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Matthew Morrison's hoppy Halloween with 'Glee' cast

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Matthew Morrison continued his bid for Hollywood Halloween domination, returning a second year to host his own party in a landscape crowded with competition from the likes of Heidi Klum and Kate Hudson.

The "Glee" teacher donned a bunny suit, complete with whiskers and white face paint, for the Saturday fete held once again at West Hollywood's Voyeur.

So who showed? Cast mates Chris Colfer (as, um, a sea monkey), Darren Criss as regal elephant Babar and  Naya Rivera as an adult-sized baby, as well as Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Dianna Agron and Mark Salling.

A ghoulish house band lit up the Bing stage, where Morrison's girlfriend, Renee Puente, took the opportunity to celebrate a different holiday: the host's birthday Sunday. She sang "Happy Birthday" in the style of Marilyn Monroe.

Other attendees included some interesting Hollywood dating dynamics: Lauren Conrad partied in the presence of ex Kyle Howard, as did now-married David Annable (with wife Odette) among his "Brothers & Sisters" costar and his ex Emily VanCamp.

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George Clooney supports Stacy Keibler — on the bosom level

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The Ministry is so comforted to know that George Clooney is one supportive boyfriend to Stacy Keibler.

Not only was he a noble escort at the Hollywood Film Awards on Monday, he also provided that crucial eye required by a woman in a red-carpet gown: Clooney was on bosom patrol.

Arriving at the Beverly Hilton just before 6 p.m., the couple braved the photo pit with close touches and smiles. However, just as the A-lister was about to guide his lady into the event — which saw honors for Michelle Williams, Glenn Close, Diablo Cody and Elle Fanning — Stacy struggled with the top of her dress.

Clooney watched her adjustments intently before finally declaring: "They're even." Way to have her back, George. Or her front? Either way, we totally wish we were dating you. 

"The Ides of March" star was predictably charming and humble in accepting his Actor of the Year award, crediting his days on "ER" and the millions who tuned in to watch it for his luck in show business.

Seriously, though — it's looking as if Keibler is busting out as the truly lucky one.

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Photo: Stacy Keibler and George Clooney attend the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Presented By Starz held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday. Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images.



Jennifer Aniston, Barbra Streisand rock Elle Women in Hollywood

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What is so gratifying about insights into the world of an actress, such as those offered at the 18th Elle Women in Hollywood honors Monday? The struggle for equality, the transcendence of performance, the bonds of sisterhood in a ferocious industry? 

Perhaps it's simply the knowledge that, according to Reese Witherspoon, they share manicure-and-makeout sessions.

At least that was one of more than a few funny highlights from the event, toasting a pack of women who have pushed boundaries for their craft and gender. 

PHOTOS: 2011 Elle Women in Hollywood

Introducing honoree Jennifer Aniston, Witherspoon celebrated the "Friends" alum's rare combination of "sex appeal and complete loveability. You want to get your nails done with her, and then make out with her. At least I do."

Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston"That's what we do sometimes on Saturdays," Witherspoon cracked, as the ballroom of the Four Seasons Beverly Hills erupted in laughter. "We get our nails done ... and then make out. That's because she's my friend and not yours." 

Camaraderie abounded at the dinner, during which  honoree and L'Oreal Paris ambassador Freida Pinto sang the praises of Legend Award winner Barbra Streisand, saying Streisand's track "Putting It Together" helps her persevere. But the focus of the event was work yet to be done for Hollywood females.

"I've learned ... that you need to just focus on the work," honoree Viola Davis told us. "When you show up to set worried about your weight, worried about the success of your last movie, worried about your image you can't do anything. You can't even leave the ground." 

Echoing those same sentiments in her acceptance speech, after an introduction from her "The Help" costar Octavia Spencer, Davis saw the entire room on its feet as a standing ovation was kicked off by Aniston tablemate Chelsea Handler.

Other honorees included Naomi Watts, radiant in Calvin Klein Collection, who told some interesting anecdotes about the nature of roles for women but made room to thank the men in her life: partner Liev Schreiber and their sons, Sasha and Kai.

Elizabeth Olsen was saluted by her "Martha Marcy May Marelne" costar John Hawkes, Evan Rachel Wood by Robin Wright, DreamWorks honcho Stacey Snider by Jon Hamm, Michelle Pfeiffer by Adam Shankman and finally, Streisand by "The Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow -- to whom Streisand had handed the first best director Oscar ever awarded to a woman.

"[Let's] not wait for the phone to ring," Streisand urged her peers. "It's easier to relax, to not be judged, not to have pressure, no scrutiny, you don't have to face rejection."

"Let's be bold," Streisand said.

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Top photo: From left, Naomi Watts, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Aniston, Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, Stacey Snider, Freida Pinto and Evan Rachel Wood at the Elle Women in Hollywood honors. Credit: Getty Images

Bottom photo: Reese Witherspoon, left, cuddles up to her very kissable pal Jennifer Aniston at the event at the Four Seasons. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe, George Lucas hit Scream Awards

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It's that magical time of year in Hollywood when the weather turns, pumpkins are carved and super-famous people congregate in celebration of things that make us scream — and because it's Hollywood, it's safest to throw in few awards along the way. Say, some Scream Awards.

Spike TV hosted its 2011 Scream Awards bash Saturday at Universal Studios Hollywood's Falls Lake, where the likes of Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe and Nicolas Cage came to honor the fans of their various franchises.

PHOTOS: Spike TV's 2011 Scream Awards at Universal Studios Hollywood

A shrieking blond in the jaws of a giant claw crane opened the show, giving way to the Hero Award — presented this year to Robert Downey Jr. His legion of fans waved signs featuring the actor in the style of Shepherd Fairey's famous "Change" poster.

Backstage, Bradley Cooper lounged in the green room before accepting a prize for "Limitless," which was named best thriller. Amber Heard, star of the now-defunct "Playboy Club," teetered around in stilettos on the arm of a male companion, and Joseph Gordon Levitt chatted up his "Dark Knight Rises" costar Hathaway.

Hathaway and Levitt joined Gary Oldman in scooping up the trophy for most anticipated film for "Rises," which arrives next year directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale. 

Speaking of bail — bad boy Cage came in recognition of his Maverick Award, through a firestorm of lights and pyro.

Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens turned some heads, even thrilling fans including Kal Penn and John Cho, while the Ministry witnessed what was possibly the best-ever run-in at the bar: George Lucas and a Darth Vader performer waiting together for some cocktails. 

To mark the end of the "Harry Potter" franchise and thank the fans one more time, Radcliffe appeared via live feed from New York's Lincoln Center, where Samuel L. Jackson introduced the boy wizard for a tribute.

The Scream Awards air at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Spike.

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Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman accept the Most Anticipated trophy for "The Dark Knight Rises" at the 2011 Scream Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images



Joe Manganiello's grandma isn't allowed to see 'Magic Mike'

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Joe Manganiello, who gratuitously shares his body with millions as resident "True Blood" werewolf Alcide, will take his exposure to a new level with Steven Soderbergh's forthcoming stripper flick "Magic Mike."

But the sharing stops when it comes to his family.

"I told them a few weeks ago that no one is seeing this movie," Manganiello told us at Saturday's Scream Awards, when we asked if mom and grandma would be allowed to scoop up tickets. "They'll probably see it anyway, but at least they've had two seasons of 'True Blood' to get used to it."

Photos: Spike TV's 2011 Scream Awards at Universal Studios Hollywood

Production is wrapped on "Mike," in which Manganiello -- alongside Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and a host of other well-built thesps -- plays an exotic dancer known as "Big Dick Richie."

Does that name, um, intimidate him?

"Big Dick Richie? That's the reason to do it. There's definitely a scene that will answer those questions," he said. And yes, there will be skimpy theme costumes.

"Everybody kinda does their own thing," he said. "Big sexy Kevin Nash has his Tarzan thing, I've got my fireman thing, Matt Bomer's got a doctor thing going on, Adam Rodriguez does a Latino lover bit."

To review: Joe. Manganiello. Fireman. Stripper.

You're welcome.

Though it promises to be a smoke show, Manganiello insists the film also has substance.

"It's so funny," he said. "It's like 'Animal House' and 'Hangover' funny. Steven has most of it edited and he's such a good storyteller with that camera."

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Photo: Joe Manganiello accepts his supporting actor trophy at the Scream Awards on Oct. 15. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images



Chris Hemsworth cleans up his 'Huntsman' look for London dinner

Chris Hemsworth cleans up for Calvin Klein

Chris Hemsworth, the burly action star of "Thor" fame, is a Londoner for the time being as he shoots the forthcoming "Snow White and the Huntsman," costarring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron.

A future museum venue and a fresh suit got him away from work Thursday night to attend a celebration for Calvin Klein Collection at the future home of the Design Museum London: the former Commonwealth Institute in London's Kensington district. The 1960s building, in danger since 2001, will triple the museum's space. Design Museum London is scheduled to open in its new home in 2014.

Photos: Chris Hemsworth and more party at the future home of the Design Museum, London

Showing off darker locks (he was bleached blond in "Thor"), Hemsworth was joined by actors Rosario Dawson and Freida Pinto and supermodel Elle Macpherson. 

Getting chummy with CK men's creative director Italo Zucchelli, Chris chowed down with the fashion folks, enjoying a live violin performance before dinner and live music by British indie band the New Look afterward.

"Huntsman" costars Stewart and Theron in a darker retelling of the classic. Hemsworth, hitched to actress Elsa Pataky, will move on to "Thor 2" next year under the direction of Theron's old "Monster" pal, Patty Jenkins. He also plays Thor in "The Avengers," to be released in May.

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Photo: Italo Zucchelli, left, and Chris Hemsworth at a Calvin Klein Collection dinner to celebrate the future home of the Design Museum London, which will triple its space. Credit: Getty Images



Sightings: Chris Evans' animal within; Lindsay Lohan's smile woes

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Chris Evans unleashed the animal inside Wednesday night when "The Avengers" actor ventured out in Hollywood with some male pals in support of a Puma charity initiative.

Enjoying his time off, Evans hit up Puma's "Riddim + Run" event, where Siren Studios was converted into a city of bamboo huts offering food and drink. DJ Diplo got other stars, including Jamie Foxx, Cee-Lo Green and Sarah Hyland of "Modern Family," dancing while guests brought used sneakers for Soles4Souls.

Photos: Chris Evans, Jamie Foxx and Cee-Lo Green at Puma presents "Riddum + Run"

The Ministry was amused to see Jason Ritter rocking some serious facial hair, growing it out for his upcoming Charles Manson pic "Dead Circus."

A bit north on Hollywood Boulevard, the video game launch for "Saints Row: The Third" went down at Supperclub, nabbing Rob Kardashian, Audrina Patridge, Carmen Electra and Sasha Grey.

Photos: Stars arrive for the launch of Saints Row: The Third.

But Lindsay Lohan was the guest who got tongues wagging. Wide reports are ripping the actress for showing yellowing and, we'll say, not very attractive teeth at the fete. Check 'em out here.

A much more pleasant sighting was our pal Charlize Theron, out and about supporting her eponymous Africa Outreach project. The "Snow White and the Huntsman" star hosted photographer Randall Slavin for a series of celebrity shots.

The exhibit, sponsored by Grey Goose, drew names including Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Gabrielle Union, Jamie Chung and Michelle Monaghan. 

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Photos:  (left) Chris Evans at the Puma event. Credit: Getty Images

(right) Lindsay Lohan at the video game launch for "Saints Row: The Third." Credit: Getty Images


Mary-Kate and Ashley mark Elizabeth Olsen's magazine-cover debut

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For the Olsen women, certain milestones must be noted -- for instance, young breakout star Elizabeth Olsen's first magazine cover.

Naturally sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley came to toast this important rite of passage, which came courtesy of Nylon. Editor Marvin Scott Jarrett welcomed the three for dinner at New York eatery Sons of Essex, where they were joined by "Twilight Saga" actor Xavier Samuel and Cory Kennedy.

Dubbed an "it" girl, Elizabeth, 22, seemed flattered for the recognition but more focused on being a capable woman. 

"I have to attribute the way I have always looked at [work] to my father, because he was a really good influence on us. It was always very important to him that his daughters be financially independent," she told the magazine.

"He wanted us to know that we could take care of ourselves, because he never liked the idea of us needing a man. And witnessing how my sisters can take care of themselves financially was a great model to have."

Elizabeth may not have the fashion empire her twin siblings share, but she ain't done bad for herself -- she's already an indie movie darling for her turn in awards bait "Martha Marcy May Marlene."  

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Photo: Mary-Kate, left, Ashley and Elizabeth Olsen celebrate Lizzie's Nylon cover. Credit: WireImage



Charlize Theron talks Kristen Stewart, taps into Rage

Charlize Theron talks Snow White and Kristen Stewart

Charlize Theron is on a two-week break from her evil queen duties in "Snow White and the Huntsman," and is enjoying her time in glamorous, movie-star fashion -- playing video games.

"I'm a bit of a gamer," she told us at Friday night's launch party for the new game Rage, a first-person shooter from Bethesda Softworks. "Not too crazy, but I've been known to game."

Theron served as host for the launch, which staged a full takeover of Chinatown's historic Gin Ling Lane -- vendors, restaurants and booze joints all -- and featured a performance from the Black Keys.

Turning heads in a black tuxedo jacket and tiny cocktail dress, Theron paused to reflect on her current gig as Kristen Stewart's nemesis in the dark retelling of the fairy tale.

"I haven't gotten to work with [Kristen] yet ... it's mostly been me and my kingdom, alone, while everyone is out looking for her," she said. Production will resume in two weeks in London, where the pair will finally go head-to-head.

Joerage "We've had one day together, she did some off-camera for me and we got to hang out a little bit. She's super cool and she's going to be amazing in this," Theron said. 

The Oscar winner has been making some interesting choices of late, departing from leading lady fare and catsuit-sporting action leads. In addition to her villainous turn in "Snow White," she'll portray an alcoholic writer of teen books in Jason Reitman's "Young Adult."

Penned by Diablo Cody and set for a holiday release, there's talk that Charlize could be an awards contender come January. 

"More than anything, I wanted to work with Jason Reitman and I thought the material was really interesting. I try not to think about that stuff too much and just respond organically," she said.

Organically responding to the festivities on Gin Ling Lane was George Clooney's current girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, who arrived alone but found some pals to catch up with. Newly single "True Blood" werewolf Joe Manganiello was on the prowl, hanging with a male pal and saying hello to "Captain America" star Chris Evans.

"Wonder Woman" star Lynda Carter made an appearance, as did Seth Green, John Krasinski and Alessandra Ambrosio. 

A Ministry shout-out to Topher Grace, who cut an impossibly long men's room line by obliging one of the gift shop vendors with a photo, getting him escorted into their private bathroom. 

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Photos, from top: Charlize Theron at the official launch party for the Rage video game Friday; Joe Manganiello prowls Gin Ling Lane. Credits: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press; Jordan Strauss / Getty Images

 


Eva Longoria, Judd Apatow do a fundraising dinner with Obama

Inside Obama's most recent, Hollywood-heavy fundraiser

President Obama swung through Los Angeles on Monday, and though his visits inspire groans over traffic jams, he did manage to lure a few showbiz heavyweights out of the house.

A fundraising dinner was held at West Hollywood's Fig & Olive in the president's honor, fetching $35,000 for two seats. Price of admission included some words from First Lady Michelle Obama's husband, an introduction from Jeffrey Katzenberg and a lovely "Desperate" housewife.

Eva Longoria indeed came to dine, as did funnyman Jack Black, Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman, music man Quincy Jones and California Gov. Jerry Brown.

"He inherited a crashing economy and two wars .... Yet he kept us moving forward," Katzenberg said in his opening remarks, according to a guest.

"We must keep fighting for him so he can keep fighting for us," he added.

Details on the menu and wine were not released, but Fig & Olive boasts a primarily Mediterranean menu. For you foodies: Chef Pascal Lorange served all dishes with olive oil in place of butter and cream.

A far cry from that Chicago pizza, eh POTUS?

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Photos: Eva Longoria, left, President Obama and Judd Apatow. Credits: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters, left; Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times, center; Jason Merritt/Getty Images, right.



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