The "Cinema Verite" premiere Monday night served as a trip back in time for Diane Lane, James Gandolfini and others, as HBO screened its new movie detailing what happened behind the scenes during the filming of the groundbreaking 1973 series "An American Family." The PBS documentary is seen as the precursor to today’s spate of reality-TV shows.
The real-life Santa Barbara couple featured in the original, Pat and Bill Loud, as well as children Kevin, Grant, Michelle and Delilah, attended the premiere and walked the carpet at Paramount Pictures alongside Lane, who portrays Pat, and Gandolfini, who plays filmmaker Craig Gilbert. Tim Robbins, who plays Bill Loud, was unable to attend the premiere because of the death of his father, Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins.
Lolita Davidovich, who portrays shopkeeper Val, went casual on the carpet, while Thomas Dekker, who plays eldest son Lance Loud, spiffed up in suit and tie. Also in attendance: Johnny Simmons, Nick Eversman, Caitlin Custer and Kaitlyn Dever, who play the other Loud children, as well as "Almost Famous" star Patrick Fugit and Shanna Collins, who appear as documentarians Alan and Susan Raymond. "Cinema Verite" directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman also attended.
Other guests at the premiere included Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden, who appeared with Gandolfini on Broadway in “God of Carnage” and are reprising their roles at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Lorraine Bracco, another Gandolfini costar -- this time from "The Sopranos" -- also was on hand.
"Cinema Verite" premieres on HBO on April 23. Click on the pics for more photos.
-- Lisa Fung
Top photo: "Cinema Verite" stars James Gandolfini, left, and Diane Lane, center, join members of the Loud family -- Michelle, Delilah, Pat, Bill, Kevin and Grant at the premiere of "Cinema Verite." Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters. Bottom photo: Lane and Gandolfini. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images