updated 12/18/2008 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/19/2008 AT 6:00 AM ET
Robert Pattinson, partnering with Katy Perry to throw their friend Shannon Woodward a birthday bash at West Hollywood’s Il Sole. The hunky Twilight star and the pop singer are mutual friends of the actress, who starred in one of Perry’s music videos. Enjoying drinks and a long three-course meal of the burrata salad, lasagna, asparagus gnocchi and tiramisu, Perry and Pattinson played perfect hosts, only leaving the soiree to take pictures with fans outside the Italian restaurant.
Jessica Alba, taking her 6-month-old daughter, Honor, for pictures with Santa Claus at the Beverly Center shopping mall in L.A. Alba’s daughter wore a red velvet dress, and calmly sat on Santa’s lap while her mom looked on proudly and helped direct the photo shoot. “It was adorable,” an onlooker tells us. “The baby was great – she didn’t cry. Jessica was editing all the photos like a director.” Alba was also very into the mall’s other, svelter Mr. Claus. “She thought he was hot,” the onlooker says after catching the actress checking out a photo of “hunky Santa.”
Scarlett Johansson, holding court on a couch inside the banquet room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. There to celebrate The Spirit, which she premiered earlier at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the actress sat sipping white wine and munching finger food, while keeping the rapt attention of three male companions. Also there: her costar Eva Mendes, though the ladies never interacted at the party.
It was a guys’ night out at West Hollywood’s Crown Bar: Leonardo DiCaprio was drinking a cocktail when pal Kevin Connolly arrived. The two greeted each other happily, grabbed drinks and seemed to be laughing and catching up. Also hanging out: Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson. After walking inside, the two made a beeline for the kitchen area but never returned to the nightspot’s main area.
Before beginning his late-night run on NBC, Jimmy Fallon has been polishing his comedy chops at a Dallas comedy club. The funnyman was staying at the Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa and was a fixture in the Bolla Bar, where he relaxed with friends. Fallon also treated himself to a facial at the spa.
By REAGAN ALEXANDER, JENNIFER GARCIA, SARA HAMMEL, MAUREEN HARRINGTON and LISA INGRASSIA