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December 18, 2006 12:00 PM

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NEW YORK CITY, DEC. 3 Drew Barrymore does the wave on the set of her new roman-tic comedy Music and Lyrics By.

NEW ORLEANS, DEC. 3 Angelina Jolie, is this your future? Brad Pitt is almost unrecognizable in bald cap and aging makeup while filming the F. Scott Fitzgerald fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

MALIBU, DEC. 3 Brooke Shields has her hands full—literally—with daughter Rowan, 3, in her left and 7-month-old daughter Grier tucked under her right.

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, DEC. 1 Jessica Simpson puts her own spin on the infamous scene from Marilyn Monroe’s 1955 The Seven Year Itch, while filming her upcoming comedy Blonde Ambition. Simpson and the cast—including Luke Wilson—have been spotted out on the town together.



Stars belted and boogied at the Dec. 4 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

MARY J. BLIGE Big winner Blige (in a Zac Posen dress) thanked her mother-in-law during an acceptance speech for one of her nine awards, later explaining, “I’ve never been with a man whose family of women actually like me!”

FERGIE The Black Eyed Peas singer (with one of her dancers) gave a hair-raising solo performance of her hits “London Bridge” and “Fergalicious.”

CHRIS BROWN Whoo hoo! The Michael Jackson fan busted a move after winning three awards, including artist of the year. “I just want to dance,” he said. “I don’t know what I’ll do if I get a Grammy—I might backflip onstage.”

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Lucas Grabeel, Zac Efron, Monique Coleman, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu won best soundtrack.

BATTLE OF THE BEEHIVES! Denise Richards and Gwen Stefani both sported curious coifs on the red carpet, but Stefani switched to a bob with bangs for her performance during the show.

JANET JACKSON Flexing her performance muscles—and washboard abs—the singer grooved to “The Pleasure Principle” and “So Excited.”

KENNY CHESNEY After landing best male country artist, Chesney lauded fellow crooner Keith Urban. “I really love his album,” he said. “And I’m not just saying that because he’s my friend.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD A powerhouse in purple Escada, the American Idol winner scooped up five awards. “It’s exciting,” she said.

LONDON, DEC. 3 At the premiere of Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor’s drama Miss Potter, Zellweger said playing British author Beatrix Potter left her with a taste for England: “I crave beans and toast [for] breakfast.”

JACMEL, HAITI, DEC. 1 Wyclef Jean made a surprise visit to an inner city in his native country during a four-day trip with his relief organization Yelé Haiti. “They identify with me because I was in the slums,” he said. “The fact that I come back gives them a sense of hope.”

WARSAW, DEC. 2 After winning best actress at the European Film Awards for her role in Volver, a teary Penélope Cruz thanked director Pedro Almodóvar. “I love you so much,” she told him. “You’re changing not only my career but a lot of things in my life.”

BRENTWOOD, CALIF., DEC. 2 Baby Got Back! Just one day after celebrating her first birthday, little Violet goes for a joyride with mom Jennifer Garner.

NEW YORK CITY, DEC. 3 Eva Mendes is well suited in Roberto Cavalli to honor Hitch costar Will Smith at the Museum of the Moving Image’s gala for the actor. “One of the cutest things about Will is that he cannot hold his alcohol,” says Mendes. “He takes two sips of a drink and his eyes get all funny.”

LONDON, DEC. 4 Jude Law beams while being flanked by his two dazzling costars Cameron Diaz (in Gucci) and Kate Winslet (in Valentino) at the premiere of their romantic comedy The Holiday.

For more from behind the scenes at the Billboard Awards, go TO PEOPLE.COM/BILLBOARD

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