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The Anniversary Party (2001) Poster

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The film was written by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming for their friends, and shot in 19 days using SONY DSR-500 digital video cameras.
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To raise money for the production, Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh attempted to sell photographs of their own hoax wedding to tabloid newspapers.
The movie was shot entirely in a Hollywood Hills house designed by Richard Neutra which is owned by Sofia Coppola.
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The actors did their own make-up and hair, forsaking dressing rooms and trailers.
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The yoga instructor is played by Jennifer Jason Leigh's and Alan Cumming's real yoga instructor.
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Owen Kline and Greta Kline are the real children of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates.
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The actors all wrote their own speeches for the toast scene, with the exception of Gwyneth Paltrow's, which was scripted. (according to the featurette on the DVD).
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Part of the story line involves the husband of the actress played by Jennifer Jason Leigh becoming infatuated with the younger actress who is starring in the film he wrote. This somewhat foreshadowed the divorce of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Noah Baumbach and his eventual partnership with Greta Gerwig, whom he met when she starred in the film Greenberg (2010) that he and Leigh wrote together.
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Five of the female cast members here played together in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994): Jane Adams, Mina Badie, Jennifer Beals, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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Mina Badie is co-director Jennifer Jason Leigh's half-sister.
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The part of Otis, Joe and Sally's dog was played by Jennifer Jason Leigh's own pet dog.
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The poem recited by Kevin Kline's character is "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold.
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It is mentioned that Cal just recently won an Oscar. Kevin Kline, who plays Cal, is an Oscar-winner in real-life.
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Jennifer Beals (Gina) took all of the pictures on the walls in the house, just as her photographer character would have.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Kevin Kline and Gwyneth Paltrow; and two Oscar nominees: John C. Reilly and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates starred as friends in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, having discussions about guys in that movie as well.
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