05:50 PM EDT 12/09/2013
Originally posted 12/21/2012 03:00PM
Alyssa Milano's husband wanted to give her the prom she never had – and boy, did he deliver.
For the actress's 40th birthday, her hubby David Bugliari and best friend Alaa Khaled threw her a '90s prom-themed surprise party at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. About 200 friends and family members showed up, including Milano's parents, who were celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary that evening – and used their made-up celebratory dinner plans as a way to get the actress to the hotel.
"When Alyssa walked into the ballroom, she fell to the ground in utter shock," Khaled tells PEOPLE.
Celebrity event planner Nicole Hirsty, of Cobalt Events, helped design the party, which featured a theme ("Starry Night"), passed snacks like sliders, French fries and onion rings, and a taco bar. For dessert, guests were treated to cake pops, macarons, custom cookies and, of course, birthday cake.
Once Milano got over her initial shock, she was whisked to a room where she got to pick from some '90s prom dresses selected by Roemehl Hawkins, the costume designer on her upcoming show, Mistresses. She (and the rest of her guests) received corsages from Butterfly Florals, as well.
During the party, guests snapped pics in a photo booth from Bearded Babushka, and danced to '80s and '90s tunes spun by DJ Vicious Lee. But for as much fun as the partygoers had, it was Milano who had the best time of all.
"Seeing the look of surprise and excitement on her face was a moment I'll never forget," Bugliari says proudly. – Julie Jordan
Originally posted 12/20/2012 06:00AM
Oh, what a night!
New mom Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi enjoyed a night out without baby Lorenzo Tuesday, linking up with Jersey Shore costar Deena Cortese to toast the end of their show at West Hollywood hotspot Bootsy Bellows. But the ladies had some random company, in the form of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and her friend, Faye Resnick.
The foursome – there with a few other pals – arrived around 11:50 p.m. and went to the club's VIP room before hitting the dance floor – hard. The group busted moves to songs like James Brown's "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" and Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" while sipping vodka cocktails (Richards abstained from alcohol).
Once Cortese spotted club owner David Arquette, she told him, "You need to take a picture with the two meatballs. You're the sausage!" So the actor obliged, posing for a shot with Cortese and Polizzi, later seeking them out to entertain them with his Keith Richards marionette.
Resnick and Richards left around 12:30 a.m., at which time Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough came over to the Jersey Shore stars to say hello – just as Cortese took a tumble backward and broke a few glasses at her table.
At 1 a.m., Cortese and Polizzi left the VIP room and headed for the main part of the club to enjoy some house music, and ran into Glee star Amber Riley, who joined them at a table for a bit.
Meanwhile, Julianne Hough arrived around 1:15 a.m. (sans boyfriend Ryan Seacrest) and immediately hit the dance floor, grooving to the Spice Girls's "Wannabe" and AC/DC's "Back in Black." But when the DJ spun Dion's classic "Runaround Sue," Derek joined Julianne on the dance floor and the two broke out into a full-on choreographed routine. The dance floor cleared as people cheered them on – especially when Derek fell into the splits (more than once!). Julianne left not long after, around 1:40 a.m., and Cortese and Polizzi slipped out a few minutes (and cocktails) later. – Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 12/10/2012 06:00AM
Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro were on hand to celebrate their film Silver Linings Playbook at the Weinstein Company's special event at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Friday.
At the candle-lit dinner party, De Niro enjoyed a Purity Vodka martini, while Cooper posed for photos with Zoe Saldana. De Niro spent part of the night talking with Mel Gibson and Jane Fonda, who were also in attendance.
Originally posted 12/09/2012 10:30AM
Cover girl Lucy Hale celebrated adorning NYLON's December/January issue at Andaz West Hollywood on Friday.
The evening – presented by bebe – kicked off with a private dinner at The Wine Gallery and then continued with a rooftop after party under the stars.
Young Hollywood was on hand to wish the Pretty Little Liars star well. Guests included Teen Wolf's Colton Haynes, Hale's PLL costar Tyler Blackburn, The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki and Glee's Nolan Gerard Funk.
Originally posted 11/28/2012 05:30PM
With his Twilight duties behind him, Robert Pattinson enjoyed a night out with a male pal on Tuesday. The two met up at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont, where Pattinson grabbed a table and sipped on a Stella.
Not long after their arrival, though, the men were joined by a group of friends – including singer M.I.A., who capped off her signature eclectic look with an oversized hat.
Pattinson, in a jacket (but not his usual baseball cap), "looked happy and relaxed," a source tells PEOPLE. Though he frequently left his pals for breaks on the smoking patio, "he only paid attention to his guy friends, laughing and letting loose a little bit," the source continues. After about an hour, the whole party said goodbye and left the venue. – Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 11/20/2012 06:00AM
Hanks a lot!
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson enjoyed a live performance of Room 105 – The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin at the MACHA Theater in West Hollywood on Sunday.
Sporting a mustache, Hanks and Wilson entered the theater from the parking lot side entrance just before the show began, avoiding the lobby, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
The couple then took their seats – stopping to chat with the older couple sitting behind them.
"Wilson clapped vigorously after each song but Hanks was much more reserved with his applause," the source adds. "There was no hand holding or major interaction between the two during the show."
But "both took part in the standing ovation" and as the couple left the theater, an elderly woman told Hanks "I love you." "He gave her a hug and spoke with her briefly before leaving," the source says.
– Patrick Gomez
Originally posted 11/06/2012 06:00AM
Brody Jenner is a football fanatic!
The former Hills star enjoyed an egg dish and sipped on a light beer while watching some football at Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood on Sunday.
"Brody seemed very passionate about the games," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "He was sitting at the bar, chatting with two middle-aged men. His phone was face down, he didn't seem to care about much else than the game."
While Jenner has kept a low profile since his involvement on the MTV reality show that made him famous, he makes the occasional appearance on his step-siblings' show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
"He seemed to go unrecognized and was growing a bit of facial hair. He seemed in a good mood and very low-key," the source adds.
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 11/05/2012 06:00AM
Soho House was the place to be on Friday night: Bradley Cooper, Rashida Jones and Molly Sims kicked off their weekends by visiting the West Hollywood hotspot.
Seated on a big comfy couch, Cooper relaxed with three other men – who looked like business associates, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
"Bradley was beaming with happiness," the source says of the Silver Linings Playbook actor. "He was very engaged in conversation, but every now and then would look out the large windows to enjoy the amazing view."
Jones looked "funky and adorable" the source adds. Wearing a high ponytail, black framed glasses, jeans and a sweater, the Parks and Recreation actress was joined by a male friend as she greeted other guests. "She was laughing and joking and really lively throughout the night," the source says.
Originally posted 10/31/2012 06:00AM
NeNe Leakes spent her Sunday afternoon at Target in West Hollywood with a female friend. With her friend pushing the cart, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star navigated the store.
"Their cart held an air mattress pump, a case of water and a 12-pack of Sprite," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "NeNe stood in the produce section for a bit before adding some grapes to her cart."
While waiting to checkout, the New Normal actress pointed out Sofia Vergara on the cover of a magazine to her friend.
Meanwhile, Lost actor Doug Hutchison and his wife Courtney Stodden – who are both on Couples Therapy – were also spotted shopping in the same store.
– Patrick Gomez
Originally posted 10/27/2012 09:00AM
Has Rebel Wilson found the tenor to her alto?
The Pitch Perfect star dined with a male companion Tuesday night at Basix Cafe in West Hollywood. The Aussie actress, clad in a leather jacket and with her hair in a ponytail, savored fries and a soda while inside the dimly lit eatery.
"She seemed totally laid-back and comfortable with her dinner guest," an onlooker, who describes the meal as "peaceful," tells PEOPLE. "They were involved in a long conversation and seemed close."
– Dahvi Shira
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