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Updated: January 23, 2012 4:02AM

Things apparently ranged from friendly and cozy to “a few tense moments” on the set of “Two and a Half Men” Friday in L.A.

Demi Moore was an unexpected visitor, spending most of the day hanging out in husband Ashton Kutcher’s trailer, joined by her daughter Rumer Willis.

According to a set spy, it seemed Willis was there to act as “something of a buffer or mediator. It was clear that when Ashton wasn’t working, they were all involved in some pretty deep conversation.

“From time to time, Demi would come out [of the trailer] and the two of them put on a happy-looking front when they knew people were watching, but you could easily see that they were on edge. At times, you could hear some angry yelling coming from that trailer, but then, less than a half hour later — lots of laughter. It was a bit bizarre.”

† Another source — a longtime Moore associate — said Tuesday the actress “is so conflicted. On the one hand she is so humiliated by Ashton’s cheating and the terribly embarrassing stories that have kept them on the front pages of the tabloids for weeks and weeks.

“While Demi is having a hard time forgiving him for that whole Sarah Leal [dalliance] — and on their anniversary at that! — she deeply loves Ashton and has a strong physical and emotional connection with him. She wants to save their marriage if she can get him to truly recommit, but I’m not so sure Ashton is coming from the same place.”

† While Moore is a big believer in the marriage and relationship advice the couple has received from Kabbalah counselors, there’s word that Kutcher is not into it quite as much.

† Further complicating the whole situation is Kutcher’s close relationship with Moore’s daughters from her marriage to Bruce Willis, who also is a pal of his ex-wife’s young husband.

THE BARE FACTS: Once touted as an actress destined for a long, successful career, Lindsay Lohan seems to be adding to her long record of poor decision-making by agreeing to pose for Playboy — reportedly for nearly $1 million.

† As LiLo’s Playboy news broke, her often-troubled father, Michael Lohan, was making headlines himself — having been arrested in Florida and again charged with domestic violence involving his on-again-off-again girlfriend Kate Major.

NOT INTERESTED: Jessica Simpson reportedly is telling friends and close associates she has been “stunned” by the relative lack of interest the celebrity magazines have in her increasingly obvious pregnancy.

First of all, since it seems clear the actress and singer is expecting, no major publication has any plans to pay Simpson anything near the $500,000 she was asking for the “exclusive” story.

“It also doesn’t help that the baby’s father is her fiance [former NFL player Eric Johnson], a guy nobody really cares about either,” said a top New York magazine exec.

† You can bet good money that Simpson is not happy that her former fiance, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, and his new wife, Candice Crawford, have just revealed they are expecting their first child.

Friends of Simpson have long maintained she still has a big soft spot in her heart for Romo — and was clearly crushed when he dumped her.

ANTHONY ANTICS: While the big New York publishing houses appear to be taking the high road and denying any interest in publishing a book by “tot mom” Casey Anthony, there’s a bit of flim-flam going on, all about losing big bucks on the huge advance Anthony would likely be paid.

I’ve learned the publishers all did market research and discovered the American public has even less interest in buying a book penned by the controversial Anthony than they had in If I Did It, the book project Judith Regan planned for O.J. Simpson.

THE RACE BEGINS: As usually happens this time of year, Hollywood studios are beginning their big Oscar campaigns. The race for the best actress Academy Award has Michelle Williams seeming to lead a pack of strong contenders — thanks to her haunting portrayal of sceen legend Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn,” opening in Chicago Nov. 4. Others getting early Oscar buzz are Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady,” Glenn Close (“Albert Knobbs”), Viola Davis (“The Help”), Charlize Theron (“Young Adult” ) and Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”).

WOULDN’T BE MISSED: Other “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast members as well as the program’s producers apparently agree that Taylor Armstrong is turning the reality series into a one-woman show — with her constant ranting about her many problems and neuroses, far beyond the suicide of husband Russell — and they want her out.

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