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UPDATED 09/01/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/01/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

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'I'M CLEAR'
Christina Applegate: Cancer free after double mastectomy

Christina Applegate wasted little time deciding to undergo a double mastectomy—even though cancer was detected in only one breast. "I wanted to be rid of it," she told Good Morning America (GMA) Aug 19. "I didn't want to go back to the doctor every four months for testing and squishing." Emotionally, however, it's been a roller coaster for the Samantha Who? star. "Sometimes I cry," she said, "and sometimes I scream and get really angry."

Applegate, 36, whose mother, Nancy Priddy, 67, battled breast cancer and a recurrence years later, had begun getting mammograms at age 30 but credited a doctor-ordered MRI with detecting the cancer and saving her life. Diagnosed in April, she underwent two lumpectomies but chose preventive mastectomies after learning she had the breast cancer gene. The actress, best known for playing the sassy teen on Married ... With Children, told GMA she will have reconstructive surgery over the next eight months. Maintaining her sense of humor, Applegate joked: "I'm going to have cute boobs 'til I'm 90."

JOHN MAYER EXPLAINS: WHY HE LEFT JEN

John Mayer isn't keeping quiet about his recent split from Jennifer Aniston. "I ended a relationship to be alone, because I don't want to waste somebody's time if something's not right," Mayer told reporters in New York City Aug. 16. He also bristled at speculation of an affair: "There's no lying, there's no cheating." While Mayer, 30, spent the week working out and hitting Manhattan hot spots like Nobu, Aniston, 39, got her hair done in L.A., practiced yoga, dined at the Sunset Tower Hotel and seemed to be in good spirits, despite reports that she blew up when she heard about Mayer's little presser. Said one Aniston source: "Jennifer is totally fine. John was in love with himself."

ENJOYING HER FREEDOM

After months of low-key nights spent at home or at the recording studio, Britney Spears is starting to mix business with pleasure. She attended a star-studded performance by singer Robin Thicke at the House of Blues in L.A. on Aug. 14 with her agent and manager; then on Aug. 17 Spears stopped by a bash thrown by her hair colorist Kim Vo. Though dad Jamie still has legal control of her life, Spears is clearly reveling in the public "me" time. Says a Thicke concertgoer: "She was bopping in her seat; she was very happy!"

LINDSAY'S EX: I APPROVE OF SAM

Lindsay Lohan's ex-boyfriend Calum Best—who briefly dated the actress, 22, last year before she entered rehab—tells Scoop he approves of Lohan's relationship with Samantha Ronson, 31, and thinks the deejay is having a positive impact on her. "Lindsay is better than she was a while back, because at one point she was in a bad way," Best, 27, said at the Aug. 14 opening of Apple Lounge in Los Angeles. "If she's happy, then good for her. And if she's with a girl, who cares? It's all good."

PLAYING HOUSE

On the heels of a romantic Las Vegas jaunt, Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish are taking the next step: Australian-born Cornish, 26—who met Phillippe, 33, while shooting their film Stop-Loss—has, for the time being, moved into his new $7.1 million Hollywood Hills pad. "They're at that point," a source says of the couple, who went public in June at the Australians in Film's Breakthrough Awards. Adds the source: "He cares a lot about her."

Luke Wilson's
NEW GIRLFRIEND

Going for beauty and brains, Luke Wilson, 36, has a new girlfriend: 6-ft.-tall Yale alum Meg Simpson, 28. A month ago he introduced the blonde former basketball captain to his pals. Says a source: "Everyone really liked her. She seems great."

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SEASON 2 PREMIERE PARTY!

GOSSIP GANG

After filming this summer in the Hamptons, there was no better place to kick off the steamy show's second season. Most of the cast members gathered at the EMM Estate in Sag Harbor, N.Y., for the Aug. 16 bash—but it was no easy task. Offscreen couple Blake Lively and Penn Badgley were the last to hit the carpet due to a power outage at their "Podunk" motel. "We're sitting there with soaking wet hair, no lights to do the makeup. The boys were fine without power, but we had sopping wet hair!" explained Lively. Inside, Chace Crawford hit the Don Julio lounge while Lively mingled with Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick poolside. Badgley and Lively left the party in a golf cart—hands in the air, like they were on a roller coaster. "They were totally cute," says a guest.

DREW ON DRUMS!

Drew Barrymore and her Whip It! crew (she directs)—Ellen Page, Jimmy Fallon, Eve and Juliette Lewis—hit Jacoby's German Biergarten in Detroit. Lewis and Eve belted an impromptu "I Will Survive," and Barrymore later jammed on drums. Meanwhile, Fallon treated customers to rounds. "He bought the bar for about an hour and a half," says Jacoby's Cori Duff.

FAST TAKES

• 8/14, L.A.: Paris Hilton tore up the dance floor as sister Nicky and Taye Diggs looked on at the Apple Lounge opening. • Halle Berry turned 42 with boyfriend Gabriel Aubry by her side at Robin Thicke's House of Blues show. Thicke busted out an a capella version of "Happy Birthday" and the crowd joined in. • 8/16, L.A: It's a girl for 24's Marisol Nichols (left, with pal Erika Christensen, who helped celebrate at her baby shower). "I can't wait," Nichols gushed. "I already feel a personality."

ANNA FARIS
The House Bunny hottie talks about stepping into 7-inch heels—and getting a special hello from Hugh Hefner

Q&A

In House Bunny, you play the quintessential hottie: a Playboy Bunny-turned-sorority girl. How did you prepare for such a role?

I started to work out intensively a month before [shooting], I cut out carbs—and I used a padded bra that I still pull out every now and then.

You're scantily clad during most of the film. Did you feel self-conscious?

At first I felt very modest, like, "I've got to keep this robe around me all the time because underneath I'm wearing underwear!" After a couple of weeks I felt, "Oh, screw it. Nobody cares."

And you wore 7-inch heels. Did you practice walking?

I did, and it's actually pretty easy as long as the surface is hard. It was amazing to suddenly go from 5'5" to 6'.

Some scenes were shot at the Playboy Mansion. Did Hugh Hefner ever pop by?

Oh yeah! It was surreal and hysterical. He'd walk down that huge staircase in his silk pajamas and hug everybody.

And you're on the cover of September's Playboy.

It's a non-nude cover—I think they were a little annoyed.

How did your costars Rumer Willis, who dons a neck brace, and Katharine McPhee, whose character is pregnant, fare?

I was worried they were going to be like, "I don't want to wear a neck brace" or "I don't want to have a pregnant belly." They totally surprised me. They were so into it!

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