Paul McCartney Was Like a Band on the Run Monday Night at Son-in-Law’s Movie Premiere
by Roger Friedman
December 20, 2016
Jason Binn’s DuJour magazine-sponsored cocktail party for Simon Aboud’s new movie couldn’t have been nicer. Held in the 2nd floor ballroom of the very ritzy new Park Hyatt Hotel on West 57th (across from Carnegie Hall), the party was catered with a slider bar on one side of the room and a risotto station with hand sliced black truffles on the opposite end.
The crowd was swanky and included a lot of Sir Paul’s family including photographer daughter Mary (she’s married to Simon) as well as brother in law John Eastman and wife Jody, their son Lee, who is also Paul’s attorney with his dad, Paul’s son James, the musician; and niece Louise. The late Linda Eastman McCartney must have been smiling down from heaven.
And while all the talk was of Simon’s movie “This Beautiful Fantastic,” which will be released in the US in February by Samuel Goldwyn Company, the growing number of guests were hoping for a Sir Paul sighting.
They got one, alright: Sir Paul and wife Nancy Shevell arrived around 7pm, walked right into the room without fanfare or a bodyguard, and were immediately overwhelmed by a tsunami of well wishers. Before Paul could even see his daughter or son in law, or anyone, he looked like he turned white. In less than four minutes, the McCartneys exited the Park Hyatt. Was it the crowd rushing him? Or the deejay who immediately switched to “Say Say Say” as flashbulbs started popping? That error alerted everyone that Paul was in the room!
The story has a happy ending: Paul and Nancy went downtown to the actual screening on West 23rd St. where they walked the red carpet, took photos on the step and repeat, and hung out under calmer conditions. The movie got a thumbs up from the audience– among its stars is Jessica Brown Findlay, who played Lady Sybil on “Downton Abbey.”
By the way: like sister Stella and mom Linda, Mary McCartney is an absolute doll, very much a real person and totally delightful. No surprise– the McCartney- Eastmans have always been a fun, friendly, classy gang!
photo courtesy of Jason Binn Instagram
Sir Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell support son-in-law at screening of his latest film in NYC
By PAUL CHAVEZ FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
20 December 2016
Sir Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell supported his son-in-law on Monday in New York City.
The 74-year-old rock legend and Nancy, 57, attended a screening of the upcoming British romantic drama This Beautiful Fantastic written and directed by Simon Aboud.
Simon and Paul's daughter Mary McCartney, 47, married in June 2010.
The Beatles singer and songwriter kept it casual with a white shirt under black denim jacket and black trousers for the event at Park Hyatt.
Nancy went with the casual chic look in a long-sleeved white blouse with gold trim.
She paired that with black skinny jeans and red shoes.
Mary donned a blue baseball jacket with yellow floral print along with black jeans.
Simon, 51, looked sharp in a crisp white shirt, black jacket and black trousers.
Paul earlier this year joined daughter Mary and her sister Stella, 45, for a screening of the film in London.
The BAFTA screening in February also drew Noel Gallagher, Chrissie Hynde and former Dr Who star Andrew Scott.
This Beautiful Fantastic was written and directed by Simon and is due out in the US in early 2017.
The British romantic drama follows a young woman Bella Brown, played by Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay, who dreams of writing children's books.
She lives next to a curmudgeonly old widower Alfie Stephenson, played by Tom Wilkinson, and they strike up an unlikely friendship.
Simon made his directing debut with the 2012 British thriller Comes A Bright Day.