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Nicole Richie's friends are worried about her reunion with Paris Hilton.
updated 10/26/2006 2:42:14 AM ET 2006-10-26T06:42:14

Nicole Richie has reunited with her former best friend Paris Hilton — but some of her other friends are a tad worried about it.

They say that Richie — who has blamed her startling weight loss on nerves — is emotionally vulnerable these days, and not up to the sort of hard partying and manipulation that Hilton is famous for.

“Nicole is an insecure girl, and next to Paris she shines a little less,” a “pal” of the two told Life & Style Weekly. The two were clubbing at Los Angeles nightclub Area on Oct. 12, and Hilton left Richie alone much of the night to hobnob with her new sweetie, model James Neate, according to the mag.

“[Richie] could hardly keep her eyes open. Her hair was a mess. She looked bedraggled,” a source told the mag, but when Hilton rejoined Richie, she pulled her buddy onto her lap and shouted, “I love this girl. She’s like my sister!”

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Some are claiming that the “friendship” is a ploy to get better ratings for their reality show, “The Simple Life.”

One source told L&S: “Nicole really believes that Paris is welcoming her with open arms, but everyone knows Paris has a tendency to put herself first.”

Will Holmes and Cruise wed at Clooney's villa?
Looks like Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have switched their wedding plans.

Slideshow: Tom Cruise The actress had been planning an intimate California wedding to Cruise for October, but recently changed the date and location, according to Us Weekly. The new plan, reports the mag, is for a more lavish bash in November — somewhere in Italy. “Katie and Tom both want everything to be right,” a source told the mag. “They needed more time.”

Holmes’ pal and shopping partner Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham flew from Paris to Italy on Oct. 7 to help make final preparations, according to Us. Asked to confirm the new plans, Cruise’s rep, Arnold Robinson said, “I’m not denying that date or location.”

Meanwhile, various outlets are reporting that the couple will wed at George Clooney’s villa in near Lake Como in Italy. But Clooney’s rep tells The Scoop: “I can’t speak for what Tom and Katie are up to, but no weddings have taken place at [Clooney’s] villa and no weddings are scheduled to take place there.”

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Expecting father Tobey Maguire asked his buddy Ben Affleck for parenting advice, according to Star, but the “Hollywoodland” star advised that said Maguire take notes while watching from his wife, Jennifer Garner. Affleck told Maguire to “watch, observe and imitate what his Jennifer does because his Jen has been leading him through the process by the nose since the day they brought [daughter] Violet home,” a “friend” told the tab.  . . . Don’t believe rumors that Alicia Keys was recently arrested. A Web site is claiming that cops carted away the R&B star after a “domestic dispute” — and is even carrying photos of what looks like Keys being arrested by a police officer, but Keys’ spokeswoman tell The Scoop that the pic is from a concert a couple of years ago and the man leading Keys along is her security guard.  . . . Boy George is not a Madonna fan. The two became famous around the same time, and while Madonna has been making headlines for her money-making tour and controversial adoption plans , George recently made headlines for collecting garbage during a community service stint. “I just think [Madonna’s] a vile, hideous, horrible human being with no redeeming qualities,” George sputtered in a documentary to broadcast in the UK. “There’s nothing nice about her. I’ve never heard anyone say anything nice about her at all. And anyone that’s ever met her she’s been vile to. Vile, full of herself — so unspiritual. How has this woman got away with it for so long?”

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