The Scene: Thursday's West Coast premiere of Castle Rock's "Dolores Claiborne" at the Mann Village Theater with an after-party at Chaya Brasserie. The press kit describes the film as "a dramatic psychological thriller about a woman accused of murdering her notoriously difficult employer." One guest noted that considering some of Hollywood's notoriously difficult studio execs, "she could be conducting a UCLA Extension class."
Who Was There: The film's stars, Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh; director Taylor Hackford; and screenwriter Tony Gilroy; plus 1,500 guests at the screening (250 at the party) including Rene Russo, Quentin Tarantino, Alfre Woodard, Kim Cattrall, Jennifer Beals, Carl Reiner, Castle Rock's Alan Horn, Martin Shafer and Andy Scheinman, and Billy Crystal, who said he planned to spend Oscar night "sitting at home, watching the show, having some pizza and wondering, like everyone else, 'Why is this so long?' "