Paper Man, Kieran and Michele Mulroney’s new film about a friendless writer (Jeff Daniels) and a lonely teenager (Emma Stone) who become unlikely friends, is about people who hear voices. Kieran Culkin (as a mopey stalker-type) and Ryan Reynolds (as a blue-tighted superhero) play imaginary companions who speak to the lead characters in anxious moments. Safe to say that at Ugg and the Cinema Society’s sneak preview last night at the Crosby Street Hotel, more than a few of the guests knew what that’s like. “When don’t I have a voice in my head? I think if we don’t speak to ourselves and keep ourselves motivated, we’re not really alive,” explained Rachel Roy (pictured). Not that they’re all good. Stone copped to having the proverbial angel-devil arguments in her head: “I call that the little green goblin, the anxiety—you know, that little panic in you,” she said. Luckily, she manages to muzzle hers. “I can usually quiet it down with the good ones.” At the after-party, there were plenty of angels (Dree Hemingway, Carolyn Murphy) on hand. As for the other guy? Well, Mike Myers and Alan Cumming dropped by, too. Who knows what invisible little troublemakers goad them on?
The philanthropic and the very, very flexible came together under one Vaudevillian roof last night at the Box, Simon Hammerstein’s dinner-theater hot spot on the Lower East Side, for a benefit celebrating the children’s charity Only Make Believe, founded by Hammerstein’s mother, Dena. “We’re bringing in a different set of people who have never known the kind of work that we’ve done, so it’s a wonderful opportunity,” she said. In the packed reception area, mingling guests included painter Damian Loeb and wife, Zoya; writer Jessica Joffe; film publicist Peggy Siegal; and the master of ceremonies, Mike Myers, who took off his comedic hat for the night. “It was one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever seen in my life and I cried like a baby,” he said, referring to the charity’s work with disabled children in hospitals. Meanwhile, just above his head, a smiling performer was contorting her body around a giant hoop. “Next year is our tenth annual gala,” said Simon Hammerstein about the charity. “So I thought the year before that we should do something different, out of the box—no pun intended.”