December 02, 1998 12:00 AM

“Sweet and Lowdown,” Woody Allen’s latest movie — his 30th — has been getting the star treatment this week. The film, about a fictitious womanizing ’30s jazz artist named Emmet Ray (played with aplomb by Sean Penn), opens to the public on Friday. Monday night, a private VIP screening and supper was hosted by the film’s producer, Jean Doumanian, in the Sony screening room on New York’s Madison Avenue, where it attracted such media lights as Tom Brokaw, Charlie Rose, The PEOPLE Daily and designer Diane Von Furstenberg. Tuesday night the official premiere took place up in Harlem, at a trendy place called Jimmy’s. Uma Thurman, who costars in the film, showed up dressed down — but stylishly — in faded blue jeans and a black shirt that exposed her midriff. As for working on the film, Thurman told PEOPLE: “I didn’t work hard. I just worked a few days. It was very light.”

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