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'Serendipity' preems at Ziegfeld to capacity crowd

“Living well is the best revenge!” So quoth Miramax topper Harvey Weinstein to the capacity crowd at the Ziegfeld Theater, gathered for the world premiere of the Gotham-set “Serendipity.”

That sentiment set the tone for the smart romantic comedy, penned by Marc Klein, that celebrates the city’s romance and provided the upbeat aud an escapist fantasy from New York’s recent travails.

Warm eve culminated at Central Park’s Boat House, where partygoers were approached by lanky women with feathered scarves promoting party sponsor Revlon’s latest line of perfumes. Stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale introduced singer Shawn Colvin, on hand to perform several songs.

Asked whether, considering the movies he chooses to make, he was an incurable romantic, Cusack replied: “Maybe secretly.”

Helmer Peter Chelsom seemed upbeat at the mid-to-low-budgeted pic’s chances, following what he called “11 years of huge disappointments.”

Weinstein said several skyline shots were slightly edited so the Twin Towers would not be glimpsed.

Among those mingling through the crowd Miramax execs Bob Osher and Robbie Brenner; producer Peter Abrams; plus pic’s co-stars Jeremy Piven, Molly Shannon and John Corbett.

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