October 28, 2002
North pole position | Santa’ sequel touts unusually prompt preem
HOLLYWOOD — It was that rarest of premieres, one that started on time. With execs Robert Iger and Dick Cook among those pulling a Disney Daily Double of “The Santa Clause 2” premiere in Hollywood at 1 p.m. and the World Series Game 7 in Anaheim at 5 p.m., punctuality was a preem-inent virtue.
Of course, such unexpected timeliness threw off some attendees.
“Normally, if a premiere starts at 1, I get there at 1, because I’ll still have half an hour before it starts,” said Disney’s Nina Jacobson. Not Sunday, when curtains parted at 1:04.
Svelte star Elizabeth Mitchell said her favorite part came in closing credits, when her now-married character is puffed up by “about 70 pounds. I thought it looked awesome. She’s Mrs. Claus; she has to have a lap for kids to sit on.”
Among others at the El Capitan Theater screening and Highlands nightclub party were pic’s stars Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Judge Reinhold, Aisha Tyler and Jay Thomas; producers Bobby Newmyer, Brian Reilly and Jeffrey Silver; and director Michael Lembeck.
Mouse House brass Chuck Viane, Oren Aviv and Bruce Hendricks joined guests Dakota Fanning, Tom Green, Norman Lear, Dylan McDermott and Lou Diamond Phillips.
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