By People Staff
November 18, 2002 12:00 PM

Get the message: In London working on her next album, Britney Spears, who split with Justin Timberlake in March, had a few things to get off her chest but let her shirt do the talking during a Java break on Oct. 30. (She was far better dressed five days later in L.A., below, where she received an award from the Neil Bogart Memorial Foundation for her support of children’s causes.) Meanwhile, Timberlake had high hoops in L.A. (right), where he is promoting his new solo disc Justified. “At this point, if you really want to know who my girlfriend is, it’s those 13 songs on that CD,” Timberlake recently told 20/20‘s Barbara Walters.

The bride wore boots: Has WW & Grace’s single gal finally found Mr. Right? Producers aren’t telling, but altar ego Debra Messing looked poised to play the runaway bride while filming an upcoming wedding scene with Harry Connick Jr. in New York City’s Central Park.

Short cuts: Reese Witherspoon shows off her new look while running errands in L.A. The actress, who recently trimmed her locks, begins filming Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde on Nov. 18.

On the mend since his horrific Aug. 11 racecar crash, a spry-looking Jason Priestley was back behind the wheel in Beverly Hills, where he joined his girlfriend, special-effects tech Naomi Lowde, for lunch.

Feline groovy: Top cat Mike Myers traveled in purr-fect style on the Pomona, Calif., set of his upcoming film The Cat in the Hat, the big-screen adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. The kitty’s tale will arrive in theaters in November 2003.

Hemingway heroes: The A-listers came out in force for the Nov. 4 L.A. benefit performance of The World of Nick Adams, a play based on some of Ernest Hemingway’s short stories. “It was great, but I was like a puddle before I went out,” said a jittery Matt Damon (above left, with Demi Moore), who led the all-star cast. While Tom Hanks (above) soldiered on in the production, men in black Chris O’Donnell (far left), Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis lent a hand onstage. Later, event organizer Paul Newman (below) found himself in an enviable position, hugged by Rita Wilson (left) and fellow performers Goldie Hawn and Julia Roberts as he celebrated the $2 million the show raised for his Hole in the Wall Gang camps for seriously ill children.

Wiz kids Rupert Grint (left), Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson practiced some hocus-focus for the cameras at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, opening on Nov. 15. “We’ve become absolute best friends,” says Radcliffe of his Potter posse.

Drew love? Although she was spotted smooching musician Joel Shearer last month, Drew Barrymore showed an interest in art—and in her former flame, the Strokes’ drummer Fabrizio Moretti—on a recent outing to the Getty Museum in L.A.

Papa is a Rolling Stone: In L.A., Keith Richards’s daughters Alexandra (left) and Theodora (right), both models, joined Ron Wood’s little girl Leah, also a catwalk strutter, to set tongues awaggin’ at a fete for the Rolling Stones Rockware clothing line.

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