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updated 09/03/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/03/2007 01:00AM

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As Kevin Federline & Britney Spears Party
Who's Got the Kids?

Both parents were out on the town despite their continuing custody battle

Her camp insists she only goes out when she doesn't have the kids. His team has suggested his hard-partying days are a thing of the past. But leave it to Britney Spears and Kevin Federline to put a wrinkle in those theories with their latest hijinks.

On Aug. 17, Britney Spears met up with magician Criss Angel for the third night in a row. But earlier that afternoon, sons Sean Preston, 23 months, and Jayden James, 11 months, had been dropped off by bodyguards at Spears's house. The singer, 25, headed out at around 11 p.m. for drinks at Tropicana Bar with Angel, who spent the night at her Beverly Hills home ("I'm just helping with one of her shows," he told PEOPLE). Who was looking after her boys? Calls to Spears's lawyer Laura Wasser, who sources say could soon part ways with Spears, were not returned. And it should be noted that Spears did stay in with her boys the rest of the weekend.

Meanwhile, after weeks of lying low, Federline, 29—who will appear on the CW's One Tree Hill next season—spent the weekend in Las Vegas before getting the kids back on Monday. Celebrating his manager's impending fatherhood, "He was drinking straight from the vodka and Jägermeister bottles," says a fellow Tao nightclub patron.

While Britney and K-Fed each did their thing, friends and former employees continued to be blanketed by subpoenas from his legal team. Although there appears to be plenty of damaging evidence against Spears, at least one former caregiver has criticism for both sides. "One time Britney brought Jayden in the bath with her and she had already shaved, and there was hair and oils in the bath. He started wailing," the former employee told PEOPLE. "It's just that basic things don't occur to her." On the other hand, the source says, right after the split, Federline would "show up only about half the time [to see the kids]." To be continued ...

Heart MONITOR

Cameron Diaz & John Mayer
A NEW COUPLING

Has Cameron Diaz found a new music man? While in New York City filming, Justin Timberlake's ex was spotted sharing sorbet and martinis with John Mayer at the Manhattan restaurant Indochine. A few nights later, while hanging with the Grammy winner at the Bowery Hotel, they shared a kiss: "It was not a makeout, just a quick kiss on the lips," reports an onlooker. It's not clear how long the two have known each other (although both were at Live Earth in New Jersey in July). A rep for Diaz would not comment. A source close to Mayer responds, "They've had a great time together. There's nothing more to it than that."

Reese & Jake
ON VACATION

Friends, costars or carnival cohorts? As speculation continues about just what is the status of Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal's relationship, the pair reunited at the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair on Aug. 16—but carefully avoided contact. As Gyllenhaal (whose family has long owned a summer home on the Massachusetts island) checked out farm animals with his parents, sister Maggie and niece Ramona, doting mom Witherspoon took son Deacon, 3, and daughter Ava, 7, to the kiddie ride area and even helped Ava score a framed kitten photo in a dart game. A glimmer of intimacy snuck through, however, when Gyllenhaal walked the fairgrounds bearing a snack for Witherspoon. Says a source: "It looked like they were together—at least in the friends sense." The romantic mystery continues!

Kate Walsh
GREY'S BRIDE-TO-BE

* wedding walkup *

Talk about whirlwind romance! Less than four months after getting engaged, Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh, 39, plans to marry her McDreamy, movie exec Alex Young, 36, over Labor Day weekend at California's Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. With the help of wedding planner Jo Gartin, the three-day event kicks off with a rehearsal dinner on Friday and ends with a post-wedding brunch on Sunday. The Saturday reception will be held outdoors at the inn's Casa Elar, a Spanish-style estate, where the pool will be covered to accommodate some 110 guests. Among those invited are Katherine Heigl (who weds this winter) and Sara Ramirez, according to a source. Says Grey's Ramirez about the soon-to-be-marrieds: "They balance each other out. She laughs all the time when she's texting him. It's really cute."

HOUSE STARS CANCEL WEDDING

House's office romance is over. On Aug. 15, costars Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer, who play doctors-in-love on the FOX hit, announced the end of their engagement. The duo are already back at work, and costar Lisa Edelstein dismisses talk of lingering awkwardness, adding, "They have always been very professional. They're not bringing their breakup onto the set." But, just in case, Scoop offers these tips from stars who've kept working with their exes—even after their romance fizzled.

THE ADVISORY BOARD

1) SET GROUND RULES: After Melrose Place costars Andrew Shue and Courtney Thorne-Smith broke up, they reassessed their kissing scenes. "I remember having the conversation, 'okay, no tongue now,'" Thorne-Smith has joked.

2) FOCUS ON YOUR JOB: Just one day after announcing the end of her five-month marriage to One Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush had to go back to work. Her response? "It's not always easy but it's my job. I won't let that slack because of personal circumstances. That's really the key."

3) THINK AHEAD: Remember the short-lived romance of Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson? How about Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan? Not only did ratings improve for Dawson's Creek and Alias after their splits, but Holmes and Garner each managed to find very high-profile love in Hollywood again.

Christina Aguilera
HOME SWAP

It's one of the hippest homes on the block, but Christina Aguilera is reportedly ditching her Hollywood Hills pad—along with its sweeping views, home theater and bar—for a new place in Beverly Hills. Could it be that her new, six-bedroom abode (formerly home to the Osbourne clan) is more baby-friendly? While the singer and husband Jordan Bratman haven't made it official, a source says the pair have told friends they're expecting and "could not be happier." They're already feathering the new nest. At furniture shop La Murrina last week, Aguilera browsed with Bratman and "had her hand on her stomach most of the time," says an onlooker.

"Every time an Estée Lauder package comes, she's like, 'makeup!' She tries to just put it on her eyes, but it always ends up a few other places."
GWYNETH PALTROW, on Apple's love of makeup.

Josh Hartnett
The former teen dream goes for a knockout in Resurrecting the Champ

Q&A

Last year he hit the big screen as a boxer turned cop in The Black Dahlia. Now Josh Hartnett, 29, stars in Resurrecting the Champ as a journalist pursuing the story of a boxing legend (played by Samuel L. Jackson). He goes a few rounds with PEOPLE's Ashley Williams.

Do you have any skills in the ring?
I'm pretty good, for an actor. I spent quite a bit of time sparring [for The Black Dahlia]. I was in the gym for pretty much seven months every day.

You're a sports reporter in this movie. Are you a sports nut?
I'm a fair-weather fan. I'm from Minnesota, and the teams have been consistently disappointing. When they're doing terribly, why watch them lose?

This is your first time playing a dad. What was that like?
The best part was that I got to hand over Dakota [Goyo, who plays my son] at the end of the day to his mom. He's the sweetest kid in the world, but I realized I'm a couple of years off from having kids. He's this little bundle of energy. Fun, but a lot of work.

Speaking of costars, what's something about Samuel L. Jackson that we don't know?
I wouldn't want to bust him out or anything. He's an intimidating character!

Does he swear as much in real life as he does in the movies?
No, but he is that cool. He definitely walks with a strut.

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