Date: 7th February 2001

Celebrities Groan Over Hannibal

A screening of Hannibal for celebrities in New York Monday night evoked groans and titters from the audience, with Regis Philbin sighted covering wife Joy's eyes during one particularly gruesome scene, the New York Post's "Page Six" column reported today (Wednesday). During another scene, the Post said, actor Peter Boyle "shuddered and shook his head." Nevertheless, the newspaper continued, the crowd applauded at the end. ("We weren't sure whether they were cheering its campy excesses, or glad that the stomach-turning final scenes were over," the newspaper remarked.)

Source: Studio Briefing