But the premiere was a night for celebration, and not only for Sinatra. Turns out, director Alex Gibney, with his recently aired Going Clear, his film about the Church of Scientology, broke records for HBO. So after the 2-hour first half of Sinatra, a happy crowd filed into Porterhouse for Italian themed specialties of burrata caprese, filet mignon, spumoni and cannoli in abundance.
The film goes far to show Scientology as instrumental in breaking up Tom Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman, her children turned against her. This particular detail was new to Lawrence Wright, who learned the truth about the tabloid breakup in the making of the film, well after he had researched his book, on which the film is based.