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Scotty McKnight and Hayden Panettiere step out, but are they dating?

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Scotty McKnight could be Hayden Panettiere's new rebound guy, if sightings of the pair leaving Mel's Diner in West Hollywood together are any indication. The rumor is especially juicy after Panettiere was photographed over Memorial Day weekend with Mark Sanchez, McKnight's longtime friend and his New York Jets teammate.

While it's hard to keep track of Hayden's love life these days (sources said she and Mark were not on a date), we can deduce that she likes the company of athletes and hanging out at burger joints. She and McKnight reportedly met through Sanchez.

"I'm a huge Jets fan and became very good friends with Mark and his buddies," she told Us Weekly last week. "I've always been that girl who has a lot of dude friends. I'm into sports, so we have a lot in common."

It was nearly a month ago that the "Scream 4" actress and boxer Wladimir Klitschko split after trying to keep a long-distance relationship going for two years.

"Even though we've decided splitting up is best for both of us, we have an amazing amount of love and respect for each other and remain very close friends," Panettiere, 21, told People at the time of the break-up.

Her possible new love interest, McKnight, 23, is an Orange County native who played wide receiver for the University of Colorado before being drafted by the Jets. Sanchez, out of Mission Viejo, was a quarterback at USC. The two have been friends since grade school.

So far, Panettiere's rep has no comment on the relationship, People said.

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Are Hayden Panettiere and Mark Sanchez dating -- or just fast-food junkies?

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Actress Hayden Panettiere and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez might make a picture-perfect couple, but that doesn't mean the duo are actually an item.

It all started with an innocent trip to a Malibu In-N-Out Burger over Memorial Day weekend when paparazzi photos of the pair walking side by side started romance rumors, but it looks like Sanchez isn't actually Panettiere's rebound guy.

"They're not dating at all," a source tells People. "They're really just friends." So the fast food run wasn't an actual burger date.

Of course, Panettiere is no stranger to high-profile relationships; she just got out of one a few weeks ago. The starlet announced her split from Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko in mid-May. And who can forget her romance with "Heroes" costar Milo Ventimiglia?

For now, it looks as if Hayden is still one of the single ladies.

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Hayden Panettiere and boxer Wladimir Klitschko break up

Hayden Panettiere and boxer Wladimir Klitschko break upThis post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

Hayden Panettiere and boxer Wladimir Klitschko have ended their two-year relationship.

"Even though we've decided splitting up is best for both of us, we have an amazing amount of love and respect for each other and remain very close friends," Panettiere told People.  

And maybe it is for the best. Spelling their complicated names together was proving to be a brain buster.

The "Scream 4" actress, 21, and Klitschko, a Ukrainian boxing champ who, at 35, is 14 years her senior, said that the long-distance thing just wasn't working out.

"We had a great time together, but it's not that easy to manage a relationship between two continents," he told the mag. "I have a lot of respect for Hayden as a person and as a friend, and I believe we'll keep our friendship even after the separation."

Really? Are you sure it wasn't the spelling problem? Also, we think by "long distance" he also meant the glaring height difference between him and the petite actress. He towers at 6-foot-6, while she hovers at 5-foot-2.

Panettiere was spotted shopping in Beverly Hills while the IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight world champion was off training for a heavyweight showdown with David Haye on July 2 in Germany, the Daily Mail reported. He was recently featured in the documentary "Klitschko," which followed the boxing careers of him and his brother Vitali Klitschko.

Panettiere, who played the controversial role of Amanda Knox in a Lifetime film that aired in February, will also voice Little Red Riding Hood in "Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil," and will costar with Josh Hutcherson and Alfred Molina in the drama "Carmel" out later this year.

[For the record, 4:40 p.m. May 12: The post originally said Panettiere would star in an upcoming Lifetime movie about Amanda Knox. That movie aired in February.]

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Photo: Hayden Panettiere and boxer Wladimir Klitschko at the InStyle and Warner Bros. 68th annual Golden Globe Awards post-party on Jan. 16. Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images


'Scream 4' premiere: Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts and Anna Paquin discuss being the fresh blood [Video]

Let's be real: Those who appear in horror movies aren't always praised for their acting ability. But all of that screaming, trembling and panicking can actually be quite difficult to convey convincingly on-screen -- or so say the stars of "Scream 4."

Wes Craven's latest had its premiere in Hollywood on Monday night. The film's fresh blood -- younger actors such as Hayden Panettiere,  Emma Roberts and Anna Paquin -- said that acting scared is a real challenge.

Having a creepy masked figure chasing you helps, though, Panettiere said.

"There's something really terrifying about that mask," she said. "A lot of masks nowadays, they have the boils and they just look gruesome and icky. There's something so simple about that ['Scream'] mask, but so frightening. It's eerie."

Roberts, meanwhile, said the trick lies in really committing to the emotion and not giving in to the worry that it might make you look stupid to do so.

"You have to go for it. You can't hold back. You just gotta do it. Because otherwise, you look silly," said the 20-year-old niece of Julia Roberts.

But Paquin, best known now for her role as Sookie Stackhouse in "True Blood," said at the end of the day, "it's all acting."

"I have done a lot of movies that involve blood and people screaming," she said. "None of it's real."

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Oscars: Chris Evans, Mila Kunis play Hollywood Domino

Kellan-lutz-domino The kind of games usually associated with Hollywood aren't so nice, but Thursday in Los Angeles the Oscars brought out a spirited bunch for an old fashioned evening of dominos.

The annual Hollywood Domino gala, hosted by founder Daya Fernandez, Bing and Circa, this year took over the Sunset Tower Hotel, welcoming a slew of young Hollywood things like Mila Kunis, Chris Evans, Kellan Lutz, Hayden Panettiere and Dave Annable with wife Odette Yustman.

While the Domino bash had a '40s Havana theme, "Captain America" star Evans didn't get the memo, rocking a tight sweater and jeans but still managing to command a lot of attention. Kunis kept it low-key as well, chatting with Emmanuelle Chriqui on the terrace for most of the evening.

Hayden-panettiere-domino After several rounds of Moet Chandon and mingling, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane performed jazz standards and plenty of Frank Sinatra tunes for the crowd, sipping Jack Daniels and crooning away in his tux. 

After his set, he seemed rapt in conversation with "Gossip Girl" actress Jessica Szohr, while the likes of Nicky Hilton, Ali Larter, model Chris Zylka, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jenna Elfman and host Maria Menounos circulated.

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Photos: Kellan Lutz, top right, and Hayden Panettiere, left, at Hollywood Domino. Credits: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

 


Will the Amanda Knox story hurt Hayden Panettiere, or vice versa?

The Amanda Knox story stars Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere stars Monday night in a dramatization of the Amanda Knox story -- and the Lifetime movie has stirred up drama of its own, with Knox's family fighting unsuccessfully to have the broadcast blocked until after her appeal is complete.

In "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," the former "Heroes" star portrays an American student who in December 2009 was convicted in the 2007 sexual assault and stabbing death of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, where they were studying. Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted; they got 26 and 25 years, respectively.

A report out Monday in London said Lifetime had cut a scene showing Panettiere as Knox attacking the Kercher character with a knife as she's held down by the Sollecito character.

Knox's parents were ordered Tuesday to stand trial in Italy on slander charges stemming from their allegations in a British newspaper interview that police abused their daughter verbally and physically before she was arrested. Last April, appeals were filed from all sides, with the prosecution calling the sentences too lenient, and the defense attorneys questioning police tactics and DNA evidence. Review of the appeals began in December.

So how has Panettiere been handling it as she promoted the movie?

"I've definitely gotten harsh questions, but then I talk about the fact that the movie is very fact-driven and classy," Panettiere told The Times. "It's nothing that would incriminate her or sway a judge's opinion of her in a court of law. That's the main concern here."

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