Yelchin, Saldana, Quinto and Cho -- The Cool Table (Slideshow)
J.J. Abrams and Conan O'Brien co-chaired the Children’s Defense Fund of California’s annual Beat the Odds dinner Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Here’s one of the many “cool” tables: Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana.
If any grouping can help beat the odds, it’s this crowd. Heavyweights included Carol and Frank Biondi.
Casey Wasserman, and Nancy Tellem.
Jeff and Marla Garlin at the CDFC dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Stagefright is so ‘90s. Barbra Streisand spoke on women and heart disease at the TedxWomen conference at the Paley Center Thursday. In addition to Lisa Ling and Jane Fonda, charity men Matt Petersen and Trevor Nielson (the go-to philanthropy architect for everyone from President Clinton, Bill Gates, Bono and Avril Lavigne) took part in Beverly Hills.
Who is that guy? Morgan Spurlock removed his closest obstacle to sniffing out his next revealing documentary subject. Spurlock shaved his moustache to close out “Movember”, the national facial hair campaign for men’s health issues. He also parted with $5,000 as a donation at the NYC event.
Proof that Craig Ferguson is not a vampire. The late-night host showed his face in daylight at the Mario Kart 7 launch event Saturday for the next edition of the racing cult favorite. Breckin Meyer modeled a non-traditional racing pose as he proved too big for even the life size version of the Nintendo 3DS game. The head turners at the event: Beckham sons Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz.
Alec Baldwin hosted, and three professional talkers got to elbow in for air time at The Economist’s “World in 2012” Festival Gala Dinner in NYC. Mark Penn, CNN’s Republican strategist Mary Matalin, "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos, and Moby (not pictured) added their predictions and trend spotting for the upcoming calendar flip. (Photos courtesy of The Economist.)
No dreaded trip to the mall required. Tori Spelling made her first appearance since becoming a mom for the third time at Santa’s Secret Workshop at the Andaz on Saturday. Families including Tiffani Thiessen, Autumn Reeser, Evan Handler and Spencer Grammer also attended Marque Communications’ chief Bill Horn’s charity event, benefitting LA Family Housing.
Reindeer sighting in the Mulholland area: producer Brian Veskosky’s ever-expanding annual holiday party continues to be the unscripted event of the season (right, with “Fear Factor” executive producer David Hurwitz).
Nick Cannon “just knows how to play nice with others,” a producer said as he sported SKYY’s trademark blue at the holiday event with Cooking Channel’s Ingrid Hoffman in West Hollywood. Playing double-duty as deejay, he also spun songs from wife Mariah Carey.
In NYC, “Gossip Girl” Michelle Trachtenberg was not hiding from her much-discussed LA Times comments that she was the first choice to play Kristen Stewart’s “Bella” in the "Twilight Saga". Less disputed, Trachtenberg was the first celeb (of many to come) to grace the new hotspot LOLA hotel in Manhattan at its grand opening night on Wednesday.