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HITS THE BIG SCREEN
Two years after his acting debut in Broken Bridges, Keith, 47, cowrote a screenplay (with comedian Rodney Carrington) and stars as a small-town deputy in the just-released film Beer for My Horses, inspired by his hit song.
SINGING VS. ACTING
"They're not even close. With acting you're in a surreal world. If you have a girlfriend in your movie, you have to fall in love with her. If you have an enemy in the film, you have to hate him in your mind. It's just surreal."
THE ACTOR HE'D WANT TO PLAY HIM IN A MOVIE
"I don't know. I can think of a lot of 'em I wouldn't want doing it. Either way I'd get in hot water, so I'll be safe and say John Wayne. Does that count?"
FAVORITE PART OF MAKING MOVIES
"Watching my screenplay come to life. Seeing the actors and actresses all read their parts—that was so cool."
Fans of Taylor Swift's can now collect a fashion ($14.99) or singing ($19.99, left) replica of the teen star. The dolls are available in Wal-Mart now and at Toys "R" Us in October.
WHAT I'M LISTENING TO
1 "IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (Would You Hold it Against Me)" by The Bellamy Brothers
"The greatest pickup line I have ever heard in my life."
2 "KEROSENE" by Miranda Lambert (his girlfriend)
"It's imperative that I understand the lyrics."
3 "CENTERFOLD" by The J. Geils Band
"It became one of my favorites after Playboy did an article on Miranda."
4 "WHAT I'D SAY" by Earl Thomas Conley
"The greatest country song and performance of all time."
5 "...BABY ONE MORE TIME" by Britney Spears
"This song is hot. Makes me hot...so hot."
6 "I'M FROM THE COUNTRY" by Tracy Byrd
"It's my karaoke specialty."
ON THE ROAD: WHERE THE STARS EAT
Miles away from home? Never fear: These celebs know exactly where to find their own piece of culinary nirvana
McGraw loves the fare at this legendary hot dog stand on La Brea Blvd.
Bryan craves the andouille hash and eggs. "I love it when I can get southern cookin' when I'm away."
For this slice-loving trio, no other pizza matches up.
"The chicken-fried steak sandwich—love it, love it, love it!"
McBride picks "a combo: beef taco, two cheese enchiladas and shrimp."
NEW YORK CITY
Hill favors the yellowtail sashimi with jalepeño.
TUPELO HONEY CAFE
"Fish and grits and of course the biscuits with tupelo honey."
Evans makes time for some classic steak house food.
THE CHAIN GANG
These stars find their faves around the U.S.
Dierks Bentley, SUBWAY "Tuna with cheese and a ton of jalapeños on whole wheat."
Montgomery Gentry, HOOTERS "We love the wings and cold beer," says Troy Gentry.
Trisha Yearwood, P.F. CHANG'S "I order chicken lettuce wraps and honey chicken with brown rice."
From simple chin scruff to more thought-out designs, here's a rundown of the many twists country stars put on facial hair
Billy Ray Cyrus
The double-wide soul patch
Jason Michael Carroll
HOT BABY GIFT!
ONESIE BY PUNKSTER $28
Now Nashville is truly crawling with Johnny Cash fans. Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Luke Bryan all received this onesie—in black, of course—as a gift for their newborns. Available at Nashville's Gingham, 615-279-5200 or dimplesanddandelions.com.
IDOL GONE COUNTRY
Former American Idol hopeful Kristy Lee Cook, 24, is embracing her love for country music. Newly signed to 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville, and currently on the Idol tour, Cook has an album due this fall. "Growing up I really loved Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Faith Hill," says Cook. But as for a permanent move to Nashville from Selma, Ore., the recently engaged Cook says, "I'm looking, but I haven't decided yet."
For Sale: KENNY ROGERS' ATLANTA MANSION
9,000 sq. ft.-Fully furnished!
The six-bedroom Italian-style home includes fun extras like an African-themed guest room, elevator and exercise studio. The singer is building a lake home on 150 acres just outside nearby Athens, Ga.
A crystal chandelier and flared staircase create a dramatic first impression.
The Master Bedroom
An ornate four-poster bed sits opposite a flat-panel TV and fireplace.
The Master Bathroom
One of the home's 6.5 bathrooms, this spa-worthy retreat has a steam shower, soaking tub and heated marble floors.
A warming drawer, double ovens and expansive granite countertops make this space ideal for entertaining.
Hot Guy of the Month
The single North Carolina native, 35, is turning heads with a Top 20 hit, "Do You Believe Me Now," and a new CD out Aug. 26.
CRAZIEST FEMALE FAN ENCOUNTER
"Aside from moms trying to get me to hook up with their daughters? The fact that they'll actually fly hundreds of miles to be at my show—you cannot explain how that feels."
HIS IDEAL DAY OFF
"I like to sit on my patio and eat watermelon. I just love to do that in the summertime."
WHAT HE LOOKS FOR IN A WOMAN
"I don't care what color her hair or eyes are. She's got to be smart. She's got to be able to have fun, and she's got to love family."
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