SO HAPPY TOGETHER
"Many guys her age are intimidated by her," a source says of Couric (with Perlin on May 12). "Younger guys are less competitive."
As KATIE COURIC's steamy romance with entrepreneur BROOKS PERLIN approaches its three-year mark, the famously low-profile couple are increasingly stepping out—PDA and all! The CBS Evening News anchor, 52, and Perlin, 35, were spotted locking lips in Couric's Upper East Side neighborhood in N.Y.C. on May 12. "They held hands and were totally relaxed," an eyewitness tells Scoop. "It was very sweet." The couple also spent Mother's Day together with a group at Paola's restaurant ("Everybody seemed happy and Perlin was smiling," says an onlooker). The connection is evident to those around them. "They have a strong mutual respect for each other," says a source. "He cares about her so much. They love to just hang out together and have fun." Adds a friend of Couric's: "They've been good for a long time. They're happy."
THE People POLL
Who Should Star as Frank Sinatra in the Biopic?
Martin Scorsese has been tapped to direct a biopic about Frank Sinatra. But who should play the late crooner? People.com readers warbled their vote.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO 38%
JOE JONAS 6%
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 18%
JOHNNY DEPP 23%
ROBERT PATTINSON 15%
LeAnn & Dean
On the Move
On May 17 LeAnn Rimes, 26, and husband Dean Sheremet, 28, put their Nashville-area home up for sale. That day the singer was spotted at an L.A. Lakers game chatting with actor Eddie Cibrian (below). In March there were rumors the two were romantically involved. "The run-in was totally random," a friend tells Scoop. "They both just happened to be at the game." The couple, adds the pal, are "working on their marriage."
Cynthia Nixon, 43, and girlfriend Christine Marinoni, 42, are ready to tie the knot. "I think before the end of next summer," Nixon, who flashed her engagement ring (right) at a May 17 same-sex-marriage rally in N.Y.C., told Extra.
ROMANCE OR FAUXMANCE?
What's really going on with these couples?
SEAN PENN & NATALIE PORTMAN
NOT HOOKING UP!
Just another rumor, folks! "Sean Penn is a friend and colleague," says Portman, 27. "The reports that we are romantically involved are completely untrue."
JENNIFER ANISTON & BRADLEY COOPER
Cooper, 34, says reports that he's romancing Aniston, 40, are nonsense. "I've met her three times in my life," The Hangover star tells Scoop. "My mom loves it, but unfortunately it's not true."
KATE HUDSON & ALEX RODRIGUEZ
THEIR COZY GAME DAY!
On May 15, Hudson, 30, cheered on A-Rod, 33, at Yankee Stadium. Later the pair had dinner together and chilled at Mustang Grill—where a source claims staff saw them kissing. Her rep had no comment.
LOOK WHO'S TURNING ORANGE!
Wow, tan much? These seemingly sun-kissed stars can't wait to usher in summer! With help from Willy Wonka's factory—and a pair of dark sunglasses!—Scoop rates the glow of these glamazons.
OOMPA-LOOMPA TAN RATING
3 = Blindingly bright
1 = Suitably subtle
MIRANDA COSGROVE'S SWEET 16!
Two days after her May 14 birthday, iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove turned 16 with a Hollywood bash made in tween heaven. Pals Dylan and Cole Sprouse of The Suite Life on Deck; True Jackson, V.P. star Keke Palmer; Josh Peck of Drake & Josh; her costars Jennette McCurdy and Nathan Kress and more of her Nickelodeon crew came out (and boogied until midnight). The dance floor was jam-packed when Dylan, Cole and the gang began line-dancing. Later singer Sara Bareilles took the stage. "Should we get [Miranda] to crowd-surf or something?" she joked.
• 5/16, Cannes: Paula Patton and hubby Robin Thicke snuggled at the Art of Elysium's Soho House Grey Goose party.
• 5/14, Miami: Women screamed for New Kids on the Block's Danny Wood, whose 40th b-day was at LIV nightclub in the Fontainebleau hotel.
• 5/18, Cannes: Penélope Cruz (inset) was hit with food poisoning earlier in the day, but still spent 45 minutes at the Hollywood Domino party.
• 5/13, L.A.: Date night for Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, who hit the circus-themed Maxim Hot 100 party.
• 5/14, L.A.: Pink and Carey Hart (they're back on!) went to the T-Mobile Sidekick LX bash. "They were hugging and kissing," says a guest.
• 5/16, Cannes: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon ate at Nikki Beach and partied at Greenhouse.
5 Questions for ...
The Maneater star reveals a near lapse in judgment as a teen (think ink ...), her superstitious side and her biggest vice (which is actually very sweet)
1 So you're fluent in both French and German?
Oui. I grew up in Vancouver, and I had crazy parents who sent me to school in French during the day, and then after school, they made me learn German!
2 Do you have any tattoos?
None. When I was 17 and working in L.A. on Roseanne, three of my friends came to visit, and we were about to get tattoos, but instead we got our belly buttons pierced. Thank god! I would probably have had a giant picture of Anthony Kiedis' face.
3 What's your biggest vice?
Dark chocolate. I'll have it at any time of the day; it's never too early or too late.
4 Do you have any phobias?
Yes. I've always had a fear of flying. I have a superstition: I always have to tap the plane on the way in. Just a little love pat.
5 What's your biggest regret?
As much as I try to wipe regret out of my life because I think it's useless, I regret my orders at restaurants all the time. I'm like, "I should have gotten that instead!"
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