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Up-and-Coming Actresses Are the Toast of the Town at a Pair of New York Screenings

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All eyes were on Emily Blunt last night at the Cinema Society screening of The Young Victoria. Her turn as the English monarch may be the, er, crowning achievement in the actress' career to date; if you ask us, she's an Oscar contender. "I don't feel like I had a burning ambition to play the Queen of England," Blunt said at the after-party at Norwood, adding that she did feel a deep sympathy for Victoria and her royal struggles. "She learned not to mistake stubbornness for strength, and I learned about the humanity of that world." Blunt was the only cast member making the rounds, but she found a friend in Michael Stipe when he cozied up to her on the couch.

Meanwhile, a youthful crowd flocked to the second kickoff screening of the midlife comedy It's Complicated. (Co-stars Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep had turned out for the uptown premiere the night before.) "This is the kid's premiere—the cool one," explained actress Lake Bell, who plays the "misunderstood predator" for whom Baldwin has left Streep in the film. Zoe Kazan was quick to point out how much she had learned from her elders during filming. "The goal is not to be Meryl Streep—the goal is to be able to work like Meryl works," theorized Kazan, who plays the couple's middle daughter in the film. "It looks like magic, but it's not."

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