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Jesse Eisenberg plays the socially awkward genius who created Facebook in “The Social Network.” He’s photographed in Santa Monica.

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Celebrities by the Times in 2009 (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Julianne Moore
Actress Julianne Moore costars with Annette Bening as a lesbian couple raising two teens in “The Kids Are All Right.” They find themselves in the unusual position of both being considered for lead actress Oscars(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Justin Timberlake
Not content to be a heartthrob, Justin Timberlake is ready to conquer film. He’s off to a fast start with his buzz-worthy performance in “The Social Network.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Christopher Nolan
After his “The Dark Knight” pushed the academy to nominate 10 films for best picture, a nod for director Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” is no dream. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kirsten Dunst
After a stint in rehab for depression and time off, Kirsten Dunst returns in “All Good Things” with Ryan Gosling. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey has earned accolades and two Oscars for nailing the nuances of characters who might otherwise seem simply reprehensible. Now he’s playing real-life criminal and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, currently imprisoned for fraud and corruption, in the darkly comedic “Casino Jack.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis, known for her role on the long-running sitcom “That ‘70s Show” and for the film “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” stars in the dark thriller “Black Swan.” (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Aaron Sorkin
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was happy to see director David Fincher insist that the actors in “The Social Network” knew and grew to live in the dialogue. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Natalie Portman
Actress Natalie Portman at the Pantages Theater. Portman stars in director Darren Aronofsky‘s latest film, “Black Swan.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Annette Bening
Actress Annette Bening costars in “The Kids Are All Right.” (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter portrays the future Queen Mum in the new movie “The King’s Speech,” directed by Tom Hooper. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Colin Firth
Actor Colin Firth is the lead in the new movie “The King’s Speech,” in which he plays Britain’s King George VI. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Jennifer Carpenter
Jennifer Carpenter, of Showtime’s series “Dexter.” (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Michael Kenneth Williams
Actor Michael Kenneth Williams, photographed in Hollywood, impressed critics and fans with his portrayal of Omar, the ruthless gay gangster and drug dealer in “The Wire.” (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
James Franco
Actor James Franco drives the drama as the central figure in Danny Boyle’s new film “127 Hours.” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal
Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, first paired in “Brokeback Mountain,” star together in the new movie “Love & Other Drugs.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Mark Ruffalo
Actor Mark Ruffalo stars in “The Kids Are All Right,” a movie about two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their father into their family life. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Christina Aguilera
Singer and actress Christina Aguilera adds lead actress to her resume with the release of “Burlesque,” in which she stars alongside Cher(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Lesley Manville
Lesley Manville is in the new Mike Leigh movie “Another Year.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Robert Duvall
Actor Robert Duvall is a contender for an Oscar for his role as Felix Bush, a Depression-era recluse who directs his own funeral in the film “Get Low.” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Carey Mulligan
Actress Carey Mulligan, nominated for an Oscar for 2009’s “An Education,” stars in the movie “Never Let Me Go.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
John Hawkes
Actor John Hawkes, featured in the indie drama “Winter’s Bone,” can be seen playing in a band around L.A. when not on camera. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey has a featured role in the film “Black Swan,” playing the mother of Natalie Portman’s ballerina, Nina. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson stars in the runaway train movie “Unstoppable” with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell stars with Hilary Swank in “Conviction,” playing a man who spent 18 years in prison for killing a woman, only to be released after his sister brought to light DNA evidence that proved his innocence. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Zach Galifianakis
Actor Zach Galifianakis stars in “Due Date,” paired up with Robert Downey Jr. Says the film’s director, Todd Phillips, who also helmed “The Hangover” and is now busy with its sequel: “I imagined my muse would look like Mila Kunis or Rashida Jones. In fact, my muse looks like Bruce Vilanch without the funny T-shirts.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Eli Wallach
Veteran actor Eli Wallach, who turns 95 next month, will receive an honorary Oscar on Nov. 13 for his diverse body of work. Wallach lives in New York(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Kwanten
Actor Ryan Kwanten, of HBO’s True Blood, is the main attraction in the new film “Red Hill.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Stefanie Powers
Stefanie Powers, the veteran actress who starred in “Hart to Hart” with Robert Wagner, has written her autobiography, titled “One From the Hart.” Among other topics, she writes about her near-decade-long affair with actor William Holden. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan, who plays Tracy Jordan on “30 Rock,” filmed his first HBO comedy special at New York’s Appolo Theater; “Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue” premieres Nov. 13. Here he sports a Romer “Topper” by the Hat Shop NYC. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Kristen Stewart
Actress Kristen Stewart, best known for playing Bella in the “Twilight” movies, is in the independent film “Welcome to the Rileys,” in which she stars as a 16-year-old runaway who works as a stripper. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Josh Groban
Josh Groban‘s new album, “Illuminations,” is due out in November. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Noomi Rapace
Noomi Rapace, here at the Standard hotel in West Hollywood, stars in the films made of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Jeff Goldblum
Actor Jeff Goldblum plays an authority figure in the new movie “Morning Glory.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Elizabeth Banks
Actress Elizabeth Banks stars in the Russell Crowe thriller “The Next Three Days.” (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Kristen Bell
Actress Kristen Bell at the Rolling Greens Hollywood shop. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s All for the Hall concert benefit, which also featured Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Lionel Richie at Club Nokia(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Raul Esparza
Actor Raul Esparza stars in the musical “Leap of Faith” at the Ahmanson Theatre. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Hilary Swank
Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank is photographed in Culina restaurant, at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Michael J. Fox
Actor Michael J. Fox is photographed at the Peninsula Hotel. A DVD release of all three “Back to the Future” movies is pegged to the 25th anniversary of the first film. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Naomi Watts and Valerie Plame
Naomi Watts (left) plays Valerie Plame (right) in the movie “Fair Game.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Dermot Mulroney
Actor Dermot Mulroney photographed at the Standard Hotel. He stars in the movie “Inhale.” (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
Laurie Anderson
Performance artist Laurie Anderson will perform her multimedia work “Delusion” at UCLA(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton
Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton at the Toronto International Film Festival 2010. They costar in the new movie “Stone.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg, star of “The Social Network,” at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
John Stamos
John Stamos, who will forever be known as Uncle Jesse on TV’s “Full House,” has a guest-starring role on “Glee” as the love interest of school counselor Emma Pillsbury. He’s seen here at his Beverly Hills home. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Keri Russel
Keri Russell stars in a new television show “Running Wilde.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Josh Lucas
Josh Lucas is in a new romantic comedy, “Life As We Know It .” He has also appeared in the films “Glory Road” and “A Beautiful Mind.” (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield, who, in addition to starring in two back-to-back buzz films, “The Social Network” and “Never Let Me Go,” has also been recast as the new Spider-Man(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich stars in the latest in the “Resident Evil” franchise and then in John Curran’s “Stone,” with Robert De Niro and Edward Norton (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood’s 32nd feature film, “Hereafter,” looks at people who have touched the other side of death. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Emma Stone
In “Easy A,” Emma Stone plays a teen who doesn’t mind having a reputation, even if it’s unwarranted. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Charlie Day
Charlie Day, from the sometimes-raunchy FX series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” has a sweeter role in the film “Going the Distance.” (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Rivers Cuomo
Rivers Cuomo works hard to keep the band Weezer fresh and cool. (Genaro Molina / Los Angles Times)
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck co-wrote, directed and stars in the “The Town,” about a band of masked thieves in Boston. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Sara Bareilles
Making her new album “Kaleidoscope Heart” was a struggle for singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. But after a respite, the creative juices flowed again. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis is host of another telethon for “Jerry’s kids” and will star in his first movie role in a quarter-century. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Fantasia
Fantasia Barrino is photographed in Los Angeles. Her third album was released two weeks after the “American Idol” winner attempted suicide in the wake of a North Carolina divorce suit that named her as the the woman who broke up a marriage. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper admired blues singers for a long time before making “Memphis Blues,” her new bestselling album. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Brian Wilson
Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, working at the piano in his music room, is going to be releasing an album that will be a salute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Florence Henderson
Veteran actress Florence Henderson of “The Brady Bunch” fame, at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Anne Heche
Actress Anne Heche, of HBO’s “Hung,” at her Los Angeles home. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Claire Danes
At first daunted by the challenge, Claire Danes now calls playing autistic innovator Temple Grandin the highlight of her career. She’s nominated for an Emmy for her performance. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Zac Efron
Zac Efron wants to go beyond the teen idol role with a dramatic turn in “Charlie St. Cloud.” (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Sissy Spacek
Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek costars with Robert Duvall in “Get Low.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Selena Gomez
Disney Channel star Selena Gomez is in high demand, but she gladly settles for a secondary role in “Ramona and Beezus.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Ian McShane
Ian McShane’s latest project has him portraying a scheming bishop in “The Pillars of the Earth.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Kiernan Shipka
Kiernan Shipka, 10, promises “shocking moments” involving Sally Draper on this season of “Mad Men.” (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn, a TV personality on “Attack of the Show” and “The Daily Show,” says she’s “brutally honest to a fault.” (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Yoshiki
Yoshiki and his band, X Japan, have a main-stage slot at Lollapalooza next month. He hopes to keep building momentum. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline is always ready to say yes to projects that interest him, such as “The Extra Man.” (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Virginia Madsen
Virginia Madsen plays married-to-the-mini-mob mom Cheryl West who tries to make her family go straight in “Scoundrels.” (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt appear with Leonardo DiCaprio in the new Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller “Inception.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody added 25 pounds to his slim physique to play a mercenary who leads a group of assassins across an alien planet in “Predators.” (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford
Taylor Hackford directs his wife, Oscar winner Helen Mirren, in “Love Ranch.” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore brings feminine energy to Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right.” (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies stars on the CBS series “The Good Wife.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles TImes)
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers, the legendary comedian and red carpet queen, is the subject of a new documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.” Photographed at the Sunset Marquis Hotel. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston
Aaron Paul plays Jesse Pinkman and Bryan Cranston is Walter H. White on the AMC series “Breaking Bad.” Photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Courteney Cox
Courteney Coxstars in the ABC series “Cougar Town.” Photographed in her Beverly HiIls home. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
John Noble
John Noble plays Dr. Walter Bishop on the Fox series “Fringe.” Photographed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen again portrays British Prime Minister Tony Blair in HBO’s “The Special Relationship.” Photographed at the L’Ermitage Hotel. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Julie Davis
Julie Davis began her professional film career with a job as an editor of racy film footage for the Playboy Channel, a steady job that came with medical and retirement benefits. She drew on that experience for her new film, “Finding Bliss.” (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Sean Combs
Rapper Sean Combs has his first major film role in “Get Him to the Greek,” starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. Photographed at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Mike Myers
Actor Mike Myers is the voice of Shrek in “Shrek Forever After,” the fourth and final installment in the successful franchise. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Amanda Seyfried
Actress Amanda Seyfried stars in the movie “Letters to Juliet”(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Don Cheadle
“Iron Man 2" was Oscar-nominated Don Cheadle’s first experience in a big-budget special effects movie. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer has produced big hits for Disney, but the studio is no longer willing to spend as much money on lavish spectacles. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli and Nikki Reed
Elizabeth Reaser, left, Peter Facinelli and Nikki Reed at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. The “Eclipse” cast members have a fight on their hands for the latest installment of the “Twilight” franchise. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Jake Gyllenhall
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” an action movie based on a video game. He is photographed at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz portrays an accidental spy in “Knight and Day” with Tom Cruise. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Zoe Saldana
Actress Zoe Saldana, who starred in the blockbuster “Avatar,” is currently in “Death at a Funeral.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Emma Caulfield
After “Buffy,” actress Emma Caulfield avoided science fiction. Then came a script for “Timer,” a sci-fi rom-com. (Christina House / For The Times)
Benjamin Bratt and Peter Bratt
Actor Benjamin Bratt, left, is photographed with his brother Peter, who directed him in the new film “La Mission,” at the Andaz hotel in West Hollywood. This is the second project the two have worked together on. The film is about the San Francisco neighborhood they grew up in. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
Sutton Foster
Tony winner Sutton Foster is performing in a one-woman “non-cabaret’ show. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Alex O’Loughlin
Actor Alex O’Loughlin at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. He stars in “The Back-Up Plan” with Jennifer Lopez (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, a.k.a. Cheech and Chong, are releasing a film documenting their comedy tour of 2009. They are photographed at the offices of the Weinstein Company. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth returns to Broadway in the revival of the Bacharach-David musical, “Promises, Promises.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison of Fox’s hit TV series “Glee” sings, dances and acts. And he’s got fabulous hair. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Tina Fey and Steve Carell
Tina Fey and Steve Carell, at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, helped hone the script of their new film, “Date Night.” (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Christina Ricci
In “After.Life,” Christina Ricci’s Anna wakes up in a mortician’s room after a car crash. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
Pierce Brosnan
Actor Pierce Brosnan stars in the movie, “The Greatest.” (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston has won two consecutive Emmys for lead actor in a drama for “Breaking Bad,” in which he plays a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a meth dealer. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Zoe Kazan
Actress Zoe Kazan is featured in the new film “The Exploding Girl.” She is the daughter of Oscar-nominated writers Nick Kazan and Robin Swicord. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Tila Tequila
Actress, model, reality show star and Internet sensation Tila Tequila is photographed in her Studio City home. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Jakob Dylan
Singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan is photographed outside Studio Instrument Rental rehearsal studio in Hollywood. The son of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is rehearsing for a new tour and has a new album coming out, produced by T Bone Burnett. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter stars as the Red Queen in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” with Johnny Depp(Christina House / For The Times)
Wesley Snipes
With his turn as a hard-boiled drug dealer in the crime drama “Brooklyn’s Finest,” Wesley Snipes returns to the big screen for the first time since being beset by legal troubles. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Helen Mirren
Actress Helen Mirren was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Sofya Tolstoy in “The Last Station.” (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Rick Rubin
Music producer Rick Rubin reflects on the memory of his friend Johnny Cash at Rubin’s home in Malibu. “American VI: Ain’t No Grave,” the sixth and final installment of Johnny Cash’s critically acclaimed American Recordings album series, was released on what would have been “The Man in Black’s” 78th birthday. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans will play Richard Pryor in “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?” (Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times)
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman’s powerful performance as Nelson Mandela in “Invictus” earns the actor a chance at winning his second Oscar. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal earned her first Oscar nomination for her role as Jean Craddock, a single mother and freelance journalist who falls in love with a boozy country singer, in “Crazy Heart.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts, daughter of actor Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts, is a member of the ensemble cast of the romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day.” (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Xosha Roquemore
Xosha Roquemore plays one of the classmates who initially rejects and then bonds with Precious in the film, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Martin Sheen
“The Subject Was Roses,” at the Mark Taper Forum, marks Martin Sheen’s return to the stage for the first time in almost 20 years, and he’s coming back in the play that launched his career in 1964, on Broadway. Sheen’s prolific career in television and film has stretched from a small role in “The Mod Squad” to “The West Wing” and includes the movies ‘Badlands,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “The Departed.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Claire Danes
In the new HBO film, “Temple Grandin,” Claire Danes portrays the animal behavior scientist who is a hero in the autism community. The 30-year-old actress is best known for gossamer romantic roles in films such as “Romeo+Juliet” and “Evening” as well as her portrayal of teenager angst in the cult television show “My So-Called Life.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Martin Scorsese
“Shutter Island” is director Martin Scorsese’s latest film. It marks the fourth collaboration between Scorsese, photographed in Bar 1912 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
David Arquette
Actor David Arquette, photographed at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, is appearing with Annette Bening in “The Female of the Species,” a farce about a famed feminist author’s retreat. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews shares the screen with Dwayne Johnson, the former wrestler known as the Rock, in the family comedy “Tooth Fairy.” Andrews plays his firm but kind boss -- the queen of all the tooth fairies. She was photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Kevin McKidd
Kevin McKidd, whom “Grey’s Anatomy” fans know as the tortured trauma surgeon Owen Hunt, portrays Poseidon, the god of the seas, in the film “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” He is photographed at the 25 Degrees restaurant in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Randy Jackson
“American Idol” made Randy Jackson a household name and the former session bassist turned pop producer leveraged his fame to expand his brand beyond the hit show. He’s the creator of “America’s Best Dance Crew,” which is in its fifth season. He is photographed at his offices at Henson Studios in Los Angeles(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
The Silversun Pickups
The Silver Lake band, Silversun Pickups, was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy this year. Left to right, Joe Lester (keyboards), Christopher Guanlao (drums), Nikki Moninger (bass) and Brian Aubert (lead singer/guitarist). (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is back on the screen after six years in “Edge of Darkness.” He portrays a revenge-seeking Boston cop whose daughter was gunned down. (Kirk Mckoy / Los Angeles Times)
Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany has two movies debuting on the same day in January -- “Creation,” in which he plays Charles Darwin, and “Legion,” in which he plays an angel. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Denzel Washington
Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington‘s latest movie is “The Book of Eli,” a post-Armageddon thriller directed by the Hughes brothers. He was photographed at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz stars in “Broken Embraces,” her fourth collaboration with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. She also stars in the musical “Nine,” based on the Fellini movie “8 1/2.” Cruz is photographed at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Quentin Tarantino
Director Quentin Tarantino at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Tarantino’s World War II thriller " Inglourious Basterds” has taken in more than $300 million worldwide and has landed 10 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations (as well as a Directors Guild of America nod for Tarantino) . (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Katharine McPhee
Katharine McPhee is photographed at a Studio City recording studio. Her second album, “Unbroken,” has been released. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
George Clooney and Jason Reitman
George Clooney is photographed with “Up in the Air” director Jason Reitman in Beverly Hills. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Patti Smith
Legendary poet and musician Patti Smith at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, where she lived during its heyday. Smith has written a memoir titled “Just Kids.” The book is also a homage to her longtime friend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges has become an Oscar contender with the release of his new movie, “Crazy Heart,” in which he plays a washed-up, alcoholic country singer. The four-time Oscar nominee is a lock for a fifth nomination. Bridges is photographed at Malo restaurant on Sunset. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Edie Falco
Edie Falco at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. She is nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best comedic actress for her work on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Woody Harrelson
Actor Woody Harrelson stars in the film “The Messenger,” about a soldier who delivers death notifications to the families of soldiers killed in combat. He’s photographed at the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Ethan Hawke
Actor Ethan Hawke, who stars in the new sci-fi thriller “Daybreakers,” is photographed at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Portia Doubleday
Actress Portia Doubleday’s latest movie is “Youth in Revolt,” starring opposite Michael Cera(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes wrote the soundtrack for the Matthew Broderick film “Wonderful World,” about a divorced father who tires to ditch his career as a children’s entertainer. Zanes was the lead singer and guitarist in the Boston-based rock band Del Fuegos.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Jackie Chan
Actor and martial arts master Jackie Chan stars in “The Spy Next Door.” Chan is photographed at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Paul Reubens
Comedian Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman is photographed at Club Nokia, where he brought back his most famous character for a limited engagement of performances of “The Pee-wee Herman Show.”

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