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updated 11/21/2005 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/21/2005 01:00AM

DIDDY'S B-DAY
Last year the rap mogul threw himself a blowout 35th-birthday bash with 3,000 guests, trumpeters and topiaries. But this year his staff surprised him at his Manhattan office Nov. 3 with a cake—and, to be fair, a welcome from the Knicks City Dancers. Not that he's finished celebrating. I hear he's planning to fly some friends to a belated bash Dec. 2 in Dubai. Stay tuned....

OLSEN REPORT
Is Ashley Olsen getting more serious with L.A. club owner Greg Chait? When the two shopped for vintage clothes in Soho Nov. 5, "they were very snuggly," says an observer. "Very cute, really into each other." Olsen, who just moved out of the apartment she shared with sister Mary-Kate, has also been seen at the Mercer hotel, where Chait stays. As for Ashley's relationship with M-K? Friends say the twins talk every day. Ashley dropped by Mary-Kate's cover shoot with W magazine Nov. 7, and both showed at a fashion event Nov. 8.

WALTZING MATILDA
I'm told that Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams are giving their new baby an educational boost. Not only did Mom play Mozart for Matilda before she was born, but the couple filled her nursery with Baby Einstein gear—including a brain—stimulating activity gym and plush critters that play mini-symphonies. They stocked up on equipment for themselves too: The Geek Squad hooked up wireless Internet service and baby monitors in their Brooklyn house Nov. 3 and also gave Ledger a lesson in Internet photo sharing—which should make it easier to send baby pics back home to his native Australia.

FAST TAKES

MARQUEE, N.Y.C. Nov. 2
Lindsay Lohan beamed when meeting the Go-Go's at a Nordstrom party. Lead singer Belinda Carlisle's son beamed even more getting Lohan's autograph....

MORTON'S, THE STEAKHOUSE, NASHVILLE Nov. 3
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams slow-danced together in the lobby while waiting for a table. Once seated, they told staff they were just "passing through town" and shared a 48-oz. porterhouse steak for two....

TEA GARDEN AND HERBAL EMPORIUM, L.A. Nov. 3
Courteney Cox Arquette brought 17-month-old Coco (dressed in Juicy Couture sweats) to Anna Getty's prenatal yoga DVD launch. Coco "says 'no' a lot," Cox told Insider. "I guess I know where that comes from"....

FOXWOODS CASINO, CONN. Nov. 4
Trisha Yearwood sat for a serious game of Texas Hold'Em after her sold-out concert, and went all-in with a pair of aces at around 2 a.m. She lost, but still signed autographs for fans....

LIGHT, LAS VEGAS Nov. 4
Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry joined Bono at U2's postshow party. The next night, Leonardo DiCaprio hit the club with his all-male entourage....

KATE MANTILINI, BEVERLY HILLS Nov. 4
Mom-to-be Jennifer Garner had a spaghetti lunch with pals.

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