Steven Tyler: Rockin' Grandpa-to-Be
How well do you know your spouse? Faith Hill tells us she was in for a shock when she saw her man, fellow country star Tim McGraw, playing a boozing, abusive football father in his film debut in Friday Night Lights. "It was quite startling," Hill told us at the movie's Nashville premiere. "There was absolutely no sign of my husband in the movie – thank God! It was amazing to watch. I knew who the character was and I read the script and I saw him filming, but it is totally different to see him up there on the screen after it was finished, to see how powerful his performance was. I never saw him as the guy standing next to me right now."
As the race for the White House heats up, celebrities are coming out in ever-greater numbers to pitch their candidates. John Cusack made his way to the hotly contested swing state of New Mexico recently, speaking to a rally of young voters in Las Cruces and Albuquerque and then addressing a crowd of John Kerry supporters in Santa Fe on Friday, before the second debate. "New Mexico is a really important swing state," Cusack told reporters at the Inn at Loretto in downtown Santa Fe. "I'm here to do some retail politics, mobilize the base and get people registered with whatever star power I have."
Another Kerry event recently at L.A. hotspot Avalon drew the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio; Kirsten Dunst; Mandy Moore; Zach Braff; Ashlee Simpson; Nicky Hilton; The O.C. stars Benjamin McKenzie, Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody; Mena Suvari; Joy Bryant; and the members of Maroon 5. The celeb-studded crowd was so supportive that they even stuck it out for the afterparty at Hollywood's Spider Club.
Caught in the Act
A shades-wearing Halle Berry, shopping at H. Lorenzo in L.A.
Hugh Hefner, with his ever-present bevy of blondes, in a roped-off area at L.A. nightspot Prey. Also at the club the same night: Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Michael Hall.
Michael Vartan, Lara Flynn Boyle, David Spade, Rebecca De Mornay, Sacha Baron Cohen (a.k.a. Ali G) and Owen Wilson, all partying at L.A. club Guy's on the same night.
By ANNE DRISCOLL, EILEEN FINAN, ZELIE POLLON, NICK WHITE and KWALA MANDEL