Conrad was first linked to the professional dancer after they were spotted at a concert together last month (Sep11), and they appeared to confirm the speculation after hooking up at Los Angeles' Trousdale Lounge over the weekend (15-16Oct11).
Hunky Hough was said to have put his arm around Conrad's waist as they partied together and later shared a smooch on the dancefloor.
An onlooker tells People.com, "It was obvious there was a lot of chemistry between the two. She was very smitten. Neither seemed embarrassed about kissing in public."
Conrad recently split from her longtime boyfriend Kyle Howard, while Hough has previously been linked to British pop star Cheryl Cole and American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth.
The pair was filming an energetic routine when dancer-turned-actress Hough lost her footing and ended up in a heap on the floor, and she admits she had to pinch herself when she found Cruise helping her back to her feet.
She tells People magazine, "He took care of me on set. He was making sure I was OK, and I was like, 'Somebody cares about me, and it's Tom Cruise!'"
But the Hollywood actor wasn't the only co-star Hough bonded with - she now also counts R&B superstar Mary J. Blige among her good pals.
She adds, "If I had to pick a soulmate as a best friend, she would be my soulmate. It's the oddest match: Mary J. Blige and Julianne Hough! But we became so close!"
In Craig Brewer’s (Hustle & Flow Black Snake Moan) Footloose – a remake of the beloved 1984 film – newcomer Kenny Wormald plays Ren McCormack a surly Boston teen forced to move in with his uncle’s family in Bomont Georgia after the death of his mother. For the past three years the youths of Bomont have suffered under a town ordinance barring all public dancing – the consequence of a tragic car accident that claimed the lives of five intoxicated high-school students leaving a dance party.
This vexes Ren. Like all red-blooded teenage boys he wants nothing more than to dance dance dance and he’ll be damned if he’ll let some reactionary (and undoubtedly unconstitutional) law prevent him from pursuing his passion. He vows to have it overturned in time for the students of Bomont to a mount a Senior Prom placing him on a collision course with Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) the uptight local preacher who spearheaded the anti-dancing campaign after losing his only son in the crash.
An acknowledged Footloose-phile Brewer’s affection for the 1984 film is such that he scarcely strays from the original’s script. Apart from an added opening sequence that depicts what was only revealed in the previous film through exposition the narrative – and indeed a healthy chunk of the dialogue – remains essentially unchanged. Brewer’s approach calls simply for retrofitting Footloose for a new generation: The choreography is more sophisticated the outfits more revealing the cinematography more polished the cast more diverse. Memorable scenes have been suitably punched-up: The superfluous tractor race is now a superfluous bus race; Ren’s iconic “angry dance” sequence is well angrier.
A dancer by training Wormald won’t invite many favorable comparisons to Kevin Bacon who famously portrayed Ren in the previous Footloose but he makes for a surprisingly endearing rebel-protagonist. Likewise Brewer fills out most of the rest of the cast with lesser-known yet capable players. Dancing With the Stars’ Julianne Hough plays Moore’s fiery troubled daughter Ariel whom Ren hopes to pry from her brutish boyfriend Chuck Cranston (Patrick John Flueger). A scene-stealing Miles Teller adds a deft comic touch as Ren’s wisecracking and resolutely dance-averse sidekick Willard.
With all its modern upgrades Brewer’s Footloose still retains its predecessor’s earnest unironic and avowedly anachronistic ethos. As before the storyline steeped as it is in melodrama and sentiment often borders on embarrassing. And yet there's an irresistible allure to its prevailing tone of joyful exuberance expressed most potently in the film's lively dance sequences. Sure Footloose sings a familiar tune but its got a good beat and you can dance to it.
"I'm newly single, and I plan on being that way for some time. Having fun." TV star-turned-fashion icon and author Lauren Conrad dismisses reports she's dating dancer Derek Hough following her recent split from actor Kyle Howard.
The pair appeared to be an item as they embraced throughout Jason Scoppa's weekly residency at the Sayers Club, according to Eonline.com.
An onlooker says, "They were pretty cozy. Definitely playful and flirty... They were close to each other. He had his arm around her waist. They were dancing and also holding hands."
Conrad recently ended a long relationship with actor Kyle Howard, while Hough was linked to British pop star and TV personality Cheryl Cole and previously dated American Pie star Shannon Elizabeth.
Rock Of Ages co-stars Russell Brand and Julianne Hough are reuniting once more for Diablo Cody's directorial debut. The pair will star in the as-yet-untitled drama about a woman who parties in Las Vegas after surviving a plane crash.
The couple wed onboard a boat off the coast of St. Barts in the Caribbean last month (Aug11), with just a few guests present for the intimate nuptials.
But Charvet and Burke decided to stage a second ceremony for their friends and family back home in California - and turned Friday (09Sep11) into a double celebration for the bride's birthday.
Stars invited to join the pair for its Malibu wedding included actresses Alison Sweeney and Lisa Rinna, and dancer Derek Hough, who appears on hit reality show Dancing With The Stars with co-host Burke.
In a post on Twitter.com, Charvet writes, "Brooke and I finally got married with our parents and friends last night. It was beautiful!"
The Hairspray star and former talk show host is competing on the U.S. series alongside David Arquette, Cher's son Chaz Bono and George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis.
She has now become the first celebrity to be injured during the new season after hurting her shin while practising with dance partner Derek Hough.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, alongside an image of her bruised leg, she writes, "Look, my first injury... Don't ask how it happened... Not sure how my bruise turned into a medic showing up? I'm fine!!"
The Disney star turned 19 on 20 August (11), and began the festivities two days early as she was at Kim Kardashian's wedding on the day of her actual birthday.
Lovato held a glam rock-themed bash at the Madhouse in Hollywood on 18 August (11), where she was joined by Derek Hough, and she continued to celebrate on Tuesday night (30Aug11) when fellow Disney star Tisdale took her out for a special dinner.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Lovato writes, "Had such a fun dinner tonight with ashleytisdale... Such a genuine, sweet, funny girl. Love you ash. Thanks for my late bday din (birthday dinner)!"
Tisdale replied, "Aww love u 2 babe! Im so proud of u and can't wait for (new single) UNBROKEN to drop. Let's do dinner again soon!"