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Byline: Elizabeth Snead and Jennifer Sklar

JUST IN TIME: The hottest new shirt in Hollywood is the ``Free Winona'' T. Hundreds of customers have lined up at Y Que Trading Post, a Los Feliz boutique, to snap up the trendy T-shirt, which came to life shortly after Winona Ryder's Beverly Hills bust. Ryder was arrested in December at Saks Fifth Avenue and charged with shoplifting $4,000 worth of clothing and accessories.

The shirt is poised to become an even bigger hit with Ryder having been charged on Friday with four felony counts of theft, burglary, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance.

The store also offers an alternative: ``I Believe You, Winona.'' The shirts, which sell for $10 each, come in a variety of colors. There's also a sexy scoop-neck and tank-top style, even baby sizes. If you can't hightail it to Los Feliz, check out the Web site, www.ekay.com, and order online. According to one Y Que salesperson, Ryder herself has been seen wearing the shirt around town. Hmmm ... Wonder if she'll sport it at her next court hearing.

ONLY IN HOLLYWOOD: Crustacean, the celeb-studded Beverly Hills restaurant famous for its secret kitchen, garlic noodles and koi pond floor, is in legal hot water. A discrimination lawsuit filed by two ex-hostesses claims they were forced to seat African-American customers such as Queen Latifah and Toni Braxton upstairs instead of the downstairs lounge. The former hostesses' lawyer? None other than that headline-making attorney Gloria Allred.

But according to Crustacean owner Elizabeth An, the issue is not race but rags. Seems anyone dressed in the eaterie's posted no-nos - athletic gear, shorts and sneakers - is offered a table in the intimate upstairs lounge where they are forced to dine with di Caprio, Michael Jordan, Will Smith, David Geffen and Oliver Stone, who all prefer to sit upstairs.

So if you want to dine with the stars, just slip on those Nikes!

STARS ON PARADE:

Kim Basinger getting blond highlights woven into her massive head of hair at the Sally Hershberger-John Frieda Salon on Melrose Place in Hollywood.

Jessica Simpson, wearing low-cut jeans and a sparkly top, sitting in first class and reading a film script on an American Airlines flight from Dallas.

Barbara Eden (``I Dream of Jeannie''), wearing chic sweat pants and large sunglasses, working out with her personal trainer at the Beverly Hills Country Club.

Lenny Kravitz, complete with prerequisite nasal jewelry, dining and drinking red wine with a group of friends on the outdoor patio at the Little Door on Third Street.

Supermodel Giselle's ex-honey Leonardo di Caprio cuddled with a blond bombshell type at a late showing of Russell Crowe's ``A Beautiful Mind'' at Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Dana Delany, in a nautical stripe top and dark slacks, and a rumpled Elliott Gould in tweedy layers were guest readers at Cafe des Artistes' first Literary Stages event. Their performances will be broadcast in the next few weeks on KCRW. Delany read from Susan O'Neill's ``Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam,'' and Gould read a chapter from Adam Gopnik's ``From Paris to the Moon.''

SLACKIN' OFF: Hollywood's young and famous crowded into hotspot A.D. Tuesday night for the ``Slackers'' post-premiere party, where hip-hop music filled the air and hip-hugging jeans filled the cushy booths. Co-star Laura Prepon held court with boyfriend Chris Masterson, of ``Malcolm in the Middle'' fame, and ``That '70s Show'' cohorts Wilmer Valderrama and Chris' brother, Danny Masterson. Fellow `` '70s'' star Topher Grace went incognito in a gray baseball cap and sipped drinks with the show's creator, Judd Apatow, at a corner table hidden by velvet curtains. Supermodel-turned- actress James King, who plays Prepon's friend in the comedic film, ventured onto the patio, while another genetically blessed actress, Sofia Coppola, sat with a gal pal near the Apatow gang. Coppola's husband, Spike Jonze, must have been busy directing his next avant-garde music video.

JUST ONE SPARK: Pop stars' movies don't usually fare well. So expectations for Mandy Moore's first film ``A Walk to Remember,'' were pretty low. But the film, based on Nicholas Sparks' novel, which cost only $9 million to make, earned a surprising $12.1 million on opening weekend. Why is a teen film about love and spirituality doing so well?

``Every teen-age film is about sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll,'' says Moore. ``This is different. Finding faith, faith in love, in each other, in family, that's the main message and it's a wonderful thing for people my age to see in a theater, especially with everything that has been happening in the world.''

Despite the film's squeaky-clean nature, Moore had one romantic moment.

``It was the first day of shooting, my first time on a movie set, and here I am in a cemetery in Wilmington, N.C., at 3 a.m. kissing a really hot guy I knew nothing about with 150 people watching. It was nice, but really awkward.''

The next pop star flick will be Britney Spears' ``Crossroads,'' which opens Feb 15. But Moore isn't worried about competition. ``I don't know much about her film but I think they're completely different. People who are in love with Sparks' book know the story, so I'm not concerned.''

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(1) Director DEWEY NICKS snapping back at the paparazzi with wife Stephanie.

(2) JAMES KING: Headed for the patio

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