Plus: Anne Hathaway shares her dream campaign song, J.Lo, Rosario Dawson and more from around the DNC

By People Staff
Updated August 28, 2008 06:00 AM
Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

• A chic Charlize Theron, sitting in the front row before a screening of boyfriend Stuart Townsend‘s political movie Battle in Seattle, showing at Denver’s Starz FilmCenter as part of the events surrounding the Democratic National Convention. There with Townsend, who directed the flick about the riots during the World Trade Organization talks, Theron – who also stars in it – spoke on a panel with labor organizers who were directly involved with the event. The film was introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

Jennifer Lopez, hosting a luncheon for Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund at the Denver Art Museum. The actress posed for pictures in her two-piece pink suit on a bridge between the old and new portions of the museum. Lopez also waved to a handful of fans before hopping into her limo and speeding away.

Ashley Judd, sharing a quick word with President Bill Clinton backstage at the Pepsi Center following Hillary Clinton‘s keynote speech.

Anne Hathaway, making friends with actress-singer Zooey Deschanel at a Going Green reception benefiting the arts advocacy organization Creative Coalition. After laughing through interviews, the two ran into La Rumba Restaurant where they chatted with Ellen Burstyn over ice water. Soon, though, talk turned to music. “I think a great campaign song, Elton John would write it,” Hathaway, who also sings, told us. But what about her new friend? “Zooey Deschanel [would] help out on the vocals and the tambourine, and maybe Madonna [would do] a dance.” And Hathaway’s job? “I’d just be cheering and enjoying it,” she said.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle star Kal Penn working the floor – complete with a headset, mic and neon green vest – at the Pepsi Center during the convention’s second night.

Daughtry and Taye Diggs, separately checking out the Rock the Vote: Ballot Bash at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. (Diggs was hanging with wife Idina Menzel.) The concert featured performances by Fall Out Boy, N.E.R.D. and Jakob Dylan.

Rosario Dawson, mingling with the politically heavy crowd at a GQ and Maker’s Mark party at Denver’s Tamayo Restaurant. Also there: a Mariah-less Nick Cannon.

Josh Lucas, following Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany through the masses on the floor of the Pepsi Center before Hillary Clinton‘s speech. Soon, though, the fire department and Secret Service closed all the exits after the room filled up. When Lucas tried to sneak out for a minute, he was told he wouldn’t be let in for the speech. Needless to say, the actor stayed inside for the speech.

Private Practice star Tim Daly, sharing his surprise with us over the Secret Service’s conspicuous presence inside the Pepsi Center. The actor and co-president of the Creative Coalition told us that the security team actually wears signs identifying themselves at the convention. Quipped Daly: “So where’s the secret?”