updated 12/05/2006 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/06/2006 AT 6:00 AM ET
Eva Longoria, getting extensions at hairstylist Ken Paves’s West Hollywood salon. As she lengthened her lustrous locks, the newly engaged actress smiled and flipped through the Los Angeles Times.
Will Smith, admitting to PEOPLE at a Museum of the Moving Image tribute to him in New York City that he didn’t get star treatment on the set of his upcoming movie The Pursuit of Happyness. Director Gabriele Muccino “told me one day, ‘You are posing for my camera. Don’t pose for my camera. You are making faces like you are hurt for my camera. Go away and come back in two hours hurt for real,’ ” Smith told us. And when the actor tried to give pointers to his 8-year-old son and costar Jaden, Muccino stopped him in his tracks: ” ‘Will, your performance isn’t even good yet. Worry about you. Let me worry about Jaden.’ ” Ouch. Also celebrating with the Family Smith: Eva Mendes, Thandie Newton and former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costar Alfonso Ribeiro.
Paris Hilton, greeting Colin Farrell with an air kiss at a pre-opening bash for the new Beverly Hills eatery The Prime Grill. The duo – including Nicole Richie, Nicky Hilton and Jason Lewis were among the celebs who chowed down on a four-course menu including sashimi, organic salmon and chocolate soufflé But when Paris heard salmon was on the menu, she told the waiter, “I don’t like fish” – but still ate the sushi.
Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks, making gingerbread houses and doing art projects with underprivileged and homeless children at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center in New York City. The catwalker volunteered on behalf of Free Arts NYC, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the arts to at-risk kids and their families. (To see Selita behind the scenes at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in L.A., click here.)
Nick Lachey, chowing down on steak at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in Cincinnati. The singer hosted former 98 Degrees bandmate Justin Jeffree and a few pals in a private room, where he ordered a $90 bottle of Domaine Drouhin Laurène 2002 Pinot Noir and feasted on a 12-oz. filet mignon. The restaurant is a hometown favorite for the singer, says owner Jeff Ruby: “Nick used to date my daughter. I actually introduced them when he was with 98 Degrees. He’s a good friend and a good kid.” And he proved it – he picked up the entire tab for dinner.
Luke Wilson, shopping at Old Navy in Shreveport, La. He buzzed around the store for 15 minutes before settling on a fleece pullover – and taking time to pose for a picture with an employee. “He was nice, not what you think of for some Hollywood actor,” the employee says. “Very nice guy.” Wilson, who’s in town to shoot the comedy Blonde Ambition with Jessica Simpson, has also hit the city’s nightlife scene: The duo stopped in to local hot spot Phoenix Underground last week.
Jamie Foxx, urging the deejay to give him a “house beat” so that his Dreamgirls costar Jennifer Hudson could sing an impromptu version of her showtopping song from the movie, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” at an afterparty at New York City club Gin Lane. “Oh my God, we’ve just been blessed,” Foxx told the crowd after her serenade. “Party! We’re going to be here all night.” Joining in the festivities: Dreamgirls stars Eddie Murphy and Terrence Howard as well as Queen Latifah. Dreamgirls star Beyoncé couldn’t make it to the bash – she was heading on a private jet with beau Jay-Z to celebrate his birthday in St. Barts.
By ANGELA KOENIG, MARK LAMBERT, TIFFANY MCGEE, JESSICA HERNDON and JEFFREY SLONIM