NEW BABY RUMORS!
Sharing baby news is a delicate matter, especially when the mommy-to-be is a high-wattage celeb. For her part Nicole Kidman, 40, has been candid about both her desire to have a child with husband Keith Urban—"I'm yearning for one," she told Vanity Fair last fall—as well as her past heartbreak, telling Marie Claire in December that she had suffered both a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy during the course of her marriage to Tom Cruise. (The pair adopted two children: Isabella, 15, and Connor, 12.) But Kidman has remained notably mum in the wake of a Dec. 29 story in Britain's Daily Mail by close Kidman watcher Baz Bamigboye that she and Urban, 40, had shared their baby joy with friends and family over Christmas. Wendy Day, Kidman's Australian rep, brushed off the report, telling Melbourne's Herald Sun, "She must have had about 30 babies by now." Neither of the couple's U.S. reps denied the story; Urban's publicist told Scoop, "I certainly won't confirm speculative reports." If she is expecting, Kidman remains busy: She's wrapped the epic Australia, a shoot for which she did most of her own horseback riding, and begins filming The Reader in Berlin this month.
L.C. & HER EX ARE GETTING ... COZY AGAIN!
Lauren Conrad had a Laguna Beach flashback on Dec. 29, partying with ex-boyfriend and former castmate Stephen Colletti at nightlife guru Pantera Sarah's birthday bash at Central nightclub in Hollywood. "They were so flirty and giggly," says an onlooker. By the end of the night, "they were totally making out." Conrad and Colletti, both 21, made no secret of their romantic redux. "They weren't sneaking around," the source says. "They were very open about it." And it shows: The Hills star brought Colletti to Las Vegas's LAX nightclub the next night!
HMMM ... DID HEIDI GET NEW LIPS?
Less than a year after undergoing breast augmentation and rhinoplasty, Heidi Montag, 21, debuted seemingly fuller lips in L.A. Dec. 29.
Sean Penn & Robin Wright Penn DIVORCE!
After 11 years Sean Penn, 47, and his wife, Robin Wright Penn, 41, are history. Wright Penn filed papers Dec. 21, citing Dec. 1 as their separation date and "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. Oddly enough, on Dec. 7, Penn filed papers citing the same reason, but his petition was later dismissed (no reason was given for the case being disposed before trial). The couple, who met on the set of the 1990 film State of Grace, are both seeking joint legal and physical custody of their children, Hopper Jack, 14, and Dylan Frances, 16. The actor had a rocky marriage to Madonna in the 1980s but shed some of his bad-boy image during his time with Wright Penn. Still, a friend says, "He doesn't always wear his wedding ring out. I've never really considered him a 'married man.'" A hearing is slated for April 21.
At the Capri Hollywood Film Festival, the newly single actress snagged herself an award for her cinematic work—and a trio of über-friendly male admirers!
Kim Kardashian & Reggie Bush
HOT, HOT, HOT!
Socialite-turned-reality TV star Kim Kardashian, 27, and her boyfriend of one year, NFL star Reggie Bush, 22, didn't hide their love for each other at the Ciroc New Year's Eve party at Miami's Mansion nightclub: They locked lips at midnight, and Bush later massaged Kardashian's weary feet. "It's going really well," she said. "I'm in a very happy place in my life right now."
XMAS IN JAIL
Since Kiefer Sutherland, 41, began a 48-day sentence at a Glendale, Calif., jail on Dec. 5, he's been a solitary man. "Only his attorney has visited," says a jail rep. "He had no [one] on his birthday [Dec. 21], Christmas or New Year's." He adds, "There was no special food, no decorations, no special privileges."
BRITNEY'S WEEK IN REVIEW
Out with the old, in with the new. While her ex parties in Vegas with an old pal, the pop star finds some new friends
DEC. 21 As her ex's lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan promises to "have a lot to talk about" during her upcoming deposition, Spears ignores a "for ages 4 and up" warning on a toy horse she buys for Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1.
DEC. 22 Spears turns heads by inviting photographer Adnan Ghalib back to her hotel. He also visits her house a few days later. According to a 2005 real estate document, Ghalib is a married man.
DEC. 28 "I'm going to faint," Spears complained as she made her way through a mob of photographers outside a Virgin Megastore in Hollywood with new assistant Karla (right) at her side. After 20 minutes of bargain hunting, she walked away with a bundle of half-priced CDs.
BRITNEY'S EARS MUST HAVE BEEN BURNING!
Both sporting new dos, serial frenemy Paris Hilton and Spears's ex Kevin Federline took Vegas by storm, hanging out in Hilton's hotel room on Saturday after leaving club LAX and taking tequila shots the next night at PURE. Hilton later downplayed the Sin City run-in, saying, "He's nice, but we're just friends."
DIRTY SEXY MONEY'S
Prime time's wildest man of the cloth talks about being saintly and sexy
How does it feel being TV's sexiest man of the cloth?
I feel really lucky ... having a role like this on TV.
Did you grow up in a religious family?
I did. I went to Catholic school in Brooklyn.
So, are you a saint or a sinner? Um, I guess I would have to say a little bit of both! I try to be a good person. But I think through familiarity, you naturally just do things that are kind of, I guess, wrong.
Ever worn your on-set garb off-set and been mistaken for a real Episcopal priest?
I was walking around New York once, and there was an old couple following and walking behind me. At first, [the wife] said, "Oh, look, it's so nice—a young man being a priest." Then she said, "I realized you were a phony!" She saw me go in the trailer.
How is the New York your character lives in different from the New York you grew up in?
I grew up in a middle-class neighborhood. I had what I needed, but I was in no way exposed to that life of luxury.
Your costar Samaire Armstrong entered an out-patient facility in October for "personal issues." How is she?
She's great. It didn't feel to me there was any big problem.
During the '90s, you modeled in fashion shows. Interested in modeling again?
There are lots of beautiful ads and great photography, but I don't think there's underwear modeling in my future!