There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the fall. We've got pumpkins, colorful leaves, Halloween, and whatnot. But the hands-down best thing about fall is that this is the season when the "good" movies come out.
â¢ Gerard Butler played the perfect host at the Vanity Fair and Brioni-hosted "Artists for Peace & Justice" event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The bash, also co-hosted by Paul Haggis and Precious director Lee Daniels, drew out newly engaged Kristen Bell, who flashed her big sparkler around the room. But Butler was a main attraction too: The Scottish actor, in a dapper suit, was bombarded with adoring women as he settled in to welcome his guests. Still, he got a little shy after being called out for making a $250,000 donation to the organization. Also there: Jon Hamm and girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, holding hands while sipping cocktails.
Romance proved to be a powerful foe for the epic "Avatar," which has dominated the box office for the last seven weekends. The Lasse Hallstrom-directed romantic drama "Dear John" won the weekend in a big way, grossing an estimated $32.4 million and setting a record for the highest-grossing Superbowl Sunday frame in history.
Well, Mel Gibson has joined Denzel Washington and Dwayne Johnson on the list of stars that couldn't stand up to "Avatar's" box-office might. The film on track to cross Titanic's domestic gross of $600 million in mere days took the top spot again this weekend, falling just 14 percent, which is a smaller drop-off than last weekend. Earning an additional $30 million, "Avatar's" domestic total now stands at $594 million.
• Kristen Bell, finding a wardrobe replacement for her missing luggage at the Jill Stuart boutique in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. The actress, whose bags were misplaced en route to New York, loaded up on chic dresses and summer essentials at the store, a source says. Bell had been on location in Rome filming her appropriately titled comedy, When In Rome.