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Rihanna to serenade Sheryl Crow at Unforgettable Evening 2012

Rihanna and Sheryl Crow

Rihanna is steering her battleship back to Los Angeles, where this month she'll serenade cancer survivor Sheryl Crow at the annual Unforgettable Evening gala, benefiting the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

The singer and actress will light up the April 18 event after a cancellation last year due to laryngitis over Grammy weekend. Cee-Lo Green filled her spot then, but the "We Found Love" crooner plans to show this year at the Beverly Hilton as Crow receives the Courage Award.

The gala counts honorary chairs in Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, as well as co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jamie Tisch. 

Crow underwent treatment for breast cancer in February 2006, and has lived cancer-free since. Rihanna is currently promoting her summer action flick "Battleship," costarring Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard and Liam Neeson.  

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Photos: Rihanna, left, and Sheryl Crow. Credits: Koji Sasahara / Associated Press, left; Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times, right.  


Grammy after-party sees music legends, levity from Bruno Mars

 

Bruno Mars celebrates another Grammy ceremony come and gone.

Whitney Houston was easily the biggest presence at any Grammy Awards party this past weekend, but awards need celebrating, and the industry chose to soldier on — perhaps in the name of support.

That was the case Sunday after the Grammy telecast as music legends and Hollywood heavyweights flocked to the Chateau Marmont for Beau Joie champagne's fete, celebrating Warner Bros. Music and InStyle magazine.

Twinkle lights, pink roses and white tents transformed the iconic space with old-school French flair to welcome Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Reba McEntire, India Arie, Fergie, Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey, to name a few.

PHOTOS: The Beau Joie Grammy party 

Bruno Mars performed a 15-minute set on the hotel patio as guests raised glasses of rosé, including a dancing Chelsea Handler enjoying the music with hotel owner Andres Balazs. 

"Welcome to the loser party," Mars joked after leaving the award show empty-handed, "but we're still going to have a great time."

Mash-ups and covers of hits including "Super Freak," LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It," and Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Paris" brought the place down, with a helpful reminder that music is about bringing people together — which is precisely what happened later in the hotel library.

When Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" started piping through, it sparked a dance party that had McCartney shaking it alongside a gorgeous Gabrielle Union, Serena Williams, Del Rey and execs including Ben Silverman. 

Malin Akerman, Kelly Rowland, "Glee" guys Matthew Morrison and Chord Overstreet, newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Rashida Jones and Nicole Richie rounded out the crowd, lingering past midnight. 

The pain and shock of Houston's death inspired much chatter in between sips of bubbly, puffs on cigars and snacking, but a newcomer like Del Rey proves the show goes on.

"I'm having so much fun," she told us in passing, "I mean, my friend won two Grammys." And that's what Sunday was about. 

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Photo: Bruno Mars celebrates another Grammy ceremony come and gone with InStyle magazine and Beau Joie on Sunday. Credit: Todd Williamson / Getty Images 



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

 


SAG Awards after-party: Brad and Angelina dine, 'The Help' shines

Brangelina-sag-awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards serve as a halftime whistle in Hollywood's busiest season, between January's Golden Globes and February's Oscar gold -- making the SAG after-party something of a halftime show.

A lot of stars were blowing off steam as big winners including "The Help," "Modern Family" and "The Artist" mingled on Sunday evening.

The guild's annual gala, a partnership between People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, awaited guests from the telecast in a tented space just off the Shrine Expo Hall. An Old Hollywood theme permeated the event, enhanced by thick drapes, velvet booths and a throwback jazz band.

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Brad Pitt didn't take home the night's big acting prize -- that went to "The Artist" lead Jean Dujardin -- but he seemed plenty comforted by partner Angelina Jolie. The actress-director picked at salad while chatting up Brad's "Moneyball" costar Jonah Hill.

If quality time with Jolie wasn't enough for Hill, the conversation was interrupted by an enthusiastic Armie Hammer, who like Jonah was nominated for male supporting actor in a drama.

"Well done!" Hammer offered Jonah. Nice to see that Armie's recent herbal issues haven't killed his rosy disposition. 

"The Descendants" cast camped right next to Team Pitt as Judy Greer and Shailene Woodley laughed and people-watched together. (George Clooney and Stacey Keibler made only the briefest party appearance.)

Always a good time, "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen entertained her cast with bawdy jokes a few feet from a mixed bag of "30 Rock" and "Bridesmaids" stars. These combined forces were pleasing to a svelte Jane Krakowski, who snapped tons of pictures with her smartphone. 

Yet no one had a night like the stars of "The Help" had: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer considered their statuettes in the cast's private booth, while Emma Stone and Allison Janney chatted up director Tate Taylor. 

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Photo:  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the SAG Awards in L.A. on Sunday. Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press


Stacy Keibler hits Spike's Video Game Awards (sans Clooney)

Stacy Keibler steps out to the Spike TV Video Game Awards
In keeping with Spike TV's grand tradition of honoring gamers with world-premiere trailers and hot girls, George Clooney's girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, stepped out Saturday for the network's annual Video Game Awards.

Keibler and her legs-till-Tuesday rolled over in a little black dress to Culver City's Sony Pictures, which has been taken over by the VGAs, with host Zachary Levi and presenters including Brooklyn Decker, Seth Green and LL Cool J.

Prolific TV honcho Mark Burnett served as executive producer this year, boasting impressive effects for the live telecast and a few major guests — including Shigeru Miyamoto, the Nintendo wizard who invented game franchises such as Donkey Kong and the Mario Bros. series. 

Charlie Sheen stopped by to hand out the prize for best first-person shooting game ("Will there be chicks?" he said he asked his agent when approached to present), while rapper the Game cut a slimmed-down figure.

"You know, film is a passive experience. You get swept away by narrative and character," said Casey Patterson, Spike's VP in charge of live events across the board. "But with this market, you get the crazy, Spielberg-level talent writing and creating games — and you can interact within in that.

"It's beyond huge. Call of Duty made $400 million in a day," Patterson added, referring to the most recent release in the popular Modern Warfare franchise. "That's more than 'Avatar.' "

Fanboys Sean William Scott and Jason Biggs dropped by, and we spotted retired wrestler Keibler taking advantage of a night out without George Clooney to catch up with old pals, including Hulk Hogan.

Though it was a gaming fete with some Hollywood peppered on top, the VGAs also boasted a philanthropic angle: For the troops, many of whom have lived a first-person shooting experience that's far from a game, Spike promoted its Hire a Veteran program to place returning soldiers back in the workplace. 

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Photo: Stacy Keibler arrives at Spike TV's Video Game Awards on Dec. 10 in Culver City. Credit: Joe Kohen / Associated Press.



Amy Poehler: Tina Fey and Seth Meyers are dead to me

Amy Poehler is upset with Tina Fey and Seth Meyers

Has funny lady Amy Poehler really written off her "Saturday Night Live" pals Tina Fey and Seth Meyers? 

Yes. But no. Yes, Poehler cracked a joke that both were off her Christmas card list. But, no, she wasn't serious.

It was all to get a few laughs while accepting her Variety Power of Comedy award Saturday. In its second year, the awards show went off in Los Angeles, where comedy fans got some top-tier talent in return for purchasing tickets that benefited the Noreen Fraser Foundation.

"To everyone who came in person, thank you," Poehler said of the tributes that had come her way. "To everyone who made a video, you're dead to me. We all know how easy it is to make a video." 

Both Fey and Meyers, in New York working on their own comedy projects, had sent along recorded testimonials on their experiences working with Poehler.

Fey reflected on their time together at Chicago's Second City improv theater and later "SNL," all the way up to their half-hour comedies "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation."

"We even have shows on the same night in what will be known as the last great days of NBC," Fey cracked.

Other highlights from Poehler's big night included a video message from 2010 winner Russell Brand, a tribute from her husband, Will Arnett, and a musical performance from Maya Rudolph, who dedicated R. Kelly's "In the Kitchen" to Amy. 

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Photo: Amy Poehler arrives at the second annual Variety Power of Comedy awards, sparkling in Tiffany, at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday. Credit: Valerie Macon / Getty Images



'Breaking Dawn' stages wedding reception for premiere party

Stephenie Meyer and Taylor Lautner at the Breaking Dawn premiere party

In theme with the anticipated wedding of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," Monday's U.S. premiere threw a massive after-party that re-created the characters' wedding reception -- and their honeymoon.

In a setting that was part tropical island shore, part Washington forest, the film's leads Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner turned up to greet castmates, filmmakers and fans at the space constructed across from L.A. Live. 

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Director Bill Condon toasted his team under the approving gaze of the series' author, Stephenie Meyer, and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, as well as supporting cast members such as Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone.

Jackson Rathbone and Peter Facinelli smooch Elizabeth Reaser"I'm very happy with the film," Lutz told the Ministry while hosting a table of guys that included actor Ryan Rottman.

"Twilight" always brings famous fans as well, including Rob Lowe, Michael Chiklis and Arnold and Maria Shriver's boy Patrick Schwarzenegger. 

Produced again by Chad Hudson, the party featured a raised platform where the wedding tableau was re-created. More than 1,000 wisterias hung from vines above wooden benches and an epic trellis under which enthusiasts took photos.

Catching up with Rosenberg, who picked at sweet potato fries and sipped bubbly while twirling in her Carolina Herrera gown, she gushed that the designer had walked the red carpet with her.

"That was totally my highlight," Rosenberg said.

While Stewart changed out of her gown and into a white camisole, Lautner stayed suited to chat up industry types before all three leads left to grab a plane for London.

Across from the wedding reception stage was a beach scene with ocean waves projected onto the wall, romantic lounge furniture and even a few chess boards as a nod to Edward and Bella's honeymoon activity (well, one of their activities).  

While Rathbone puzzled folks in a crushed, red velvet suit, "Twilight" vampire parents Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser mingled with Billy Burke and Sarah Clarke from the human set.

Heads turned for Bruno Mars, who is featured on the soundtrack -- but there was one real showstopper: Hudson brought in the actual prop wedding cake from the film set, surrounding it with bejeweled cupcakes and ropes of pearls. 

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Top photo: "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer and Taylor Lautner. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Left photo: Jackson Rathbone, left, and Peter Facinelli smooch Elizabeth Reaser. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Jon Hamm, Nicole Richie celebrate Mindy Kaling's new book

Mindy Kaling celebrates her book release

Mindy Kaling's funny shtick attracted some fabulous names Sunday as her notable pals came to toast her new book, "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)." 

Not so much a concern Sunday, as Jon Hamm and partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Aziz Ansari, Nicole Richie and more came to hang out at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's cocktail lounge the Spare Room.

Toasted by Cindy Leive, Glamour's editor in chief, Kaling was complimented on needing virtually no edit and on her genuine humor, whether "writing about one-night stands or what makes a man a man," according to one guest.

Kaling's "Office" mates B.J. Novak and Jenna Fischer rolled through, as did funny ladies Anna Faris and Busy Philipps and chat-show host Jimmy Kimmel. 

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Photo: Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and Minday Kaling, right, at Kaling's book launch party at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Monday. Credit: WireImage


Eva Longoria: No, I'm not breathing -- it's a Victoria Beckham

Eva Longoria poked fun at her pal Victoria Beckham, joking that she couldn't breathe in the designer's form-fitting dressEva Longoria is such a committed friend, she'll apparently go to great lengths to support her pals. By suffocating herself, for instance.

The "Desperate Housewives" star attended the Hollywood Style Awards on Sunday to present a trophy to photographer Randall Slavin, and made a crack about rocking one of her chum Victoria Beckham's high-end dresses.

After teetering down a runway to the stage's lectern, Longoria needed a moment to catch her breath.

"I can't breathe in this dress. It's Victoria Beckham, so it's a negative-4," she said of the size, getting chuckles from a crowd that included newly single Zoe Saldana, Khloe Kardashian, stylist Elizabeth Stewart and Madonna's "W.E." leading lady, Andrea Riseborough.

All in good fun, we're sure, as Beckham and Eduardo Cruz's current squeeze go way back. The gals recently had a catch-up session at one of David Beckham's soccer matches, where Eva was spotted cuddling Victoria's new daughter, Harper Seven.  

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Photos: Victoria Beckham in 2008, left, and Eva Longoria wearing Victoria Beckham, right, at the 2011 Hollywood Style Awards in West Hollywood on Sunday. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images


Zoe Saldana steps out single after Keith Britton breakup

Zoe Saldana and Keith Britton have split up

Zoe Saldana and entrepreneur Keith Britton have called off their longtime relationship.

Saldana and Britton "have amicably separated after 11 years," a representative of the "Avatar" actress said in a statement. The pair, engaged in June 2010, had a rare consistency for love in young Hollywood.

Though their romance is over, they're still together in one sense: "Saldana and Britton remain committed business partners as co-founders of fashion resource MyFDB.com," the rep added to People.

At the Hollywood Style Awards on Sunday night, Saldana made her first public appearance since the breakup was announced, presenting the hairstylist of the year award to pal and collaborator Mara Roszak.

In a modest pink number, Saldana seemed in good spirits while celebrating Roszak, who so often makes Zoe shine everywhere from "the Oscars to photo shoots and in between." 

Saldana on Thursday presented the award for record of the year to Calle 13 for "Latinoamerica" at the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

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Photo: Zoe Saldana at the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.


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