Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and cast premiere ‘The Social Network’ in NYC

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With its pedigreed writer, director and cast, ‘The Social Network’ premiered to much fanfare on Friday in New York City -- where status wasn’t just something to update on Facebook.

Held in the oaken walls of Manhattan’s Harvard Club, the after-party drew the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield (a.k.a. the new ‘Spider-Man’) to toast and mingle following the screening.

‘Social Network’ charts the rise of Facebook through the journey of creators Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, played by Eisenberg and Garfield respectively. Timberlake plays Napster founder Sean Parker.

Director David Fincher and scribe Aaron Sorkin welcomed a slew of lovely ladies, including ensemble members Rashida Jones and Brenda Song, dripping in Tiffany & Co. jewels. (Click the picture of Song at right to launch a photo gallery of red carpet arrivals.) Gina Gershon showed, as did ’30 Rock’ funny lady Jane Krakowski and Faye Dunaway.

Executive Producer Kevin Spacey chatted up Garfield while Timberlake stripped off his gray blazer and circulated in a vest and square-frame glasses, stopping for pictures with fans.

‘I’m jumping around so people don’t find out how moderate I am,’ Timberlake told the Wall Street Journal about the various career hats he wears, simultaneously a singer, clothing designer, restaurant owner and tequila salesman. ‘I didn’t want people to find out I wasn’t the best singer, so I became an actor.’


-- Matt Donnelly

(bottom) Brenda Song flashes some bling. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

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