Marcia Cross's Holiday Chill
12/20/2004 AT 06:00 AM EST
Sugar and Spice
Golden Globe nominee Nicollette Sheridan says housewives everywhere tell her they want to emulate her sexy, scheming Desperate Housewives character Edie Britt. "At first I found it a little disconcerting, but after asking them why I realized it's because Edie has so much fun," says Sheridan. "They think a little spice in their life would be a lot of fun." In fact, Sheridan defends Edie who, among other things, takes obvious pleasure in flaunting her goods in front of neighbor Mike Delfino (James Denton) and seeing her romantic rival, Susan (Teri Hatcher), humiliated. "If you look at the show, the four women are all lying in one way or another, and Edie is not. She's very up front – she's out there – but she's honest." Still, Sheridan hints to Insider that there may be something up her character's skimpy sleeve: "She doesn't have any nasty little secrets that we know of – yet."
No Man of Steel
Topher Grace, the charmingly scrawny star of That '70s Show, laughs off tabloid rumors that he was ever approached to play Superman in a new version of the comic-book hero's movie. "No. I never got that call. No. It was Jimmy Olsen," he jokes, referring to the over-eager newspaper photographer who works with Superman's alter ego Clark Kent. But Grace, who stars in the upcoming In Good Company with Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson, says he did hear the rumors that he was being sought for the Man of Steel role. "I bumped into Mischa Barton and I said, 'Hey, are we in Superman'? She said, 'No. We're not.' " As for the sitcom that made him a star, Grace says he's grateful for its longevity but is definitive about his decision to move on from That '70s Show. "This may or may not be our last season. This is my last season."
Don Cheadle, who stars in Ocean's 12 and Hotel Rwanda, which just received three Golden Globe nominations (best picture, drama; best original song; and best performance for Cheadle), talks to PEOPLE about his buddy George Clooney's ruptured disk, Julia Roberts's babies, his favorite CD of 2004 and more.
George Clooney's back trouble: "I haven't talked to him. He left me a message. I don't know his condition."
Julia Robert's twins: "No, those are not my kids. I wish she would stop saying that! I think she should have gone with 'Don' and 'Dawn.'"
All I want for Christmas is ...: "If you can wrap quiet, that's what I want."
My favorite movie of the year is ...: "I really liked Sideways. I thought it was so good."
My favorite CD of the year is ...: "The Grind Date by De La Soul. It's getting heavy rotation."
By MARK DAGOSTINO, CHRIS GARDNER, AMY LONGSDORF and SARYN CHORNEY