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Classic TV and film stars will fill Hollywood's Loew's Hotel on Feb. 1-2 for the L.A. Celebrity Show. Among those scheduled to appear are legendary Alfred Hitchcock obsession Tippi Hedren, Dallas vet Charlene Tilton, I Dream of Jeannie and another Larry Hagman screen partner Barbara Eden, The Facts of Life and Deadwood's Geri Jewell, Married with Children's David Faustino, Gilligan's Island castaway Dawn Wells, Bewitched daughter Erin Murphy and Victor/Victoria's scene stealer, the fabulous Lesley Anne Warren.

In other news, Lesley Anne Warren will produce and star in the film The Three Faces of Evie written by Rubber actor Jack Plotnick. I don't mean that Jack is a real-life Stretch Armstrong or that he has portrayed a condom—he was in Quentin Dupieux's award-winning film Rubber. This upcoming comedy details two girls' efforts to prove that a retired singer named Evie Brown is really Hitler's former girlfriend Eva Braun. Wait, so it wasn't Michelle Bachmann?

Will & Grace vet Megan Mullally joins husband Nick Offerman in the recent Sundance-premiered Toy's House. The married duo has little screen time together and still have yet to play a couple on the big screen. The story focuses on three angst ridden teen boys who decide to build a house in the wilderness and live off the land. The ensemble includes Community's Alison Brie, 24 vet Mary Lynn Rajskub, The Big C's Gabriel Basso and Melissa & Joey's Nick Robinson.

Mullally's Will & Grace costar Sean Hayes has joined the cast of NBC's Smash, which begins it's sophomore season on Feb. 5. He will be playing an actor in a musical version of Dangerous Liaisons who annoys the cast after turning the show into a comedy. Hayes will be playing opposite Gena Rowlands in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. The script looks at a retiree who hires a dance instructor to give her private lessons in her home.

Santa Monica's Aero Theatre presents two of the biggest names connected to this year's Oscars at the beginning and end of February's first weekend. On Feb. 1, director Ang Lee will be interviewed following the 7:30 p.m. screening of Life of Pi and before the showing of his 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That following Monday, on Feb. 4, the Aero's 2 p.m. screening of Silver Linings Playbook will conclude with a live Q&A with Oscar winner Robert De Niro.

Other celebrities are expected at the Feb. 4 premiere of the new Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief at Westwood Village's Recency Theatre. Also on that evening is the TNT debut of the medical drama Monday Mornings starring Battlestar Galactica vet Jamie Bamber, Ving Rhames and Alfred Molina.

NBC airs Betty White's Second Annual 90th Birthday Special on Feb. 5. Last year's event was one of the biggest events in Hollywood, so it's no surprise that this year's version is chock-full of even bigger legends. Joining Betty and her Hot in Cleveland costars for the celebration are Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton, Larry King, Vicki Lawrence and Lily Tomlin. Plus, even people who don't require Hover Rounds, like Zachary Levi, Sean Hayes, Rico Rodriguez and Sarah Silverman.

Richard Chamberlain reunites with his Thorn Birds costar Rachel Ward in the Feb. 5 episode of PBS' Pioneers of Television. This edition looks at groundbreaking miniseries. Not all PBS affiliates air the program on the same date, so check your local listings.

The first release in the next anticipated hit film franchise premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Feb. 6th. It's Beautiful Creatures, the first feature from the series of books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The supernatural love story begins with a lonely youth living in a small Southern town whose life changes when he meets the new girl in town, who comes from a family of witches. The cast includes Viola Davis, The Borgias' Jeremy Irons, Shameless star Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Margot Martindale and Cold Comfort Farm's Eileen Atkins. And the best news of all? No Kristen Stewart. I think she was busy playing a mannequin at Bloomingdales during this production.

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