By People Staff
September 09, 2002 12:00 PM

Kissy fit: Heath Ledger (A Knight’s Tale), 23, and Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive), 33, got affectionate at an L.A. eatery. The romance between the two Aussies began this summer in Melbourne, where both were filming the upcoming drama The Kelly Gang.

The world’s most expensive dog walker: Julia Roberts took her new Labrador puppy, a gift from hubby Danny Moder, for a stroll near the couple’s house in Venice, Calif. The actress will next be seen in the George Clooney-directed drama Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, due Dec. 27.

If you’re happy and you know it…Nicolas Cage had to hand it to his new bride, Lisa Marie Presley, as the couple greeted revelers at Elvis Presley’s Memphis restaurant Aug. 16. The newlyweds, who got hitched six days earlier, were in town for events commemorating the 25th anniversary of her father’s death.

Peer pleasure: In L.A. Ashanti shared a laugh with rapper Ja Rule at the soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, where she was named entertainer of the year despite an Internet petition signed by 28,000 people claiming the songbird’s talents weren’t worthy.

Slinged babe: “I love it here,” said Angelina Jolie, who toted her year-old tot Maddox in Santorini, Greece, where she is filming scenes for the Tomb Raider sequel. “The only man in my life right now is my son.”

High fashion: Winona Ryder could have used a lift while shopping at a Manhattan boutique where frocks are draped from tall displays—an artistic choice, not a security precaution. Pretrial motions in the actress’s shoplifting case are set for Sept. 5.

Topical humor may be his stock-in-trade as Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update host, but Jimmy Fallon let his shirt do the talking when he opened the NASDAQ stock market in Manhattan. The solidarity-showing comic was gearing up to host the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29.

Minnie Driver made a fetching tableau frolicking on a Malibu beach with her black Lab Bubba. The British actress stars in Hope Springs, a romance due next year.

Off course: Two days after finishing second in the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods ran errands with his Swede heart Elin Nordegren in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Dixie Chick Emily Robison (left), who is due to start her own flock in November, struck a pose with fellow Chicks Natalie Maines (center) and Martie Maguire before the trio sang on the Today show. “People say, ‘There are the Dixie girls.’ And I turn around and say, ‘Chicks,’ ” said Maines.

These boots aren’t made for walking: R&B chanteuse Erykah Badu had sole to spare while shooting the music video for her new single “Love of My Life” in Brooklyn. The customarily turbaned bohemian is slated to release her fourth as-yet-untitled disc in October.

The chapeau must go on: In Toronto, Jason Alexander donned dapper duds to play toy inventor A.C. Gilbert in the holiday TV biopic The Man Who Saved Christmas.