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‘Potter’ star Emma Watson conjures big payday

Instead of sitting around counting the money she's made from the “Harry Potter” movies, Emma Watson, aka Hermione Granger, is said to have inked a big-bucks deal with Chanel. British press is reporting that under the terms of a two-year contract, Watson, 18, will become the new face of Chanel fragrance Coco Mademoiselle, and will earn about $6 million.

“This is such a perfect fit for Emma,” said a source close to Watson. “She’s not going to end up like these other Hollywood train wrecks, she just isn’t. This is going to be money in the bank so she can just live a life doing whatever she wants down the road, and it’s something she can be proud of. No one is going to be saying, ‘I never wanted to see Hermione in that light.’”

Could the source be alluding to Watson’s “Potter” counterpart Daniel Radcliffe, who will shortly be reprising his “Equus” role on Broadway? (Radcliffe has a  nude scene in the play, in case you missed the frenzy around the play’s opening in London.)

“No one is judging Radcliffe,” the source pointed out. “Let’s just say Emma has always made good decisions, and always will.”

George Clooney a hot dad?
Do the patrons of Petit Tresor know something the rest of us don’t? As a walk-up to Father’s Day, the Los Angeles-based celebrity baby boutique polled their customers about who they thought was the hottest dad or dad-to-be in Hollywood.

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Topless pop-to-be Matthew McConaughey came in first, and Ashton Kutcher came in second. Third place? George Clooney. To the 836 people who submitted a name for the poll, last we checked, Clooney didn’t have kids and none were on the way.

Weekend box office“The Incredible Hulk” proved incredible at the box office, despite some tepid early reviews. The reboot of the franchise earned $54.5 million at the box office, a take that exceeds most of the early estimates. However, with a production budget in the $150 million range, Hulk needs to stay strong for a while before it can really be deemed a success.

The weekend’s other new release, M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening” still made a respectable amount — $30.5 million — but that wasn’t good enough for the second place position, which went to “Kung Fu Panda.”

Celebrity sightingsLas Vegas: Britney Spears was spotted at the Bare pool lounge at The Mirage on June 14. The pool is “tops optional,” but we’re told Spears was wearing a short blue sundress.

New York City: Hotspot Tenjune was where John Legend, Jermaine Dupri and Michelle Williams spent the evening of June 10. Club owners Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum were celebrating their birthday.

Los Angeles: Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger had lunch at Luckyfish in Beverly Hills on June 6. Also that day, Disney superstar Selena Gomez was spotted wearing a Coca-Cola vintage T-shirt while on the set of “Wizards of Waverly Place.” ... On June 9, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson shared a meal at Il Sole with Brit singer Lily Allen. Courteney Cox and David Arquette were also at the restaurant that day. ... Milo Ventimiglia, Adrian Grenier and Chris Brown attended the June 14 Kira Plastinina U.S. launch party.

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