TERI HATCHES A SWEET SURPRISE
As if shooting episodes of a hit TV show and getting dressed for the SAG Awards weren’t activity enough for one week,Desperate Housewivesstar Teri Hatcher managed to throw a Feb. 3 surprise party for her mom’s 70th birthday. When Teri and her mother, Esther, arrived at Arnie Morton’s, The Steakhouse in down-town L.A., 20 guests—mostly friends of Esther’s—were already enjoying hors d’oeuvres and champagne. The party lasted until 11:30 p.m. with one interruption: At 10 most of the guests ran to the bar to catch Diane Sawyer’s interview with Teri on Prime Time Thursday.
ZACH BACK FOR MOORE
It’s getting getting hard to keep Zach Braff’s love life straight. In October the Scrubs star was linked to singer Mandy Moore. Then Braff was spotted on St. Bart’s over New Year’s sunbathing with actress Kirsten Dunst. Now it looks like Braff is solidly in Moore’s corner. We spotted them kissing in the VIP section of L.A.’s Wednesday-night hot spot Concorde on Feb. 2. Reps for the couple would not comment.
JEN AND BEN’S NIGHT OUT
Would Jennifer Garner bring Ben Affleck to the Screen Actors Guild Awards? That was the question on the minds of many before the Feb. 5 ceremonies at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium. Unfortunately Affleck didn’t turn up to see the Alias star win (see page 54). Instead, Ben quietly met Jen after the show so that the two could attend a 40th-birthday bash sponsored by Belvedere vodka for Affleck’s agent, Endeavor’s Patrick Whitesell. After Garner changed into jeans and a leather jacket, the couple joined celebs such as Jared Leto, Jessica Alba and Christian Bale at Las Palmas to help Whitesell celebrate. Garner and Affleck were inseparable, according to one observer: “They both seemed really happy all night.”
PARTY HOPPING AT THE SUPER BOWL
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. Feb. 5 The day before the big game, Ashton Kutcher walks the white carpet at Maxim’s wedding-themed party with his new pal, American idol judge Randy Jackson. Taking over the turntables from Nicole Richie‘s new fiancé, DJ AM, Kutcher spins hip-hop for Chris Rock, Katie Holmes and a solo Bridget Moynahan (her boyfriend, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, had a few plans for the next day)…ESPN THE MAGAZINE’S HOUSE Feb. 5 At a fund-raiser for her mentoring charity, Alicia Keys tells us that if she doesn’t win the Album of the Year Grammy on Feb. 13, it should go to Ray Charles…ALLTEL STADIUM Feb. 6 John Travolta flies himself into Jacksonville—on his own private plane—and watches the game from a skybox.