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All eyes were on Astoria, Queens on Monday as Sony kicked off -- in grand fashion -- the U.S. premiere of "Spider-Man 3," as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Marching band members, stars on the carpet and milling ticket holders mingled with hysterical fans hoping for a glimpse of Spidey and friends. Following the simultaneous screenings that filled every theatre at the Kaufman Astoria Cinema 14, the afterparty swung into action across the street at Kaufman Astoria studios in a specially designed red-and-black room with green lasers, a spider-shaped dome and a massive web for photo ops. "I'm standing on the shoulders of giants like (Spider-Man creator) Stan Lee," the film's director Sam Raimi crowed. "I am Peter Parker -- he's my hero." The actors, just back from an around-the-world premiere tour, seemed awed, if a little dazed: "I'm overwhelmed," the film's Topher Grace said. "Now that I've played a villain, I never want to play anyone else." Special guests such as Ang Lee and Robert Duvall made the rounds as co-writer Alvin Sargent confided: "I hoped I would live long enough to see this picture get made!"
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