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10/29/2004

Power to the people

Rapper Eminem and baritone Josh Groban now have something in common: They are up for favorite male singer in the 31st annual People's Choice Awards. Nominees were announced Tuesday by Jason Alexander and Malcolm-Jamal Warner of TV's "Listen Up' and Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan of "Desperate Housewives.' The nomination and awards process, formerly based on a national poll, has been revised. The nominees were compiled by Entertainment Weekly, the People's Choice production team and pop-culture fans. The public can start voting online now for the winners ( www.pcavote.com Additional feature film categories will be announced at a later date. CBS will broadcast the ceremony from 9 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 9. Live in the East, it will be delayed in the West.

Here are some of the categories:

Favorite female movie star: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon.

Favorite male movie star: George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington.

Favorite group: Evanescence, Maroon5, No Doubt, OutKast, U2.

Favorite male singer: Eminem, Josh Groban, John Mayer, Prince, Usher.

Favorite female singer: Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan.

!tag!f=CB Helvetica Condensed Bold f-b f-i s=14!tag!TALK OF TINSELTOWN: Tom Cruise got up close and personal with his fans Monday night at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. The 42-year-old actor talked about his career and took questions from the audience as part of "A Conversation With Tom Cruise,' presented by the American Film Institute. Clips of Cruise's films -- starting with the 1981 "Taps' to his most recent release, "Collateral' -- were shown.

Dressed in black, ever youthful and with his trademark toothy grin, Cruise looked like a mature version of his Joel Goodsen character in "Risky Business,' though he wouldn't bite when the enthusiastic audience urged him to re-create his risque dance from the movie to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll.' Most of the evening was devoted to Cruise's career -- films with greats such as Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg, with whom he is currently working on "War of the Worlds.' But he also touched a bit on his personal life, often mentioning his children -- Isabella, 11 and Connor, 9, and how he became a Scientologist after he filmed "The Color of Money' in 1986.

!tag!f=CB Helvetica Condensed Bold f-b f-i s=14!tag!FLATTERY WILL GET YOU SUED: Catherine Zeta-Jones should be flattered that her image was used for advertising and promotion on the Web site of a Nevada topless club, a spokesman for the club said. Well, Zeta-Jones isn't, and she's suing the Spice House, which bills itself as "Reno's friendliest topless cabaret,' and its owner, Wesglow Resources, for displaying her picture on "numerous pages' of its Web site without her permission.

Zeta-Jones, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for 2002's "Chicago,' seeks unspecified damages and an order barring further use of her likeness.

A designer for the club's Web site downloaded pictures of Zeta-Jones from a German Web site that offered "royalty-free graphics,' said Kent Wallace, the club's marketing director. "It was an image of a beautiful woman,' Wallace said. "We had no idea it was Catherine Zeta-Jones; one wouldn't think (her image) would appear in a free graphics Web site.' "She should have been flattered, as far as I'm concerned,' Wallace said Monday.

!tag!f=CB Helvetica Condensed Bold f-b f-i s=14!tag!NOT LOVING THE BUG: "Mean Girls' star Lindsay Lohan was recovering at a hospital after being admitted with a high fever and headache, her publicist said. Lohan, 18, has been in Los Angeles filming the upcoming movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded.' She was hospitalized Thursday with a 103-degree fever, publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnik said. The illness forced Lohan to postpone taping a cameo role on "That '70s Show,' the sitcom that features her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama. Production on "Herbie' also was halted and will resume after Lohan has recovered, Zelnik said.

-- Staff and Wire Services!end!