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Charlie & Brooke Enter Rehab, So …
WHO’S WATCHING THE TWINS?
Fighting his and hers addictions, Charlie Sheen, 44, and Brooke Mueller, 32-parents of twins Max and Bob, who turn 1 on March 15-have enrolled in separate rehab programs for their substance abuse issues. On Feb. 8 Mueller entered the Canyon in Malibu, where she stayed 13 days before moving to another, more private L.A. facility. Then on Feb. 23 Sheen-who has a history of substance abuse-entered rehab as a “preventative measure,” his rep said. Within days of Sheen’s admission, Mueller took her rehab team home (she’s also enrolled in an outpatient program). “Brooke’s happy to be with her kids again,” says a source, adding that the twins “are laughing” and “have no clue anything is out of place.” A Sheen source says the babies are “surrounded by love” at home, where Sheen’s parents, Martin and Janet, have been staying. (Mueller’s parents, Jon and Moira Fiore, are also helping.) Meanwhile, despite rumors, Mueller isn’t filing for a divorce from Sheen-who’s still facing domestic violence charges from their fight on Christmas and whose show Two and a Half Men is on hiatus while he completes rehab. Says her lawyer: “They’re committed to making the marriage work.”
FLIRTS OF THE WEEK!
JEREMY RENNER, 39
OBJECT OF DESIRE: Jessica Simpson, 29
THE VENUE: A Feb. 26 party at the L.A. home of Madonna‘s manager Guy Oseary.
WHAT HAPPENED: “Jeremy spent the night hitting on her like crazy,” says a spy. “Jess loved it. They were flirting up a storm!”
JOHN MAYER, 32
OBJECT OF DESIRE: Ke$ha, 23
THE VENUE: Twitter, Feb. 27
WHAT HAPPENED: Mayer tweeted, “Dear Ke$ha, you have won me over with your tricks and charms.” The singer’s response? “Don’t be a little b*tch wit ur chit chat.” Ouch!
IS AVRIL BACK WITH HER EX?
Avril Lavigne, who filed for divorce in October from Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, sparked reconciliation buzz after the singer, 25, and her ex, 29, were spotted leaving a Feb. 25 party in London for the film Alice in Wonderland. What gives? “They were there as friends,” says a Whibley pal. “They’re not back together. He mixed her song ‘Alice’ on the movie soundtrack.”
Is the Tension Between Ellen and Simon Fake?
American Idol judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres no longer sit next to each other at the table, and each makes unusual facial expressions when the other speaks. But Cowell, who recently got engaged to makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy, claims, “There was no falling out.” So is the rift for real or for ratings?
JAMIE LYNN SPEARS & CASEY ALDRIDGE
She’s moved on to a new man, but Jamie Lynn Spears, 18, needs to figure out a custody arrangement for 20 month old Maddie with ex Casey Aldridge, 20. Though one source tells Scoop it could be a “battle,” another counters, “They are trying to settle it amicably, without going to court. They want to avoid publicity.”
BRISTOL PALIN & LEVI JOHNSTON
On Feb. 25 an Alaska judge approved about $1,600 per month in child support to Bristol Palin, 19, for her 14 month old son with ex-fiancé Levi Johnston, also 19. Though his earnings are still being determined, “Levi put this money aside a long time ago,” said his lawyer.
Reality-TV Star Lisa Gastineau
BEATING SKIN CANCER
Last week Lisa Gastineau, 50, underwent reconstructive nasal surgery. Dr. Frank Ryan (famous for Heidi Montag’s makeover) performed the latest-and, she hopes, final-step in her recovery from skin cancer, a condition she’s been battling since a “devastating” melanoma diagnosis in 2006. After having part of her nostril removed in October, “I was feeling really ugly,” says Lisa, who now gets quarterly checkups. “I’m grateful to have this behind me.”
MILEY CYRUS & BRET MICHAELS
The Disney star, 17, and the Poison frontman, who just turned 47, hung out last year when he helped produce her cover of his ’80s hit “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” She harmonized on his new track “Nothing to Lose.”
ROCKIN’ SURPRISE PALS!
SCARLETT JOHANSSON & AXL ROSE
The actress, 25, and the rocker, 48, “have been hanging out” in N.Y.C. and played Ping Pong at Spin. “They’re friends,” says a Johansson source.
With McGraw and Paltrow filming the drama Love Don’t Let Me Down in Nashville this winter, their families have become close.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• 2/26, Las Vegas: Jersey Shore’s Jenni “J-WOWW” Farley (inset) toasted her 25th with-what else?-fist pumping at the Palms’ Rain nightclub. • 2/26, Milan: Lindsay Lohan was on her best behavior at Club Hollywood, where she watched pal DJ Enferno spin. • 2/26, L.A.: A solo Bradley Cooper was first to arrive and last to leave a party for The Hurt Locker at Guy Oseary’s pad, where guests downed Don Julio tequila. • 2/27, Miami: Sean Penn preferred to be incognito, using the backdoor of LIV nightclub at the Fontainebleau. • 2/23, Scottsdale: Lo Bosworth and beau Scott Hochstadt made it a romantic getaway at the Oakley Learn to Ride golf event. • 2/28, L.A.: Jennifer Garner showed she’s a storytime pro, reading for children at the Milk + Bookies charity event. Jason Biggs (inset, with wife Jenny Mollen) read too.
LOOK WHO’S DANCING!
An astronaut, a mother of eight, an Olympian and more! The 10th season of Dancing with the Stars will deliver dance floor drama
The pilot, 32, will follow fellow Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft’s footsteps. “I can dance a little bit,” he says. “But you watch the show, and they don’t dance a little bit!”
The 90210 alum, 38, decided to dance after her dad had a stroke in December. “I have a fear of live audiences,” she says. “I thought, if my dad can get through a stroke, I can do this for him.”
“I know I’m not a good dancer,” says the figure skater, 24, who just scored an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver. But he’s ready to have some fun: “This last year was so intense.”
He’s displayed some impressive endzone moves to celebrate touchdowns on the football field, and now the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, 32, will trade pigskin for a dance partner.
Can the second man to walk on the moon be the first astronaut to win the Dancing trophy? “Walking on the moon was a piece of cake,” he says. “This is a challenge!” But the 80 year old says he’s up for it. “I didn’t take up skiing until I was 50.”
ALSO DANCING …
And that’s not all! Other toe-tapping contestants prepping for spray tans and sparkly outfits this season include Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, 31; ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews, 31; All My Children actor Aiden Turner, 32; and actress-comedian Niecy Nash, 40.
REALITY TV PHENOM
The TLC star and mother of eight, 34, is getting ready to rumba!
“This is work, and as far as work goes, it’s fun to do something that feels like fun. And of course, I have to win”
BEST DIRECTORS BASH
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY hosted a party to celebrate Oscar’s Best Director nominees Feb. 25 at L.A.’s hip Chateau Marmont hotel. Toasting their auteurs were the films’ actors and A list pals. Diablo Cody hung with Up in the Air‘s Jason Reitman (they made Juno together). Lenny Kravitz and family supported Precious‘ Lee Daniels, while Topher Grace chatted up Nip/Tuck‘s Dylan Walsh.
Talk about one stylin’ night. Scenester Carlos Lopez went for “chain-saw chic” at his American Psycho-themed 28th-birthday soiree Feb. 25 at Bar 210 in Beverly Hills. Lance Bass showed off his dancing skills with pal Jamie Lynn Sigler as 90210‘s Jessica Stroup looked on. Nicky Hilton cozied up to beau David Katzenberg.
Stylish young things gathered at a dinner hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrate Zac Posen’s new collection, Z Spoke, at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills Feb. 27. Emma Roberts and Up in the Air Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (above) gushed over Rachel Bilson‘s engagement ring from fiancé Hayden Christensen.