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updated 03/05/2007 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/05/2007 01:00AM

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TOGETHER AGAIN
After months apart, Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson share a sweet week Down Under

When Kate Hudson left L.A. for Australia last October to film her upcoming romantic comedy Fool's Gold, it remained to be seen what would come of her fledgling relationship with Owen Wilson. Three months and thousands of miles later, all signs point to romance. On Feb. 13—just in time for Valentine's Day—Wilson, 38, jetted to Australia to reunite with Hudson, 27 (who split from Chris Robinson, her husband of nearly six years, last August, amid rumors of real-life sparks with her You, Me and Dupree costar). "They are clearly a couple," says a source who saw the two share a candlelit dinner at Vie Bar + Restaurant in Queensland Feb. 20. "They were holding hands, kissing, talking all sweet and coy together—really lovey-dovey."

Wilson also joined Hudson at the Feb. 17 Fool's Gold wrap party on Queensland's Gold Coast. He was by her side again Feb. 19 at a private screening of We Are Marshall, hosted by Hudson's Fool's costar Matthew McConaughey. The two attempted to downplay their coupledom—at one point, they even rode bikes on opposite sides of the street to avoid being photographed—but "they were definitely together," says an onlooker at the screening, where they sat together. "They were cozy and relaxed in each other's company."

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NEW GUY
Selma Blair & Matthew Felker

The actress, who divorced Ahmet Zappa last year, tells PEOPLE she has a new beau. Best known for kissing Britney Spears in her "Toxic" video, Felker will figure prominently in Blair's Oscar plans. "I'll be sitting at home," says Blair, "watching with my boyfriend."

MARRIED
Keri Russell & Shane Deary

Be mine ... forever! The former Felicity star wed her contractor boyfriend on Valentine's Day in New York City. The actress, who's in her second trimester of pregnancy, recently told PEOPLE, "[Having a baby] is a big life-changing experience, and we're excited. I'm one of the lucky ones—so far it's been nice and easy."

HMM ...
Whitney Houston & Ray J

This odd couple never made it to the NBA All-Star Game. Instead, Houston, 43, and Ray J (Brandy's brother), 26, holed up in Caesars Palace and were seen "cuddling" at Tao's Bud Select party, says a source. Houston's rep calls them "old family friends."

BACK ON?
Natalie Portman & Gael García Bernal

Once more with feeling: The two former lovebirds—who dated in 2003—were spotted partying together at Berlin's China Club on Feb. 12, then heading back to the Ritz-Carlton. Could the actors (both in town during the city's film festival) be getting back together? Portman's rep declined to comment.

JUSTIN & CAMERON PLAY NICE

Out with Martin Scorsese at the Sunset Marquis Hotel Feb. 16, Justin Timberlake ran into Cameron Diaz—and the exes actually got along (a far cry from their Jan. 15 run-in at Prince's Golden Globe party). "Justin got up and started talking to Cameron," says an observer, adding that they walked out together 30 minutes later. "They were very friendly." There seemed to be less love in the air at Social Hollywood two days earlier when Timberlake ran into rumored fling Jessica Biel. Despite briefly exchanging whispers, the pair spent most of the night on opposite sides of the lounge—at one point dancing back-to-back without acknowledging each other.

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NEXT UP: RUNWAY SURVIVOR?

When Project Runway fan fave Nick Verreos heard that his younger sister Rita had been cast on Survivor: Fiji, he had reservations. "I didn't want people to think we were some 'reality TV family,'" he told Scoop while watching the Feb. 15 episode in his downtown L.A. loft. "And my fear was confirmed! The other day a friend said, 'Oh, your sister is going to be on Survivor? Is your mom going to be on Wife Swap next?'" But now that he's seen the former beauty queen in action, he likes her chances. "She's still under the radar, which is good," he says. "And she used to be a model, so she can survive on nuts!" Any chance the fashion designer would try his hand at outwitting and outlasting? "I would do Survivor," he says, "just to lose some weight!"

MORE TROUBLE FOR KELLIE'S DAD

Ten months after a tearful, post-prison reunion with his daughter, Clyde "Bo" Pickler, father of American Idol star Kellie Pickler, faces more legal woes. Bo, 42 (who served more than three years for a 2003 stabbing), was arrested Feb. 7 at his Albemarle, N.C., home and charged with assaulting a woman with a steak knife. (He was released from jail on a $20,000 bond.) The singer, 20, declined to comment on her dad but did tell Scoop, "I'm living my definition of the American dream. I can't complain about a thing."

DOUBLE TAKE
Something to sing about: Season six's Haley Scarnato is a dead ringer for the Clueless star.

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OVER, ACTUALLY

Hugh Grant isn't a believer in fairy tale romance. "For me, it's a lovely idea," Grant, 46, told PEOPLE in January, "but basically it's nonsense." Still, for the past three years, he seemed close to a happily-ever-after with Jemima Khan, 33 (the daughter of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith and ex-wife of cricket legend Imran Khan). As recently as Feb. 12, at the premiere of his Music and Lyrics, she was by his side. "She's a cracker," he said on The View. But, apparently, not a keeper. On Feb. 16, Grant's rep announced the couple had "split amicably." The cause? Some close to the couple say Khan was ready to settle down, while Grant remains in no hurry to wed. "They are probably better off apart," says a friend. "Hugh can pursue his motor cars and golf, and Jemima can look for the man of her dreams."

DRESS LIKE A DREAMGIRL

Desperately seeking sequins? Look no further. Starting Feb. 23, the retro-fabulous clothes and accessories worn by Dreamgirls stars Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx will be auctioned off at premiereprops.com. (The looks—with estimated values below—are nominated for the costume design Oscar.) All proceeds go to VH1's Save The Music Foundation.

"The wardrobe was amazing!" Beyoncé told PEOPLE. "Doing this musical is my dream."

$3,800
Beyoncé (Deena Jones) strutted her stuff in this cream sheath.

$5,500
As Effie White, Hudson wore this thigh-length fur.

$2,000
Rose (Lorrell Robinson) donned this abstract print.

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Q + A

ELLEN DEGENERES
Ready for her close-up, television's daytime darling prepares to take on Hollywood as host of the Academy Awards telecast

And the award for best new host at an Academy Awards ceremony goes to ... Ellen DeGeneres, 49, who was kind enough to share a few moments with Scoop to talk about her hopes and fears for this year's Oscar show, set for Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Nervous?
No, not at all. I've been joking on my show that I'm nervous, and I think the audience is starting to freak out for me. You can see it in their faces: "Just relax!" But I'm not that scared.

What's your schedule Oscar Day?
I have to be there pretty early, and the night before we have a dress rehearsal till about 11:30 at night.

So, no breakfast in bed or massages that morning?
I'm gonna do that kind of stuff when I can a few days beforehand. And then I'm going to do my live show the next day, and then I'm going to go lay down on an island someplace with an IV in my arm.

Any good luck charm?
No, my good luck charm is my gratitude. Every night I go to sleep and I'm grateful for my life, and I wake up and I feel the same thing. I just accept everything as it is—whatever happens is what I'm supposed to deal with.

Did you watch the Oscars as a kid?
I'm sure I did. My parents were huge fans of Hollywood. We took a trip to Hollywood to see all the sets—I remember going to see where Gilligan's Island was shot.

Ever make up an imaginary acceptance speech?
I didn't really have a film career to even start on that road.

What have you learned about the industry from the films you've made?
I'm more of an immediate gratification kind of person. I like stand-up, I like doing television, I love this job because it's immediate feedback—I have an audience every day, and I get to do something different. Moviemaking is so specific and so tedious. I don't really have a desire to sit in a trailer and be out of town for three months. I really am a homebody. I like being home, I like a schedule.

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