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BIRTHDAY WEEKEND WITH HER BEAU!
Reese Witherspoon isn’t one to rush into relationships, but following her November split from Jake Gyllenhaal, 29, the actress has become smitten with Hollywood agent Jim Toth, 39. Together a couple of months, the pair headed to Witherspoon’s Ojai, Calif., ranch house for a low-key (and romantic!) weekend celebrating her 34th birthday. “Reese is getting more serious with Jim and wanted him to meet her girlfriends,” a source tells Scoop. “So she invited a few friends to Ojai for a birthday celebration.” The pair spent March 20 shopping hand in hand at a farmers’ market. “Reese was giggling during the grocery trip,” says an eyewitness. After a small birthday gathering that night, the two went out the next morning to pick up Mexican food. “Reese looked very happy to be with Jim,” says the observer. “They wouldn’t let go of each other’s hands.”
Britney Spears & Jason Trawick
YES, THEY’RE STILL TOGETHER
Despite reports, Britney Spears and her agent boyfriend Jason Trawick have not split. “Things are fine,” a source tells Scoop. Breakup rumors surfaced in mid-March; the pair hadn’t been photographed since a trip to McDonald’s on Valentine’s Day. But Spears, 28, and Trawick, 38, enjoyed a St. Patrick’s Day shopping trip and a movie outing three days later. Explains the source: “Some weeks they spend more time together than others-he’s also busy working with other clients and can’t always be with her.”
KIM & REGGIE
TAKING A BREAK
Another week, another split rumor for reality star Kim Kardashian and her NFL beau Reggie Bush. The couple, who started dating in 2007 and broke up briefly in 2009, haven’t called it quits, but they are taking a step back. “Reggie has issues with her busy life and schedule, and she can’t give it all up,” says a source. “They are working on seeing what they both want.” Reps did not return calls.
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!
It’s official. After four months away, on April 5 Tiger Woods, 34, will return to the links at the Masters in Augusta, Ga. “I’m excited to get back and play,” he told ESPN March 21. While his career comeback shapes up, things at home are far from resolved. Admitting he’d done “pretty bad things,” Woods said his wife, Elin, 30, “had every right to be [hurt].” And she still is. She won’t go to the Masters, says a source. “She’s not happy. The trust is gone, and she’s only staying for the children.”
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK
REALITY STARS TURNED AUTHORS!?
OUT APRIL 6
In Little Kids, Big City, famously unorthodox parents McCord and Simon Van Kempen weigh in on “raising baby Einsteins.”
OUT APRIL 15
The best advice offered in Secrets of a Jewish Mother? “Value your friends,” says Zarin. “Because of the whole Bethenny situation.”
IN STORES NOW
LUANN DE LESSEPS
Class with the Countess, which came out in January, contains philosophical advice, such as, “I believe all of life is a seduction.”
The Skinnygirl Dish, Frankel’s second manual on conquering “food noise,” became an instant New York Times bestseller.
AND NEW JERSEY …
Table-flipper Teresa Giudice releases a cookbook, Skinny Italian, May 4, followed by the May 25 debut of Danielle Staub’s tell-all The Naked Truth.
Whitney Houston, 46, has battled substance abuse in the past, prompting rehab stints in 2004 and 2005, but she says those days are behind her, and she’s now fighting mad at a tabloid report that claims “worried friends and family members are begging [Houston] to go back into rehab.” But her lawyer Marty Singer says, “Whitney is not headed to rehab, she is headed to Paris, where she will be continuing her world tour.” Singer adds that a report claiming Houston collapsed on tour after bingeing on drugs and alcohol “is ridiculous. It did not happen.”
Who Should Be the Next Bond Girl?
Director Sam Mendes is reportedly on the hunt for a Bond girl to be cast in the 23rd installment of the 007 series, slated for a 2011 release. But who’s stunning, sexy and sassy enough to walk in the shapely shadow of previous Bond girls, such as Halle Berry, Ursula Andress, Britt Ekland and Grace Jones?
2% HEIDI MONTAG
29% ZOE SALDANA
33% MEGAN FOX
36% FREIDA PINTO
A very fortunate-and grateful-Taylor Swift was honored at a dinner in Nashville March 17 to recognize her six-times-platinum album Fearless, the most awarded album in country music history. “I’ve seen a lot of you get new cars,” she joked to those who worked on the album, “but other than that, you’re the same people I’ve always known.” In a gesture of solidarity, guests had their hands painted with her lucky No. 13, just like she does for shows.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• 3/19, L.A.: Helena Christensen hosted the Odd Molly flagship store opening and chatted with Kelly Osbourne.
• 3/20, Las Vegas: After dinner at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Rare 120, Nicky Hilton and beau David Katzenberg toasted his 27th birthday two days early.
• 3/18, L.A.: Twilight‘s Nikki Reed enjoyed Yotam Solomon’s fashion show.