Jun 9, 2006

From Robert De Niro to Jerry Seinfeld, stars of the entertainment field walked a new kind of red carpet: one laid down a long flight of stairs. That’s due to the venue of the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival’s Vanity Fair party: the New York State Supreme Courthouse at 60 Centre Street and Pearl Street.

Hundreds of candles lined the courthouse steps. Beneath the American flag and the architectural wonders of statues, columns and moldings, the words VANITY FAIR were carved in huge, red block letters above a sign reading, “Tribeca Film Festival.”

The award for best-looking couple goes to Ed Burns and Christy Turlington. Burns, who has a film to promote, said, “It was a no-brainer to come out tonight.” When asked what fans yell out these days when they see him on the street, Burns joked, “What fans? Have you seen the box-office returns of my last couple movies?”
Turlington laughed and then praised his new film, The Groomsmen.

Iman and David Bowie were another glamorous duo. The parade of guests included David Duchovny, Jeff Goldblum, Russell Simmons, Fran Liebowitz, Damon Dash and Harvey Weinstein.

Designers Carolina Herrera and Diane von Furstenberg joined the party, as did television stars Barbara Walters and Regis.

Tennis champion John McEnroe came to support the festival. He graciously stopped and answered questions. “De Niro is a quiet, behind-the-scenes guy who stepped up to the plate,” he said. “There’s more to [the festival] than just seeing a movie.”

Ed Burns and Christy Turlington (photographed by Mario Clemente)

Patty Smyth and John McEnroe(photographed by Mario Clemente)

David Duchovny (photographed by Mario Clemente)

William Dafoe and Giada Colagrande (photographed by Mario Clemente)

Mr. and Mrs. Regis Philbin (photographed by Mario Clemente)

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