CRIB NOTESCourteney Cox and David Arquette confirmed on Tuesday what had been rumored for three months: The couple is expecting their first child. That marks a reversal from the denials issued since October, when Cox's brother-in-law, Alexis Arquette, reportedly blabbed about his impending unclehood during a visit to Sharon Osbourne's talk show. One tabloid report, published last week in the Star, quoted a neighbor of the Cox-Arquettes as saying that Alexis Arquette, who does a drag act as ''Eva Destruction,'' had moved into his brother and sister-in-law's home in order to serve as their nanny. The couple haven't announced the baby's due date or sex, but the would-be Mrs. Doubtfire was ''dying'' for a niece, the neighbor reportedly told the Star, adding: ''You'd think Alexis was the pregnant one, the way he gushes over the plans.'' The couple's response to this story, according to a family friend quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times: ''They thought that was the funniest thing they had ever heard, topping all of the tabloid stories written about them to date.''
Meanwhile, Jennifer Aniston has given a number of interviews lately, while making the rounds to promote her starring role in the upcoming romantic comedy ''Along Came Polly,'' saying she, too, is finally ready to start a family, now that ''Friends'' is ending. That should please not only husband Brad Pitt, who reportedly grumbled when the deal for a 10th season of ''Friends'' came together because it would postpone his potential fatherhood for a year, but also Aniston's mother, Nancy. Daughter and mother had been estranged for years, thanks to Mom's dishing to the press and in a memoir. But now, Aniston tells Vogue magazine, she's on the verge of reconciling with her mother. ''I think there comes a point where you have to grow up and get over yourself and forgive. I definitely see that there's hope,'' she says in the current issue. ''I see myself, I look in the mirror... and I'm like, 'You're Nancy. You've become her, so you may as well call her.'''
PAST AND PRESENTS The ''Friends'' sextet are creative shoppers; then again, they can afford to be. People magazine reports that, for the final holiday party on the show's set, held Dec. 19, the cast bought everyone in the crew a PalmOne Zire 71, a combination PDA/digital camera/MP3 and video player, valued at $249 apiece. People also reports that Aniston bought Pitt a $5,000 silk screen reproduction of a 1972 Steve McQueen mugshot for his 40th birthday on Dec. 18. (For Christmas, she got him a custom Rolex watch. Yawn.) According to tabloid reports, Pitt responded equally creatively. At the costume party thrown for his birthday, at which Aniston dressed as Helen of Troy (in homage to Pitt's upcoming movie ''Troy''), Pitt dressed as his wife's teenage crush, Simon Le Bon, and serenaded her with a karaoke version of Duran Duran's ''Wild Boys.'' Good thing Aniston didn't have a crush on that Flock of Seagulls guy.