Sarah Jessica Hits Her Mark

Sarah Jessica Hits Her Mark
Sarah Jessica Parker
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11/11/2005 AT 06:00 AM EST

She plays an uptight woman going home to meet her boyfriend's relatives in the comedy The Family Stone, but Sarah Jessica Parker was happy to play it loose on the movie's Los Angeles set. "There was a dartboard set up and whenever they were changing lights or cameras, we would all just play darts," the actress told us at the recent Cinema Society/Vogue screening of the movie in New York City. So, with costars including Dermot Mulroney, Diane Keaton and Claire Danes, who was her biggest competition? "Claire was very, very good. By the end of the movie, she was a very accomplished dart thrower."

With Parker's busy schedule, making time to spend with husband Matthew Broderick – who's starring on Broadway in The Odd Couple – isn't easy. "We find ways," she says. "I'm about to finish shooting a movie so I'll have more time." And she has nothing but raves about his performance in the show. "Hit or not, I'm proud of him."

Cry Out Loud
Rapper 50 Cent's biggest challenge in starring in Get Rich or Die Tryin' was revealing his softer side. "I got nervous before I had to do a crying scene," the Armani-clad hip-hopper told us at the movie's recent Hollywood premiere. "I spent a large portion of my life trying not to cry when things don't go right. That was difficult for me."

And though it was his first acting job, Fitty (real name: Curtis Jackson) is no novice in front of the camera – and it showed. "50's done probably 50 videos. There you've got three minutes to tell an entire story and two days to shoot it. As an actor, we'll have three or four months," says costar Terrence Howard. "He had more experience than most actors on the set. He didn't need anybody's advice about anything."

Caught in the Act
Ashlee Simpson, dining with 10 pals at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The group then adjourned to the Tropicana Bar, where they drank bottles of red wine by the pool. Simpson – dressed in black with a white hat – was very animated and danced around before leaving with her entourage at 12:30 a.m.

Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton of U2, working out together at The Sports Club/LA in San Francisco before their show in Oakland.

• By KC BAKER, NICK WHITE, LYCIA NAFF and MARK DAGOSTINO

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