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It’s movie premiere madness on both sides of the Atlantic. While Liv Tyler played the mega-movie star on Tuesday night, strolling into the Paris premiere of “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” wearing a custom-made gown by Alexander McQueen, the same night at the “Chicago” premiere in Los Angeles, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere razzle-dazzled ’em both on and off the screen.

“I’ll tell ya, tapping is a bitch,” said Gere, who had to take lessons for three months. “One of the hardest things I’ve ever done.” Zeta-Jones, who is five months pregnant, said she’d be retiring her tap shoes for the next few months.

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Last week at the L.A. premiere of “Adaptation,” Tilda Swinton came down the red carpet in a daring and dapper flower-bedecked suit by Viktor and Rolf, while Nicolas Cage used flowery language to praise his cousin-in-law, the film’s director Spike Jonze. “He’s brilliant,” said Cage. “I’m not just saying that because we’re family.”

On the other side of town, Hollywood hipsters and design eccentrics, including Lisa Eisner, Liz Goldwyn, Nancy Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross and China Chow, celebrated the art of late designer Kaisic Wong at Decades, where owner Cameron Silver showed 100 Wong pieces.

“There are plenty of freaks here to talk to,” Eisner told Ariana Lambert as she walked out past one of the geishas in drag serving hors d’oeuvres.

The night before, it was a love of Tod’s that brought fashion fans like Cindy Crawford and Angela Bassett together for a night of private shopping to benefit the Rape Foundation. “I’ve been a fan of Tod’s since the driving shoe came out,” said Brooke Shields. “I lived in New York at the time and never drove, but it didn’t matter.”

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