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Woody's Blue Period

Allen's Blue Jasmine debuts in New York

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Woody Allen has famously made appearances in many of his forty-eight films, but he is nowhere to be seen in his latest effort, Blue Jasmine. The director was also notably absent from the Museum of Modern Art last night, where the cast, including Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, and Louis C.K., turned out for the movie's New York debut.

"He sent me a text," said Allen's publicist, Leslee Dart, while the likes of Joseph Altuzarra, Solange Knowles, and Cuba Gooding Jr. found their seats. "It says, 'I'm in the South of France, so I am sorry I can't be there tonight. I only wish I was in New York …! My best to all, Woody.'" (Allen is already filming his next movie, in Europe, starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth.)

After the screening, the crowd decamped to Harlow, a supper club a few blocks away, where talk turned to the movie's heartbreaking story. Blanchett carries the film, playing a former Park Avenue wife who loses everything when her husband turns out to be a crook. "I really wanted her to have a happy ending," Jenna Lyons told Style.com. "I am actually a little worried about Cate now. I'm like, 'Is she OK?' I mean, I know she looks incredible in that Balenciaga dress, and I know she is fine, but I really feel for her."

When the actress finally swept through the room in her pale pink ensemble, she had removed the cape. "Listen, I wouldn't be going to Whole Foods in this," she joked, adding: "It's from the Balenciaga archives. I saw it in Paris and loved it so much, I asked them to make me one."

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