Jake and Reese: Still Together 

Despite the buzz, as reported by Scoop!, that their fledgling relationship was cooling off, Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon appeared to be going strong when Web site TMZ spotted them driving down the 101 Freeway in L.A. in Jake’s car. The couple was said to be "laughing it up" and looked very much together.

Jail-bound Paris shops away blues

Paris Hilton seems to be making the most of her freedom. Sentenced Friday to 45 days in jail for driving with a suspended license while on probation, the blond heirhead went on a Beverly Hills shopping spree with mom Kathy on Saturday, the New York Daily News reports .

"I told the truth yesterday," Paris whined to paparazzi. "I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwanted and I don’t deserve this."

But despite enjoying her life of pre-jail privilege, the "House of Wax" star — who sobbed openly after being sentenced — is reportedly a wreck. "She’s completely and utterly devastated," a Paris pal told the Daily News. "In her mind, this was never an option."

The traumatic experience may have driven Paris back into the arms of her ex-boyfriend, Stavros Niarchos. E! News reports that the Greek heir paid a call to his distressed ex’s home … while her most recent boy-toy, "Desperate Housewives" star Josh Henderson, has so far been MIA.

Who needs "The Simple Life"? Paris’ real life is a reality show in itself!

Ireland in the Middle

On Friday, Kim Basinger attended a custody hearing in L.A. to discuss visitationrights for daughter Ireland, 11 — and emerged triumphant. But her estranged ex-husband Alec Baldwin — fearing a media frenzy — was nowhere in sight. (His lawyers attended on his behalf.)

For those who’ve just returned from a retreat in the mountains of Tibet, Alec has recently been at the center of a firestorm of controversy over a furious voice mail in which he chews Ireland out, calling her a "little pig."

Media were not allowed to report on the closed-door proceedings, for the sake of Ireland’s well-being; as the judge said, "The overriding mental health of the minor overcomes the right to public access in this case."

Although attorneys were barred from commenting on the result of the hearing, Kim’s lawyer said, "We are very, very pleased with the judge’s thoughtful decision." Gee, wonder what the outcome was.

David’s Defense

In other news about incriminating footage leaked in the process of a bitter court dispute between exes … David Hasselhoff released a statement in response to a video that apparently showed him stinking drunk, as well as to estranged wife Pamela Bach’s accusations that he was abusive to her and their two daughters.

The "Baywatch" star called the allegations of abuse "not only utterly false, but … also obscene."

As for the embarrassing video footage, the Hoff confessed, "I am a recovering alcoholic. … Unfortunately, I did have a brief relapse, but part of recovery is relapse. Because of my honest and positive relationship with my children, who were concerned for my well-being, there was a tape made when I had a relapse to show me what I was like."

"I have seen the tape. I have learned from it, and I am back on my game," David asserted. "I hope that someone else will learn from the tape, as I have. I thank God for the love and concern from my children."

Jada: Katie’s OK

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, a close friend of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, is fuming over the bizarre speculation about her pals’ marriage.

"It kills me," Jada tells People of outlandish allegations that "Tom’s this monster and he’s got her chained up in the basement and he’s forcing Scientology down her throat."

"She’s young, she popped into motherhood very fast," Jada continues. "Nobody really looks at that. It amazes me how people want to focus on ‘She’s tied up in the basement and he throws steaks to her at night and she gets to see Suri only on Sundays.’ It’s ridiculous."

Hmm, we hadn’t heard anything about Tom throwing Katie steaks. Does Jada know something we don’t?

Five Quick Takes

- Mariska Hargitay was honored last Monday by Cookie magazine for being a do-gooder mom.

- "Grey’s Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington will appear in PSAs for gay rights group GLAAD.

- Tuesday night, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt landed in Prague with their children.

- The husband of a woman killed in a December freeway accident is suing Brandy.

- Lindsay Lohan attended Britney Spears’ concert at L.A.’s House of Blues on Thursday.

Happy Birthday for May 7

» Actor Breckin Meyer is 33.

» Musician Eagle Eye Cherry is 38.

» Actress Traci Lords is 39.

» Director Amy Heckerling ("Clueless") is 53.

» Actor Robert Hegyes ("Welcome Back, Kotter") is 56.

» TV journalist Tim Russert is 57.

» Actor Randall "Tex" Cobb is57.

» Singer Thelma Houston is 61.

Say What?

"It just kills the romance of the initial moment. … I have a lot of female friends, and I can’t step outside with any of them without being linked to them in some form or another. It’s sort of annoying, but what can you do?"

Orlando Bloom on fame’s effect on dating, to Gotham magazine

Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer who has a celebrity astrology blog at www.celebastroblogy.com.

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