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Tom Cruise & Jack Black: Together Again

Tom Cruise re-teamed with his "Tropic Thunder" co-star Jack Black on Thursday night. Sequel time? Not quite — Cruise left the fat suit and expletives behind to honor Fox Filmed Entertainment’s Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman for their dedication to public school education at the L.A. Promise Gala presented by MLA Partner Schools. Cruise presented the award, while M.C. Black took it upon himself to offer up his own special presentation: an oh-so fitting serenade of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” for Rothman. Watching the studio exec get outed as a Guns N Roses fan? Heavy-hitters Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Mayor Villaraigosa, Megan and Peter Chernin (pictured below with Cruise and Black, in a photo b Alex Berliner), Kelly and Ron Meyer, Cindy and Alan Horn, Willow Bay and Bob Iger, Florence and Harry Sloan, Ari Emanuel and White House interior designer Michael Smith, who helped raise $1.5 million to improve schools in disenfranchised ‘hoods …


That same day, teen queen Miley Cyrus and her dad Billy Ray whipped the tweens into a frenzy on Hollywood Boulevard at the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" premiere on Thursday. Miles away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, fashionistas turned up to watch Italian designer Valentino (pictured below) get inducted into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style. “My mother always said I was walking in the clouds. Now you can say people are walking on me,” said the fashion icon, whose plaque will appear alongside the likes of Salvatore Ferragamo, Gianna and Donatella Versace, and Mario Testino. The lady in Valentino Red by his side? Anne Hathaway, who recounted all the times she “tried to look perfect in Valentino for Valentino.” Which didn’t always quite work out, she lamented. Especially the time she put on one of his creations backwards as he looked on. But she avoided any faux pas at her appearance at the West Coast premiere of his documentary, "Valentino: The Last Emperor," at LACMA the night before. Although the designer did re-tie the bows on her frock before receiving a standing ovation from the crowd, which included Gwyneth Paltrow, Joan Collins and the film’s director, Vanity Fair’s Matt Tyrnauer

Saturday night, Paltrow joined her "Iron Man" posse — including director Jon Favreau and Sam Rockwell — to celebrate Robert Downey Jr.’s 44th birthday at the Thompson Hotel. Also celebrating another year of life for the once-troubled actor: his "Zodiac" co-star Jake Gyllenhaal with Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller and Sting.


Saturday night, the late actor Roy Scheider got sent off in style with a tribute at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which raised thousands of dollars and awareness for the Myeloma Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Science. Shirley MacLaine and Richard Dreyfuss chatted it up with ICM’s Jack Gilardi, while Steven Spielberg sent in a video in his absence. Getting big laughs: the director’s memory of when the actor started a food fight on the set of "Jaws" to ease the stress of shooting amid a sea-sick cast and crew and a malfunctioning shark.  Guests, including Christopher Lloyd and Gary Busey, also watched a trailer for "Iron Cross," Scheider’s last film. While he passed away before completion, CGI technology will make its release possible …
Finally, Sunday night, "Desperate Housewives" duo Teri Hatcher and Dana Delany got all gussied up to raise awareness and dough for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance at the 8th annual Comedy for a Cure event.