July 25

Stars Crowd Red Carpet, Party for West Coast Premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ THE WIFE Hosted by Rakuten Kobo, Ahmad Tea, and Bartenura Wines.

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Stars Crowd Red Carpet, Party for West Coast Premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ THE WIFE
Hosted by Rakuten Kobo, Ahmad Tea, and Bartenura Wines
In a harbinger of early awards buzz for director Björn Runge’s film for Sony Pictures Classics, THE WIFE, A-list celebrities turned out in force Monday night at the Silverscreen Theatre at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood for the red carpet premiere and post event tea, wine, cocktail, and hors d’oeuvres reception for the film.
Guests from the film included: Glenn Close; Jonathan Pryce; Christian Slater; Annie Starke; director Björn Runge; screenwriter Jane Anderson, novelist Meg Wolitzer, who wrote the original book; editor Lena Runge, producers Claudia Bluemhuber and Rosalie Swedlin, and Sony Pictures Classics’ Co-president Michael Barker.
Additional guests included: Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Fly) and his wife Emilie Livingston; Rose Byrne (Spy, Insidious, Bridesmaids); Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction, Short Cuts, Patriot Games);; Carly Chaikin (Mr. Robot); Dyan Cannon (Heaven Can Wait, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Deathtrap); Lisa Pelikan (Lionheart, Return to the Blue Lagoon, Julia); Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight, Red Riding Hood); and Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
In homage to Rose Byrne, Glenn Close (who starred with her on the TV series Damages) feigned a faint on the red carpet before her. She cherishes her daughter Annie Starke and often laid her head on guests’ shoulders and shut her eyes blissfully. Or maybe, she just didn’t want to take so many photos.
Former gymnast Emilie Livingston and husband Jeff Goldblum sure haven’t lost their affection over four years of marriage. The two shared as passionate a kiss as was manageable on the red carpet. Livingston, who grew up in Moscow, professed some blissful ignorance at popular culture, mentioning Sartre and Camus as favorite authors.
Proffered a glass of Ahmad iced tea before the screening, Jonathan Pryce quipped, “Have you got a cocktail? That’s the way I want to watch this movie.”

A radiant Katie Holmes made a rare public appearance on the red carpet in a white blouse and roomy, pleated long black trousers.

The film’s cast and filmmakers received a presentation of Ahmad Teas and Rakuten Kobo e-readers with a copy of Meg Wolitzer’s original book The Wife on it.

Christian Slater was reunited at the party with his Mr. Robot co-star Carly Chaikin.

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Photo Caption: [names] at West Coast Premiere of Björn Runge’s THE WIFE from Sony Pictures Classics at Pacific Design Center, hosted by Rakuten Kobo, Ahmad Tea, and Bartenura Wines.
About the film:
After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife.

Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later—a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

We would like to thank Henry and Alexa from PMG-Platform Media Group for the profile and press release.