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Ashley & Lance
THEIR STEAMY N.Y.C. FLING!

Talk about an unexpected hook-up: 21-year-old, pint-sized Ashley Olsen is having a moment with 36-year-old former Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong. The unlikely duo stunned onlookers at Manhattan's Rose Bar, inside the Gramercy Park Hotel, on Oct. 29, with body language that seemed more than platonic. "Ashley was very flirtatious," a source tells Scoop. "She was sitting on his lap!" And Lance didn't seem to mind: "He was hanging with her—definitely," adds the source. Olsen and Armstrong continued their courtship at the downtown restaurant the Waverly Inn, during the early hours of Oct. 31. Armstrong, who just last month split from his girlfriend of nine months, designer Tory Burch, met up with Olsen after having dinner earlier in the evening with fellow Texan Owen Wilson. (The biking legend was in the city to run the New York City Marathon, which he finished in two hours, 46 minutes, 43 seconds). So are Olsen and Armstrong a full-fledged couple? Well, not quite. Says another source: "Lance likes Ashley, but he's getting a lot of heat from his friends, so he's torn." That's bad news for Olsen, who has no reservations about dating someone 15 years older than she. "Ashley is very vocal about wanting to date older and sophisticated men." A rep for Armstrong had no comment and Olsen's rep could not be reached.

Mary-Kate also
DATING AN ATHLETE?
Ashley's sister Mary-Kate has been "hanging out lately" with New York Rangers player Sean Avery, says a source. They recently met up at N.Y.C.'s Bette restaurant.

Angelina Jolie
HOLIDAY PLANS

Actress, activist, mom—is there something Angelina Jolie can't do? "I've never really cooked," Jolie confesses to Scoop. Two Thanksgivings ago, Jolie and Brad Pitt tended to earthquake victims in Pakistan; in 2006, they visited Vietnam (right). But this year "I'm gonna try to cook a turkey with the kids," says Jolie. The mother of four with Pitt (far left) [Maddox, 6, Pax, 3, Zahara, 2, and Shiloh, 17 months] is also a realist. In case the turkey doesn't quite work out, "We'll have a pizza waiting!"

Christina & Johnathon
KISSING EXES

Maybe Christina Applegate has a bit of the amnesia that afflicts her TV character on Samantha Who? When she and ex-husband Johnathon Schaech, 38, ran into each other at Hollywood hot spot Les Deux Nov. 2, the couple, who split in 2005, "just made out all of a sudden," says an observer. After their encounter—and a bit of hand-holding—Applegate, 35, returned to partying with pals Eva Longoria Parker and Sara Ramirez. Schaech ran up to a friend exclaiming, 'I just made out with my ex-wife!'" says a source. "He and his buddies were laughing about it." A rep for Applegate had no comment.

"I'm feeling good and relieved—I'm ready for a glass of wine!"
JENNIFER GARNER, just hours after her Broadway debut on Nov. 1 as Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac

Shia in Chicago
ARRESTED AT WALGREENS

Shia LaBeouf, 21, now has a mug shot. He was arrested in Chicago Nov. 4 and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The episode began after the actor left the Underground nightclub and stopped into a Walgreens. A guard believed he was intoxicated and asked him to leave. LaBeouf refused, and police were called. Bond was posted before 7 a.m., police said.

Richie Sambora
HIS NEW GIRL

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora hit the Nov. 2 Duran Duran afterparty at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City with a new fan—stylist Jen Mallani, whom he began dating this summer. "It's light and easy," a friend of the singer says of the new relationship. Still, the couple kissed openly and posed for pictures together. Friends say Sambora, who split from Denise Richards last March, is having fun with Mallani, but his primary focus is "on the Bon Jovi tour and Ava [his daughter with ex-wife Heather Locklear]."

Sienna Miller
SUAVE TO SLOUCH

JUDE LAW
Miller snagged herself some dapper arm-candy when she began dating the well-groomed actor in 2004 after meeting on the set of Alfie.

RHYS IFANS
Wow! What happened to Miller's taste in men? When she stepped out with Ifans recently, she made a pretty solid style statement.

Hot Spot of the Week!
S BAR, L.A.

It's only been open a month, but the super chic S Bar in Hollywood has hosted a slew of celebs, including Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo, Kristen Bell and Adam Brody. Stars come for the cocktails (the Celery Superstar 19 is Roberto Cavalli Vodka, serrano chili and celery juice) and stay for the old-school music and fab Philippe Starck-designed decor.

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF BRITNEY

On Nov. 7, 2006, Britney Spears filed for divorce from Kevin Federline. Fast-forward one year and Spears is plagued with custody battles, career conundrums and, on Nov. 6, she was ordered to pay Federline's $120,000 legal bill. A look back at her roller-coaster year.

Nov. 26, 2006
Spears goes club-hopping in Los Angeles with fellow creatures-of-the-night Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.

Dec. 19, 2006
Ouch! Spears visits a tattoo parlor and inks her hand.

Jan. 11, 2007
She dates model Isaac Cohen; he sells his story to the press.

Feb. 16, 2007
Britney visits a Tarzana, Calif., salon and shaves her head.

March 2007
Spears completes 30 days in Malibu's Promises rehab.

April 26, 2007
Spears (with BFF Alli Sims) prepares for her new album.

May 2007
Remember her mini-comeback tour?

June 28, 2007
Her feud with mom Lynne goes public.

July 18, 2007
Who needs a swimsuit? Spears goes for a dip in her undies.

Aug. 24, 2007
Seemingly on Kevin's side, her folks babysit for Federline.

Sept. 9, 2007
Uncoordinated and dazed, Spears performs at the VMAs.

Oct. 2007
Spears temporarily loses custody of her sons.

BUSTED!
Nov. 3, 2007
Spears parks in a spot reserved for disabled drivers near a tanning salon.

Rachel Weisz
The British actress discusses her baby, her Oscar and the merry time she had making Fred Claus with Vince Vaughn

Q&A

What's Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, 36, doing playing a meter maid in Fred Claus? Having a jolly good time, she tells PEOPLE's Lisa Ingrassia.

What's it like to work with Vince?
It's like sparring. His brain works so fast. He has the comeback before you've finished what you're saying. And he's very charming.

How did you research playing a meter maid?
I spent an afternoon with a fabulous meter maid in Chicago. She's been at the top of the ladder for giving the most tickets in her district for two years! People hate meter maids, but she loves it!

Did you bring your 1-year-old son Henry [whose father is director Darren Aronofsky] to the set?
He got to meet Father Christmas! I have the cutest picture of him with a pacifier in his mouth in Paul Giamatti's arms. I should make it our Christmas card.

Is he old enough to understand Santa?
No. He did go trick-or-treating for the first time last week as a dog. He can't say "please" or "thank you," so he just put out his basket and said, "More!" It was quite rude.

What's on your Christmas list?
Marks & Spencer thermals from my mum. It's cold on the East Coast!

Where do you keep your Oscar?
On my vanity in the bathroom. It's my favorite place to be, so it's an honorable location.

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