31 October 2001
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Gene Hackman In Real Life Brawl
Actor Gene Hackman
got into a fight with another man in Los Angeles after crashing his car yesterday. Eyewitness's claim Hackman, 71, and the man came to blows after their cars collided on the busy intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights in the West Hollywood area. Witnesses say the other driver baited Hackman into a brawl, leaving both men with bruised faces. But after the police broke up the fight, neither side was willing to press charges and no one was arrested. Hackman's publicist Dick Guttman said, "Gene thought it was funny, really. He's not a soft guy, he's an ex-Marine, and he can take care of himself. Really, he's a very gentle guy, but anybody can be provoked."
Shannon Elizabeth Speaks Out Against Stereotypes
Stunning actress Shannon Elizabeth
is being doubly affected by the recent terrorist threats - because she's half Arabic. The pretty American Pie
star, whose father is of Syrian and Lebanese descent, has recorded a public service announcement to preach to her fellow Americans about the dangers of racism and stereotypes. She says, "I'm half Arabic, but I am one hundred per cent American. What is going on affects me the same as everyone else." The public service announcement will be aired on American TV in November.
Pitt And Swank Trick Diners
Diners were shocked to see Hilary Swank
arriving for a dinner date with Brad Pitt
- without their respective spouses in sight. The Mexican
actor and the Oscar winning starlet arrived arm-in- arm at family-owned Maria cafe in Sherman Oaks, California, prompting speculation they were having an affair. However minutes later Swank's husband Chad Lowe
and his West Wing
star brother Rob Lowe
arrived with Friends
beauty Jennifer Aniston
to join the pair. On lookers forgot their shock and watched as the famous five laughed and ate, while posing for photographs taken with Jennifer's disposable camera.
Lopez Ousts Berry From Gigli
Latina bombshell Jennifer Lopez
is to co-star with Ben Affleck
in a new film about a hitman. The curvy stunner will replace Halle Berry
, who pulled out of Gigli
because of scheduling problems with X-Men 2
. Lopez is expected to get $12 million for the role, her highest film fee to date. The movie tells the story of a free-spirited woman (Lopez) sent to supervise a lowly hitman (Affleck) who has kidnapped the mentally slow brother of a district attorney. Together they hold the brother hostage in an apartment and go on the run from the police, falling in love in the process. The movie will go into production next month.
Buffy: Don't Call Me Sexy
TV babe Sarah Michelle Gellar
hates being called sexy. The blonde Buffy The Vampire Slayer
star is well-known for being one of Hollywood's sexiest actresses, but she'd much rather be famous for being clever. The 24-year-old says, "Being sexy is being confident. It's important to know you don't have silicone breasts falling out and a thigh-high skirt. Sometimes you meet people and they think, 'Another cute little blonde actress'. That's not who I am."
Liz Gets Practice At Being A Mum
After fighting off reports that she is an expectant mum, Elizabeth Hurley
now gets to be the next best thing - a godmother. The sexy model-turned-actress will be godmum to six month old Mark Dent-Brocklehurst at a ceremony in Gloucestershire, England, before Christmas. Baby Mark is the first child of Liz's pals Henry Dent-Brocklehurst and former model Lili Maltese. The Bedazzled
star was recently reported to be three months pregnant with boyfriend Hollywood producer Steve Bing
. But Hurley's spokeswoman Karin Smith dismissed the suggestion saying, "I've spoken to Elizabeth about it and she said it was just vicious gossips spreading rumors for the past month."
Gwyneth Gets Scared
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow
is so terrified of an anthrax outbreak, she's stocked up on gas masks and supplies. The Shallow Hal
star admits that she's been shocked by the recent anthrax scares in America and is scared stiff that she will get infected by the virus. Paltrow has already got a gas mask and admits to keeping a three day supply of food and water, batteries, cellphones and radios, "In case something goes wrong". She also says she's very careful about opening her own mail and confessed that shooting an episode of comedy show Saturday Night Live
in a building where a worker contracted anthrax, "doesn't make me all that happy."
Cybil On Elvis
Hollywood star Cybill Shepherd
dated Elvis Presley
in her youth - but she always knew their relationship was doomed. The King romanced the blonde actress in the '70s, when he was 42 and she was 27. And although Cybil bedded the legend she knew they wouldn't last as a couple. She says, "The fact is, Elvis got hooked on speed in the army. It was issued to soldiers on night maneuvers, but it also helped him keep his weight down. Then it got out of control. Did I want to be with someone who would have dragged me down? The only way to have stayed with Elvis was by doing drugs. Elvis died in his early 40s, which seems more and more shocking to me now."
Travolta Takes Precautions
has upped security in his home and on his private plane following the terrorist attacks on America. He insists he owes it to his family to protect them. Travolta says, "I have a dog inspect my plane before I get on and a security guard takes me on and off. It's necessary. If I owned an airline I'd do the same. As for my mail, that's redirected now - it's done with gloves and special plastic things. By the time it gets to me I know it's safe."
Ally McBeal Makes Mariah Carey Feel At Home
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producers were so concerned Mariah Carey
was going to break down on the set of the hit TV show, they invited all her friends on the set. Executive Bill D'Elia admits he did all he could to make the singing diva comfortable - including hiring all her favourite beauty experts. He says, "She's really great. We found out she likes to work with makeup and hair. We made sure she was surrounded with the people she was comfortable with." Carey's guest spot will air on American TV next year - she stars as a lady who sues a dating service.