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Caught in the Act!

Caught in the Act!
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz
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06/06/2008 AT 06:00 AM EDT

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, having a quiet business dinner at Il Sole in West Hollywood. Greeted by fans on her way into the Italian eatery, the mom-to-be was "totally sweet and very gracious," says a restaurant patron. "They were complimenting her music and Ashlee raved about Jessica's country album." On Ashlee's plate? A hearty piece of filet mignon.

Blake Lively and her Gossip Girl costar and off-screen beau Penn Badgely, shopping at eyewear designer Robert Marc's store in New York's Greenwich Village. "They were sort of hounded by paparazzi and a group of female fans so they had to retreat to the back room to get away from the commotion," says a source. Lively bought a pair of frames but after browsing through the sunglasses selection, Badgely walked out of the store empty-handed.

• The couple's Gossip Girl costar Chace Crawford, feasting on rigatoni bolognese and drinking pinot grigio wine at Fred Segal Mauro Café in West Hollywood with a male friend. Also dining separately: Sex and the City producer Michael Patrick King.

Steve Carell, reading from a set of large navy notebooks at Hollywood pub Cat & Fiddle. The actor, dressed in a light-gray collared sweatshirt over a yellow T-shirt and jeans, sat alone and looked focused as he browsed through the books, which appeared to be scripts. After finishing his reading session, he sported sunglasses as he strolled out of the leafy patio.

Nicole Richie and Mary-Kate Olsen, giggling and whispering to each other at L.A.'s Crown Bar. At one point, the pair – who sat at a table near the deejay booth – walked hand-in-hand across the dance floor and perched together in an unoccupied corner to continue their conversation. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton and beau Benji Madden hung out with Nicky Hilton and David Katzenberg. Later in the night they were joined by Audrina Patridge, who table-hopped around the bar. Also making the scene: Patridge's Hills costars Lauren Conrad and Lauren 'Lo' Bosworth, as well as Jamie Foxx and Dave Navarro, who had his arm around a blonde female companion.

• By ANDREA DESIMONE, JENNIFER GARCIA, MAUREEN HARRINGTON, MARY MARGARET and STEPHANIE THORPE

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