super-organized Summer Hathaway in the 2003 film “School of Rock,” along with Mike White, who wrote the screenplay and portrayed Jack Black’s roommate. Black hasn’t seen the show yet, show spokesman Rick Miramontez told Confidenti@l. “But who knows? He may slip in quietly and unannounced.”

At O’Lunney’s, the guest list includes Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan, known for their portrayal on “Abbey” of no-nonsense servants Carson and Mrs. Hughes.

Hugh Bonneville, aka Lord Grantham, will be there too, as will Elizabeth McGovern, who played his wife and could teach her own school of rock. She’s in a band called Sadie and the Hotheads.


Starring in Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” was an eye-opener for La La Anthony.

“Filming this movie in Chicago for six weeks, I was there every day in these neighborhoods shooting this movie, talking to parents who have lost children, talking to brothers and sisters who have lost family members (and) it’s really sad,” she said. “I’m really glad that this movie is going to start the conversation about what’s going on and hopefully we can find some sort of solution.”


Actor Jason Schwartzman was happy to perform for Bill Murray’s “A Very Murray Christmas” holiday special, but he isn’t sure audiences will like the end result.

“I sing, but not well. It was bad,” he told us at a screening for the film. “It was just out of tune and it was out of my key. It’s not my key, but it was a duet and I was just trying to be a gentleman and sing. I go to the key of my co-singer.”


Mark Ronson is dapper and charming in the Winter issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.

He told the mag about coming from famous stock, saying there were always celebrities at his house growing up.

“The family thing is cool, I guess. There are the fun anecdotes, like my mom (music manager Anne Dexter) and Paul McCartney saving me when I was drowning. I don’t even know if any of that stuff is true. It’s just par for the course at this point,” he said.

Ronson added about his new record, “Uptown Special,” that it “just felt like if I’m going to do something, it has to be the s–t that I know I do great.”


Feeling the winter chill? Warm your hands on a character actor.

Vincent Piazza, star of gritty Mob movie “The Wannabe,” told Confidenti@l it was tough to keep spirits up on a frigid set.

“It was freezing and we shot in over 30 locations in 20 days, so we were working on a shoestring,” he said at the premiere. “But we had this incredible ensemble of actors and kept each other warm. We were in like a little penguin bundle.”


The keys to Greta Garbo’s New York City apartment will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction, Confidenti@l has learned.

The personally owned and used keys come with a brown ostrich leather key wallet, which has seven keys to her Manhattan pad.

There is also a ring with a circular tag labeled by Garbo in ink, “Miss GG, 5th Floor” on one side, and “G. 5 G.” on the other.

In 1953, Garbo paid $ 38,000 for the seven room fifth-floor apartment located at 450 East 52nd St., which is now worth $ 3.15 million.

Also up for sale in the auction is a dark brown mink coat that belonged to Barbra Streisand. Bidding ends Dec. 9.


Ben Affleck and Sienna Miller are seen walking around base-camp on the set of "Live By Night" in Los Angeles. Miguel Aguilar/JS, PacificCoastNews/Miguel Aguilar/JS, PacificCoastN

Ben Affleck and Sienna Miller are seen walking around base-camp on the set of “Live By Night” in Los Angeles.

Enlarge Sienna Miller seen on the set of "Live By Night" in LA. Miguel Aguilar/JS, PacificCoastNews/Miguel Aguilar/JS, PacificCoastN

Sienna Miller seen on the set of “Live By Night” in LA.


Ben Affleck and Sienna Miller in their retro costumes for “Livy By Night

Sienna Miller and Ben Affleck went back in time to shoot scenes for Warner Brother’s “Live By Night” in L.A. Miller, wearing a flapper dress and pearls looked ready for a night on the town, roaring ’20s style.

Affleck appeared battered and bruised and looked like he’d seen better days.

Let’s just hope that aluminum Diet Coke can doesn’t make it into scenes. While booze was still around during Prohibition, Diet Coke wasn’t invented until 1982.


Amy Schumer shoots a look at director Judd Apatow at the GQ 20th Anniversary Men of the Year Party, with Bradley Cooper standing by as well.Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for GQ

Amy Schumer shoots a look at director Judd Apatow at the GQ 20th Anniversary Men of the Year Party, with Bradley Cooper standing by as well.

Actress Amy Schumer appeared less than amused by Judd Apatow at GQ’s 20th Anniversary Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont in L.A.

The stylish comic could’ve done a lot worse than being surrounded by Apatow and A-list hunk Bradley Cooper.

Also spotted at the chic soiree were Jon Hamm, David O. Russell, James Marsden, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman.


Some couples just look right together.

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky attended the “Heart of the Sea” premiere in Madrid, Spain, which is where Pataky was raised.

Lucky for the future of mankind, the “Thor” star and his model bride are doing their part to populate the planet. They have a 3-year-old daughter named India Rose and twin sons named Sasha and Tristan, who will start their terrible twos in March.


This must be the “recreation” part of the job.

Amy Poehler was joined by her NBC “Parks and Recreation” pal Rashida Jones on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday.

That’s where Poehler was feted with the 2,566th honoree of a Walk of Fame star. Poehler will soon be reunited by partner in crime Tina Fey, when they co-host “Saturday Night Live” on Dec. 19.


“I’m sure (my kids) will be Googling their old man and saying to one another, ‘Geez, he was a f—–g wildman, wasn’t he?’” Noel Gallagher talking to Music Feeds

“He was from that generation that didn’t hug and kiss and say, ‘I love you,’ but he did say finally, ‘I’m proud of you,’” Burt Reynolds talking about his dad on “The Jonathan Ross Show”

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jason schwartzman ,
bill murray ,
mark ronson ,
paul mccartney ,
sienna miller ,
ben affleck ,
amy schumer ,
judd apatow ,
bradley cooper ,
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jimmy kimmel ,
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