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Stars shine in Rio for amfAR

Actress Goldie Hawn, supermodel Linda Evangelista, and designer Kenneth Cole lent their star power to a glitzy charity dinner and auction that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for AIDS research and prevention.

Around 300 people dressed in their evening finest showed up Friday at Rio de Janeiro’s stately Copacabana Palace hotel for the $2,500-a-plate black tie gala organized by the international nonprofit organization amfAR.

The AIDS research foundation hosts some of the world’s most glamorous events, including the annual dinner during the Cannes Film Festival.

This was the organization’s first event in Rio, which is in the midst of its own film festival.

Hawn lavished praise on Rio, calling its residents “so kind and wonderful,” and promised to return soon. In the meanwhile, the Academy Award-winning actress exhorted the crowd to bid generously at the auction.

“It’s great to help, and it’s great to have fun,” she said.

A baby boy for Berry

It’s a boy for Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez.

Berry publicist Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson confirms that the couple welcomed their son Saturday but offered no other details.

E! News reports that Berry delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

This is the second child for Berry, 47. She has a 5-year-old daughter with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry. It is the first child for Martinez. The French actor and Berry married in July.

‘Gravity’ takes hold of top spot

The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space drama “Gravity” rocketed to the top of the box office and into industry record books during its opening weekend.

The Warner Bros. adventure debuted with $55.55 million in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday – the biggest October opening ever.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak, are:

1. “Gravity,” $55.55 million.

2. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” $21.5 million.

3. “Runner Runner,” $7.6 million.

4. “Prisoners,” $5.7 million.

5. “Rush,” $4.8 million.

6. “Don Jon,” $4.16 million.

7. “Baggage Claim,” $4.12 million.

8. “Insidious Chapter 2,” $3.87 million.

9. “Pulling Strings,” $2.5 million.

10. “Enough Said,” $2.15 million.

Cyrus shakes it up on ‘SNL’

Miley Cyrus commanded the stage on this week’s edition of “Saturday Night Live,” serving as both host and musical guest.

And she did some shimmying as an over-sexed Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in a parody video about the government shutdown.