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Stars in alignment...

While their movie is hot, "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart continue to play cool when it comes to their rumored private relationship.

During the "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" after party at the Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel, Pattinson and Stewart "were holding hands but weren't being overly affectionate -- they were very social with everyone," a spy told the New York Post.


A best seller...

Beyond the commemorations and memorials, Michael Jackson fans have paid tribute to the pop star since his passing by buying his music. An estimated 35 million albums have sold worldwide since Jackson's death a year ago, according to Billboard. The response is unprecedented.

"Last year, when we saw the instant response from consumers wanting to purchase Jackson's albums, there was nothing to compare it to," Keith Caulfield, Billboard senior chart manager and analyst, told "Certainly since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991."


Getting nastier...

The latest coming out of the nasty split between Mel Gibson and former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva is that Grigorieva claims Gibson punched her in the face six months ago, in the first of several violent -- although not always physical encounters -- she had with the actor.

"My lawyers went to court, and a judge granted a restraining order against him," Grigorieva was quoted Sunday as saying in Britain's Mail.

The singer also said that Gibson has not paid her "a penny" to help with their 7-month-old daughter, Lucia.

"He is not paying me a penny. Nothing. There are so many lies being said about me. I was trying to keep things dignified and be respectful to the father of my daughter, but what he is doing is cruelty. I am having to live on credit cards and borrowed money. It is not a good situation," she said.

Gibson's people denied the abuse claim and countered that Gibson had to rescue their daughter in January from Grigorieva, who, they said, was shaking the baby.

There was no comment from the Gibson camp on Grigorieva's claims that he's not helping to support the child.

The couple, who had been together for three years, split in January and are currently embroiled in a custody dispute over Lucia.


Gore and gorier...

The mystery over Al and Tipper's split just get deeper.

The New York Post reports that, in addition to the $8.8 million California mansion the couple bought before announcing their split, they also transferred nine properties in Carthage, Tenn., from their own names into a limited liability company.

The properties were transferred, the newspaper reports, in November 2009 -- about 10 months after an Oregon masseuse accused the former vice president of coming on to her "like a crazed sex poodle."

Transferring property is one way to protect assets from legal claims, according to legal experts. Another way, they said is to purchase a property through a trust -- which is how the Gores bought the California estate.

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