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Jessica Simpson and her "Employee of the Month" co-star Dane Cook were seen kissing at L.A. club Hyde.
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updated 8/1/2006 2:46:17 AM ET 2006-08-01T06:46:17

Jessica Simpson has insisted that Dane Cook is merely “one of my dear friends.” That’s some friendship.

Newly divorced Simpson — who recently claimed she doesn’t “feel right about dating yet” was reportedly “making out” with her “Employee of the Month” co-star Cook on July 11 at the L.A. club Hyde. “They spent most of the night hugging and making out,” an “eyewitness” tells the upcoming issue of Star magazine. “He had his arm draped over the back of her chair — and every so often they kissed on the lips.”

The pair took a break from smooching at 12:30 a.m. and Cook went next door to perform at the Laugh Factory — and Simpson followed just a few minutes after, reports the tab. Cook is said to have a girlfriend in Valli Girls singer Raquel Houghton, but he and Simpson reportedly “looked very affectionate and comfortable with each other.”

Trouble in paradise
Lindsay Lohan allegedly had her first lovers’ spat with new boyfriend Harry Morton.

The two have been almost inseparable since they hooked up early this month, but on July 15, there was trouble in paradise when Morton wanted to visit a “female friend” according to In Touch Weekly.

“Lindsay didn't believe him and went crazy thinking he was cheating on her,” an “insider” told the mag. A distraught, tearful Lohan battled her woes by partying all night with friends, reports ITW, and had a “small fender bender” while driving back to her hotel at 5 a.m.

Notes from all over
“Clerks II” director Kevin Smith was “shocked, literally, in shock” when his slacker sequel got an R rating. Smith had fought the tougher NC-17 rating on the first film, and was prepared for a battle on this one. “The ‘questionable’ content in ‘Clerks II’ goes beyond anything we've ever presented in a film before,” he noted. “Don't know what happened in the MPAA screening that morning, and don't need to know. All I do know is that they handed us an R, without asking for a single cut. And rather than obsess over it, I just quickly [and happily] accepted the rating and moved on.”  ... People who’ve seen screenings of Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center” say that the left-leaning, conspiracy-loving director has ditched the conspiracy theories in the gut-wrenching flick ... Patrick Swayze says he turned down $7 million to star in a sequel to “Dirty Dancing” because the script was so bad. “If the sequel had not been a stupid, formulaic piece of junk, I probably wouldn't have turned down a fortune,” the actor told the London Times. “Same with ‘Ghost.’ Whoopi, Demi and I had to turn it down.”

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