updated 12/13/2005 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/16/2005 AT 6:00 AM ET
Though the billboard for her movie Rumor Has It was prominently displayed outside Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks, Calif., inside the Mexican restaurant a much less noticeable Jennifer Aniston shared a quiet romantic dinner with beau Vince Vaughn.
Seated in a cozy red booth, Aniston (who was a regular with ex-husband Brad Pitt) sipped a Patron margarita, and the casual couple ate identical meals – carne asada con enchilada, a broiled sirloin steak and cheese enchilada combination, with a side of guacamole – in the eatery, decked out for the holidays with garland and tinsel. But no mistletoe was needed for the pair: They kissed throughout their two-hour-long meal.
At 10:45, they left through the kitchen entrance, tipped the valet $10 and jumped into Vaughn’s car. Their back-door exit tricked the paparazzi, who were waiting out front.
The Single Life
Tennis-star siblings Venus and Serena Williams are single and loving every minute of it. “We’re going to get T-shirts that say, ‘I’m single,’ and on the back it says, ‘So is my sister,’ ” says Serena (Venus’s ex is director Brett Ratner). They may be content flying solo romantically, but professionally the sisters have plans to pair up: Venus, who’s been taking fashion design classes, hopes to join in on Serena’s Aneres clothing line. “If she’ll have me,” Venus says.
But first comes the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 16. Venus, healed from nagging knee injuries, says she’s ready to hit the court. “I’m feeling good,” the three-time Wimbledon champ told us before visiting the Ronald McDonald House in Washington, D.C., where the sisters played a charity match. “I’m getting ready for the world.”
Caught in the Act
Keanu Reeves, with a long beard and locks, chilling in the VIP section of Las Vegas restaurant-lounge Tao after having dinner with friends.
Gavin Rossdale, having a snowball fight with U2 rockers Bono and The Edge outside Chicago hot spot Le Passage, after partying until the wee hours.
Heather Locklear, hanging out at the Brentwood Lounge in Brentwood, Calif., with a large group of friends.
By SHARI ORNSTEIN, ARNESA HOWELL, MARISA LAUDADIO, SARAH PRESTON and CLARE KLEINEDLER