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TO THE MAX: Max Minghella — actor and son of director Anthony — is ready for his close-up. At a dinner following a private New York screening of Minghella's latest flick, "Elvis and Annabelle," the thespian discussed his upcoming gig in an epic directed by Alejandro Amenábar ("The Others"). He left Monday for the four-month shoot in Malta. "I've never done a film this big before," the Brit said. "I'm very nervous." Minghella just wrapped "Hippie Hippie Shake," with Sienna Miller.
Also on hand at the dinner was Minghella's "Elvis and Annabelle" co-star, Blake Lively, on hiatus from "Gossip Girl." As Lively revealed before the curtain went up, the film (a quirky romance that involves, among other things, beauty pageants and necrophilia) was shot in just 24 days. "It was a f---ing nightmare," said Minghella. "I'd be shooting a scene in one room and Blake would be shooting a scene in the room next door."