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Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

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Fox's '60s-era sci-fi pic X-Men: First Class -- an origins story about the emergence of the X-Men -- got the full retro treatment for a special screening at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Go-go dancers worked the red carpet as the actors showed up in vintage cars including a midcentury Porsche 356. "I've never arrived in such a beautiful way to a premiere," said James McAvoy, who plays a young Professor Charles Xavier. Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Tom Rothman said the only disappointment was not having his '67 Mustang on hand. "Mine is on the wrong coast," said Rothman, who had to settle for a '66 model. Classic cars added color to the premiere, but the driving force behind the film remains the comic book characters. "I found I had a lot of closet comic book fans who I didn't know were into it," said Zoe Kravitz, who plays an insectoid mutant. "They were all like, 'This is so cool!' "  -- THR staff

American Idol Finale | Los Angeles, May 25
The drama of season 10's last moments drew 38.6 million viewers to the Fox finale, which anointed 17-year-old North Carolina native Scotty McCreery the newest American Idol. The crowning came after a star-studded night of performances by the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga and U2's The Edge and Bono, but in the end, it was all about country. "It's an honest form of music that touches people's hearts, especially when times are bad," said Tim McGraw, who performed his 2004 hit "Live Like You Were Dying" with McCreery. "There's nothing as comforting as country." Added McCreery the day after: "My thing was, if it got me this far, why change it up?" In true Idol fashion, there was plenty of drama offstage, too -- like when finalist Lauren Alaina's vocal cords gave out and it looked as if the 16-year-old might not perform Tuesday. Her take? "The show must go on." And it did. Spoken like a true new pro. -- Shirley Halperin

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