A-listers gather at Night Before bash

HOLLYWOOD — Despite or perhaps because of the tough economic times, stars turned out in droves for the 7th annual Night Before Party, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel Saturday. More than $5.5 million was raised for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

When the fire marshal declared the event over-capacity at 9:20 p.m., guests including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Maher, James Caan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio were diverted into the downstairs crystal ballroom, where coffee and couches were brought in for the spillover party, which soon became its own star-studded soiree later joined by Sharon Stone, Patricia Clarkson and Chris Rock.

Once everyone finally got into the more than 900-person bash by the hotel’s pool area, stars young and old were able to let loose in the relaxed environment.

Steven Spielberg and Daniel Craig smoked cigars in a booth while Zooey Deschanel scoped out the toppings at the ice-cream bar as funnymen Sacha Baron Cohen, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen told jokes by the bar. Even the stars were star-struck, as Diane Keaton appeared as excited to meet “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Dev Patel as he was to meet her. And when Eric McCormack walked by as a photo was being taken of Elton John and David Furnish, he stopped and said, “I am going to want a copy of that.”

The intergenerational soiree boasts a guest list ranging from 18-year-old Patel partying alongside industry vet Kirk Kerkorian, age 91.

Jeffrey Katzenberg played gracious host all evening, chatting with Tom Cruise, Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr. and the MPTF’s Ken Scherer.

“Tonight is yet one more time the community is turning out in support of this fund and its work,” Katzenberg said. “To have this kind of support is extraordinary.”

WHO SHOWED UP:

Amy Adams
Jessica Alba
Tim Allen
Jennifer Aniston
Dave Annable
Tom Arnold
Oren Aviv
Elizabeth Banks
Kate Beckinsale
Kristen Bell
Maria Bello
Lawrence Bender
Rachel Bilson
Jacqueline Bissett
Jack Black
Nikki Blonsky
Steven Bochco
Kate Bosworth
Danny Boyle
Zach Braff
Adrien Brody
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey
Jim Burroughs
Gerald Butler
Jame Caan
Jessica Capshaw
Mark Canton
Gil and Judith Cates
Patricia Clarkson
Sacha Baron Cohen
Kevin Connolly
Dane Cook
Marion Cotillard
Daniel Craig with Satsuki Mitchell
Chace Crawford
Tom Cruise
Eric Dane
Kristin Davis
Laura Dern
Zooey Deschanel
Rosemarie DeWitt
Cameron Diaz
Leonardo DiCaprio
Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel
Michael Douglas
Robert Downey Jr.
Josh Duhamel
Aaron Eckhart
Ari Emanuel
Toby Emmerich
Tina Fey
Sally Field
Rick Finkelstein
Frances Fisher
Megan Fox
Victor Garber
Jim Gianopulos
Donna Gigliotti
Dan Glickman
Whoopi Goldberg
Ginnifer Goodwin
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Topher Grace
Brian Grazer
Brad Grey
Ioan Gruffudd
Kathryn Hahn
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt
Angie Harmon
Neil Patrick Harris
Jill Hennessy
Taraji Henson
Jonah Hill
Cheryl Hines
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Alan Horn
Djimon Hounsou
Ron and Paige Howard
Bob Iger and Willow Bay
Richard Jenkins
Dan Jinks
Elton John and David Furnish
Rashida Jones
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Stacy Keibler and Geoff Stults
Kirk Kerkorian
Frank Langella
John Lesher
Zachary Levi
Ed Limato
David Linde
Lucy Liu
Ron Livingston
Heather Locklear
Justin Long
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Richard Lovett
George Lucas and Melody Hobson
John Carroll Lynch
Eric McCormack
Neal McDonough
Chris and Jamie McGurk
Andie MacDowell
Gabriel Macht and Jacinda Barrett
Tobey Maguire
Bill Maher
John Malkovich
Camryn Manheim
Michael Mann
Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy
Paul Mazursky
Mike Medavoy
Debra Messing
Svetlana Metkina
Ron and Kelly Meyer
Alyssa Milano
Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford
Michelle Monaghan
Rupert Murdoch
Eddie Murphy
Anna Paquin
Mary Parent
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald
Miranda Otto
Dev Patel
Robert Pattinson
Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete
Elizabeth Perkins
Tyler Perry
William Peterson
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery
Jamie Pressly
Jay Roach
Chris Rock
Seth Rogen
Tom Rothman
Matthew Rhys
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld
Adam Shankman
Michael Shannon
Michael Sheen
Marc Shmuger
Joel Silver
Ben Silverman
Haaz Sleiman
David Spade
Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
Sharon Stone
Vivienne Tam
Channing Tatum
Holland Taylor
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Emily VanCamp
Michael Vartan
Antonio Villaraigosa
Christopher Walkin
Kerry Washington
Harvey Weinstein
Patrick Whitsell
Jim Wiatt
Reese Witherspoon

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