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Debra Messing (left), with platinum pal Corinne Avakian, shows off some nice ice at Avakian's starry celebration. Photo by Sahags


A-list stars like Debra Messing took a shine to some amazing gems at the recent opening of the Avakian boutique in Bev Hills. The red haired beauty rocked a dramatic lavender cocktail frock for the brilliant affair. Her confection’s plunging neckline provided the perfect backdrop for some major bling.

Celeb pals like Hilary Duff, Kristen Bell and Billy Zane joined “The Starter Wife” star for an evening of fun and fashion.

The glass cases contained dozens of dazzling pieces including rings, bracelets, cufflinks and even a diamond-encrusted panther.

DJ Donna D’Cruz warmed up the crowd while servers made the rounds with a bit of bubbly and crowd-pleasing Nobu sushi. Then it was on to a little Spanish sizzle. The evening wrapped up with a special musical performance by the red-hot Gypsy Kings. Ole!


Look for a lot of local notables to be making their way on to the silver screen this year. Titanic talent James Cameron is back with an action flick called “Avatar.” The Oscar-winning director tells the story of an ex-marine who explores an exotic planet called Alpha Centauri B-4. The place is filled with treasures, ammonia-breathing life forms and probably a good dose of adventure, as well.

After his acclaimed performances as a superhero in Iron Man and an action hero in “Tropic Thunder,” Robert Downey Jr. will be cracking capers as super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. The movie has been filming in London with Madonna’s ex, Guy Richie, in the director’s chair. RDJ will also show his mettle in Iron Man 2 and will play the part of Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez in The Soloist.

Look for Malibu’s Dick Van Dyke to reprise his role as Cecil in “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.” This time around, lovable security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) apparently infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute. He’s on a mission to rescue pals Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson), who have been shipped to the museum by mistake. Robin Williams will also be returning for part two, with his hilarious take on Teddy Roosevelt. Tally Ho!

A follow up to “The Da Vinci Code” is on the horizon as well. Tom Hanks is back as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who is hot on the trail of another secret brotherhood. So after you’ve made your way through all the Oscar-winning DVDs, make way for some new cinematic magic, lots of laughs and sensational sequels.

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