Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

The Dark Knight Rises Premiere: The black carpet rolled out for Christian Bale and company at the premiere of the Warner Bros. franchise's new installment. Bale, sporting a Tom Ford tux in sweltering heat, said of Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy, "It's sad to say goodbye but it feels like the right time." Co-stars Anne Hathaway, who put her own slinky spin on Catwoman, and Marion Cotillard both stepped out in white and mingled at the afterparty with Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. "Chris Nolan doesn't just make blockbusters that are pandering to box-office scores," said Gordon-Levitt. "He's telling a heartfelt story that he cares about." – Erin Carlson

Comic-Con | San Diego, July 12-15

The Hollywood party scene shifted to San Diego for the 43rd annual convention, where actors and executives partied behind velvet ropes that kept costumed spectators at bay. Summit threw a bash for The Twilight Saga and Lionsgate and IGN hosted an Expendables fete (both sans the films' stars). The TV side kicked it up a notch with lively, star-studded bashes hosted by Warner Bros. Television, NBC, 20th TV, Showtime, Maxim/FX and Playboy/True Blood. The more geeky parties proved most popular, such as Image Comics' The Walking Dead bash and the late-night soirees thrown by Zachary Levi's Nerd HQ, which attracted the likes of Joss Whedon and Damon Lindelof. – Lesley Goldberg and Borys Kit

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