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You Kiss One Film Star, You’ve Kissed Them All

Compiled By Staff Writer Dan Web

You’d think that it would be a pleasure to get, uh, intimate with some of the biggest movie stars on the planet.

According to Rene Russo, it’s more of a pain.

“The truth is, I am terrified. I hate it,” she told “Extra.” “Clint Eastwood and I spoke for about five minutes, and then we had to get naked,” she said, referring to the film “In the Line of Fire.”

Eastwood isn’t the only actor with whom she’s gotten personal. There’s also Mel Gibson, John Travolta and in the forthcoming “Tin Cup,” Kevin Costner and Don Johnson.

So who is the best kisser?

“I could never say that,” she said. “It is like apples and oranges. They are all delicious.”

Loose talk

Al “Weird Al” Yankovic clarifying his identity (on America Online): “Al is my name. I use quotes around ‘Weird Al’ because it’s my nickname. I don’t like it when people just call me ‘Weird.’ I’m not on a first-adjective basis with anybody.”

Instead of an Oscar, he’ll settle for a drink

Peter O’Toole turns 64 today.

This brings to mind a certain 1979 Christmas party

While medical studies indicate that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can help a person think better, “Tonight” show host Jay Leno thinks that it is large amounts of alcohol that actually help a person think. “Because,” he says, “you start thinking, ‘Where’s my car? Who’s this woman? Why is my head in the toilet?”’

Which would be like O.J. trying on the bloody glove

Ever wonder where celebrities stand on the gun issue? Well, Judge Lance Ito indicated his sentiments in a recent letter to the editor that was published in the newsletter Gun Tests: The Consumer Resource for the Serious Shooter: “As one wrestling with the dilemma of choosing between the reliability and proven stopping power of the .357 Magnum,” Ito wrote, “and the greater firepower of the compact .40 Smith & Wesson (particularly the Glock 27), it would have been helpful to see a side-by-side size comparison.”

It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it

Despite what you may have been hearing, “Friends” star Matthew Perry says that negotiations between the sitcom cast and NBC are proceeding smoothly. “There never was a phone call where we said we’re not coming back unless we get this,” said Perry. “This is just a normal renegotiation. Period. A very friendly negotiation.” He wouldn’t discuss specifics, but Perry and his fellow cast members reportedly want $100,000 per-episode paychecks - each.

He won’t get married to just feel harried

As for the reports that soul singer James Brown has remarried, he told this to USA Today: “You folks already have me married off. You write this down: James Brown is single and likes to mingle! Huh-aah!”

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