People Staff
July 25, 2007 06:00 AM

• Fresh from a visit to Maryland with girlfriend Nicole Richie, rocker Joel Madden plays dutiful boyfriend in Los Angeles – stopping to pick up her pooches and running errands at the gas station. As for Nicole … she’s still keeping a low profile.

William Shatner, enjoying three orders of honey-garlic spareribs from three Chinese restaurants in his hometown of Montreal (including Yangtze and Gourmet Hot & Spicy) backstage at the Theatre St. Denis during the Just for Laughs comedy festival, where he hosted two galas.

• Real life Friends Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox Arquette, chatting over an Italian dinner at Santa Monica staple Giorgio Baldi. The duo were joined by a male friend as they relaxed over a meal of breadsticks, carpaccio al tartufo and sparkling San Benedetto water. On the way out, fellow diner (and Home Shopping Network queen) Suzanne Somers swung by their table to exchange pleasantries.

Strip House

Britney Spears, sitting next to new Los Angeles residents David and Victoria Beckham at West Hollywood hot spot Chateau Marmont – but the two parties didn’t take the chance to get acquainted, as the British power couple left soon after her arrival. Still, it wasn’t the first stop for Spears; earlier, she and two friends nibbled on lobster risotto at nearby eatery Il Sole. A fellow diner tells us: “Britney was in a great mood.” She also said a friendly hello on the way out to pop princess Rihanna.

• How did Adam Sandler and Kevin James celebrate their box-office-busting film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry? The onscreen “couple” feasted at downtown New York steak joint the Strip House with a nine-person group. Meanwhile, the night before the two dined with another funnyman, Chris Rock, at Buddakan. “They were very rowdy,” a source says of the trio, who stayed until midnight.

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