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Courteney Cox COSTAR COMPANY!
St. Barts March 30
BRIAN VAN HOLT
Hawaii March 6
While on hiatus from Cougar Town, Courteney Cox Arquette jetted off to the Caribbean last week for a spring break with a group that included her castmate Josh Hopkins. Despite buzz that the pair, who were spotted bodysurfing and sightseeing in St. Barts with her daughter, Coco, 6, are cozying up, multiple sources confirm that Cox, 46, and Hopkins, 40, are just pals. “It’s strictly platonic,” says their rep. If this scene-and denial-sounds familiar, it’s because only a few weeks earlier the actress was linked to her other costar Brian Van Holt, 41, while the show was filming in Hawaii. “Courteney is close with her entire cast,” explains her pal. “She has them over to her house all the time.” Another friend adds that Cox, who is separated from David Arquette, 39, “is not dating anybody.”
WHAT A WEEK!
A NEW ALBUM, A NEW TOUR, A NEW BABY-OH MY!
Britney Spears, 29, has been relatively low-profile lately, but now she’s right back in the public glare. Her seventh album, Femme Fatale, came out on March 29, but she’s without a touring partner. She announced that Enrique Iglesias would be on the road with her, but “the deal was not done,” said a source. Meanwhile, her ex, Kevin Federline, 33, father of her sons Preston, 5, and Jayden, 4, announced that girlfriend Victoria Prince, 28, is pregnant. But Britney’s relationship with Jason Trawick, 39, is going strong, and “her kids are creating the balance that she needs,” says her friend, producer Rodney Jerkins, adding that rumors that she’s not coping with the stress are untrue. “She’s fine.”
WHO WILL BE BRIT’S OPENING ACT…
What about Nicki or Joe (since Enrique is a no…)?
JOE JONAS is currently working on his solo album but is rumored to be joining Spears’ tour.
NICKI MINAJ, who is touring with Lil Wayne, is a frontrunner. Her rep was unavailable for comment.
Oops … spoke too soon! IGLESIAS bailed out hours after Spears announced him as her tour mate.
Queen of the Nile
Angelina Jolie is on board for Cleopatra. Who will play Marc Antony, and will there be echoes of the old epic?
Talk about desert heat! Now that Angelina Jolie has said yes to Cleopatra, we want to know one thing: Will Brad play Marc Antony? But it turns out we shouldn’t forget about Julius Caesar. This David Fincher-directed version, based on the book Cleopatra: A Life, will tell the tale of the Egyptian queen’s rise to power during Caesar’s reign, with less focus on her affair with Antony than the 1963 saga had.
WHO SHOULD PLAY
Colin Firth 17%
George Clooney 14%
Clive Owen 4%
DANIEL CRAIG 31%
BRAD PITT 31%
(The poll also included additional actors for the role.)
BIEBER AND HIS BANGS-AND A LEGION OF OTHER STARS-HELP RAISE MONEY AFTER THE TRAGEDY IN JAPAN
His cropped locks were auctioned for $40,688 (for an animal-care charity). Beliebers can pose with the tresses, now touring the U.S., in return for a donation to Japan relief.
One of the first stars to step up, she donated $1 million to the American Red Cross.
He pledged a dollar to the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund for each $70 ticket sold to his new touring show.
She raised $250,000 in 48 hours selling wristbands (on her website) with the words WE PRAY FOR JAPAN.
He designed a KEEP YA HEAD UP JAPAN T-shirt with Neff Headwear; proceeds go to Operation USA.
She gave $1 million to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.
ON AGAIN … OFF AGAIN
These “split” celebs still seem pretty cozy
MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH
They were off in August, on in September, off in November, and now? Looks like the two are taking it one coffee date at a time.
The couple have had many family outings with Bronx, 2, since separating in February. “It’s very amicable,” says a source.
THE JERSEY SHORE STAR OUTEARNED NOBEL PRIZE WINNER TONI MORRISON FOR A RECENT SPEAKING GIG AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
Gym, tan, lecture! Rutgers University in New Jersey paid $32,000 to book Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, 23, to address students there on March 31. The Jersey Shore star earned more than Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, 80, who will be paid $30,000 to deliver the school’s commencement address in May. University officials assured critics the money didn’t come from state funds or tuition, but all the same, Scoop brainstormed some other ways they could have spent it.
HERE’S WHAT ELSE $32,000 CAN BUY…
13 tanning beds
64 cows for a poor village via heifer.org
139 margarita machines
320 kegs of beer
76 12-month Gold’s Gym memberships
6,400 laundromat loads
22 foosball tables
CIVIL EXES Marilyn Manson and his former wife Dita Von Teese played nice at the opening of Vivienne Westwood’s U.S. flagship store in L.A.
RUNAWAY BRIDE? Jessica Simpson said she and fiance Eric Johnson are not racing to the altar. She joked that “We might elope.” Don’t take that bet.
I WAS BAD! I WAS WORSE! James Franco and David Letterman shared notes on the negative reactions after their turns as Oscar hosts. “People said I was under the influence!” said Franco.
WATCH THE STEP! Lindsay Lohan swears she wasn’t drinking when she stumbled and fell outside a New York City bar, saying on Facebook that she is “always a klutz.”