updated 12/22/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/22/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

Pink turned up at an L.A. warehouse to perform at Motorola's anniversary party on Dec. 4, but she also entertained questions about her relationship with Tommy Lee. Though she would say only that the two "know each other," the rocker was waiting in her trailer—and when she joined him there, they seemed to know each other quite well. Says a backstage source: "There was a lot of smooching." That same night the couple boarded a private jet to New York City for Pink's appearance on Saturday Night Live. On Dec. 9 they were back in L.A., where a sleepy-looking Lee emerged from Pink's Beverly Hills home early Tuesday morning. Any more questions?

Fans of Malcolm in the Middle are in for a shock. Its baby-faced star is getting his tongue pierced. In an episode that Frankie Muniz recently filmed (airing in February), Malcolm gets the piercing to be cool. The 18-year-old actor hated the idea and tried to convince producers that his character would never wear a tongue stud. "They said, 'This is what you're getting paid for,'" says Muniz, whose own tongue remains unpierced. "Whatever. I'll buy another car." Or maybe a bigger garage. The auto-obsessed actor bought 12 cars the first year he could drive.

Britney Spears celebrated her 22nd birthday Dec. 2 by tooling around L.A. in a white Mercedes convertible, stopping for a fruit shake at Jamba Juice and shopping with a friend. Later she threw a party for 12 of her pals (and mom Lynne) in a suite at Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar Hotel. The next night, the pop princess was seen holding hands with a mystery man outside an L.A. pool hall. Did Britney get a new boyfriend for her birthday? No, according to a friend. The tall, dark gent was just a business associate leading her away from waiting paparazzi.

Alyssa Milano has landed a Marlin! The Charmed star is dating 6'5" Florida Marlins pitching ace Carl Pavano. They were set up by a mutual friend in October, around the time the team won the World Series, Milano says. "I like that our last names rhyme," she says. "I know nothing about baseball but he's very cute." Pavano is teaching her about the game, but that doesn't mean he's getting the gloves out. "I told him the other day, 'I'll play catch with you,' and he was like, 'Ah, that's okay, honey.'"


SPOTTED: A seven-months-pregnant KATE HUDSON, dropping more than $1,000 at the hip L.A. maternity boutique Naissance on Melrose....

JACK OSBOURNE took MANDY MOORE to get her first tattoo recently, a small heart on her right second toe. Says Moore, who didn't reveal the plan to her boyfriend, tennis ace ANDY RODDICK: "I feel like such a goody-goody. This is my little rebellion."...

GEORGE CLOONEY turned up in Mexico City on Dec. 4 with buddy RANDE GERBER and his wife, CINDY CRAWFORD, for the opening of a new W Hotel, where he posed for pictures and danced with the local girls.


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