The Café Society Premiere with Woody Allen, Kristen Stewart, and Blake Lively

by Sydney Sadick

Last night, a slew of stars came out to celebrate Woody Allen’s latest blockbuster, Café Society, featuring Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, and Ken Stott. The premiere took place at the iconic Paris Theater on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and was hosted by Amazon, Lionsgate, and The Cinema Society.

“I never saw Twilight. I saw [Kristen] in the movie [Clouds of Sils Maria] that she won the French Oscar for. She was great in it,” said Allen on selecting Stewart for the lead role. “She had the right quality for this part and there were very few people who did. She had this very beautiful look that could be a girl from Nebraska—simple and naive—and could be transformed easily into a very sophisticated, elegant woman. Not every woman can do that. Some women can play one and not the other, and I needed two actors. I needed Jesse and Kristen to play those kinds of characters, and they were both able to do it.”

A little intel on the film: The 1930s romance flick follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he becomes obsessed with the high society nightclub life. The film shows the 1930s in full-force, showing what movie stars, socialites, politicians, and even playboys were like—and of course the glamour, too.

Stewart, who confessed that Vicky Cristina Barcelona is her favorite Woody Allen movie, broke down what it was like to work with the writer/director. “He directs so little considering how particular his films are! Not to diminish his process—I just think there’s this intrinsic natural thing that happens.” The actress wore Chanel and shared what she thinks of her personal style these days: “It’s f*cking dope.”

Other famous faces who came out for the showing and the after-party at The Carlyle Hotel included Anna Wintour (who was wearing the same dress as the one donned at the Serena documentary premiere), Patti Smith, Barbara Walters, Martha Stewart, Heidi Klum, Regis & Joy Philbin, F. Murray AbrahamDakota Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Debi Mazar, Fran Lebowitz, Swoosie Kurtz, Debra Messing, Bill O’Reilly, Dean Winters, Michael Imperioli, Amber Tamblyn, Sami Gayle, Bobby Flay, Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl, Prabal Gurung, Cynthia Rowley, Reed Krakoff, Chris Benz, Stefano TonchiFern Mallis and others. Only for Woody!

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