Star Tracks

updated 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sporting a brand new Afro, Denzel Washington hooped it up on the New York City set of Spike Lee's He Got Game. The basketball drama casts the Oscar winner as a convicted murderer facing heavy prison time—unless he can persuade his son to play ball for a local college.

Even on the banks of the River Dee at Balmoral in Scotland, a kilted Prince Charles couldn't skirt the news of his ex-wife Princess Diana's romance with movie producer Dodi Al Fayed (see cover story on page 48). On hand to keep dad company: sons William (left), 15, and Harry, 12.

Urban-relocated cowboy Garth Brooks (with band member Stephanie Davis) conquered the big city in foot-stompin' style when he took Manhattan for a free Central Park concert. A honky-tonk time was had by all: some 7 million HBO viewers and 250,000 lawn dwellers.

It was single girls' night out when Brad Pitt's former fiancée Gwyneth Paltrow coupled up with gal pal Winona Ryder at the Manhattan premiere of the police drama Cop Land. Paltrow will pair up with Ethan Hawke in the drama Great Expectations, opening in December.

Having checked out of drug rehab in June, Friends' Matthew Perry gave the thumbs up after putting on some pounds at an L.A. restaurant with Chris Farley, his costar in the comedy Edwards and Hunt, due next year. Friends' new season premieres Sept. 25.

Among the celebs putting on a show for children's charity at the opening night of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in L.A. were Melissa Gilbert (above), who muscled in on the Rippel Bros.' act; Seinfeld's Jason Alexander (below), who clowned around with John Lynch; and Baywatch roll model Jose Solano (left, center).

Comedian Bill Cosby may have had his share of personal drama this year, but that didn't stop him from putting his funniest face forward for eight of his pint-size new costars on the New York City set of his CBS sitcom Cosby. When the show returns for its second season on Sept. 15, Cosby's character, Hilton Lucas, will find himself living next to a preschool. Some of the youngsters cast as students were picked from an open casting call that drew thousands last month in New York City.

Reverting to her basic instincts, Sharon Stone must have raided her lingerie drawer as she stepped out for dinner in Manhattan. The actress will soon be costuming herself for another outing, however: a costarring turn with Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson in the sci-fi adventure Sphere, opening in December.

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