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'Five-Year Engagement' Premiere: Stars Party At Tribeca Film Festival's Opening Night

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/19/2012 10:15 am Updated: 04/19/2012 5:20 pm

Five Year Engagement Premiere

The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off its 11th annual edition with the world premiere of Nicholas Stoller's "The Five-Year Engagement" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday night. Stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Dakota Johnson and Kevin Hart joined Stoller, producer Judd Apatow and assorted A-listers from Robert De Niro to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the screening and a wedding-themed post-party at the nearby Museum of Modern Art.

Stoller, who reunited with co-writer and star Segel after directing him in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," began the evening with a joke from "the old country" -- "Marriage is a three-ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, suffering" -- and then introduced the actors with whom the audience would be spending "the next six hours."

He was almost half serious, it turned out, as the unconventional romantic comedy unspooled over the better part of two hours. But the home-team audience stayed engaged throughout, laughing along to the ups and often brutally painful downs experienced by Segel and Blunt, who play a loving couple whose wedding gets serially postponed owing to a succession of increasingly unpleasant circumstances.

Afterward, the well-dressed throng walked the two long blocks to MoMA, where the lobby and the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium had been transformed into a faux-wedding, complete with his-and-hers buffet offerings and dessert displays studded with candy-colored petit fours. (The wait staff wore pinks ties, which not only completed the wedding theme, but also recalled the cult television series "Party Down.")

VIPs were ushered into a cordoned-off area on the ground floor and seated at tables reserved for ROSENTHAL (festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal) and DE NIRO (obvious; the Oscar-winner munched salad and chatted with table mate Cuba Gooding Jr.). Others observed making the pseudo-post-nuptial rounds: Michelle Williams (whose relationship with Segel is the talk of the celebrity blogosphere), Elizabeth Banks, Leelee Sobieski, Bill Hader, Judd Apatow and Beau Bridges, who exchanged a hearty bro-hug with De Niro.

"The Five-Year Engagement" hits theaters on April 27, one day before the Tribeca Film Festival closes for the year. Check out Huffington Post's full coverage of the 11th annual fest by clicking here.

PHOTOS: "Five-Year Engagement" Premiere

  • Emily Blunt, Jason Segel & Bill Hader

    Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, and Bill Hader attend 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere opening night party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Jane Rosenthal & Ron Meyer

    Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal and NBC Universal President-COO Ron Meyer attend 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere opening night party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Elizabeth Banks

    Elizabeth Banks attends 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere opening night party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Leelee Sobieski, Jane Rosenthal & Camilla

    Leelee Sobieski, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal and actress Camilla Belle attend 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere opening night party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Judd Apatow & Robert De Niro

    Judd Apatow and Robert De Niro attend 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere opening night party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Emily Blunt

    Emily Blunt attends 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere opening night party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Bill Hader

    Bill Hader attends the Magnum Ice Cream hosted opening night party for the Tribeca Film Festival 2012 premiere of 'The Five Year Engagement' at MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Magnum Ice Cream)

  • Emily Blunt & Kevin Hart

    Emily Blunt and comedian Kevin Hart attend 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere opening night party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Shaun White & Robert De Niro

    Snowboarder Shaun White (L) and Robert De Niro attend 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere opening night party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Judd Apatow, Elizabeth Banks & Bill Hader

    Judd Apatow, Elizabeth Banks and Bill Hader attend 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere opening night party during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the MOMA on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Leelee Sobieski

    Actress Leelee Sobieski walks the red carpet as she arrives for the showing of 'The Five-Year Engagement' which opens the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 18, 2012. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jason Segel

    Jason Segel walks the red carpet as she arrives for the showing of 'The Five-Year Engagement' which opens the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 18, 2012. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Kim Cattrall

    Kim Cattrall walks the red carpet as she arrives for the showing of 'The Five-Year Engagement' which opens the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 18, 2012. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Olivia Wilde

    Olivia Wilde walks the red carpet as she arrives for the showing of 'The Five-Year Engagement' which opens the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 18, 2012. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Emily Blunt

    Actress Emily Blunt walks the red carpet as she arrives for the showing of 'The Five-Year Engagement' which opens the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 18, 2012. (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Brad Hall & Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Brad Hall and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus walk the red carpet at the 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Ziegfeld Theatre on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Alison Brie

    Alison Brie walks the red carpet at the 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Ziegfeld Theatre on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Dakota Johnson

    Actress Dakota Johnson walks the red carpet at the 'The Five Year Engagement' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Ziegfeld Theatre on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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