updated 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Nicole Richie

NICOLE RICHIE, 27, and her boyfriend JOEL MADDEN, 29, are expecting their second child, Madden announced barely a year after the birth of their daughter Harlow. "God has truly blessed my family," the proud papa wrote on his band Good Charlotte's Web site Feb. 21. Adding to their brood has always been their plan: "I would love for [Harlow] to have a little brother or sister," Madden told Scoop last year. Following Madden's online post, the expectant parents celebrated the news with friends at a post-Oscars bash hosted by Brent Bolthouse and Hollywood agent Patrick Whitesell. Meanwhile, at a Leeza Gibbons-hosted bash at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills, friend Paris Hilton gushed, "I'm so excited for Nicole. She's the best mother I know. I think it will be a boy!"

Jamie Spears vs. Sam Lutfi

Her dad claims her ex-manager put drugs in Britney's 'biscuits'

Britney Spears' father told an L.A. judge Feb. 23 that ex-manager Sam Lutfi is a "predator" who must be kept away. Jamie Spears says Lutfi had a prepaid cell phone delivered to Britney, 27, so he could get in touch with her, and wants a restraining order against Lutfi renewed. Lutfi admits he's passed messages through her hairdresser and her ex, Adnan Ghalib, 36, but insists Britney was texting him. Her father says when Lutfi was in Brit's life, "he put drugs into her biscuits ... [and was] mentally abusive." Today, Britney is "stable, making her meetings, taking care of her babies, doing things she's supposed to do."

Rihanna & Chris Brown

On Rihanna's 21st birthday Feb. 20—almost two weeks after she was allegedly assaulted Feb. 8 by boyfriend Chris Brown, 19—one of her well-wishers was, in fact, Brown. "He called her to wish her happy birthday," says a source. "They've reached out to each other. It's been mutual." While they may be speaking to each other, the pair are keeping a low profile: Brown was last publicly photographed at a police station the day of the incident, while Rihanna emerged in Los Angeles Feb. 19—the same day a disturbing photo of her battered face surfaced on the Internet.

These film and TV stars are heading for the footlights of Broadway (and steering clear of the sushi?)

Former Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham makes her debut on March 1 in the ongoing musical revival.

In this new American play opening March 12, Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen play a photojournalist and gallery owner who develop a bond.

As the title character in the Ibsen classic, Mary-Louise Parker is bored with married life; and there the trouble begins....

ALSO APPEARING: Jane Fonda and Colin Hanks in 33 Variations, opening 3/9 ... James Gandolfini in God of Carnage, opening 3/22 ... Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush in Exit the King, opening 3/26.

Kate & Owen's

While many of their peers spent Oscar weekend in the spotlight, back-on couple Kate Hudson, 29, and Owen Wilson, 40, headed to Paris. They rode bikes around the city, hitting Luxembourg Gardens and the chic Left Bank area—while snapping cell-phone pics of each other! Says a source of the couple's status: "They're just taking it one step at a time."

Following the Feb. 12 crash of Continental Flight 3407 into a Clarence Center, N.Y., home, more than 73,000 Facebook users have joined a group asking Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, hosted by Ty Pennington (inset), to help the family rebuild their house. Says an executive producer: "Our hearts go out to all the families who have been affected.... We are reviewing [the petition]."



Forget the Oscars, these celebs had b-days to toast. Jennifer Love Hewitt channeled her idol Audrey Hepburn (she played the icon in a film) with a day of Hepburn-themed activities. Zac Efron celebrated his BFF Bubba Lewis's 20th in Hollywood. On Feb. 21 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony threw a bouncy-castle bash for twins Max and Emme, who turned 1 the next day. Cruz Beckham's 4th was superhero-themed—he wore two costumes.

The actress rang in her 30th in full Audrey Hepburn regalia! Hewitt's mom arranged for and joined her daughter for breakfast at the store. Later Hewitt had a Hepburn-themed bash with her Ghost Whisperer costars. "It was amazing," she told PEOPLE at L.A.'s APLA party Feb. 22.

British singer Lily Allen (left) and Lindsay Lohan have become besties since Allen's recent arrival in L.A. On Feb. 19 the pair even got matching "Shhh ..." tattoos on their fingers at L.A.'s Shamrock Social Club. The next night they hit Guy's lounge and later went to Lohan's pad for late-night bonding.

5 Questions for ...

The creator, director and star (yes, he's a busy man!) of Madea Goes to Jail talks about life as a multitasking mogul and suiting up as a lady—again!

1 Madea Goes to Jail marks your fourth time playing a woman. Does it ever get comfortable?
Absolutely not. I'm the ugliest woman I've ever seen in my life!

2 Did you research the role by visiting prisons?
Nope. I know enough people who have been to jail to know what it's like!

3 What was it like working with Keshia Knight Pulliam, a.k.a. The Cosby Show's Rudy Huxtable?
She needed a chance to show people that The Cosby Show was 20 years ago. She was fantastic.

4 You write, produce, direct, act and own a movie studio. How does it feel to be a mogul?
It makes me tired, like I need to go take a nap!

5 Are you psyched about your role in the upcoming Star Trek movie?
I'm playing the Starfleet Commander, a human. It would've been awful for them to ask me to do it and then completely cover me up in a costume so no one would recognize me!

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