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updated 10/26/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/26/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Taylor Swift & Taylor Lautner

JUST FRIENDS?

Ever since Taylor Swift, 19, and Taylor Lautner, 17, locked lips filming Valentine's Day, tongues have been wagging that they have a real-life romance brewing. Speculation heated up at Swift's Chicago-area concerts Oct. 9 and 10—both attended by the Twilight hunk. After reportedly leaving club Le Passage together at 3 a.m. Saturday morning, the pair shared an extended onstage embrace that night. "We saw her hug this guy for a long time, as if she knew him very well," says a concertgoer. "Then everyone saw who it was and just freaked out." Though an insider downplays the incident, telling Scoop, "They are friends," the stars have not been hiding their affection. "Of course [Swift] is hot," Lautner told Access Hollywood. "I love him. He's so cute!" Swift has said. And that onscreen kiss? She told a blog: "It was life-changing!"

Christie Brinkley & Peter Cook

COURT DRAMA!

The latest legal battle between Christie Brinkley and her ex-husband Peter Cook ended Oct. 13, but not before some last-minute courtroom drama. A judge refused to approve an agreement reached between them until the supermodel showed up in court, which she did two hours later. Even as the once picture-perfect couple appeared to resolve their differences, their war of words continued outside the courtroom. Brinkley's lawyer Peter Caronia accused Cook of conducting a "relentless smear campaign" against Brinkley, while Cook's attorney Steven Kuhn blamed her for failing to turn over their son Jack's passport in time for a school trip with his dad, which she denied. Asked her reaction to the settlement, Brinkley replied: "Google 'divorcing a narcissist.'" To which Cook countered, "I'll accept 'narcissist' over parental interference."

RUMOR PATROL

IS BRITNEY SEEKING

FULL CUSTODY?

A tabloid report claims that Britney Spears, 27, now sober for more than a year, will soon be heading into court for a battle with ex Kevin Federline, 31, over custody of their sons Sean Preston, 4, and Jayden James, 3, whom the report claims have been turned into "ill-mannered boys" by their father. Not so, says a source close to the singer: "Despite their differences she wants to make sure they are both a part of the kids' lives."

People.com POLL

Can Amy Winehouse Pull Off Her Comeback?

Winehouse, 26, is slated to release an album next year—her first since 2006's Back to Black. "I've heard a couple of song demos that absolutely floored me," said an exec from her label, Island Records.

55% TOTALLY!

45% NO WAY

THE EVOLUTION OF BRAD PITT'S BEARD

What began as a debonair moustache shows no signs of stopping—how long will Brad let it grow?

BARELY THERE

London, Feb. 8

GOATEE GUY

Basel, Switzerland, June 9xtt

FILLING IT IN

New York City, Aug. 12

FULL BEARD

At the San Sebastian film festival in Madrid on Sept. 18.

CASTING NEWS

KRISTEN BELL

The Couples Retreat star, 29, joins Christina Aguilera in the film Burlesque as a rival dancer.

UMA THURMAN

The actress, 39, will play a bride-to-be in the comedic film Ceremony.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE

The Harry Potter star, 20, will read for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in what could be his return to Broadway.

SOCCER STUD SWAP

The search for a replacement for David Beckham to model Emporio Armani underwear and jeans almost inevitably led to another abs-of-steel soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo, 24, who plays for Real Madrid. Beckham (inset) will reportedly design his own line; Ronaldo's ads will debut early next year.

Jimmy Kimmel

DATING ONE OF HIS WRITERS!

Jimmy Kimmel has rebounded from his split in March from Sarah Silverman—with one of his show's staffers. A source says the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host, 41, has been dating co-head writer Molly McNearney, 31, for several months. Their relationship may draw comparisons to the Letterman scandal, but the source says "during work hours, they keep things professional." McNearney, who joined the show's staff in July 2003, was promoted to her current job in May 2008.

WHAT DOES EMMY SEE IN ADAM?

He's not the conventional Hollywood heartthrob, but Emmy Rossum is smitten with Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz (exes include Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox Arquette Arquette). "I get why chicks dig him. He's kind, intelligent, thoughtful and creative," Rossum, 23, said at the W hotel in Washington, D.C. Says Duritz, 45, who's been seen kissing Rossum: "I like to make music with her."

FIERCE FINGERS!

Check out these style-savvy celebs' outrageous rings. Just don't get too close!

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Beyoncé Knowles

MARY-KATE OLSEN

FERGIE

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NICK TURNS 29!

Nick Cannon celebrated his 29th birthday Sin City style, with wife Mariah Carey by his side at Las Vegas's The Bank nightclub Oct. 10. Nick kept it stylish in a tuxedo, and mixed work with pleasure, partying and deejaying for over two hours, spinning old school tunes by New Edition and Michael Jackson while Mariah danced by his side. The singer presented her hubby of more than one year with a cake in the shape of deejay turntables and a message that read, "Happy bday dj sexy fingers Love M.C.C."

HOLLYWOOD STYLE AWARDS

The young Hollywood set gathered Oct. 11 for one fashionable night at the Express-sponsored Hollywood Style Awards in L.A. Lauren Conrad presented former flame Brody Jenner with an award. Hayden Panettiere caught up with Sophia Bush, Selena Gomez popped over to say hi too, and Kelly Osbourne and Kim Kardashian wowed.

FAST TAKES

• 10/10, L.A.: Former Dancing with the Stars beauty Stacy Keibler toasted her 30th b-day a few days early with a disco-themed bash. The night before she had dinner at EAST, which boyfriend Geoff Stults flew in for. • 10/8, N.Y.C.: Paris Hilton (above)and beau Doug Reinhardt enjoyed the attractions (a chimp!) at the launch party for Bowlmor Lanes' new lounge Carnival. • 10/10, N.Y.C.: Gossip Girl pals Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr and Chace Crawford hung at Avenue lounge.

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