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The crowd was very New York at Anna Wintour’s and Harvey Weinstein’s screening of Miramax’s “Chicago” on Friday. The ladies were there — Aerin Lauder, Anh Doung, Serena Boardman, et al. — and so were the designers, from Narciso Rodriguez to Vera Wang to Diane Von Furstenberg, who joined Hollywood emissaries Baz Luhrmann and Nicole Kidman at the Tribeca Grand.

But half an hour after the screening was scheduled to begin, the three stars were MIA. Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones burst in holding hands.

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“Hi, mom. Hi, everybody. Hi, Baz,” she called out.

Moments later Renée Zellweger traipsed down the aisle. “Ms. Zellweger, right on time,” said Weinstein.

Afterward came dinner at 66, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new Chinese restaurant, where Weinstein and his talent collected congratulations.

“That’s the best one yet,” said Barry Diller, clapping the studio boss on the back.

“I loved it,” Isaac Mizrahi announced. “Unconditionally.”

Meanwhile, Luhrmann found Gere’s performance inspiring. “He outdid my expectations,” the director said. “I’m thinking about creating something just for him myself.”

Kidman had “The Hours,” another Miramax film that premiered Sunday, on her mind.

“I just got used to it,” she said stroking the air where her prosthetic nose had been. “I’ve missed it.”

But on-screen it was so big you couldn’t miss it.

Sunday’s crowd was full of literary glitterati, including Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, Jonathan Franzen, Frank McCourt, A.M. Homes and Lucinda Rosenfeld, who hit the Paris Theater to see the Virginia Woolf-inspired film starring Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, before heading to the glamorous buffet dinner at the Metropolitan Club.

“I wouldn’t say I’m particularly literary,” vowed Claire Danes, who plays Streep’s daughter in the film. “But I have read ‘To The Lighthouse.’”

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