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Thursday evening, The Cinema Society gave New Yorkers a break from the current spate of explosive blockbusters hosting a screening, sponsored by Brooks Brothers and Cotton Incorporated, of the quirky romantic comedy “500 Days of Summer.” The film follows the bittersweet courtship of Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel) through its various crests and falls, complete with a poppy soundtrack. And though Deschanel was a last minute no-show (she had to fly to Ireland for a part), she addressed the crowd‹including Jason Wu, Hilary Rhoda, Bebe Neuwirth, Miranda Kerr and Lorenzo Martone‹at the Tribeca Grand’s screening room in a short video.

“I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there… but I love this film and thank you all for coming,” said Deschanel.

Despite the movie narrator’s early declaration “This is not a love story,” guests at the after-party in the Soho Grand’s Yard couldn’t help but muse about any summer dalliances of their own (the seasonal variety, that is).

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a fling, summer or winter,” said Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks. “I’ve always had a boyfriend.”

“[I have one] every summer,” Leighton Meester smiled mischievously. “I wish,” sighed Rachel Roy.

75 days to go.

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