February 09, 2004 12:00 PM

Cannes Heat

CANNES, JAN. 24

Oops! They (almost) did it again. Boot-ylicious in black leather, Britney Spears only scores a peck on the cheek from Madonna after presenting the demurely dressed doyenne of pop with a special honor at the NRJ Music Awards, France’s version of the Grammys. “My ambition may be American and I married a Brit, but my heart belongs to France,” said Madonna. (But what country’s flag is she wearing?) Shred-hot presenter Christina Aguilera wows the crowd in Versace, and frock star Beyoncé belts her hits “Baby Boy” and “Crazy in Love.”

ON THE SET

MR. AND MRS. SMITH

You’ll Never Moonwalk Alone

LOS ANGELES, JAN. 22

What’s the best way to kill time when the cameras aren’t rolling? Well, if you’re Brad Pitt, currently filming the thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith, you have at least three choices: a) chill out with costar Angelina Jolie, wearing the latest in matching Jesus Rocks jackets; (b) slip on retro Michael Jackson gear, channel your inner pop star and regale onlookers with your Jacko inspired moves; (c) swap tall tales with cast and crew.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Best in Snow

PARK CITY, UTAH, JAN. 20, 21 & 22

The Peebles choice was clear! His movie Baadasssss!, a biopic about his filmmaker dad Melvin Van Peebles, didn’t win, but Mario walked away with a cooler prize—his proud pop. In town to promote their comedy Saved!, Jena Malone and her supporting actor Macaulay Culkin hung around Kiehl’s boutique. Naomi Watts, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern and Peter Krause, whose drama We Don’t Live Here Anymore won an award, got on the stick. Later, Watts and her guy Heath Ledger hit the slopes.

Powder Trippers

ASPEN, COLO., JAN. 25

The TV cameras have stopped rolling, but Trista and Ryan Sutter get on with the snow at the Winter X Games, an extreme-sports competition that the newlyweds attended for fun. Ryan recently resumed firefighting duties at his station in Vail, Colo.

The Moore, the Merrier

NEW YORK CITY, JAN. 21

In town to plug The Butterfly Effect, Ashton Kutcher, with his girlfriend Demi Moore, braves frigid temps—and rumors about marriage plans. “We haven’t talked about it,” Kutcher told David Letterman the night before. “It’s not in the datebook, I’m not lining up at the altar.”

Crowe’s Feet

REDFERN, AUSTRALIA, JAN. 23

He doesn’t have any mates around, but that doesn’t stop rugby fanatic Russell Crowe from playing a little knee footy before heading to the gym, Where he’s training his next movie, The Cinderella Man.

The Royal Treatment

LOS ANGELES, JAN, 20

Queen Latifah and that Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith, enjoy a little red-carpet revelry at the premiere of her comedy Barbershop 2: Back in Business, due Feb. 6.

Scary Carrey!

LOS ANGELES, JAN. 22

If you thought his Grinch was creepy, check out Jim Carrey as the sinister Count Olaf, while filming Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Coming Attraction

LONDON, JAN. 24

After lunching with a friend, Gwyneth Paltrow, expecting her first child with singer husband Chris Martin this summer, doesn’t let her burgeoning bump impede her chic stride.

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