The LA-NY film journo gang got together last night at La Pizza and traded the usual high-spirited patter & chatter & razmatazz. Spirits were raised about Woody Allen ‘s Midnight in Paris and lowered somewhat about Paolo Sorrentino‘s This Must Be The Place due to its being slated to screen on Friday, 5.20 — a dead-last slot that sometimes indicates that the Cannes programmers had somewhat mixed feelings about it when they planned the schedule. But maybe not.

Indiewire‘s Anne Thompson, Brian Brooks, Dana Harris during last night’s dinner.

The revellers included Indiewire‘s Anne Thompson, Eric Kohn, Dana Harris, Brian Brooks plus Deadline‘s Pete Hammond, Awards Daily‘s Sasha Stone, MSN’s James Rocchi, In Contention‘s Guy Lodge, critic/programmer/distributor Aaron Hillis, Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Eugene Hernandez, Relativity’s Sr. VP Adam Keen, IFC Film’s Ryan Werner and Arianna Bocco and myself.

(l. to r.) Pete Hammond, Sasha Stone, Emma Stone.

Eugene Hernandez, Aaron Hillis.

Tuesday, 5.10, 10:50 pm.

No Ceasar salad looks like this in the States — fine with me.