MORE THAN PUPPY LOVE?
Is Jennifer Garner dating Alias costar Michael Vartan? Last month, after the actor visited Garner in Manhattan, where she was filming 13 Going on 30, a Vartan rep said, “They’re just friends. Things get blown out of proportion.” Now that the two are back on the set of their ABC spy show and Vartan has been spotted leaving her Pacific Palisades home, the rep won’t comment. But Garner’s definitely got one new true love: a yellow Labrador puppy she named Martha (as in Stewart—Garner is an avid baker).
With pop stars, boxing is boss. Christina Aguilera trained daily with a boxing instructor to prep for her summer tour with Justin Timberlake. Now, as she gets ready to release her fourth album this fall, yoga devotee Britney Spears has added kick-boxing to her workout. “It’s a new way for her to exercise, and she loves it,” says a friend, who tells us Spears gets her kicks with a trainer and spars with friends.
Ashton Kutcher, who just resumed taping That ’70s Show, isn’t letting his day job cut into his spending sprees with girlfriend Demi Moore. The couple combed through racks of vintage clothing at two L.A. boutiques recently. At one, American Rag CIE, they were spotted “dancing around the aisles and acting all goofy.” On Aug. 6 Kutcher helped Moore spend several thousand dollars at the hip furniture store Shelter to outfit the actress’s new L.A. home. Later that night the pair chilled at Dolce Enoteca, the Italian eatery backed by Kutcher and other stars, and “had their hands all over one another,” according to a witness. They dined with an unidentified couple two tables away from Salma Hayek, Josh Lucas and Ridley Scott.
250 THUMBS DOWN
Even though critics couldn’t say enough awful things about Gigli, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had to see it for himself. On Aug. 5 he took his entire studio audience to a screening of the Jennifer Lopez–Ben Affleck bomb at L.A.’s ArcLight Theatre. Kimmel opened up his own wallet and forked over $2,500 for tickets plus $500 at the concession stand. Twenty of the 250 guests walked out. Kimmel’s verdict wasn’t much better: “It was terrible, then good, then terrible, then great, then terrible again. Then shockingly awful.”