The It List - The New Rat Packs |


The It List - The New Rat Packs

Seth Green, Ryan Phillippe, Giovanni Ribisi, and more find safety in numbers

First, there was the Rat Pack. Then, the Brat Pack. Last year, Leo DiCaprio took carousing up a notch with his club-crawling ”P—y Posse.” Now even Adam Sandler won’t make a move without his crew of NYU alums. Clearly, in the wild-animal kingdom that is Hollywood, it’s safer to travel in a pack. Here, star posses to watch:

New Kids
Seth Green (Austin Powers), Ryan Phillipe (Cruel Intentions), and Breckin Meyer (Go)
ORIGINS: Green and Meyer first met in the early ’90s at an audition for a Meredith Baxter-Birney TV movie. Later, says Green, ”Breckin brought Ryan to my house and asked if we could keep him. We then took bets on how long it would [be] until he was a movie star.”
ON SCREEN: Green and Meyer appeared in Can’t Hardly Wait; Phillippe and Meyer were both in 54.
HANGOUT: Their West Hollywood office, until a teen mag published the address. ”We’d like to go to the Discovery Zone,” says Green, ”but it’s getting harder to convince them we’re under 12.”
HONORARY MEMBER: Phillippe’s pregnant wife and Intentions costar, Reese Witherspoon, whom he first met while trying to score free drinks at her 21st birthday party.
FUTURE PLANS: ”We want to work together as producers and, of course, as actors,” says Green. ”We have stuff in development — but it’s too soon to say anything definite.”

Soldiers of Fortune
Giovanni Ribisi and Adam Goldberg with Nicky Katt
ORIGINS: Indie guru Richard Linklater cast Goldberg, Katt, and Giovanni’s twin sister, Marissa, in Dazed and Confused. She introduced them to her brother.
ON SCREEN: Goldberg and Ribisi were in Saving Private Ryan; Ribisi and Katt appeared in Goldberg’s directing debut, Scotch and Milk.
HANGOUT: ”We’re never in the same place at the same time, which I guess is good because it means we’re working,” Goldberg says. ”But when we’re in town we just go to each other’s houses.”
HONORARY MEMBER: Goldberg’s girlfriend, Julie Delpy, another Linklater protegee (Before Sunrise).
FUTURE PLANS: A production company because ”we have an unbelievable artistic bond,” says Goldberg. Meanwhile, Goldberg is in talks to direct Neorealism, an indie starring his pals; his and Delpy’s sitcom, True Love, is a possible mid-season replacement on ABC.

New York Literati
Rick Moody, Maggie Estep, and Editor-Writer Ken Foster
ORIGINS: At KGB, a bar in Manhattan’s East Village, where these writers flock to hear others read.
IN PRINT: Powerful prose by Moody, Estep, and Foster appears in The KGB Bar Reader (Quill/William Morrow), a short-story collection.
HONORARY MEMBER: Brooklynite actor Steve Buscemi — they know him from the bar — who also has writing chops (Trees Lounge).
HANGOUT: Depending on the weather: It’s either roller-coastering at Coney Island or horseback riding in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. There’s also the Internet. ”There’s a lot of e-mail,” says Estep, which Moody keeps ”excessively editing. Typical writer.”
FUTURE PLANS: None. “We’d like to collaborate,” says Estep, “but we’re writers. We don’t know how to play with other children.”

Pointe men
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, D.V. Devincentis, and Steve Pink
ORIGINS: Cusack studied acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop, owned by Piven’s parents; he went to Illinois’ Evanston Township High School with DeVincentis and Pink.
ON SCREEN: The $28-million-grossing Grosse Pointe Blank was penned by DeVincentis, Pink, and Cusack. Piven’s been in a stable of Cusack films, including Say Anything, The Grifters, and Grosse Pointe.
HANGOUT: The offices of the writers’ New Crime Productions, which has an indoor basketball court and a jukebox.
HONORARY MEMBER: Neve Campbell, reportedly Cusack’s squeeze.
FUTURE PLANS: Cusack will star in High Fidelity, which he adapted with DeVincentis and Pink; a Grosse Pointe sequel.