Robert Downey Jr., who is undergoing court-ordered treatment for drug addiction at an undisclosed rehab facility in L.A., was spotted July 4 with a group of people waiting in line for brunch at Malibu's cozy Marmalade Cafe. Turns out Downey can take off-site excursions. "If he's out, he has permission and he's supervised," says a source close to the actor. In fact, Downey and company finally opted to skip the wait and left—so they wouldn't miss their yoga class. "He's working hard at maintaining his sobriety and his health," the source tells me.
Have you caught the latest Levi's ad on TV? The one featuring belly buttons singing, "I'm Coming Out"? The midriffs in the spot belong to models, of course, but the singing is by Jamie-Lynn Sigler. The actress, who plays Meadow Soprano, Tony's daughter on HBO's Mob hit The Sopranos, is also an aspiring chanteuse. Her CD of pop songs will appear in stores this October.
Wesley Snipes, who likes to do many of his own stunts, tore some cartilage in his knee during a fight scene earlier this month on the set of Blade 2 in Prague. After Snipes had surgery in the Czech Republic and flew home for what might be a long recovery, word on the set was that the mishap would suck a lot of blood out of the vampire flick's schedule if reshoots involving Snipes were needed. Not so, according to a rep for Blade 2, who claims the thriller wrapped and Snipes left as planned.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants DreamWorks SKG to redesign its company logo, which features a boy sitting on a crescent moon with a fishing pole. The animal rights organization maintains that fishing is animal abuse and urged studio chiefs Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen to replace the pole with a kite, or to show a flying fish jumping over the moon. Katzenberg's response? In a letter to PETA he states that the company isn't promoting the catching of fish—the boy is simply "fishing for dreams." The logo will stay.
Russell Crowe may be a $15 million man onscreen, but he's got a ways to go in the rock arena. He and his five bandmates in 30 Odd Foot of Grunts will split $10,000 to $25,000 per show on their U.S. tour in August. After stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, L.A., Portland, Ore., and two in Austin, that still ought to be enough for the Aussie to pick up a few pints for his mates.
- Hugh McCarten,
- Marisa Laudadio.
Meg Ryan seems to be relishing the single life, but her ex, Dennis Quaid, may be getting more serious with Shanna Moakler. The 1995 Miss USA, once engaged to boxer Oscar De La Hoya, met Quaid almost six months ago at L.A.'s Latin Lounge. After spending time together on the Texas set of Quaid's film The Rookie, the pair discovered they both love to "rent movies and have nice dinners at home," Moakler, an actress, tells me. "Now we're taking it to the next level." Moakler, who has not met Quaid's 9-year-old son Jack, declined to elaborate.