Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, greet their constituents at the California capitol's annual tree-lighting ceremony, where the former action star helped a disabled child hang the final ornament on the 56-ft. white fir. Schwarzenegger also shared some holiday memories from his childhood with the crowd. "We'd all stand around the tree singing Christmas songs," he said. "As soon as that was over, my brother and I would attack the presents."
BEVERLY HILLS, DEC. 4
A beaming Angelina Jolie cohosts the premiere of Hotel Rwanda with Harrison Ford on behalf of Amnesty International. "It will help a lot of people open their eyes," Jolie said of the film, which stars Don Cheadle as a real-life hotel manager who housed more than 1,000 refugees during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
HOLLYWOOD, DEC. 4
Nicole Kidman and Stephen Bing go public! Well, not exactly. Despite this first sighting of the supposed couple, a rep for Kidman has said the actress and the real estate heir are just friends.
NEW 0RLEANS, DEC. 2
On the set of All the King's Men, Sean Penn gets into character as a southern politician loosely based on Louisiana's Gov. Huey Long. The remake of the 1949 classic costars Jude Law, Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini.
NEW YORK CITY, DEC. 3
What's black and white and fab all over? A Valentino-clad Oprah Winfrey, taking a walk on the wild side near her Manhattan hotel. The talk show host was in town to salute John Travolta at an American Museum of the Moving Image tribute in his honor.
LONDON, DEC. 5
On the set of their upcoming thriller Derailed, Jennifer Aniston arrives at a crossroads with her costar Clive Owen. The pair play strangers who meet on a train and are later involved in a web of criminal activity.
LOS ANGELES, DEC. 1
Nick Lachey cheerfully fulfills his duties as host of VHl's Big in '04 Awards. "There's one thing as Americans that we can always agree on," said the singer in his opening monologue about uniting the country. "Hot women in bikinis!"
NEW YORK CITY, DEC. 5
Drew Barrymore and her longtime beau, Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, lock lips—if not eyes—while pausing in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park. The actress's yellow lab mix patiently stood guard.
VANCOUVER, DEC. 4
Fun call: Rebecca Romijn and her boyfriend Jerry O'Connell have a ball while phoning it in during a break from filming their upcoming comedy Man About Town.
DELRAY BEACH, FLA., DEC. 5
At the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, the score is love-love for Matthew Perry and his girlfriend Rachel Dunn. The event raised $1.2 million for drug abuse prevention.
L0S ANGELES, DEC. 3
The O.C. star Mischa Barton gets an affectionate squeeze from boyfriend Brandon Davis before the couple visits the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown L.A.
NEW YORK CITY, DEC. 3
Courtside regular Spike Lee (left) and Jay-Z share a chuckle at the Knicks-Orlando Magic game. But the New Yorkers didn't have the last laugh—the hometown team lost, 104-98.
LODZ, POUND, DEC. 4
Charlize Theron accepts top acting honors at the Camerimage Film Festival. The former blonde is still raven-haired for her role as a futuristic assassin in the sci-fi thriller Aeon Flux.
LOS ANGELES, DEC. 5
At the Trevor Project's Cracked Xmas 7 auction, Debra Messing vies for a walk-on role on her own show, Will & Grace, to the amusement of Allison Janney (right). Though Messing bid $16,000, she lost to actors Danny Pintauro (Who's the Boss?) and Traci Lords (Blade), who each paid $17,500. The event raised over $350,000 for the Project's teen suicide-prevention hotline.
NEW YORK CITY, DEC. 2
An ice gesture: Avid hockey fan Cuba Gooding Jr. skates along with Ereck McNamee, 9, at the Wollman Rink in Central Park. As part of MasterCard's Together, Wherever event, the actor spent the day with members of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
Greetings from India
AMBAY VALLEY, SAHARA LAKE CITY, INDIA, DEC. 2
A demure Christina Aguilera visits the Bharat Maa Naman sthal, a place for worship, while on a weeklong vacation in the country.
LOS AANGELES, DEC. 4
Ashton Kutcher (left) and Danny Masterson sweep in the holiday season by performing "Stuck," a skit in which Santa is trapped in a chimney, at a Church of Scientology Christmas show. Masterson, a Scientologist, recruited his costars from That '70s Show, Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama, for the gig.