CINEMA PARADISO: Sofia Coppola and Scarlett Johansson turned heads and drew whistles as they strolled through the narrow streets of Venice following the premiere of their movie “Lost in Translation,” the director in Chanel and the actress in Prada. The duo drew almost as much attention as their film, the most buzzed about movie at this year’s Venice film festival.

“I’m certainly very happy for Sofia and the success she’s enjoyed here in Venice,” said her cousin, Nicolas Cage, whose new movie “Matchstick Men” was also well-received.

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Kate Hudson, in Chanel couture, and Naomi Watts, in Emanuel Ungaro, were bedecked in their designer best. “You look gorgeous,” Watts cooed to the expectant mother, who had dutifully donned her Jimmy Choos. The two met in the lobby of the swank Danieli Hotel before they were whisked by boat to the Lido for a showing of “Le Divorce.” The last time Watts saw the Venetian canals, she was backpacking through at 19. “It’s quite a different experience for me,” Watts said.

Coming to Italy was also something of a homecoming for Hudson. “I’m Sicilian, which most people don’t know,” Hudson said. “There’s a little part of me that feels like I should know more about this culture.”

Another Hollywood duo, Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney, took the criticism directed at their romantic comedy, “Intolerable Cruelty” in stride. Clooney had his fun before Wednesday night’s premiere, turning up at a party for Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers” at Pagoda and hanging out at the Hotel Cipriani, along with Watts, Hudson and Cage.

Meanwhile, Salma Hayek kicked up her 4-inch Sergio Rossi heels at a Miramax gala held at the Grand Monaco Hotel. “They’re very comfortable,” Hayek said of her stilettos. At dinner, the actress joined Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Hopkins, Sylvester Stallone, Johnny Depp, Angie Everhart, Diego Della Valle and his son Emanuele.

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