"For the time being, I'm going to make this slavery malarkey work in my favor. Having said that, I feel guilty," Christoph Waltz charmingly announces as the German dentist-turned-bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz, in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
There was no shortage of celebrities or Hollywood heavyweights at last night's New York premiere of Tarantino's latest film; Miramax is, as Harvey Weinstein informed the audience, "the house that Tarantino built." And Tarantino did not disappoint, providing a rambunctious introduction of each of his cast members before the film beginning with "first name Jamie, last name Foxx, middle name motherfuckingggg!"
When asked if his attitude towards filmmaking had changed over the last 20 years, Tarantino explained that "just before I came out, they were telling me that there was a little problem in the projection booth... 20 years ago, 15 years ago, even 10 years ago, I would have fucking flipped out. What I've learned," he continued, "is the film is good it doesn't matter, any imperfections, and if the film is bad it doesn't mean anything when it's perfect."
After the screening, guests headed downtown to the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel for some DeLéon Tequila cocktails, beer, and more Tarantino madness. Attendees included Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Wilde, Liv Tyler, Sam Rockwell, Patrick Wilson, Jeremy Piven, Josh Lucas, Amy Ryan, Zach Braff, Naomi Campbell, Sharon Osbourne, 50 Cent, Patti Smith, Helena Christensen, Darren Aronofsky, Russell Simmons, Carla Gugino, Zac Efron, Zoe Kravitz, Jason Biggs, Ari Graynor, Anson Mount, Oscar Isaac, James Purefoy, Dakota Johnson, Matthew Settle, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Ingrid Sischy & Sandra Brant, Salman Rushdie, Olivier Theyskens, Ellen Von Unwerth, Stavros Niarchos & Jessica Hart, Anja Rubik and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.