Who’s the new man spotted kissing newly brunette Britney Spears? He’s music producer Jonathan “JR” Roten, who caught a movie (“The Holiday”) with the recently single songstress Sunday. They then dined at The 3rd Stop, where Brit got cozy on JR’s lap and they made out in public view before heading back to his pad.
Call it a workplace romance: JR’s working on what will hopefully be Britney’s comeback album. Ironically, his résumé also includes work on her soon-to-be-ex-husband Kevin Federline’s panned debut disc.
Career-wise, Brit’s new beau is actually a big step up from her deadbeat FedEx — not to mention heavily perspiring party boy Brandon Davis, to whom she was (alarmingly) linked recently. Born in South Africa to Israeli parents, JR, a schooled jazz pianist, has crafted hits for 50 Cent, the Game and Rihanna, and just launched his own record label imprint. MTV named him one of 2006’s “superproducers.” Not too shabby!
Best of luck to Britney in her new rebound romance. But there are two other cute guys we’d like to see in her arms: sons Sean Preston, 1, and Jayden, 3 months.
Hot Dads’ Club
Long gone are Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s days as Hollywood’s hottest, most headline-making bachelors. These days, the “Good Will Hunting” pals are limelight-avoiding family men who can’t stop gushing about the life-changing joys of fatherhood.
“I’ve never been very judicious about my own behavior or choices until they had an impact on people other than me,” Ben, who once battled alcohol problems, admits to USA Today. But now that he’s married to “Alias” star Jennifer Garner and proud papa to Violet, 1, he holds himself to higher standards: “I want [Violet] to be proud of her old man.”
Ben doesn’t seem to miss wild Vegas poker parties or red-carpet struts with J.Lo. “Parenthood, the whole thing is wonderful,” he declares. “All the clichés that all the people bore you with are, in fact, true.”
Ben’s Boston homeboy Matt echoes his sentiments. Promoting his new film “The Good Shepherd” in New York, Matt confessed to reporters, “I didn’t think that this would happen to me. Other people were always showing me baby pictures or trying to hand me the baby, and I was like, ‘Get that thing away from me.’… But I’m totally into it now.”
Being a dad “defies description, actually,” says the star, who wed Luciana Barroso, mother of 7-month-old Isabella, a year ago. “I don’t really know how to talk about it, because … I feel like I got made a member of a club that I didn’t know existed.”
All together now: Awww.
Lindsay: I’m Dry
Despite making headlines for a rambling, paranoid e-mail, as Scoop! reported Monday, Lindsay Lohan insists she’s not under the influence.
“I haven’t had a drink in seven days. Or anything,” LiLo told People at a Monday bash in Hollywood. “I don’t drink when I go to clubs. … It’s more fun. I have Red Bull.”
And the “Bobby” star spoke out about her Alcoholics Anonymous attendance, revealing she’s “been going to AA for a year” but hasn’t acknowledged it before because “it’s no one’s business. That’s why it’s anonymous!”
Defying concerns that her partying has gotten out of control, Lindsay says her scene-queen days are behindher. “I was going out too much and I knew that, and I have more to live for than that,” she acknowledges. “I was like, I don’t want to be written about at these clubs with these people. I work, I act, I have a living.”
Couldn’t agree more, Linds — your fans also eagerly await the day when your acting once again gets more attention than your antics.
Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer who has a celebrity astrology blog at www.celebastroblogy.com.