'I'M JUST FAT!'—Not Pregnant
Can't a woman pack on some pounds in peace? Not if you're a Hollywood actress. Besieged by reports that her curvier post-writers'-strike figure was really signs of a baby, EVA LONGORIA PARKER, 33, attempted to put the speculation to rest by telling the French TV show Le Grand Journal on Sept. 9, "I'm just fat." Then, the still-svelte Desperate Housewives star, during an Extra interview on Sept. 15, confided to her pal, host Mario Lopez, "You would know if I were pregnant, and no, I am not." Longoria Parker became the subject of body-bully blogs in July, when photos of her looking fuller in a bathing suit surfaced.
Fanning the flames? The fact that the actress has said she "can't wait" to start a family with Tony Parker. Longoria Parker still insists her 10-lb. gain is a result of her story line and is unfazed that she and Gaby have gone from a size 00 to a 0. As Lopez tells PEOPLE, "She's secure. This stuff doesn't bother her."
Jennifer Hudson's boyfriend, attorney (and former I Love New York 2 contestant) David Otunga, 28, proposed to the Dreamgirls Oscar winner on her 27th birthday Sept. 12. Her answer was blindingly obvious the next night, when she flashed a 5-carat diamond-and-platinum Neil Lane ring at a United Negro College Fund tribute to Patti LaBelle. Says a source: "They're so excited."
Kiefer Sutherland's girlfriend, Siobhan Bonnouvrier, 37, was spotted wearing a ring on that finger in N.Y.C. Sept. 13, but the couple are "definitely not engaged," says a rep for the 24 actor, 41.
MARIO: "MY SHIRTLESS ... DAYS ARE BEHIND ME!"
Say it ain't so! Mario Lopez, who kicked off Extra's 15th season on Sept. 15 as the show's new host, is turning over a new leaf: "My shirtless photo shoot days are behind me," says Lopez, 34. But he may expose his buff bod when he reprises his role as Dr. Mike on Nip/Tuck: "Dr. Mike might not be taking any more showers at the gym with Christian [Julian McMahon], but he will lose his shirt."
Miley Cyrus, 15, was spotted with Nashville model and aspiring country singer Justin Gaston, 20, while attending an L.A. church with her family Sept. 14 (left). That evening, Gaston, who appears in Taylor Swift's "Love Story" video, attended Disney's Concert for Hope, where Cyrus performed. "They've been spending a lot of time together while he's in town," says a source. Insists Gaston's rep: "They're just friends."
RUMOR PATROL ARE JENNIFER & GERARD DATING?
After Aniston, 39, and Butler, 38, were spotted at a Toronto International Film Festival bash together, tabloid reports of a hookup emerged. "They met each other briefly at a party," a Butler source tells Scoop, "[but] they aren't dating."
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What's Ben's Best Look?
Affleck, 36, has grown a beard (it's his) and hair (it's not his) for the upcoming comedy Extract, in which he plays a lawyer. People.com readers weighed in on his new look.
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VEGAS'S NEW HOTSPOT
Lavo, a bathhouse-inspired restaurant and nightclub boasting water basins and mosaic tile, opened with a slew of celebs Sept. 13 at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. A scruffy Ryan Reynolds hung a few tables away from Kevin Federline. Shannen Doherty held court with pals while Mario Lopez let loose on the dance floor with a mystery brunette. Nicky Hilton avoided her ex Kevin Connolly, who spent the night hanging with Stacy Keibler.
• 9/10, N.Y.C.: Lindsay Lohan arrived at the Ultimat Vodka launch party sporting a diamond heart-shaped sparkler on her ring finger; her rep denies an engagement to Sam Ronson.
• 9/13, Las Vegas: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2's Alexis Bledel toasted her 27th at Prive nightclub.
• 9/14, N.Y.C.: After his SNL hosting gig, Michael Phelps hit the afterparty at Ruby Foo's with mom Debbie and his sisters. "Chevy Chase made a beeline for him," an observer says. Phelps partied until nearly 4 a.m. and at one point "turned his hat backwards and was flirting with three blondes," adds the source. Penn Badgley and Blake Lively enjoyed their SNL date over dim sum.
BLOWOUT B-DAY BASH
Manhattan club 1OAK was overflowing Sept. 12 with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Usher, who all came out to help nightlife impresario (and the venue's co-owner) Richie Akiva celebrate his birthday and raise money for Charity: Water, an organization that helps bring clean drinking water to underprivileged communities. The lavish celebration treated guests like Tobey Maguire, Chace Crawford and Leighton Meester (inset) to a private performance by Robin Thicke.
After a summer on the hush-hush Star Trek set, NBC's Heroes star has all new secrets to keep
Are you psyched to be back on the Heroes set?
It's really great fun. It's fun to creep people out on the show—it's different when people are creeped out by me personally!
What's in store for Sylar?
We start to explore the shades of his power. We specify what his original power was and test his boundaries.
How do you pass downtime on set?
Crossword puzzles. I can get through to Wednesday, maybe Thursday of The New York Times' puzzles. Kristen Bell and I do them.
Is Kristen competitive?
No. She just has to deal with the fact that I'm a lot better. Just kidding. Sort of.
You're Spock in the new Star Trek. Did you keep the pointy ears?
No. Everything was well-tracked and guarded. We couldn't be seen by anybody, even on the lot. Five months into it, we still had to cover up in a raincoat and zip into a golf cart [to go anywhere]!
Halloween's coming up. Will you capitalize on your access to wardrobe?
No. It's a homemade movement. Past costumes have included a lit match and a zombie Mr. Rogers. I can't tell you what I'm wearing, but preparations have begun.