Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will get a dose of Hollywood glamour in the Santa Barbara area on Saturday afternoon as celebrities including Orlando Bloom, Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldana make the trek for a royal polo match.
Will is going to compete in a charity match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria in support of American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.
While Kate takes in the so-called American Riviera for the first time, she'll also have a taste of her homeland in the shape of Brits Alex Pettyfer and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, according to Us Weekly.
Can't wait to see what Kate will wear to hand out prizes to the winners -- and no, that Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who belongs to the club definitely will not be on standby during the match, despite his assertion that he'd been asked by the club to be ready just in case.
Tickets to watch the sold-out event were priced at $400 and $4,000 each, according to one report, with a spot on one of the three competing teams reportedly going for a charitable donation of around $100,000.
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiiswill do the culinary honors.
The premiere of the new Kevin James comedy, "Zookeeper," had all of the trappings of a standard Hollywood movie launch: A-list stars, flocks of photographers and a red — er, green — carpet.
But the glamour of the event, in Westwood on Wednesday, was somewhat marred by a slew of PETA activists who had gathered nearby to protest the film. During production of the wildlife-filled movie two years ago, a 18-year-old giraffe named Tweet died — an incident the animal-rights activists claim was related to mistreatment on set.
Media arriving at the event were immediately handed a statement from the American Humane Assn., which said PETA's claims were inaccurate and that "no evidence whatsoever" linked the animal's death to its "living quarters" and "role in the production."
Still, nearly all of the actors in the film gave reassurances that the creatures on set had been treated kindly.
"I think PETA is a wonderful organization, but on this movie I am very protective, because I was there every day," said Leslie Bibb, who plays James' shrew of a fiancee. "[The giraffe's trainer] was with Tweet and just collapsed and broke down in tears because it was like her child. And then to have to deal with this, with people saying that .... These trainers can't take vacations. These animals are their lives."
Indeed, the day Tweet died was emotional for the cast and crew, director Frank Coraci said.
"We cried," he said. "It was totally out of the blue. It was sort of like, 'Wow.' It was as if the actor was about to get on the plane to go home kind of thing. It was just really sad."
Rosario Dawson, who plays another of James' character's romantic interests, said the animals on set were treated even better than she was.
"They were treated gorgeously and honestly. If I could be treated like that more often, that would be really, really nice," she said.
Donnie Wahlberg, who has a brief "Zookeeper" cameo, echoed that sentiment.
"Those animals were treated like royalty. I, on the other hand, was treated like [something other than royalty]," the Boston native joked. "I had a small trailer. I didn't get any catering. My per diem was low and I had to drive myself to and from set since they shot in Boston. How do you like that?"
Hollywood is full of train wrecks -- but at least a few of them are entertaining for the right reasons.
Take, for example, the movie "Unstoppable," which premiered Tuesday night in Westwood and stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine as two guys try to stop a runaway train from wrecking and spilling toxic waste onto an entire town.
Pine and Washington, with wife Pauletta Pearson at his side, were joined on the red carpet outside the Regency Village Theater by costars Rosario Dawson and Ethan Suplee, late of "My Name Is Earl," as well as cast members including Meagan Tandy, Jessy Schram, Elizabeth Mathis, Carly Steel, David Warshofsky, Kevin Dunn and Lew Temple. Producer Mimi Rogers and director Tony Scott made the scene too -- click the pic of Tandy at right to launch a photo gallery from the premiere, which was followed by an after-party at Westwood's Napa Valley Grille.
Also spotted: Jonathan Lipnicki, looking none the worse for wear after that "Family Guy" thing; Katelyn Pippy of "Army Wives," Cloris Leachman, Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and Nathan Kress and Ryan Ochoa of "iCarly."
"Unstoppable" opens in U.S. theaters Nov. 12.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Top photo: Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta Pearson attend the "Unstoppable" premiere on Tuesday in Westwood. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Left photo: Chris Pine. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Right photo: Meagan Tandy. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
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