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Attending the party at L.A. s Museum of Contemporary Art were, from left, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Victoria Beckham, David Beckham, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith.

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David Beckham attracts Hollywood stars the same way he draws defenders on the soccer field. In large numbers.

A glittery array of actors and entertainment luminaries turned out Sunday for what was billed as an official welcome-to-Los Angeles party for the international soccer icon and his wife, Victoria.

With Tom Cruise and Will Smith playing co-hosts for the invitation-only bash at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the guest list was long and deep.

Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer were among the first to arrive. Brooke Shields was there. Eva Longoria showed up, followed by American Idol creator Simon Fuller, who managed the Spice Girls pop group that made Victoria Beckham famous.

Wesley Snipes and Quincy Jones came to welcome the soccer star, as did Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, and Ashton Kutcher.

The Beckhams arrived with Cruise, accompanied by his wife, Katie Holmes, and Smith, with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Cruise flew in from Germany, where he is shooting his newest film, Valkyrie.

For the British Beckhams, it was a taste of classic Hollywood. A red carpet was rolled out at the entrance. A small army of police patrolled streets for blocks, keeping gawkers at a distance. There were limousines and TV cameras by the dozen. Helicopters thumped overhead.

Beckham, hindered by a nagging ankle injury, played only 12 minutes in his debut Saturday as a Los Angeles Galaxy player. The Galaxy lost to Chelsea 1-0, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the sold-out crowd, whose cheers were so loud Beckham admitted to being "a little bit embarrassed at times."

Genial comic Drew Carey was tapped yesterday to replace silver-haired legend Bob Barker on the CBS daytime game show The Price is Right.

Carey confirmed the deal during a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman.

The selection attracted more attention than usual for a daytime show because of the prospect of replacing Barker, 83. Barker retired after 35 years in the

job last month following taping of his 6,586th episode.

Carey, 49, spent a decade on his own ABC sitcom and also was host of the game show Whose Line is It Anyway?

CNN said yesterday that it has hired anchor Campbell Brown of NBC News, one day after she announced on Weekend Today that she would be leaving as host.

CNN did not immediately say what Brown would be doing. There has been widespread speculation about a prime-time shake-up at CNN, where Paula Zahn has been lagging in the ratings at 8 p.m.

Brown, 39, had been co-host

with Lester Holt of Weekend Today since 2003 as well as correspondent and occasional fill-in anchor on NBC's Nightly News. She's a former White House reporter who also covered the 2000 presidential election for NBC News.

Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds have joined a concert to raise money for a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., to be built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Previously announced entertainment included Aretha Franklin and Carlos Santana.

Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons, and Tommy Hilfiger are organizing the Dream Concert, to will be held Sept. 18 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Tickets go on sale July 30 through TicketMaster, the memorial fund also announced yesterday. Prices range from $250 to $1,000.

The memorial fund had previously announced that Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Carlos Santana would be among the headliners. NBC "Today" show weatherman Al Roker will be a special guest presenter.

The group working to build the King Memorial has raised $81 million of the $100 million needed to complete and maintain the memorial.

It is slated for a space on the Tidal Basin between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and will include a sculpture of King and 14 quotations from the slain civil rights leader. The memorial is scheduled to be completed next year.

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On the Net:

Build the Dream:

http://www.buildthedream.org

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