updated 10/15/2007 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/18/2007 AT 6:00 AM ET
Ben Affleck, hanging with pal Sheryl Crow during a party at New York’s Soho Grand penthouse following a Cinema Society screening of his film Gone Baby Gone. Guests at the bash (including Casey Affleck and Patricia Clarkson) enjoyed a spread of comfort food – meatloaf, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts – in a comfy setting with big beds and sofas. And a thin looking Affleck shared a diet secret with PEOPLE earlier in the night. “[I] just lay off the bread,” the actor said. Back at the penthouse bash, Clarkson raved about the man of the hour. “Ben is a wonderful guy,” she told us. “He made a great movie.”
Newly engaged Rose McGowan, indulging a sweet tooth at Beverly Hills bakery Crumbs, where she picked up cupcakes in flavors including coconut, piña colada, caramel apple and vanilla. (No sign of her director fiancé Robert Rodriguez, though.)
Jessica Alba, enjoying a poolside dinner at blue on blue in Beverly Hills’ Avalon Hotel.
Ron Howard, playing his favorite role – doting grandpa – during lunch at AMMO in Hollywood with his wife, daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, her husband Seth Gabel (Dirty Sexy Money) and their 8-month-old son.
By JENNIFER GARCIA, MAUREEN HARRINGTON, SCOTT HUVER, MARISA LAUDADIO, ALYSSA SHELASKY and JEFFREY SLONIM