Taylor Swift Spends New Year's at Kate Mantilini; Benji Madden Goes to Gjelina

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Benji Madden at Gjelina Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

Next weekend, the town will be neck-deep in celebrities as The Golden Globes returns, again allowing Ricky Gervais to play Space Invaders with the fragile egos of Hollywood biggest stars. A few famous faces have already aligned in the past week, as we spied Good Charlotte singer Benji Madden swaggering towards Gjelina, Taylor Swift was spotted chowing down with girlfriends at Kate Mantilini Woodland Hills and ringing in 2012 in a typically safe-and-sane show of humility, Selena Gomez followed suit, pumping her own gas after a trip to McDonald's, and Courtney Cox played nice with David Arquette at Mr. Chow.

This tame approach to New Year's almost makes a writer starved for the return of some yayed-up, slurring Hollywood star power around here, but alas, even Lindsay Lohan was keeping things low-key at her Venice home, though trouble still has a way of hunting the poor child down.

Still, a simple stalker manages to beat out Jeremy Renner's stabby week trying to drink through Thailand. Here's holding out hope The Golden Globes will roll some classic Tinseltown drama back into our lives. Until then, check out the week's celebrity sightings below.

Bodega Wine Bar: Recent L.A. Diet subject John Henson and 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer ate at the Hollywood location, while Jessica Alba opted for the Bodega in Santa Monica last night. [GS]

Casa Vega: Mila Kunis had dinner on December 23rd (and, of course, Merry Russian Christmas, Mila). Dedicated regular Vivica Fox chased Jesus' b-day with vegetarian mexican pizza and a Boxing Day margarita. [GS]

EVO Kitchen: The restaurant tells us that the cast of Dexter orders delivery from here every week, while Glee's Chord Overstreet and girlfriend Emma Roberts came by for dinner this week. [GS]

Fig & Olive: Elizabeth Banks gobbled down zucchini carpaccio on Tuesday. [GS]

Gjelina: Good Charlotte singer Benji Madden grabbed a bite to start the week. [GS]

Haus Desserts: Emily Rossum and William H. Macy celebrated the second season of shameless with an after-party here. [Examiner]

Kate Mantilini Woodland Hills: Forget those sleazy Hollywood clubs! Taylor Swift and five of her friends spent their New Years Eve supping in the Valley. [GS]

Kate Mantilini, 90210: Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian came through this week, along with Randy Jackson, and the winner of our own popularity contest, DL Hughley. [GS]

La Scala: Jack Osbourne took his pregnant fiancee to lunch. [Daily Mail]

Madeo: Bradley Cooper played a round of pocket pool after lunch. [Zimbio]

McDonald's: Selena Gomez spent her day off at The Golden Arches, finally revealing who has the bad taste in this relationship. [Celebrity Gossip]

Mr. Chow: Courteney Cox and David Arquette celebrated the goofball actor's first sober birthday. [Daily Mail]

Unnamed Hollywood Sushi Restaurant: Jim Morrison's "Love Street" house may have been burned by that German pyromaniac, but his beard is thankfully being resurrected on Jake Gyllenhaal's face. [Just Jared]