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Gold Rush

Stars indulge their taste for Sex and Powers.

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A little Dr. Evil lurked in the hearts of guests at the L.A. premiere of Austin Powers in Goldmember July 22. Sexy prison guards served up grits and meat loaf at a post-screening bash whose decor recalled the supervillain’s cell block, as stars Mike Myers and Beyonce Knowles rubbed elbows with the likes of Val Kilmer and Lucy Liu. (Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., and Kevin Spacey skipped the after-party, making their escape just after the credits.)

Elsewhere on the premises, a giant Godzilla loomed over a faux Tokyo (one of the film’s settings), and go-go girls danced on pedestals. ”It’s just like the ’60s,” marveled Powers pop Michael Caine. ”I think I’m in a discotheque in London in 1962.”

Another shagadelic city was celebrated July 16 when a preggers Sarah Jessica Parker presided over the muggy Manhattan premiere of Sex and the City’s fifth season. Liam Neeson, Broadway-bound ‘N Syncer Joey Fatone, and Sopranos sibs Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler strolled the rose-strewn carpet at the American Museum of Natural History with Sex’s sirens — who tried to sum up the dramedy’s lasting appeal. ”It’s an outrageous show and you think you’ve seen everything,” said Cynthia Nixon, also in a family way. ”But rather than try and top ourselves, we go in a different direction.” Why does Parker think Sex still sells? ”I can’t answer that,” she demurred. ”I’m just grateful it does.”