Obama's speech draws celebs to Denver

Spike Lee declares event 'bigger than the Super Bowl'

DENVER -- Among the celebs spotted in the halls of Invesco Field on Thursday in the hours leading up to Barack Obama's historic acceptance speech were George Lucas, Forest Whitaker and his wife, Keisha, and Star Jones. And Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am was spotted leaving the field level after Stevie Wonder's sound check.

Before singing the national anthem to a slowly filling stadium, Jennifer Hudson appeared lost in thought, wearing a casual grey dress and listening to iPod earphones as her handlers asked for directions to the podium. While waiting, she typed on a Sidekick.

Also spotted on the field in the hours leading up to the presentation: Daniel Dae Kim of "Lost," new mom Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren, Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama, and Fergie -- who waved to fans shouting her name.

"Fired up!" said an excited Spike Lee. "Bigger than the Super Bowl!"

The musical lineup for the evening included will.i.am performing with John Legend, Sheryl Crow (who Obama has said is among the artists on his iPod), Wonder and Michael McDonald.

Earlier in the day, Steven Spielberg, who directed a short film on veterans that shown Wednesday at the convention, was spotted entering the Pepsi Center.

Jennifer Lopez spoke at a reception honoring children's rights activist Marian Wright Edelman. Ben Affleck read excerpts from a Howard Zinn book and made an appearance at the city's food bank for America's Second Harvest.

Affleck was joined by his wife, Jennifer Garner, at the book reading at the Starz Green Room across the street from the Pepsi Center. Also participating: Dawson, Kerry Washington, Taye Diggs, Hill Harper and Josh Brolin.
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