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updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 12/11/2003 4:52PM

December 11, 2003
DRIVING MISS MISCHA
There's at least one skill The O.C.'s Mischa Barton has yet to master. "I don't drive in real life," she says. "I'm only 17 and I'm a New Yorker, so right now I don't need a license. I get other people to take me around. But in L.A., that's a huge thing. When I'm in a role where I have to be behind the wheel, people are constantly telling me, 'You can't look at the person next to you through the whole scene. You're supposed to keep your eyes on the road.' "

HOBBITS TO THE RESCUE
Still looking for that perfect holiday gift for the Lord of the Rings fan on your list? How about a tree in the new Fellowship Forest, an undeveloped patch of land in Tibet, where actors Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen and Dominic Monaghan hope to plant 2 million trees over the next two years? Beginning in January, "people will be able to go to Virgin Megastores and buy a scroll (featuring original artwork by Monaghan and Mortensen) for about $10, which will represent a tree you buy in the forest," says Monaghan, who plays the Hobbit Merry in the trilogy. "We are just trying to offset the amount of damage that is being done by other people in the world by trying to plant trees." Plans are also in the works for a second Fellowship Forest near the Lord of the Rings movie set in New Zealand.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Spotted recently:
Jennifer Garner, walking out of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Sunset Boulevard.

Frankie Muniz, celebrating his 18th birthday party with 15 friends at L.A.'s Dolce restaurant.

Kate Moss, coming out of the Tracey Ross boutique on the Sunset Strip and hopping into a limo.

Reported by: ANNE MARIE CRUZ, SEAN DALY, DANA MELTZER and AMY GURVITZ

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