Around Town: Julianne Moore, John Goodman at ‘The Big Lebowski’ Party


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Thank you, Vera Farmiga, for making us feel lazy. The actress recently directed her first movie, Higher Ground; she also produced the drama, stars in it, and appears in every scene. Oh, while directing this project, she had a toddler to take care of, and was also pregnant with her second child.

“This is me creating my own opportunity,” Farmiga shrugged at the premiere on Monday. “You know, you can sit around and hem and haw every time you’re asked about roles for women, and this was my sort of very innocent attempt at giving myself a juicy role.”

We slackers may find some consolation in the fact that in this plum role Farmiga does not get to kiss George Clooney. She already did that, in 2009’s Up in the Air, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Yes, people still ask about that. “You know, I am running out of metaphors as far as what it’s like to kiss George Clooney,” she said, laughing. “But my husband helps me with those, when I’m in need of a new metaphor.”

Chef Todd English oversaw the delectable food at a post-screening party at his Chelsea restaurant CrossBar, where the cast and guests like Gabourey Sidibe, Alan Cumming, and Patrick Wilson sipped and munched on the patio.

The next night we found ourselves at the Hammerstein Ballroom with big stars celebrating their movie The Big Lebowski. So what if that came out in 1998? The excuse was the release of the cult film’s Blu-Ray edition, and 2,000 rabid fans lined up to see Julianne Moore, John Goodman, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, and “The Dude” himself, Jeff Bridges, participate in a Q&A session.

Before the panel, the actors joked around on the red carpet, reciting their favorite lines from the endlessly quotable script. “I like ‘Don’t be fatuous, Jeffrey,’” Goodman said. Julianne Moore (in a custom Jason Wu dress and Tabitha Simmons shoes) had reporters roaring when she revealed her favorite line—which is, well, too filthy to print here. But, Moore said, the line she gets from fans the most is the classic: “The Dude abides.”

“We can barely remember it, I mean, it was 13 years ago,” Moore said, wracking her brain for anecdotes about making the iconic Coen Brothers film. “It was all fun. Honestly, we all really enjoyed ourselves. I think the fantasy bowling sequence was pretty fun, but I was also pretty pregnant, so I was really sick,” she added, laughing.

On Wednesday evening the Museum at FIT’s Couture Council held its summer party at the Boathouse in Central Park, kicking off ticket sales for the fall award luncheon honoring Valentino.

While chatting at the party, Patricia Field, perhaps one of the world’s most fashion-forward people, explained to FashionEtc that even she sometimes takes a while before she “gets” an accessory. An example, she said, was a pair of Paul Smith shoes that she received from a friend about a year ago.  “When I received these shoes, I really didn’t understand them, and so I took the shoes and put them somewhere,” Field said. “And about four months ago, I pulled them out and at that point I understood them. And I haven’t taken them off my feet, and I’m trying to find some others in the zone.” She paused. “But those are shoes that I didn’t get. You’re never too smart.”

Also mingling at the Couture Council bash were Zac Posen, Sophie Theallet, Maria Cornejo, and Thakoon Panichgul.

Photo: Julianne Moore at the party for the release of The Big Lebowski Blu-Ray edition.