Courtney Love Lights Up At '200 Cigarettes' Premiere

Hole singer plays party girl in soon-to-open film set in the new wave era of the '80s.

LOS ANGELES -- It was unusually cold here Wednesday night, and Courtney Love wasn't dressed for the occasion as she arrived at Paramount Studios for the premiere of "200 Cigarettes."

Clad in a black dress with a sheer midriff and long, Elvira-like train, the stylishly glittering Hole singer and film star shivered as she made her way down the red carpet.

And when the always-outspoken Love was asked about the party-girl character she plays in the new comedy -- which features a collection of '80s new wave artists like Blondie and Elvis Costello on the soundtrack (Feb. 23) -- she couldn't seem to separate the character from herself.

"She's cold," Love said. "And she's never going anywhere again without her jacket."

The R-rated movie, due in theaters Feb. 26, is set in New York's East Village on a New Year's Eve in the early 1980s. It follows couples and friends whose lives intersect at a party that night.

Love attended the premiere along with several of her co-stars -- including Casey Affleck, Guillermo Diaz, Gaby Hoffman, Nicole Parker, Martha Plimpton and Paul Rudd -- and such rockers as ghoulish metalhead Rob Zombie and the four original members of the reunited Blondie, including lead singer Deborah Harry.

In addition to being a big fan of her band's latest album Celebrity Skin, Rudd said Love is a natural actress.

"Courtney wears her emotions close to the surface, which is great in acting," he said.

The admiration was reciprocated. Love, when asked for a highlight of making the movie, said girlishly, "Well, it was fun and I got to make out with Paul Rudd."

Love isn't the only musician in the "200 Cigarettes" cast. British rocker Costello wasn't at the premiere but is in the movie and on the soundtrack. Asked to rate Costello's performance, Rudd said, "On a scale of one to 10, in the scene I did with him, I'd give him a 10-plus."

Director Risa Bramon Garcia said, "I want Elvis Costello in all of my movies."

Asked, as the director strolled up the red carpet, what it's like for a musician to make the transition to acting, Garcia said that while it's not an easy crossover, Love didn't really have to make that transition. "It's easier for Courtney because she was first and foremost an actress."

Love, whose latest album confronts the glamour and glitz of her hometown, Hollywood, made her film debut with a small part in Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy" (1986), a drama about Sid Vicious, bassist for Brit punk pioneers the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. However, she received her greatest big-screen praise -- and a Golden Globe nomination -- for her role as Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt's wife, Althea, in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996).

Blondie, who played a private show at the nearby El Rey Theater later Wednesday night, also are on the soundtrack. Other yesteryear pop acts featured in the project include the Go-Go's, the Clash, Queen, the Cars and Kool and the Gang.

The latest in an ever-growing number of movies set in the '80s, "200 Cigarettes" inspired nostalgia in some premiere attendees.

"It's the only decade I remember," said "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart. She said the decade brings fond memories of "Neon all over, white Converse, bangles."

Several rockers were expected at the premiere, including Marilyn Manson, Kiss frontmen Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando, Lisa Loeb, Hole's Melissa Auf Der Maur and Eric Erlandson and members of Korn, Limp Bizkit and Devo. None of them went the red-carpet route, though.