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Justin Theroux rocks out with John Varvatos (sans Aniston)

Justin Theroux steps out sans Jennifer Aniston

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Justin Theroux surfaced in Los Angeles on Sunday, but not with his gal Jennifer Aniston: The actor and screenwriter made it a guy's day with designer John Varvatos.

Varvatos hosted the annual Stuart House benefit at his flagship store at Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard, shutting down the chic intersection for a major silent auction and Hollywood family fest.

Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow served as honorary chairs this year, with a slew of famous folks coming out to catch a performance from Dave Matthews.

Hopping a plane from Seattle, Matthews got everyone a little starstruck, including Zoe Saldana, who swayed to his acoustic set along with Joe Manganiello, Rachel Zoe and husband Rodger Berman, Bryan Cranston, Nina Dobrev, Tom Felton and James Van Der Beek.

"I've been working on a new record, so I haven't sung some of these songs in a while," Matthews told the crowd of his earlier hits including "Crush."

"So if I mess up any of the words, it's because I'm an artist," he joked.

Stuart House teamed with Chrysler this year to raise funds for its program, an L.A.-based facility with resources and treatment for child sex-abuse victims.  

[For the record, 5:30 p.m. March 12: This post originally gave the title of the song "Crush" incorrectly as "Crazy."]

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Photo: John Varvatos, left, and Justin Theroux. Credit: WireImage

 


Super Bowl: Joe Manganiello, Chris Evans touch down for parties

Joe Manganiello attends GQ"s super bowl bash
Sports devotees aren't the only ones descending upon Super Bowl in Indianapolis this weekend: Hollywood has touched down to party.

Avid football fan Joe Manganiello suited up for GQ magazine's annual pre-party on Friday, the "True Blood" werewolf enjoying the company of big-name athletes, actors and personalities.

Chris Evans charms a bunny at the Playboy partyDavid Arquette joked around with Steelers wide receiver Hines Wards while Andy Roddick escorted his lady Brooklyn Decker through the bash, held at downtown Indy industrial space The Stultz.

"The Voice" judge and rocker Adam Levine chatted up mag publisher Chris Mitchell as Terrell Owens, Troy Aikman and Patriots player Niko Koutouvides circulated around ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews.

"Dancing With the Stars" winner J.R. Martinez made a showing as did Mike Epps, the Roots and Peter Berg. LL Cool J served up a performance as Patron cocktails pumped through the crowd. 

Over at Indy's pop-up Bud Light Hotel, Chris Evans charmed several bunnies at Playboy's bash, sipping Ciroc and taking in a set from Ne-Yo. 

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Top photo: Joe Manganiello flashes a sporty smile at GQ and Lacoste's pre-Super Bowl bash. Credit: Getty Images

Right photo: Chris Evans and a bunny get close at Playboy's Ciroc bash. Credit: Handout

 


First Look: Men of 'Magic Mike' get patriotic for strip routine

First look: the famous cast of male strippers in 'Magic Mike'

The Ministry made its Christmas list and Santa Claus checked it twice -- the Internet has given unto us a first look at Warner Bros' "Magic Mike."

Chronicling the shenanigans of a pack of male strippers, based on the life experiences of Channing Tatum in his pre-Hollywood days, the first image delivers the film's hunky stars working an Uncle Sam routine on the stage.

The still boasts "True Blood" werewolf Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, newly engaged Matthew McConaughey and Tatum (we can't see you, fella cut off in the far right corner of the above photo, but we like you already). It's directed by "Traffic" filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. 

Filmed in Los Angeles and Florida, the project does feature a tone other than lean muscle.

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

"Mike" is expected sometime in June. Consider pre-coverage from the Ministry the gift that keeps on giving until it hits theaters.

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Photo: Joe Manganiello, left, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum suit up for "Magic Mike." Credit: Warner Bros.

 


Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel cozy up at GQ Men of the Year

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake was honored Thursday as one of 2011's  GQ Men of the Year, and brought a significant lady friend to be at his side -- former girlfriend Jessica Biel.

So are they back in full swing as a couple? It would seem so, as the pair were attached at the hip navigating the packed lobby and patio of the Chateau Marmont, eventually departing after midnight, hand in hand.

Back inside the party, another honoree commanded full attention of the crowd: dad-to-be Jay-Z. All  kinds of boldface names flocked for their five minutes with the mogul, including Jimmy Fallon, Lake Bell and Aziz Ansari.

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PHOTOS: 2011 GQ Men of the Year party 

Cutting a Sinatra-style figure in a black suit, and looking very lean, Jay-Z held court in a corner table while fellow man of the year Michael Fassbender charmed a group of ladies across the garden.

Joe Manganiello stuck out, literally, his towering frame grabbing attention alongside cast members from "Mad Men." The whole gang of Fox's "New Girl" turned up, including a whimsical Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson. 

Anna Faris and husband Chris Pratt mostly hung out together, as did Armie Hammer and his bride, Elizabeth Chambers. Sadly for the Ministry, Jay-Z -- who would make it to Heavy D's funeral in New York the next day -- wasn't joined by his fabulous ball-and-chain, the pregnant Beyonce.

But as the focus of the party was dudes, plenty of them made strong and stylish showings over Grey Goose cocktails, including "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson, Topher Grace, Anton Yelchin, Johnny Galecki, Kellan Lutz, John Cho, Adam Scott, Michael B. Jordan, Sam Paige and Eli Roth. 

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Top photo: Justin Timberlake, in Calvin Klein, was celebrated as one of 2011's GQ Men of the Year. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Left photo: Chris Pratt and wife Anna Faris. Credit: Frazer Harrison / 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



Mark Wahlberg, Alan Cumming's pants hit HBO's Emmy party

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer cuddle at HBO

HBO's competitors may have been smiling Monday morning, given ABC's dent in the cable network's usual awards domination, but for the Ministry's purposes? No one parties like HBO.

Lighting up a rather predictable party circuit for the Emmys, HBO took over the Pacific Design Center's outdoor courtyard, transforming it into a floral and fiery tableau for famous folks. And that's without considering Alan Cumming's pants.

Pictures: 2011 Emmy Awards winners

A newly single Joe Manganiello ducked in to greet his "True Blood" employers before heading home for an early call time (presumably on the just-started "Magic Mike"). He passed by HBO talent, including the boys of "Entourage," Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Rex Lee, toasting their final season.

Mark Wahlberg made a show-stopping entrance, halting conversation for the likes of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, John Stamos and Amanda Peet.

Olivia Munn made nice with rapper Kid Cudi as anchor Maria Menounos circulated in a gorgeous Ungaro gown, smiling at Lisa Bonet with her "Conan the Barbarian" man Jason Moma, who earned the HBO invite flexing his mojo as Khal Drogo in "Game of Thrones."

In the "Huh?" category, the notoriously rowdy Paz de la Huerta had the right measurements in a pink strapless gown but accented that with confounding, cadaver-colored lips and a mess of black hair. Likewise, Cumming hosted his own party -- on a floral, embroidered pair of harem pants.

Luckily the lovely Claire Danes was a palate cleanser. And for dessert? Scott Caan and a tall brunet were spotted driving off into the night just after the stroke of midnight.

Alan Cumming's pants, and Paz de la Huerta's makeup.

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Photos: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer work the red carpet, top, at HBO's 2011 Emmy after-party. Paz de la Heurta, bottom left, gets, um, avant-garde with hair and makeup, while Alan Cumming's pants simply win. Credits: Kristian Dowling / Associated Press, top; Michael Buckner / Getty Images, left; Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times, right.

 


Joe Manganiello talks full-frontal nudity for 'Magic Mike'

Joe Manganiello talks "Magic Mike" and his character Big Dick Richie

Joe Manganiello doesn't want to hear any bellyaching from his "Magic Mike" costars about baring their bodies. After all, the actor says, nudity is a part of his day job.

"It's not that different from what I do on set on 'True Blood,'" Manganiello told the Huffington Post. "I wonder if some of the other guys have done it before -- taken their clothes off on camera.

"For me, it's just a typical day at the office," he said.

Manganiello will star in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" -- alongside longtime pal Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, whose experiences as a young exotic dancer served as inspiration for the flick. 

Having taken it off since the beginning of his career, Manganiello isn't intimidated by playing a sizable character.

"When I was in college, I did an off-Broadway show where I was full-frontal on stage, so I guess all of these crazy parts have been coming my way for a long time," he said.

"Magic Mike" begins shooting in mid-September, but expect more Manganiello as the fourth season of "True Blood" winds up and Emmy Awards festivities unfurl. 

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Photo: Joe Manganiello in Los Angeles on Aug. 23, 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Joe Manganiello to join ridiculously hot cast of 'Magic Mike'

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Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum. The Jeopardy answer: What is the Ministry's idea of Christmas morning? 

That list of easy-on-the-eyes actors is the nearly confirmed cast of "Magic Mike," a romp through the lives of male strippers based on Tatum's real-life experiences as a young exotic dancer.

Manganiello, a favorite werewolf on "True Blood," comes as the latest and apparently largest addition, according to EW. He's reportedly been cast as Big Dick Richie, a dancer of enormous talent, alongside Pettyfer's booty-shaking newbie, Tatum's seasoned pro, supporting dancer Bomer and club owner McConaughey. 

Stephen Soderbergh is directing the flick, set to open in September 2012. And one of the largest questions looming about the project -- after why can't it just open today -- is, how much of the man-goodies will be on display?

Turns out, full-frontal might not be off the table. Soderbergh "isn't afraid of going there," a well-placed source tells the Awful Truth. 

And to steal the Truth's sentiment wholeheartedly: If ever there were a time for 3D filmmaking, let it be now.

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Photos: Manganiello, Pettyfer, Bomer, McConaughey and Tatum, from left. Credits, from left: Getty Images; Los Angeles Times; USA Network; Getty Images; Screen Gems.


'True Blood' star Joe Manganiello says he would go ugly on command

Joe ManganielloJoe Manganiello is devoted to his craft, so don't be fooled by his werewolf bod on "True Blood." He says he'd go from beefcake to hamburger in a heartbeat.

"If Alcide was described as weighing 300 pounds with a comb-over and missing his front teeth, that's what I would look like," he said in a recent interview.

Good luck with that. Manganiello is back in top form for the fourth season of the HBO vampire show, in which he plays the tortured lupine Alcide Herveaux. Last fall, however, he was trying Superman's cape on for size.

Pictures: 'True Blood' Season 4 premiere

Manganiello told GQ he was in the running for Zack Snyder's reboot of the superhero, thanks to all of his howling at the moon.

"He and his wife are huge fans of 'True Blood,'" Manganiello said.

Though he didn't land the role, he'll continue to exhibit supernatural powers on Alan Ball's mystical Southern creation, which has its season premiere on Sunday.

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Photo: Joe Manganiello in Santorini for the GQ summer style guide. Credit: Carter Smith 


Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman toast cover boy Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds poses with Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde Ryan Reynolds might have been only one star in a huge constellation of celebrities at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, but Monday found the actor headlining the night at an exclusive celebration of his new magazine cover.

At Los Angeles Italian joint Dominick's, plenty of Reynolds' famous pals came to toast the "Green Lantern" star and his Details magazine cover -- including Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann and Jason Bateman, his costars in the August release "The Change-Up." 

Mann brought along her husband, producer and director Judd Apatow, who gazed upon another star couple: "True Blood" hunk Joe Manganiello and fiancée Audra Marie.

Jason Bateman and Judd Apatow Guests mingled with Details editor Dan Peres over cocktails before a sit-down dinner for 30 commenced. 

Reynolds dished a bit in the cover story about his split from Scarlett Johansson. Well, dished that their divorce had no business being discussed publicly.

"The media was not invited to my marriage, and they're definitely not invited into the divorce," he said.

Though exclusive, his Monday gathering certainly looked more inviting.

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Right photo: Ryan Reynolds is the lucky center of a sandwich including Leslie Mann, left, and Olivia Wilde. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Left photo: Jason Bateman, left, and Judd Apatow. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

 


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