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December 16, 2007|Jenny Sundel

Will the real Charlie Wilson please stand up? That he did at the premiere of his film, "Charlie Wilson's War," at CityWalk Cinemas in Universal City on Monday. 1. Tom Hanks, with wife Rita Wilson, introduced the film by acknowledging his real-life counterpart, former 2. Texas Rep. Wilson, with wife Barbara. Also getting called out during the intro? Costar 3. Julia Roberts, who, he reminded guests, started out the shoot "2.1 months" pregnant. "How are the kids doing?" "Fine, Tom!" she shot back. Ex-Secretary of State James A. Baker III accompanied daughter Mary Bonner, who plays one of Charlie's angels in the film, while former Wilson flame Diane Sawyer showed up with husband and director Mike Nichols. After the screening, 4. Joanne Herring, played by Roberts, turned in her review: "I'm thrilled!"

-- Jenny Sundel

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Where campaign trail leads

Despite bidding adieu to Oprah the day before, Sen. Barack Obama's was in high spirits at the Generation Obama concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on Monday. 5. The presidential hopeful hand-jived with the Goo Goo Dolls' frontman, Johnny Rzeznik, who performed for the crowd, which included such famous faces as Kerry Washington and Taye Diggs, while R&B singer 6. Ne-Yo rocked the mike stand like a pro. But Obama was the real star, with attendees whistling and calling out his name.

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They know their rights

It was hats off for freedom fighters at ACLU's Bill of Rights Dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, except for 7. Benicio Del Toro, who kept his chapeau on as he received an award -- and a hug -- from "Things We Lost in the Fire" costar Halle Berry. Also handing out awards alongside the hot mama-to-be: Christine Lahti, Rob Reiner and Magic Johnson, who drew laughs from the crowd as he towered over honoree Kevin Liles of Warner Music Group.

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In the land of GQ men and one apparently uninterested hero

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere's secret superpower? The ability to penetrate the boys' club. The sole female honoree in attendance at GQ's Men of the Year party on Dec. 5 mingled among the men at the Chateau Marmont, although the magazine's obsession of the year seemed more taken with a certain woman in the crowd. "Ah!" she screamed to her mom as soon as she spotted Diane Lane. But it's safe to say other lucky ladies in attendance, including Eve, Carla Gugino and Rumer Willis, kept their eyes on the guys, including Alex Rodriguez, Ben Foster, Eric "McSteamy" Dane and cover boy Kanye West, who nearly slipped into the VIP section unnoticed sans his signature shades. 8. Emile Hirsch, left, on the lookout for honoree Bill Clinton, took a break to brood with Casey Affleck, but alas, the former president sent in taped remarks. Four-eyed funnymen 9. Jonah Hill, left, and Seth Rogen held down their half of the Comedy Mafia moniker by closing down the party with another title holder, Paul Rudd, while 10. Josh Brolin, right, got the giggles around Ryan Gosling.

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