Star Tracks - Wednesday, January 24, 2007
PRELUDE TO A KISS
Courteney Cox isn't giving anything away during an outing in Santa Monica on Tuesday, but the scoop is her real-life friend Jennifer Aniston will guest star on her FX drama Dirt. In an episode airing March 27, Aniston will reportedly give Cox's character a goodbye peck.
Is this their annual girls' getaway? Katie Holmes (in Armani Prive, of course) and Victoria Beckham maintain their chic composure in coordinating black at an Armani store opening in Paris Tuesday evening. The pals began their high-profile friendship last October, when they took in Paris Fashion Week together.
John Mayer has a new tour partner – Jessica Simpson! The two, who shared a romantic dinner together in Miami the night before, leave the Four Seasons Hotel Tuesday afternoon to board Mayer's tour bus. Destination? Jacksonville, where Mayer is performing on Thursday.
A PREMIERE COUPLE
Eddie Murphy and girlfriend Tracey Edmonds are in high spirits as they arrive at the premiere of the indie flick If I'd Known I Was a Genius at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday. And Murphy has plenty to beam about – he just earned a best supporting actor Oscar nod for Dreamgirls.
Ryan Reynolds, Alicia Keys and Jeremy Piven form a gang of three at MTV's TRL studios in New York on Tuesday to promote their new action comedy Smokin' Aces. Piven has a big weekend ahead of him: Besides the opening of his film this Friday, the actor is also up for a SAG award for his role on the HBO hit Entourage on Sunday.
DOING HER PART
Back from her romantic vacation with beau Andre Balazs, Uma Thurman plays charitable host at the Room to Grow benefit Tuesday night at Christie's in New York, where she caught up with fellow actor Josh Lucas.
Fantasia breaks out the bling to pay a visit to MTV's Sucker Free show on Tuesday in New York, where the former American Idol contestant promoted her new self-titled album.
A still sleepy Orlando Bloom looks to be getting in his morning stretch while enjoying a meal with a male friend (not pictured) at a Los Angeles restaurant on Tuesday.
Renée Zellweger gets bundled up for the cold in her chic hood-and-coat combo after dining at a New York restaurant Tuesday night.
SAVED BY THE BELL
Angelina Jolie takes a hands-on approach to parenting Monday as she picks up son Maddox, 5, after school in New Orleans, where the actress and partner Brad Pitt have set up house while he films on location. The globe-trotting actress was just in Vietnam last week, where she took a meeting on behalf of the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Project, the charity she established to help her son's native country of Cambodia.
It's a mutual admiration society between Leonardo DiCaprio and his Blood Diamond costar – and fellow Academy Award nominee – Djimon Hounsou at the film's London premiere on Tuesday. "We kind of already celebrated," DiCaprio told reporters about receiving news of their Oscar nods. "We toasted each other. We gave each other a group hug."
Penélope Cruz demonstrates the power of positive thinking Tuesday during an interview with Access Hollywood. Of her best actress Oscar nomination for Volver, Cruz passed on the props to her longtime collaborator, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar: "He is the reason why I became an actress in the first place," she said.
SHE COMES IN PEACE
An upbeat Christie Brinkley heads to New York divorce court on Monday, where she reached a temporary custody agreement with estranged husband Peter Cook.
PLAYING A NEW TUNE
At Sundance to promote his supernatural family film The Last Mimzy, The Office's Rainn Wilson (temporarily) abandons the recorder for a rock-star jam session at the Miner's Club in Park City, Utah, on Tuesday.
BACK TO REALITY
Modeling Agency star Janice Dickinson squeezes in some female bonding with fellow Oxygen star, F.A.T. Chance host Mo'Nique, at the network's upfront event in New York on Tuesday.