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December 21, 2009 12:00 PM

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IT’S PLAY TIME!

For these stars, nothing brings out a smile like a little family time

ALLEY OOP!

Los Angeles, Dec. 3

A chic and casual Halle Berry shares a grin and a swing with daughter Nahla, 1, on a mother-daughter playground date.

ACTION MEN

Los Angeles, Dec. 5

The Mentalist’s Simon Baker passes the pigskin at a local park with sons Claude (not pictured) and Harry.

WHEN IN SPAIN . . .

Seville, Dec. 6

Dolled up in a flamenco dress, Suri, 3, gets a lift from dad Tom Cruise (in Spain shooting Knight and Day with Cameron Diaz) as mom Katie Holmes looks on.

SEESAW SMILES

London, Dec. 5

Gwen Stefani shows son Zuma, 15 months, the ropes—and the rides—on a family outing to the park.

NINE WORLD PREMIERE!

London, Dec. 3

KATE HUDSON

Decked out in tiers of white by Atelier Versace, the actress said her song-and-dance role was “the most exhilarating, joyful thing in the world.”

NICOLE KIDMAN

Eschewing a fancy gown for the night, the actress, who plays film star Claudia, shows off her sky-high legs in a nude skirt and white blazer by Azzedine Alaïa.

Penélope Cruz

The actress, who plays mistress Carla, made a splash in her shimmery pale blue Ralph Lauren beaded gown and matching clutch.

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS

Channeling Willy Wonka? The actor plays the lead role of filmmaker Guido Contini, a man of many women.

SWING TIME!

New York City, Dec. 3

Perfectly bundled for a mild winter’s day, Kate Beckinsale kicks up her feet in a Central Park playground.

BEARING GIFTS

New York City, Dec. 3

Strolling down the street with a big smile and birthday gifts galore for pal Jonny Lee Miller’s son, it looks like showing up empty-handed will be the least of Jude Law‘s worries.

WHO SAID IT WAS WINTER?

TUBING CROONER

Bahamas, Dec. 7

In town to do a sold-out show at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Carrie Underwood hits the beach and the resort’s lazy river ride.

PRETTY IN (HOT) PINK

Miami, Dec. 3

Shortly after the last concert on her U.S. tour, Miley Cyrus treats herself to a little down-time by the pool.

THE GOOD LIFE

Miami, Dec. 2

Chris Noth doesn’t seem to have a care in the world after a dunk in the surf.

COMFORT & GLEE

New York City, Dec. 3

Costars Cory Monteith and Mark Salling come out for a Christmas karaoke event. “The smell of Christmas trees is what really gets me in the holiday spirit!” Salling said.

MILITARY MINNIE

Simi Valley, Calif., Dec. 2

Rihanna mixes mouse ears and magazines in a rock quarry to film the music video for her song “Hard.”

HAND IN HAND

New York City, Dec. 3

Harry Letterman, 6, is happy to step out with dad David and mom Regina Lasko (inset, a day earlier).

CELEBRITY CHARADES!

N.Y.C., DEC. 7

They can deliver their lines like the pros they are—now see them fly without a script! Stars including Julia Roberts (in action above and, inset, with Julia Stiles and Kristen Wiig) played fast and loose in a speed-charades competition, sponsored by Entertainment Weekly, to raise funds for Manhattan’s famous Labyrinth Theater Company.

LADY MEETS THE QUEEN!

Blackpool, U.K. Dec. 7

Talk about worlds colliding! After singing at the Royal Variety Performance, Lady Gaga (along with fellow U.S. hitmaker Miley Cyrus) met Queen Elizabeth II.

FAMILY AFFAIR

L.A., Dec. 3

Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 8, made a rare official appearance with his folks Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the L.A. premiere of Invictus. The dapper kid also played around with the film’s director, Clint Eastwood.

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