During the five-month shoot of The Perfect Storm, costars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg settled in Gloucester, Mass., and became close to the townspeople, many of whom lost family members in the deadly 1991 tempest the film dramatizes. Wahlberg, who portrays Bobby Shatford, one of the victims, made Shatford's sons Bobby Jr., 18, and Jonathan, 14, the most popular teens in town by giving them his beeper number. He further endeared himself to Gloucester residents by living upstairs at the Crow's Nest, the local hangout that plays a prominent role in the movie. Clooney, meanwhile, played hoops with Gregg Sousa, the boyfriend of Shatford's sister Mary Anne, whose family owns the Crow's Nest. And just how good was Gorgeous George, a hoops fanatic, on the basketball court? "He's a stiff," says a laughing Sousa.

It's unlikely Jeffrey Katzenberg bows to many people, but at the London premiere of Chicken Run the Dream Works honcho bent in reverence to Sean Connery, who was recently knighted. Sir Sean, who sat in the front row of "the royal circle"—the prime seats in an English theater—with wife Micheline Roque-brune, acknowledged Katzenberg, some 30 feet away, with a wave.

I hope she's not jinxing herself: Angie Harmon and New York Giants football star Jason Sehorn won't marry until June 2, 2001, in her hometown of Dallas, but that didn't stop the Law & Order actress from wearing a jersey that read "Harmon-Sehorn" on the back during the celebrity Softball game benefiting single parent families held on July 1 in Los Angeles.

Managing two careers in one family isn't easy. Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox, whose championship NBA season just ended, is currently shooting several episodes of Oz, the gritty HBO drama, in New York City. Now he gets to spend a lot more time with his actress wife, Vanessa L. Williams (Shaft), and their 2-month-old daughter Sasha, who reside in Chappaqua, New York, where the former Miss America also raises her three children from a previous marriage.

Fast Takes: Adam Sandler's girlfriend, model Jackie Titone, has converted to Judaism. Sandler's rep says Titone's decision does not reflect any imminent plans for the couple to marry....

Cathy Moriarty and financier Joseph Gentile, her husband of 11 months, are expecting twins in September....

A follow-up to the successful Boyz N the Hood won't have any of the original cast, and director John Singleton is looking for newcomers. Hood jump-started the acting careers of Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube and Nia Long. Shooting begins in the fall....

Jeff Goldblum was spotted dancing and dipping a young woman between sets at Hollywood's Las Palmas, where he plays piano on Mondays with his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra....

Catherine Zeta-Jones enjoyed a pregnancy massage at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla, Calif., where she filmed Traffic, a thriller that costars her fiancé, Michael Douglas.

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