Ever the charmer, 1. Jack Nicholson swept a young admirer off her feet at last Sunday's premiere of "The Bucket List," benefiting the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Center for Cancer Research. The lucky little lady: co-star Taylor Ann Thompson. 2. Morgan Freeman soaked up the Southland's sunny weather before heading back to the far chillier Boston set of "The Lonely Maiden," while cast member 3. Sean Hayes settled for the faux snow at the holiday-themed after-party at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood. Nicholson made a grand entrance at the bash, where guests noshed on candy-cane cookies and turkey, and then cracked wise with fellow playboy John Mayer, who penned the song "Say" for the film.
-- Jenny Sundel
There was no missing the theme at "The Color Purple's" opening party last Sunday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. After the performance at the Ahmanson, guests sipped purpletinis in a room lighted with, yep, the color purple. Cast member 4. Michelle Williams got a thrill when she met Margaret Avery, who played her role in the film version. The two later bumped hips in solidarity, while onstage couple 5. Stu James and Felicia P. Fields hugged it out.
The gang's all here
On Dec. 15, two days after the Golden Globe nominations came out, Ridley Scott celebrated "American Gangster" at a party in West Hollywood. Nominees 6. Scott and Denzel Washington, left, gave a hand to cast mate Ruby Dee, while co-hosts Brian Grazer and Ron Meyer toasted the golden boy, who has just wrapped "Body of Lies" in Morocco.
At Vapps' holiday storybook event at Mattel Children's Hospital in L.A. on Dec. 12, 7. Jacob Galland got face time with Ashlee Simpson, who read "The Polar Express." Tots at nine other children's hospitals across the country joined in too, thanks to high-speed conferencing.