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In her new film “Two Lovers,” Gwyneth Paltrow plays a neurotic, party girl whose professional and personal life seem to be in constant crisis mode.

Wednesday night at a Cinema Society screening sponsored by Salvatore Ferragamo, the actress made clear the same could not be said for her. Having just flown in from Los Angeles, where she received a women’s cancer research award, Paltrow did a patient red carpet walk-through, before jumping on a plane to London. She is clearly accustomed to quick change acts.

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“Last night I changed into my plane pajamas in the bathroom at the event,” she laughed. “Tonight, I’m gonna go back to my apartment first.”

Her co-star Joaquin Phoenix, who plays a man torn between two women (Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw) was less obliging. Sporting a “Castaway”-worthy beard, the actor did a brisk lap around the press queue, declining to stop for interviews, all the while trailed by the camera crew for his forthcoming documentary, directed by Casey Affleck (that clearly was his mood of the day following a bizarre appearance while taping “The David Letterman Show” earlier in the afternoon).

Post-screening, guests headed to the Cooper Square Hotel where Clive Owen, Natalia Vodianova, Hilary Duff and Jake Paltrow lounged around. Despite separation rumors, Tinsley and Topper Mortimer chatted together with friends, while Kirsten Dunst hid from photographers in a corner (rumor has it she forgot to powder her face).

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