People Staff
May 23, 2005 12:00 PM


So where do you go after a romantic trip to Rome, having let the world in on your newfound romance? If you’re freshly minted lovebirds Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, you hop a plane to Mexico for a luxurious vacation at the ultraexclusive Maroma Resort & Spa. On May 5 the duo, joined by Cruise’s kids Connor, 10, and Isabella, 12, flew in from Los Angeles to the getaway located 30 miles south of Cancun. After soaking up the sun along a barrier reef for five days, the whole crew took a private jet back to L.A. on May 10.


Carson Daly is wowing his late-night TV audience with his markedly trimmer appearance. While Daly, 31, says he hasn’t kept track of how much he’s lost, a source at his show says he’s shed at least 30 lbs. since January. Daly chalks up his svelter self to living healthier in his 30s than he did in his hard-partying 20s. The talk show host also credits triathletes with inspiring his morning workout routine of running, biking and swimming. “I don’t weigh myself, and I don’t starve myself. But I don’t eat crappy food at night,” Daly says, adding, “I used to live hard at night. Now I’m asleep when my show is on.” So is he training to compete in a triathlon? Says Daly: “Let’s not go crazy now.”


Seems every time Oprah Winfrey throws a party, it’s a historic event. This weekend, she’ll spend May 13-15 celebrating legendary African-American women in arts, entertainment and civil rights with a women-only luncheon, a white-tie ball and a Sunday gospel brunch in L.A. A-listers such as Halle Berry, Usher, Jamie Foxx, John Travolta and Alicia Keys will toast honorees including Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Tina Turner and Diana Ross. “This weekend the intention is to say thank you to these extraordinary women,” Winfrey tells Insider, “and let them feel all the love and gratitude they deserve.”


Spider Club, West Hollywood May 6 Kimberly Stewart sits next to a booth filled with seven women, among whom are Scarlett Johansson and Michelle Trachtenberg. Across the room, Wilmer Valderrama and Ryan Seacrest dance on the seat of their booth…. L.A. May 5 While his ex-girlfriend Katie Holmes heads south of the border, Chris Klein makes his first public appearance since their split in March to play in a charity poker tournament, held at a home once owned by Jennifer Lopez. A few tables away, Tom Cruise‘s ex, Mimi Rogers, plays too…. NEWSROOM CAFE, L.A. May 5 Fresh out of rehab, Joaquin Phoenix skips partying on Cinco de Mayo, opting instead for a late dinner of organic fare, but he still manages to close down the joint…. BUTTER, N.Y.C. May 9 Magician David Blaine does a card trick for a delighted Denzel Washington, in town to play Brutus in the Broadway production of Julius Caesar.

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