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Gwen Stefani, Will Ferrell, Nicole Richie manifest for MOCA gala

Nicole Richie lights up MOCA gala

Downtown Los Angeles' Grand Avenue made good on its name Saturday evening, welcoming celebs, social types and, naturally, art fans to the Museum of Contemporary Art's annual gala. 

The museum tapped renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic as guest director for this year's fete, presenting "An Artist's Life Manifesto" with Debbie Harry as featured performer.

Gwen Stefani attended, as she did last year, though husband Gavin Rossdale was nowhere in sight. Stefani instead buddied up to event chair Dasha Zuhkova, while Nicole Richie frolicked on the rainy grounds with actress Jaime King. 

Gwen Stefani smiles pretty at MOCA

PHOTOS: MOCA Gala 2011 | Arrivals

Abramovic featured live performers as dinner centerpieces, with only their heads popping out from the tablecloths as guests ate and drank. Coexisting with the human heads wasn't the only thing Abramovic requested of the crowd: White lab coats were distributed and mandatory to don as dinner began.

"It's this idea of transition," Abramovic said, as the whole of the party was to experiment within her performance. Except it wasn't the whole of the party — as some guests blatantly refused to put on the jackets (think Hills-dwelling housewives not wanting their gowns concealed). 

But the boldface names were happy to oblige Abramovic; among them Kirsten Dunst, looking radiant with Rodarte designing duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy. They sat close to celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, while Will Ferrell worked the room with his wife, Viveca.

Rose McGowan turned heads in a green number, as did a late-arriving Pamela Anderson (random, no?), Dita Von Teese and a slimmed Minnie Driver.

Among the hits from Harry, the human heads, the doctor costumes and a consistent showing of celebrity art fans, Abramovic emerged as the night's true star.

She's an artist whose commitment may have turned an interesting page on an important night for Los Angeles, a gala that's frankly been struggling to find its voice since Lady Gaga graced it two years ago.

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MOCA gala: Stefani, Kunis, Bilson, Ferrell and herds more celebrate a 'culture collision' in L.A.

— Matt Donnelly
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Photos: Nicole Richie, top, and Gwen Stefani, left, are among the stars at the MOCA gala Saturday. Credits: Phil McCarten / Reuters, top; Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images, left.



Brody Jenner, Avril Lavigne take bar fight to the cops

Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner

Ask Brody Jenner and Avril Lavigne: Sometimes date night in Hollywood can turn bloody.

After Jenner and Lavigne were involved in a bar fight at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, leaving both halves of the famous couple with injuries, police are now involved in the scuffle.

Though no specific location has been given, the two were reportedly partying on the premises when someone started some mess with Avril. Thanks to AFI Fest, the Roosevelt has seen A-list traffic all week long, and the joint plays host to popular lounges including the Spare Room.

Brody stepped in, apparently, to break up the scuffle and wound up taking a broken beer bottle to the head. Police and emergency response were called to the scene, but the only man left standing was Brody. He declined medical treatment on site, filed a police report, then drove himself to the hospital.

"Interesting Saturday night... Just got of the hospital with a new scar on my face.. Charges/chargers!!!" he tweeted.

Avril suffered worse, she said on Twitter, claiming a "black eye, bloody nose, hair ripped out, scratches, bruises and cuts. So not ok to be abusive to others. Violence is NEVER the answer."

Jenner's manager released a statement Monday night: "Brody Jenner is recovering at home after being assaulted in an unprovoked attack this past Saturday night. He appreciates all the calls of support and well wishes. As this is an ongoing police investigation, there will be no further statements at this time."

So we wait to learn more after the police do their thing.

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Photos: Avril Lavigne, left, and Brody Jenner at New York Fashion Week in September. Credits: Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images, left; Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images, right.


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

Chris Evans and Lindsay Lohan

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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-- Matt Donnelly
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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


Sightings: Eva Longoria power-mingles, Liz Taylor is missed

Eva Longoria and Demi Moore attend Variety's 3rd Power of Women luncheon

Though it feels as if the Ministry just retired yet another year's Emmy Awards tuxedo, the party train kept chugging along last weekend -- with nary an award-show hangover in sight.

On Friday afternoon, charitable femmes were saluted at Variety's Power of Women event, held at the Four Seasons' Beverly Wilshire.

Photos: Arrivals and inside Variety's Power of Women 2011

Eva Longoria, Annette Bening, Mary J. Blige, Lea Michele, Olivia Wilde and DreamWorks honcho Stacey Snider were honored by the trade paper and Lifetime TV for their work with charitable foundations with the likes of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Artists for Peace & Justice.

Longoria, in a red day dress, caught up with Demi Moore while "Dancing With the Stars" contestants Ricki Lake and Nancy Grace worked the crowd.

Bening's husband Warren Beatty showed, as did Hugh Jackman to support Snider on behalf of their upcoming flick "Real Steel." A mini "The Help" reunion went down as Octavia Spencer and Allison Janney crossed paths, and Loretta Devine and Jennifer Love Hewitt were spotted as well.

That evening, Macy's Passport celebrated its annual Glamorama event. The longtime AIDS cause, which counted Elizabeth Taylor as a founding chair, this year saw a touching tribute to the late star by Sharon Stone.

Stone, fittingly sporting a serious diamond necklace, spoke of how strange it was not to have Taylor at the event after so many years. Two of the film legend's grandchildren said a few words of gratitude before a tribute reel was played.

Afterward, electro-hop quartet Far East Movement helped along a fashion show featuring looks from Calvin Klein, Rachel Roy and Papi. The show was capped with a three-song set by Cee-Lo Green.

Over in Hollywood, an underage crowd celebrated being just that -- underage -- on the Paramount lot.

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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.

 


VMA parties: Britney Spears, Jason Trawick chill; Adele goes gay

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards
After a dizzying 2011 MTV Video Music Awards telecast, music stars and celebs kept their after-partying low key in Los Angeles.

Pop video winner Britney Spears stepped out with boyfriend Jason Trawick, hitting up Esquire magazine and House of Hype's after party at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Camped out at a table, Spears stuck close to her man and two female pals.

Only a few seats away and both in good spirits, Katy Perry and Russell Brand celebrated her score in the video of the year category. "Glee" guy Mark Salling held court between the superstars, welcoming Chord Overstreet and Emma Roberts to his table, in addition to Sam Trammel and Evan Ross of "True Blood."

Other revelers included Malin Akerman, Elise Neal, Flo Rida, Rose McGowan, Kelly Rowland, "The Nail Files" star Katie Cazorla and Sasha Grey, who got a shout-out on HBO as well Sunday as one of "Entourage" character Vincent Chase's ex-girlfriends.

Up the hill from the SLS, crossover sensation Adele bucked tradition and avoided the party circuit. The "Rolling in the Deep" singer went with friends to mainstay gay bar the Abbey -- one of Elizabeth Taylor's fave joints -- sipping Oxley gin and tonics and dancing into the night.

In Hollywood, some hip-hop heavyweights celebrated G.O.O.D. Music's new artist Big Sean. A private dinner and cocktail party was held at the Redbury hotel's library and outdoor patio, drawing Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Estelle for chow and Grey Goose drinks.

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-- Matt Donnelly
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Photo: Jason Trawick and Britney Spears arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on Aug. 28. Credit: Frederic J. Brown / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images


President Obama or Seth Meyers: Whose speech rocked the correspondents dinner? [Video]

Seth meyers barack obama The annual White House correspondents dinner took place in Washington on Saturday night, giving President Obama the opportunity to take off the gloves and release a year's worth of pent-up jabs at the pundits who reported and opined about his actions, ideas and decisions.

In other words: Bring it.

No big surprise that Obama reserved a special place for Donald Trump, the mogul-turned-birther-spokesman who last week took credit for getting POTUS to cough up his long-form birth certificate.

"No one is happier ... no one is prouder ... to put this birth-certificate matter to rest than the Donald," Obama said in his speech. "And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like: Did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

But Obama wasn't the only one who took a swing at Trump. Seth Meyers, "Saturday Night Live's" head writer and the featured entertainer for the dinner, also threw some punches -- attacking Trump's trademark hair and accent as well as his political opinions.

Videos of both are below. Tell us: Did Obama or Meyers have a better speech? Or did both of them bomb?

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Photos: Seth Meyers, left, and President Obama, right, at the 2011 White House correspondents dinner. Credits: Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press, left; Chris Kleponis / AFP / Getty Images, right.


Royal wedding reception: Kate Middleton changes into a second dress for evening

Royal wedding reception: Kate changes into a second Alexander McQueen dress This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

A change of a dress might sound simple, but for Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, it signified the transition from commoner to royal wife.

After winning the world's favor in an Alexander McQueen masterpiece during her wedding ceremony Friday to Prince William, Kate made a quick stop at Buckingham Palace for a luncheon with Queen Elizabeth II -- then changed out of the gown into her reception look.

Another McQueen stunner, the second gown was described as "a white satin strapless evening gown with a circle skirt and diamante detailing around the waist" by People magazine.

A chic, fringed white shrug complemented the look, adding fashion-forward dash. The bride's formal hairstyle shifted to throw some dramatic waves in front, framing her face. William responded in kind by suiting up in a formal black tuxedo.

Royal wedding reception with William, Charles, Camilla and Kate's second dress The evening program, hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, included dinner and dancing with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton; best man Prince Harry; and maid of honor Pippa Middleton.

[For the record, 9:10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., April 30: This post originally referred to Camilla, Duchess of York. She is Duchess of Cornwall. The caption referred to Catherine as Duchess of Wales. She is Duchess of Cambridge. Thanks to commenters @Janelle and @Tandy for flagging the gaffes.]

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Photos: Top, after a luncheon reception and a change of clothes, a smiling Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, left, leaves Clarence House in London with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Bottom, Prince William, left, and Prince Charles round out the foursome as they head to Buckingham Palace for an evening reception hosted by the father of the groom on Friday. Credits: John Stillwell / Associated Press



Royal wedding: What's on the lunch menu at the queen's reception?

Royal wedding cake designer Fiona Cairns

Prince William and Kate Middleton -- now husband and wife, and the duke and duchess of Cambridge -- had a broad menu of Commonwealth-centric canapés to sample at the queen's lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II hosted around 650 guests who'd previously been among those at Westminster Abbey, offering tidbits certified to include ingredients "carefully sourced from Royal Warrant holding companies using UK-based ingredients." Prince Charles and Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, were with the newlyweds to receive foreign governors-general and prime ministers of countries in the realm.

Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall The reception was to include some speeches as well as the cutting of the eight-tier Fiona Cairns-designed wedding cake, made of 17 individual fruit cakes and decorated with cream and white icing. A garland design around the middle of the cake matches the architectural garlands decorated around the top of the palace's Picture Gallery, the room in which the cake was displayed. All the flowers decorating the cake had individual meanings as well.

Prince William got his wish: a chocolate biscuit cake made from a royal family recipe.

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