> "I'm a 'Where the Wild Things Are' guy," "Bedtime Stories" director Adam Shankman said of his own favorite nighttime tale during Thursday's world premiere afterparty at Hollywood's Kodak Ballroom. "I'm a Max and the actors are the monsters. The book was in tatters by the time I was 10."

> After appearing onscreen as a three-fingered, one-eyed German colonel, Tom Cruise looked trim and healthy at the L.A. premiere of "Valkyrie" at the DGA Thursday night. Co-conspirators Terence Stamp, Bill Nighy and Kenneth Branagh mingled with guests J.J. Abrams and co-writer/producer Christopher McQuarrie. Cruise was happy to have the negative prerelease chatter finally silenced by a showing of the film. "It's a relief," he said.