Forget the usual Hollywood hot spots. These days, if you’re Brad Pitt, the place to be is out with his adopted- son-to-be, Maddox Jolie, at Oxnard, Calif.’s hippest joint: the Sports Chalet.
The actor – dressed low-key in a gray hooded sweatshirt and aviator shades – and the Mohawk-topped 4-year-old were spotted at the sporting goods store (sans Angelina) looking “comfortable with each other” as they shopped for more than hour, says a store staffer. Among their purchases: two Super Soaker water pistols, for Maddox, and golf equipment, including two clubs that cost around $100, presumably for Brad.
The nearly anonymous shopping spree was interrupted only when several female employees asked Pitt for autographs – which he graciously provided.
A ‘Fresh’ Reunion
Will Smith had a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air flashback when he hooked up with former costar Alfonso Ribeiro in Miami. Both actors – plus Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett and their kids – stayed at the posh Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where Smith and Ribeiro were seen doing their best Muhammad Ali impressions as they engaged in a faux-boxing match near the elevators. And the winner? Well, Smith did play the famous pugilist on the big screen. Enough said.
Caught in the Act: New Year’s Eve
• Mariah Carey, at a bash she cohosted with Ryan Seacrest at posh venue Cipriani in New York City. The pop diva arrived at 1:40 a.m. after performing on Dick Clark‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Also on hand: actor Nick Cannon, New York Knicks players Jamal Crawford and Maurice Taylor, and DJ Clue.
• Christina Aguilera (right), at Joonbug’s party at New York City club Marquee. The singer’s friends – who wore jeans and sneakers – almost weren’t let in by the doorman because they weren’t dressed to code. But once Xtina’s husband Jordan Bratman explained they were together, the group was in for a night of drinking Cristal and vodka (straight from the bottle )and dancing atop the banquettes with Aguilera.
• Kiefer Sutherland, at the Berlin club White Trash Fast Food. The 24 actor was in town promoting the band Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, who are on his indie record label, Ironworks. A couple of days earlier, a tipsy Sutherland ploughed into a Christmas tree in the lobby of London’s Strand Palace Hotel, after announcing to friends: “I hate this tree – it’s got to come down,” a source tells us.
• By FRANK SWERTLOW, KRISTIN HARMEL, TIFFANY MCGEE, CARYN MIDLER, SARA HAMMEL and SUSAN HANNAFORD