updated 11/10/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/10/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

Are Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez cutting back on their extravagant ways? While in Las Vegas on Oct. 20,the couple dropped in at the GR8AUTO Classic Car showroom and spent more than an hour ogling vintage wheels. While Affleck checked out muscle cars from the '60s and '70s, Lopez fixated on a1962 Porsche convertible. Both got giddy over a 1967 Shelby Mustang that was used in the hot-rod flick Gone in 60 Seconds. Amazingly enough, the free-spending couple left empty-handed. More evidence that the stars are watching their budgets: Five days later they were spotted buying household items at the Pottery Barn in Jacksonville, Fla.

It's good to have friends in Holly wood, especially if one of them is Courteney Cox Arquette. Many of the people working on Cox's new home-improvement show Mix It Up, on WE: Women's Entertainment Television, got their jobs because of a connection with the Friends star. First, the mover and the painter on the series are the same ones that the actress, an avid home remodeler, has used on her own projects for years. One cohost, Thea Mann, is Lisa Kudrow's cousin, while the other, Milos Milicevic, was an assistant director on one of husband David Arquette's movies. Jokes the actress: "People call the show Friends of Courteney."

Cameron Diaz must really love Hawaii. The actress, who has vacationed in the Aloha State frequently this year with her family and boyfriend Justin Timberlake, is in the market for a house on Oahu. According to a local source, Diaz and Timberlake checked out a number of properties in the ritzy Kahala district near Honolulu in October. The couple looked at a lot of condos—some as large as 5,000 sq. ft.—and oceanfront villas, but Diaz didn't purchase anything. However, she is expected back in November to resume her search.

After high-profile relationships with Neve Campbell and Meg Ryan, John Cusack, 37, seems to be taking a low-key approach to his latest romance. His new leading lady is actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, who's best known for playing Don Johnson's daughter Cassidy on Nash Bridges for five sea-sons. The Runaway Jury star recently helped O'Keefe celebrate her 25th birthday in Malibu, where the couple have been spotted shopping and strolling. A rep for Cusack had no comment.


DEMI MOORE and her daughter Talluiah, 9, flew to Hailey, Idaho, last weekend to see Tallulah's old classmates perform The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at her former elementary school (she now goes to one in L.A.)....

ARETHA FRANKLIN lost a $1 million earring while taping a BET tribute to her in Washington, D.C., on Oct 18. Security guards conducted a frantic search before finding it under a chair....

In a 20/20 interview with BARBARA WALTERS airing Nov. 7, MARTHA STEWART says that when she was being booked on conspiracy-to-obstruct-justice charges in June, she fixated on how the police took her prints: "Did you know there is a new electronic fingerprinting machine? You don't even have to put your fingers in ink anymore."

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