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KATE HUDSON & HER HOME RUN HOTTIE ...
THEY'RE ON!

After striking out again with OWEN WILSON, KATE HUDSON, 30, is taking a swing at love with New York Yankees slugger ALEX RODRIGUEZ, 33. A source confirms the pair are dating, adding, "It's somewhat serious. He introduced her to a bunch of his friends." Another source maintains it's too early to determine how serious the newly minted lovebirds are: "You never know with Kate." (The actress's exes range from grungy rocker CHRIS ROBINSON to buff cyclist LANCE ARMSTRONG.) Meanwhile, Hudson followed Rodriguez on the road late last month to Dallas, when the Yankees played the Texas Rangers. Hudson and Ryder, 5, her son with Robinson, reunited with Rodriguez at Hotel ZaZa, where the couple "worked out together in the fitness center," says an eyewitness. For one of the games, Hudson sent Ryder and his nanny to the ballpark while she "stayed behind and watched the game from the hotel," adds the eyewitness. "She remarked several times about what a big baseball fan she is!"

John Travolta
STILL 'STRUGGLING' AFTER JETT'S DEATH

As John Travolta's film The Taking of Pelham 123 gears up for its June 12 release, the actor is staying out of the limelight as he continues to grapple with the January death of his 16-year-old son Jett. "He's struggling," says costar Denzel Washington. "So more than talking to him, I listened to him. It's going to take time. What can you say but just be there as a friend." As for Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, a family friend says "she doesn't sound like her old self, but she sounds better."

SHIA & MEGAN

True Love or Unreal Publicity?

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox sure are behaving like a couple—her car was spotted outside his home during the early morning of May 27, for example—but with the release of their film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on June 24, People.com readers are skeptical about the timing of their union.

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ARE JENNIFER AND JAMIE ENGAGED?

RUMOR PATROL

Since coming out as a couple in March, Ghost Whisperer costars Jennifer Love Hewitt, 30, and Jamie Kennedy, 39, have publicly professed their love for each other and engaged in several rounds of PDA. Still, reports that the lovebirds are engaged are false, says a source, who all the same adds, "But they've talked about it."

GETTING READY FOR BABY!

The former Sex and the City movie costars are both in baby mode

J-HUD: Baby Shower

Jennifer Hudson has not publicly confirmed that she and fiancé David Otunga are expecting a child, but according to newspapers in her hometown of Chicago, she is pregnant. The Tribune reports that her friends and family threw her a baby shower May 30, while the Sun-Times claims she's seven months pregnant.

SJP: MOVING TO NEW DIGS

With twin girls due to arrive via a surrogate later this summer, Sarah Jessica Parker, 44, Matthew Broderick, 47, and son James Wilkie, 6, are on the move. "They want more space for the babies," a source tells Scoop. But the longtime New Yorkers aren't going too far. Adds the source: "They'll stay in the city."

HALLE'S HAIR
LONG, SHORTER—NEXT?

Earlier this year Halle Berry, 42, said she plans to shave her head for her upcoming film Nappily Ever After. Filming hasn't started yet, but she looks like she's getting warmed up by gradually shortening her do!

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FASHION FETES

Rain didn't dampen the mood on the Palace Hotel roof May 28 where Orlando Bloom, Claire Danes and fiancé Hugh Dancy, and Blake Lively (who, despite rift rumors, came with beau Penn Badgley) joined Burberry's creative director Christopher Bailey to celebrate the label's new N.Y.C. headquarters. The next night in Las Vegas Christina Aguilera hosted a party for Stephen Webster's 2009 jewelry line at Tao. Aguilera (the face of the campaign) modeled the wares and stuck close to hubby Jordan Bratman.

MTV TOASTS SAMBERG

Stars flocked to Teddy's after the MTV Movie Awards on May 31 to honor host Andy Samberg for a job well done. Cameron Diaz chatted up Hayden Panettiere, who hung out with Star Trek's (and her Heroes costar) Zachary Quinto. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens "held hands all night," says a guest.

FAST TAKES

• 5/28: N.Y.C.: The City's Olivia Palermo stopped by the opening of the Patrick Melville Salon & Spa at The Sports Club/LA.
• 5/30, L.A.: Jamie-Lynn Sigler was one of the guys hanging with boyfriend Jerry Ferrara and fellow Entourage pal Jeremy Piven at a party Brett Ratner hosted for Scott Caan's photography book.
• 5/30, L.A.: Heather Locklear caught up with her Spin City costar Michael J. Fox at a benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which raised more than $750,000.

5 Questions for...
BETTE MIDLER

As her revue The Showgirl Must Go On rages on, the sassy star reveals her preferred nickname as well as a culinary bone of contention in her marriage

1 What's your favorite nickname?
The People's Diva! I decided if Lady Di could be the People's Princess, I could be the People's Diva, and it certainly has taken hold. I'm not above it all!

2 What TV shows can't you miss?
My husband and I TiVo Big Love. We really like it. The acting is just sensational. We always TiVo Project Runway. And occasionally American Idol, so I can see what's going on.

3 Restaurant doggy bags: Are you a fan?
My husband will not let me take a doggy bag. He's like, "How can you? A star of your stature?" And I'm like, "What are you talking about?" He's a bigger snob than I am!

4 Any fashion must-have?
I ought to get a burka! I am so afraid to walk outside my house without hair and makeup. I've been snapped once too often looking hideous.

5 Are you living a hedonistic Las Vegas lifestyle?
I live like a monk, but I can't say there is no wear and tear!

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