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The next day, the mainly French cast, which includes Mathieu Amalric, Marie-Josée Croze and Schnabel's wife, Olatz, showed up surprisingly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for a Peggy Siegal-masterminded luncheon in their honor at Brasserie Ruhlmann. (Emmanuelle Seigner, on the other hand, looked less thrilled to be there).
Schnabel was clearly still in director mode. "Excuse me!" he shouted at the unsuspecting diners lunching in the main part of the restaurant. "If you could please be quiet for five minutes, that would be beautiful and generous of you." Though it had a momentary effect, it seems they didn't take direction well — the hubbub arose again as Schnabel gave his speech.
SEA AND BE SEEN: Conan O'Brien, Amy Poehler and Alec Baldwin took a respite from picketing with the Writers Guild of America on Thursday evening at the gala at the American Museum of Natural History, which featured a performance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. "Lorne [Michaels] has us go to these things every now and then," said "Saturday Night Live" jokester Andy Samberg, who along with the rest of the show's cast, seemed an odd fit with the older-moneyed crowd. Brian Williams, who hosted "SNL" two weeks earlier, yukked it up with Michaels and crew during the predinner cocktail hour. Has the anchor received any special treatment since his appearance? "I now get discounts on car rentals," Williams joked.
Still, the glittery evening didn't completely distract guests from the ongoing writers' strike. "I've been out there supporting the working man," Seth Meyers said of his days since taping of his late-night show stopped. For her part, Poehler also voiced her solidarity with the writers. "When the ocean goes on strike, we will be there too," the petite comedian joked to the crowd during dinner in the museum's Hall of Ocean Life.