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Museum of Tolerance award makes Clint Eastwood's day

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Clint Eastwood was surrounded by old friends Sunday evening as he accepted the Tolerance Award at the first Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival.

"I'm 80," Eastwood said. "I wouldn't normally admit that, except that Eli [Wallach]'s here, and it's all relative."

As Wallach, 94, told the crowd at the museum, their friendship goes back almost 45 years to "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," the 1966 spaghetti Western that made Eastwood a star. Since then, Eastwood has been "a delicious, good, wonderful friend," Wallach said.

Bryce Dallas Howard at the Museum of Tolerance awards How good?

"I don't know how to word it, but I'll tell you, I spent a night once in bed with Clint Eastwood." Well, Eastwood did win the Tolerance Award.

That memorable night took place when they were making the film and traveling from Italy to a town in Spain. The hotels were filled, so they had to stay in a small apartment. "Clint said to me, 'What side do you want to sleep on?' I, being an old radical, said, 'I'll take the left side.'"

Though this was a junior event for Hollywood's burgeoning awards season, security at the museum dedicated to battling anti-Semitism was as strict as it is for the Oscars, with car trunks inspected and metal detectors used to screen guests. On the other side of the gantlet was a spread of corned beef, pastrami, pickles and sushi.

Snacking and milling about were Mary Hart, soon to retire from "Entertainment Tonight"; Olivia Williams ("The Ghostwriter"), Tia Carrere, Taylor Hicks, who later sang the theme song Eastwood wrote for his 2008 film, "Gran Torino"; and Bryce Dallas Howard, a star of "The Hereafter," the latest film Eastwood has directed.

Skipping the red carpet and arriving later were emcee George Lopez and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who presented the award.

Arnold Schwarzenegger presents Tolerance Award to Clint Eastwood "I love this guy," said Schwarzenegger, clearly in high spirits. "Ever since I was in Austria as a kid, watching his movies ... he was an inspiration for me to come over here to America and to also become an actor and to become a leading man. I don't think I would have done 'The Terminator' if he hadn't paved the way for great action movies, if he wouldn't have said 'Make my day' and all those kinds of lines, that made me follow with 'I'll be back' and those kinds of lines."

OK, so action stars are simpatico, we get that. But when Rabbi Marvin Hier said to Eastwood, "As a filmmaker, you have quite a fan club among the clergy," who knew?

In line with the museum's mission, its founding rabbi said, Eastwood's later films such as "Gran Torino" and "Letters From Iwo Jima" promote tolerance and inclusion -- both of which seemed pretty distant for the honoree a little earlier in the evening.

"On my way down here, somebody cut us off and he aimed a finger at us," Eastwood said. "So I rolled down the window and I started to yell, and my wife said, 'You're getting a tolerance award. I mean, his cat might have died in the morning.' I said, 'I don't give a damn about his cat.' Then I started realizing that's true. The next time you're arguing in traffic, you don't know all the facts."

Are you listening, Santa Monica Freeway?

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-- Irene Lacher

Upper photo: Clint Eastwood, with wife Dina Ruiz Eastwood, enjoys the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival gala hosted by George Lopez in Los Angeles on Sunday. Credit: Bart Bartholomew / Museum of Tolerance

Middle photo: Bryce Dallas Howard, who stars in Eastwood's latest film "The Hereafter." Credit: Bart Bartholomew / Museum of Tolerance

Lower photo: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger presents the inaugural Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival Tolerance Award to Eastwood. Credit: Bart Bartholomew / Museum of Tolerance


Betty White, Jeff Bridges scoop up Britannia Awards

Dakota Fanning at the BAFTA Brittania Awards Brits know true royalty when they see it, so naturally they're just as wild about Betty White as we are. Before she received a standing -- and cheering -- ovation at Thursday's Britannia Awards, host Stephen Fry declared her "one of my absolutely all-time favorite people on the surface of this planet."

White added the latest bauble to her ever-growing stash of trophies at the top awards event of the British Academy of Television and Film/Los Angeles, where honorees Jeff Bridges, Michael Sheen, "Inception" director Christopher Nolan and the directing and producing brothers Scott -- Ridley and Tony -- also took home the gold from the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

White received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy from fellow "it" girl Jane Lynch and "Hot in Cleveland" costars Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. She chalked up her winning streak to passion. "I wouldn't be the lucky old broad that I am -- I mean 'old' in a facetious way -- if I weren't so passionate about show business, about animals," she said, looking sparkly in a red jacket and black trousers.

The parade of presenters also included Dakota Fanning, Rosario Dawson, Marion Cotillard, Jerry Bruckheimer, Cillian Murphy and the suddenly ubiquitous Carey Mulligan. (Click here to launch a gallery of pictures from the event.)

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Hollywood Awards Gala shines spotlight on 'The Social Network,' Sean Penn, Sylvester Stallone

Mary Hart at the Hollywood Awards And they're off! If Monday's 14th annual Hollywood Awards Gala, touted as the official start of the busy awards season, is any indication, "The Social Network" stars and creators had better start shining up their party shoes. Just about everyone involved with the hit film about the rise of Facebook -- including Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and the rest of the young cast, plus screenwriter winner Aaron Sorkin -- left the Beverly Hilton Hotel with something nice for his or her mantle.

"I'm thrilled that you've recognized the incredible cast of 'The Social Network,' " Sorkin said. "John Lennon said, 'I'd rather have a band than a Rolls Royce.' Notwithstanding the fact that he could have had both, I know what he means."

The awards gala, which kicks off the Hollywood Film Festival, is one of awards season's newer contenders, and the starry turnout demonstrated how awards shows have mushroomed in recent years. Click the pic of Timberlake and Eisenberg below to launch a gallery of pictures from the event.

Hollywood-awards-gallery-re After an iffy start, when emcee Mary Hart's zipper broke and she had to be sewn into her dress, a virtual lifetime's worth of celebs streamed across the stage, including Mia Wasikowska, who took home the breakthrough actress award for the title role in "Alice in Wonderland," and Sylvester Stallone, winner of the career  achievement award. He was introduced by action buddies Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.

Stallone, a rare sight on red carpets these days, was practically giddy as he accepted his award, thanking "my daughters and my wife because they forgot what I used to do. They thought I was a bad golfer for a living."

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Environmental Media Awards laud green media and its moguls

Olivia Munn in her green dress at the Environmental Media Awards Ed Begley Jr., one of the first Hollywood celebs to promote environmental causes, didn't seem at all surprised that Saturday's Environmental Media Awards ceremony had mushroomed over the last 20 years from a casual event at an old L.A. club into an elaborate cocktail party and roving dinner at Warner Bros. Studios backlot.

Fresh off the green carpet, the board member and former chairman of the Environmental Media Assn., which recognizes film and television that spreads an environmental message, was chatting with friends while he waited for the ceremony to begin.

"When you see people dying on an oil rig and there are environmental disasters in the gulf, people want to do something," he told the Ministry. "It's like World War II, when people planted victory gardens. People want to do something because they see the writing on the wall. Why don't we subsidize renewable energy like China? Gandhi said, 'People lead and governments follow.' We vote with our dollars."

With Begley's passion for environmentalism, it wasn't surprising that his Planet Green reality show, "Living With Ed," picked up an EMA later that evening.

Another slam dunk was "Avatar," which won yet another feature-film award. Filmmaker James Cameron talked about how his efforts to save the environment had continued after the film left theaters.

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Will Ferrell, Jane Fonda host and toast the Hammer Museum's 'Gala in the Garden'

HAMMER pic 1 The place to be at the Hammer Museum's "Gala in the Garden" on Saturday was a corner of the courtyard balcony, 100 feet south of the restrooms.

As cocktail hour reached critical mass, Jane Fonda huddled there with honoree Alice Waters, the chef-owner of Berkeley's Chez Panisse who's credited with pioneering California cuisine. Later, Waters -- clearly the real star of the evening -- was joined by Will Ferrell, who chaired the gala with wife Viveca Paulin-Ferrell.

Will Ferrell, executive producer of HBO's raunchy "Eastbound & Down," a  "Saturday Night Live" alum and star of "Step Brothers," "Blades of Glory" and other recent super-goofy movies? Yeah, that Will Ferrell. Perhaps demonstrating that opposites attract, Ferrell's wife, Viveca, is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art who used to work for the Butterfields art auction house (and played an auctioneer in the Chris Tucker-Martin Sheen movie "Money Talks").

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'Secretariat' races to the finish with a Hollywood premiere

Diane Lane and John Malkovich at the Secretariat premiere The premiere of "Secretariat" at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre on Thursday brought out all the front-runners of the much-anticipated Disney film: stars Diane Lane, John Malkovich, A.J. Michalka, Nestor Serrano, Dylan Walsh, director Randall Wallace and the horse.

Well, not the horse. A horse. Even onscreen, Secretariat was played by five horses, including the winner of a lookalike contest judged by the owner of 1973's record-setting Triple Crown winner.

Amanda Michalka at the Secretariat premiere. It's not every day you see a horse on a red carpet, but then it's also not every day you see the puckish Malkovich sporting brightly colored sport jackets and clashing hats, as he did for the role of Secretariat's flamboyant trainer, Lucien Lauren. Malkovich is scrupulous about his personal style, which has drawn a bevy of admirers, including Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, and he has his own fashion label, called Uncle Kimono. Imagine Armani dressed up as Superfly. (Click on the picture of actress Amanda Michalka at right to launch a gallery of arrival photos.)

The year 1973 "was sort of the end of fashion, and that was the nadir of fashion, probably," said Malkovich, dressed in a relatively conservative gray suit and bow tie at the Hollywood Roosevelt after-party.

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Hollywood flocks to PETA's 30th-anniversary gala

Getprev Much of Hollywood is a sucker for a furry face, so it was only natural that a herd of celebs would turn out for the 30th-anniversary gala of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night.

PETA The event, hosted by "30 Rock's" Alec Baldwin, brought out an eclectic group joined by their love of animals, including honorees Anjelica Huston, "Glee's" Lea Michele, Eva Mendes, "Twilight's" Kellan Lutz and Christian Serratos, Dave Navarro and "Inglourious Basterds' " Eli Roth plus presenters Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Abbie Cornish, Pamela Anderson, Iggy Pop, Jena Malone, "One Tree Hill's" Sophia Bush and a glittery Kelly Osbourne, showing off her new svelte self. (Click the pic of Michele, above, to launch a gallery of red carpet arrivals.)

And Charo. Si, Charo.

The refugee from "Laugh In," "The Love Boat" and other TV shows of the '70s resurfaced last year in "The Surreal Life," and she's been busy nudging Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to ban bullfighting. The anti-bullfighting forces claimed their first headline-making victory a month ago, when Barcelona banned it.

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Hollywood toasts the new Resnick Pavilion at LACMA's 'Unmasking' gala

Tom Hanks Rita Wilson Lacma Resnick Pavilion

Saturday's Los Angeles County Museum of Art gala was one of the biggest nights to see and be seen on this year's social calendar, so naturally the gold and silver masks the museum handed out to guests at the entrance languished in their hands and on cocktail tables.

Resnick-pavilion-lacma LACMA had dubbed the evening "The Unmasking" because it celebrated the opening of the lavish $45-million Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, named for the major donors and owners of Fiji Water and Pom Wonderful. And as the city's elite parted a sea of costumed performers from the John Burroughs High School, wearing 18th century European garb, to pour into the pavilion for cocktails, it was obvious that their fellow guests were nearly as compelling as the art and costume collections in adjoining rooms.

"You're divine," Barbara Davis -- widow of Marvin Davis, a former owner of 20th Century Fox -- cooed to Joan Collins after posing for pictures with her grandson, Brandon. "You're magnificent."

The younger set was represented, as well. Kim Kardashian (with mom Kris Jenner), Nicole Richie and Nicky Hilton mingled and greeted friends in the main gallery.  Fresh from a screening of his new film "Howl" in New York was actor James Franco. "House's" Olivia Wilde posed for paparazzi on the red carpet after arriving fashionably late -- but just in time for dinner and a performance by Christina Aguilera.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson entered the Resnick Pavilion deep in conversation with Garry Marshall and his daughter, while "The Hurt Locker" director, Kathryn Bigelow, and her date studied pictures on a phone outside on the terrace. Carole Bayer Sager, surrounded by friends in the gallery, later received a shout-out from the Canadian Tenors, who performed one of her songs during the dinner. 

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Harrison Ford, John Stamos honored by Operation Smile in Beverly Hills

John Stamos

The Ministry loves a good hero, and on the life-imitating-art-imitating-life front, Harrison Ford is proving to be quite a tasty treat.

Indiana Jones' alter ego is an experienced pilot, and on Friday evening he was honored for commanding a February airlift of medical volunteers and supplies into Hinche, Haiti, at the request of Operation Smile, which responded to the devastating earthquake by expanding its mission beyond providing corrective cleft-palate surgery to needy children around the world.

Alas, Ford was too busy imitating life -- he was on set -- to pick up his award for imitating art, so wife Calista Flockhart did the honors at Operation Smile's ninth annual gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Flockhart's last-minute substitution seemed karmic, because the "Brothers & Sisters" star was to have been honored herself in 2001 until 9/11 intervened.

"I am very proud to be here to accept this beautiful award for my husband, Harrison Ford," she told the crowd, adding that he couldn't be there because "a schedule is at best a work of fiction. But what really matters is he was there in Haiti when it mattered."

Sing it, sister.

Smilepromo The honorees also included "ER's" John Stamos, who's a big supporter of children's charities like the Starlight Foundation and Project Cuddle, for which he serves as national spokesman. He's also developing a Lifetime project based on the rescue organization for abandoned babies and guest-starring on "Glee," which sent Kevin McHale (Artie) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) to provide the evening's entertainment.

"He's quite a good cuddler," "Full House" producer Garry Marshall assured the crowd in presenting the award to the hunky Stamos.

Good to know. Seriously.

– Irene Lacher

Photo: John Stamos accepts his award at the Operation Smile gala. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images


Mel B honors her not-so-scary Style Network show costar

Mel-b Quick: A singer/TV star appears at a benefit to present an award to her family therapist, who does double duty as a costar on her reality show. In what city does this take place?

OK, we're waiting -- yes, amazingly, you figured it out! Los Angeles. How do you do it?

Spice Girl Mel B (a.k.a. Scary Spice and Melanie Brown, and by the way, is she a Spice Woman yet?) turned out Sunday for the fifth annual Polo in the Palisades event benefiting Miriam's House to present Dr. Charles Sophy with the Promises Foundation Award for Distinguished Community Service.

Mel B has been working her new Style Network show, "It's a Scary World," which follows her everywhere as she deconstructs the English meaning of the word "cookie" with her movie producer husband, Stephen Belafonte (ask someone for a cookie in London and you'll get a dog biscuit), and goes for family therapy sessions with Sophy, medical director of L.A. County's Department of Children and Family Services and a mother-daughter specialist who helps the star deal with her complicated blended family. (The couple has three daughters, all from different relationships. Mel B has two -- Phoenix, 11, with first ...

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