BENEFITS FUND IN MEMORY OF STEIGER
'Poolhall' cues up unbuttoned preem
LAUREN HORWITCH, JESS LARSON
Black tie gave way to blue collar at the preem of
"Poolhall Junkies" at the ArcLight on Wednesday
night. Guests eschewed fancy hors d'oeuvres for cocktail
weenies and hot wings at the Hollywood Billiards after-party
benefiting the Motion Picture Television Fund in memory
of Rod Steiger, who made his last appearance in the
Paul Brooks, prexy of Gold Circle Films, said he took
a gamble on "Poolhall" for the same reason
he placed his bet on another little indie called "My
Big Fat Greek Wedding."
"I thought it was a really good script. In a
tough marketplace, we're going to pump it out like
'Greek' and see what happens."
Co-star Rick Schroder was also keen to cue up on the
indie pic. "It's great that small, little films
that can find distribution. It was fun. It wasn't
terribly luxurious on the set, but I don't need much,"
he told Daily Variety.
Other "Poolhall" stars Chazz Palminteri
and Alison Eastwood were joined by LeAnn Rimes, Samuel
Goldwyn and Joan Steiger.