Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

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AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE: You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to see one of Robert Downey Jr.'s motives at the American Cinematheque Award dinner: He was using the occasion to help Mel Gibson. Downey said he asked Gibson to present the award because the actor aided him when Downey's reputation for drug abuse had made him unhireable. "He cast me in the lead of a movie that was actually developed for him," said the honoree of 2003's The Singing Detective. "He kept a roof over my head." He then asked the crowd to join him in "forgiving my friend his trespasses -- unless you are without sin, and if you are, you're in the wrong f--ing industry." Downey's speech was greeted with wild applause. The night also included remarks from Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Jack Black and Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie. -- Bill Higgins

CLINTON FOUNDATION BENEFIT: A gorgeous Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl -- to raise money for the William J. Clinton Foundation -- was kicked off by surprise guest Stevie Wonder, whose set included his 1968 hit "For Once in My Life," a favorite of the 42nd president. Also performing for Clinton were U2's Bono and The Edge, Usher, Juanes, K'naan and Kenny Chesney. Bono called Clinton, seated in the front row with wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea, "by far the most beloved American since JFK for all of us Irish." Catching a few off-guard was Lady Gaga, who danced and purred seductively. "If someone had told me so many years ago that I'd be doing that right in front of you, I just would not believe them," she said."I would have given a good, American 'f-- you.' " Sitting in some of the more expensive seats -- the heftiest went for $1 million for a group of four -- were Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Steve Bing, Ron and Kelly Meyer, Maria Shriver, Michael Eisner and Lawrence Bender. -- Paul Bond