As the thermometer pushes to summer temperatures, Los Angeles nights are getting equally hot. The Ministry has the latest sightings from the nightlife dens to the lingerie parties.
We begin with Leonardo DiCaprio. Although he's been out and about again with model gal Bar Refaeli, Wednesday night was all about his boys. The "Inception" actor rolled out to Hollywood's Las Palmas with longtime friend Lukas Haas and actor Emile Hirsch.
DiCaprio donned his requisite baseball cap while his friends danced. Just outside, at Las Palmas' newly opened Taco Stand, band members from Maroon 5 snacked and shot the breeze.
Over at the Hollywood Roosevelt, Nylon magazine hosted a bash with YouTube celebrating its May issue. Cover girl Vanessa Hudgens showed with boyfriend Zac Efron, "Twilight" lady Ashley Green popped in, and Brody Jenner and Kristin Cavallari taped a segment for "The Hills."
Just down the street at the W Hollywood (What? This is a busy town) actress Malin Akerman celebrated her 32nd birthday at restaurant Delphine. Close pals including Emmanuelle Chriqui toasted with Chopin martinis and snacked on oysters.
On Tuesday evening, above Delphine at Drai's Hollywood, the beauties of Victoria's Secret revealed their fifth annual "What's Sexy? List: Bombshell Edition," with hosts Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Candice Swanepoel and Chanel Iman. (Say that 10 times fast.)
Celeb admirers of the lingerie beauties included Jamie Foxx, Shaun White, Bryan Greenberg, Ryan Phillippe, Camila Alves and "True Blood" star Sam Trammell.
In the same hood Monday evening, School Night at Bardot went up with performances from Angela McCluskey and Papercranes. Joaquin Phoenix came out to support his sister Rain (lead singer of Papercranes) with pal Casey Affleck in tow.
Daryl Hannah popped onstage to offer backup vocals with McCluskey.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Sam Trammell, we think, just learned Victoria's Secret. Credit: Victoria's Secret
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