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Campion's Champions: 'Bright Star' Premieres in New York

Vanity Fair hosts premiere of tearjerker biopic "Bright Star," an early contender for the awards season races.

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Even though time seems to have stopped at the Bryant Park tents, elsewhere things have kept marching right along.

Uptown, Vanity Fair hosted a premiere of John Keats biopic “Bright Star,” an early contender for the awards season races. Ben Wishaw joined costar Abbie Cornish at the Paris Theatre. But unlike most premieres, this one drew a crowd more for the director, Aussie Jane Campion. “I am a huge fan of [Campion],” said fellow director Sofia Coppola, who opted for the reception afterwards at Rouge Tomate over Jacobs’ after party downtown. “I don’t think I can stay up that late,” she said.

Seems like Cornish did, perhaps, since she missed a luncheon in the film’s honor at the Oak Room the next day. “I’m a bit hungover, to be honest,” admitted Wishaw, getting coffee from the bar. (He and the rest of the cast spent the night carousing in their rooms at the Gramercy Park Hotel.)

Meanwhile, Dunst put in a surprise appearance at the lunch to say hi to Campion. “Oh, I didn’t realize it was a whole event,” she said, surveying the packed dining room.

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