Johnny Depp is America's favorite movie star, according to a new poll of 2,237 adults conducted by the polling firm Harris Interactive. It's the second year in a row Depp, who appeared in three movies in 2011, has landed atop the chart.
Depp appeared in "The Rum Diary" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and loaned his voice to the animated film "Rango." Which is enough to make him the favorite of women; Republicans and independents; Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers and Echo Boomers; Easterners, Midwesterners and Westerners.
Clint Eastwood was tops in the South; George Clooney was a favorite of grandparents and moderates; and Democrats love Denzel Washington.
The rest of the top five are: Clint Eastwood and Denzel Washington tied for No. 2, Tom Hanks and, incredibly, John Wayne. Wayne, who hasn't made a movie or done a talk show or had a messy tabloid breakup since his death in 1979, has been on the Harris list every year since 1994.
And yes, the list was open to both men and women, although only one woman was listed in the Top 10: Sandra Bullock came in at No. 7.
Betty White has been voted America's favorite and most trusted celebrity, a new poll indicates.
White, the former "Golden Girls" funnywoman who is currently starring in TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," beat out Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen as the person "whose endorsement of a company would be most likely to drive business," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2,012 Americans.
The 89-year-old animal lover won an Emmy last year for her "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig, has appeared on "Community" and in Snickers commercials and was named Associated Press entertainer of the year last December. Perhaps that trustworthy face of hers could help do some damage this fall on her "Punk'd"-style prank show "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"?
The other most favorable celebrities behind White are Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman (who tied for seventh place with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge), Will Smith and Johnny Depp.
Topping the not-so-hot list are: Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears (who ties for third with Kanye West), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, Donald Trump and LeBron James.
Celebs turned out for President Obama's 50th birthday party, despite some earlier speculation to the contrary, with Chris Rock giving a prompt report on the festivities Thursday night.
"Just left the Presidents birthday party at the White House," the comedian and actor said on Twitter. "Herbie Hancock played, Stevie Wonder sang and yes they did the electric slide. A great night."
Other famous faces included basketball's Charles Barkley and Grant Hill, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Hill Harper of "CSI: NY" and Jay-Z, according to Politico.
(Beyoncé, a.k.a. Mrs. Jay-Z, was spotted earlier this week at a mobile home park in New Jersey, shooting a new music video -- unfortunately her day at work was crashed by an egg-throwing intruder.)
Hanks did double duty Thursday with the good wishes, shouting out to his son and that other guy, "21! Happy Birthday, Chet! You too, Mr. President (50). Hanx."
Festivities reportedly began with chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and salad in the Rose Garden, followed by a choice of apple, peach, huckleberry or cherry pie. Along with Michelle Obama, the first daughters presented Dad with a cake before everyone moved inside for music and dancing.
Oprah Winfrey BFF Gayle King represented the Chicago crowd, but 49th-birthday pal Winfrey didn't make it. Perhaps the gift she delivered in the week, volunteering to step up for his 2012 campaign as she had in 2008, made up for it?
"I'm in his corner for whatever he needs me to do," Oprah said.
Photo: Jennifer Hudson greets President Obama at a birthday-themed fundraising event -- where Hudson and others performed -- in Chicago on Aug. 3, 2011. The next night, Stevie Wonder would perform at the White House for the president's 50th birthday party. Credit: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press
Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, expanded their domain to include Hollywood, sweeping some of its biggest movie stars off their feet Saturday evening in downtown Los Angeles.
BAFTA, the British film academy over which Prince William presides, hosted its uber-hyped "Brits to Watch" fete, welcoming emerging British artists and some of America's most treasured talent.
The duchess, in McQueen, made a simple and stunning entrance with her husband on their first Hollywood red carpet. Crowds swelled outside the Belasco Theater for the event, which followed a successful day of polo for the pair.
Nicole Kidman, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez,Jennifer Garner, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks were just a few of Tinseltown's royalty present for the occasion.
Younger celebs including Chris Evans, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Juno Temple, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessica Chastain were counted, as well as funnymen Paul Rudd and Judd Apatow, with wife Leslie Mann.
Though the two may be a bit conservative by Hollywood standards, they passed the shmoozing litmus test with flying colors. The duke had many a close conversation, including chats with Streisand and husband James Brolin, as well as Lopez. Kate warmed to Kidman and Garner, enjoying solo conversations while California wine and Grey Goose flowed.
Piers Morgan, an anchor from the newlyweds' homeland, summed it well: "In terms of pure star quality, William and Kate are the biggest stars in the world," he said.
"The impact they've had on Hollywood, which houses the biggest stars in the world, shows you that they are," Morgan added.
One tidbit for the Ministry's devoted followers of Fabulous Parties: Kate and William sat at a well-appointed table with Kidman, Streisand and Brolin.
Also spotted: Mary-Louise Parker, Jonah Hill, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Bateman, Jack Black and Kristin Chenoweth.
Photos, from top: Jennifer Lopez with Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; the newlyweds storm their first-ever Tinseltown red carpet. Credits: Matt Baron/ Associated Press; WireImage
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Canada has given Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, among the finest that nation has to offer. So what is Hollywood going to hand over?
Movie stars, natch, with BAFTA's "Brits to Watch" event set deliver some of the best in the business to greet the newlywed royals Saturday at the Belasco in downtown L.A. William was named president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in February 2010.
Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and Jack Black are rumored to have sent in RSVPs.
As have Kristen Chenoweth, Dana Delany, Ginnifer Goodwin and "Dancing With the Stars" pro Derek Hough, according to E! Online.
Will and Kate will travel from Santa Barbara's polo grounds on Saturday to downtown L.A.'s Belasco Theater for the event, which is to highlight emerging British talent in film.
[For the record, 5:45 p.m. July 7: This post originally said the BAFTA event would be in Culver City; it will be held in downtown L.A., with the royals heading to Culver City on Sunday to participate in a hiring fair and service project for military veterans and their families.]
Photo: Prince William and Catherine, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, wear the sweaters of the Canadian Rangers after being made honorary members on Tuesday near Blatchford Lake. Credit: Arthur Edwards / Getty Images
Tom Hanks arrived at the "Larry Crowne" premiere Monday night on the same powder-blue scooter that his eponymous character rides in the film.
Flanked by a crew of fellow scooter riders, Hanks motored up and down the carpet outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre and out onto Hollywood Boulevard to the delight of a thick row of screaming fans.
"Watch out babies!" Hanks yelled as an emotional woman in jean shorts and a wide-brimmed, fuzzy blue hat broke loose from the crowd of onlookers across the street and ran onto the carpet shrieking, "Tom Hanks!" only to be chased into traffic by security.
Hanks' costars Julia Roberts, Rita Wilson, Wilmer Valderrama, Cedric the Entertainer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bryan Cranston, Nia Vardalos, Rami Malek, George Takei and more soon appeared on the carpet. The night was warm and balmy, a fact much remarked upon by the attendees, and the mood was light and excitable.
And apparently light and excitable was how things felt most of the time on set, according to Roberts, who said that Hanks, who cowrote, directed and starred in the film, likes it that way, and that his cast's happiness was of great importance to him.
Said Hanks: "The best part about being an actor as a director is when the whole cast comes in for the first time and they are better than you imagined and you can't imagine the film without them in it."
From remarks made by members of the cast, it was clear they were touched to be chosen to be a part of Hanks' latest project, about a Navy veteran who gets unceremoniously laid off from his job at a big-box store and decides to attend community college for the first time. There he meets and falls for Roberts, his speech teacher, along with a scooter-riding crew of free spirits who transform his life.
"It was a blessing, a privilege and an honor," to work with Hanks, said Valderrama, who played Dell Gordo, the wisecracking head of the scooter crew.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Valderrama's good-intentioned girlfriend, echoed the sentiment, saying she grew up watching Hanks and Roberts in movies and that at first it was totally surreal to find herself working with them. But she soon felt at ease thanks to Hanks, who she said never failed to crack a joke.
"It's a privileged life, it's a lovely way to make a living," Mbatha-Raw said of acting.
Speaking of making a living, Hanks said he hoped that the film resonated with people going through hard times during the recession.
"It's a tough time, but we're going to be OK," said Hanks. "Things are going to change. Fight the cynicism."
"Larry Crowne" opens Friday. Click the photo above or this link for a gallery from the red carpet.
For Oprah Winfrey, the beginning of the end was announcing in November 2009 that her long-running "The Oprah Winfrey Show" would be calling it quits after 25 years on the air. Following a supersized final season and trickling, teary-celeb tributes, the end is almost here.
Taping "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular," her third-to-last show in Chicago, Winfrey hosted tons of famous names who came to pay homage to the queen of daytime television.
Maria Shriver,Madonna,Tyler Perry,Usher and famous couch-jumper Tom Cruise all graced the stage in front of thousands of fans at Chi-town's United Center. It was an event worth getting out of jury duty to witness.
"You have given me love, support, wisdom and, most of all, the truth," Shriver told Winfrey. "And I know I’m not alone in receiving those gifts from you."
A rather fitting performance came from Beyonce, clad in a tuxedo unitard, belting out her new tune "Run the World (Girls)." Atop a glowing podium fit for a female president, Beyonce flipped her hair and sang out, "My persuasion can build a nation."
Oprah can relate. Another female music tribute came from pint-sized Broadway vet Kristin Chenoweth, who performed with scores of formally dressed Morehouse College grads.
Power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith came by, as did Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah, Diane Sawyer and Michael Jordan (click the pics to see more photos from the star-studded event).
We were surprised and delighted to see Winfrey's longtime beau Stedman Graham trot out on stage; we imagine he has an insight or two after so many years with the mogul.
So might Maya Angelou, who appeared with Alicia Keys. As did Dakota Fanning, Jerry Seinfeld, Jamie Foxx, Rosie O'Donnell and John Legend via satellite.
Other performers included Patti LaBelle, featuring Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.
It's a very Hollywood favor to ask, but still sweet that Tom Hanks got Conan O'Brien to do him a solid by hosting an annual charity event.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation's "An Unforgettable Evening" went down Thursday in Beverly Hills, where Hanks' bride Rita Wilson, along with event chairs Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, welcomed guests to raise cash for EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund.
"Thank you for doing this Conan, and giving our families some time off," Wilson said, noting that Hanks has hosted the bash for some five years.
Conan admitted he was hesitant to host anything in the last year after his NBC disaster, but was persuaded by Hanks and Wilson to take the gig. (Click here or click the pic for more photos from the event.)
More persuasion had been required when previously announced singer Rihanna, slated to perform five songs at the bash, dropped out due to the flu. "Forget You" singer Cee Lo Green stepped up at the last minute for a few numbers at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Honorees included Annette Bening, nabbing the organization'sNat King Cole Award, and comedian Martin Short, who took the courage award on behalf of his wife Nancy Dolman, who died in August.
In a collected but touching speech, he commended Nancy for her optimism and unending love.
"As my hilarious wife always said, 'It is better to have loved a Short than never to have loved a Tall.'"
Other attendees included Tobey Maguire and Jen Meyer, Leona Lewis, Kirk and Anne Douglas, Buzz Aldrin, Rosanna Arquette and Billy Crystal.
Photo: Martin Short, left, and Conan O'Brien, who hosted "An Unforgettable Evening" event benefiting women's cancer research. Short accepted the 2011 courage award on behalf of his wife, who died of cancer in 2010. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press
Saturday's Los Angeles County Museum of Art gala was one of the biggest nights to see and be seen on this year's social calendar, so naturally the gold and silver masks the museum handed out to guests at the entrance languished in their hands and on cocktail tables.
LACMA had dubbed the evening "The Unmasking" because it celebrated the opening of the lavish $45-million Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, named for the major donors and owners of Fiji Water and Pom Wonderful. And as the city's elite parted a sea of costumed performers from the John Burroughs High School, wearing 18th century European garb, to pour into the pavilion for cocktails, it was obvious that their fellow guests were nearly as compelling as the art and costume collections in adjoining rooms.
"You're divine," Barbara Davis -- widow of Marvin Davis, a former owner of 20th Century Fox -- cooed to JoanCollins after posing for pictures with her grandson, Brandon. "You're magnificent."
The younger set was represented, as well. Kim Kardashian (with mom Kris Jenner), Nicole Richie and Nicky Hilton mingled and greeted friends in the main gallery. Fresh from a screening of his new film "Howl" in New York was actor James Franco. "House's" Olivia Wilde posed for paparazzi on the red carpet after arriving fashionably late -- but just in time for dinner and a performance by Christina Aguilera.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson entered the Resnick Pavilion deep in conversation with Garry Marshall and his daughter, while "The Hurt Locker" director, Kathryn Bigelow, and her date studied pictures on a phone outside on the terrace. Carole Bayer Sager, surrounded by friends in the gallery, later received a shout-out from theCanadian Tenors, who performed one of her songs during the dinner.