‘Basterds’ Team Brings Comic-Con to Oscar Season

Bender, Roth join fundraiser for Haiti; “Shutter Island’s” Scorsese, DiCaprio enjoy film’s premiere

Last Updated: February 22, 2010 @ 1:10 PM

Eli Roth Lawrence Bender“Inglourious Basterds” producer Lawrence Bender and cast members Eli Roth, Omar Doom and Samm Levine brought a bit of Comic-Con to Oscar season at Thursday night’s Haiti benefit at the Upper Playground Gallery. (Left, Roth and Bender with some of the art; photo by Becky Sapp; artwork courtesy of Upper Playground Gallery)

Thirteen cherry-picked artists reimagined key art for the film, with each print signed (and signed off on) by writer-director Quentin Tarantino. Fans had scooped up 76 of the 78-piece collection at $300 apiece before the installation even opened.

Martin Scorsese Brad GreyBefore its August opening, "This film had a great Comic-Con screening,” Bender said.

Roth told TheWrap, "I knew the film would be huge when I was getting (fan-produced) drawings of the ‘Jew-bear’ twittered to me nonstop on opening weekend."

The "Shutter Island" team — director Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley — premiered the film on the return trip from Berlin in New York Wednesday night. Whatever box office performance milestones Paramount Chief Brad Grey (right, with Scorsese; photo by Getty Images) appeared to be setting for Scorsese at the Rouge Tomate after-party, the film likely surpassed them with its $40 million opening this past weekend.

On Sunday, two weeks to the minute before the Oscars will be handed out upstairs, Rob Lowe and Michael Chiklis (left; photo by John M. Heller), along with Cindy Crawford and Greg Vaughan, went bowling for Best Buddies and Audi at the Lucky Strike Lanes at Hollywood & Highland.

Best Buddies is a nonprofit that promotes one-to-one friendships and job opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.