The 10th annual Tribeca Film Institute Inc. benefit last night began with a screening of “New Year’s Eve” at the Ziegfeld Theatre and ended in the ballroom of the Hilton New York, where guests mingled with stars around replicas of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball.
Robert De Niro, a co-founder of the institute, chatted with board member Todd Wagner, who is chief executive officer of 2929 Entertainment.
Institute co-founder Jane Rosenthal spent time with cast members of “The 2-2,” a new CBS show about rookies at a police precinct in Harlem for which she is a producer. Novelist Richard Price is the writer, and it will air sometime in the spring of 2012.
One of producers for “New Year’s Eve,” Wayne Rice, said he chatted on the red carpet with Jon Bon Jovi about Soul Kitchen, the musician’s restaurant in New Jersey where diners pay what they can.
“He said the middle class is the new face of the homeless,” Rice reported.
One guest asked Zac Efron to dance. “Twist my arm,” Efron said. “I will if you can find Michelle Pfeiffer,” he added, referring to his on-screen dance partner.
Seth Meyers hung out with his on-screen wife, Jessica Biel, on the edge of the dance floor.
Meyers is spending New Year’s Eve performing at the Borgata in Atlantic City. He expects to be able to kiss his girlfriend, Alexi Ashe, at midnight.
“The second show starts at 10:30,” Meyers said, “so worst-case scenario, she comes on stage for the kiss. She’s allowed to do that. It’s in the contract.”
In the film, Meyers spends New Year’s Eve in the hospital as Biel gives birth to a boy. Did the part get him and Ashe thinking about parenthood?
“We try not to let cinema influence our major life decisions,” Meyers said.
Over by the dessert buffet, David Solomon, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. co-head of investment banking, shared his New Year’s Eve destination: Cabo.
“We travel with 10 families,” Solomon said. “It started with one man who invited a bunch of people he knew from all walks of life. Our kids have all grown up together.”
As for beach time, “I don’t tan very well,” he said.
“I tan great,” added his wife, Mary Solomon, who had a quibble with the film: There was no scene at the American Museum of Natural History, where she is a trustee. (The film’s locations include the Queens Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and Lincoln Center.)
Her husband’s resolution for 2012: “You have to be optimistic, try to have fun and do some good.”
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)