Michael Jackson thinks putting people in jail for downloading music is absolutely ridiculous. Two senators were counting on big-name artists like Jacko to help garner support for their proposed bill, which would make downloading music a crime punishable by up to five years in the clink. But Jackson said "no way." "It is wrong to illegally download, but the answer cannot be jail," he said.
Michael Douglas wasn't exactly jazzed when he found out that his wife Catherine Zeta Jones will be playing Brad Pitt's husband in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." The role was originally offered to Nicole Kidman, but she had to pass on the project because of scheduling conflicts. Mike's afraid that after sharing a bed, even if only on-screen, with a younger stud like Pitt, CZJ might get a taste for fresher fare a la Demi Moore.
Romancing Ms. Stone
Speaking of Demi, friends of Sharon Stone say the recently separated actress is taking notes from Ms. Moore and thinks having some fine young thing on her arm could help revive her career the way it did Demi's. A source told the National Enquirer, "Sharon's ready...(to) start seeing hot, young men. Even before it was announced that Phil had filed for divorce, Sharon asked a close female friend if she knew any good-looking young guys she could introduce her to. She's convinced that if Demi can do it, so can she."
"X-Files" star Gillian Anderson took a pretty serious tumble down the stairs of her London home the other night and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries to her lower back and hip. No word yet on the cause of Gillian's fall.
Angelina Jolie is having a house built in Cambodia and says that while clearing the surrounding property, contractors found 40, count 'em, 40 live land mines, which she had detonated. "I blew them up with TNT," she said.
Like father, like daughter
Kristin Gore, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, is writing her first novel, but those hoping for an juicy bio about the Gore family are in for a disappointment. "Sammy's Hill" is the story of a health care analyst working for an Ohio senator, is tentatively scheduled to come out in 2005. Gore's previous experience includes giving speeches during her father's 2000 presidential campaign and writing for the Fox's "Futurama." No word yet on whether Tipper will slap the book with a parental advisory sticker.
Live nude guy
Arnold Schwarzenegger ceased to be the main attraction at the London premiere of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" after a naked man streaked passed. Maybe the nudie should consider a run for governor of California.
Good girl hunting
Maybe Matt Damon is tired of buddy Ben getting all the press attention. Or maybe he just wants to be People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, too. Either way, Damon's getting tabloid attention now. The Oscar winner, who is engaged to Ben's former assistant Odessa Whitmire, has been drooling over Eva Mendes, his sexy co-star in "Stuck on You," who has been compared in the press to J.Lo. "I certainly wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating crackers," Damon told British Esquire. Funny, I would say the same thing about him.