Snap judgment: All eyes—including those of her husband, singer Eric Benét (left)—focused on Halle Berry, who wore love letters to another city at the L.A. premiere of her new drama, Monster's Ball. Berry portrays a grieving widow who has an emotionally charged affair with a prison guard, played by Billy Bob Thornton.
Spell-bound: Robin Williams, wife Marsha, and kids Zelda, 12, and Cody, 10, conjured up a vision of family togetherness on an outing to the New York City premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. "I'm hairy," Williams told USA Today, "but I'm a huge Harry Potter fan."
Spears of influence: At a Manhattan do to celebrate her new album, Britney Spears (right) brought along her sis Jamie Lynn Spears, 10, a Kentwood, La., grade-schooler, and another schoolgirl—actress Natalie Portman, a Harvard sophomore, who moonlights as Queen Amidala in the Star Wars prequels. (The next, Attack of the Clones, is due in May.)
Family tie: In New York City, Michael J. Fox squired his mom, Phyllis Fox, to ceremonies inducting him into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Picking up pointers for their nups this month, ABC's George Stephanopoulos and actress Alexandra Wentworth cheeked out the Vera Wang on Weddings book party in Manhattan.
Frock stars: At the MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt, fashion minimalist Christina Ricci (left) tugged and pulled as a presenter, while singer Nelly Furtado opted for double-strapped security. Ricci will costar in Prozac Nation, a drama due in theaters next year; Furtado's latest album, Whoa, Nelly!, has gone platinum.
Flower power: Receiving a less than rosy reception as he toured Riga, Latvia, Prince Charles took a swat from a carnation-wielding Afghan-war protester. Alina Lebedyeva, 16, could face jail time for endangering a foreign dignitary.
The Fulfillment Fund 2001 gala in Hollywood set a double standard: Debra Messing (left) caught a buss from actor hubby Daniel Zelman, a ringer for her Will & Grace costar Eric McCormack; Mike Myers (above) went under cover with wife Robin Ruzan. The event raised $2.5 million for mentoring programs.
It was an especially sweet 46th birthday for Whoopi Goldberg, who got a cake and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—both from Hollywood's honorary mayor, Johnny Grant. "This is for you," Goldberg told the crowd.