Billy Joel was in Chicago last week for the debut of Movin' Out, the musical based on his songs. On July 18 he dined at one of his favorite restaurants, Spiaggia, not once but twice. Spotting the restaurant's climate-controlled cheese "cave" that houses more than 25 rare cheeses on his way out of the eatery before the show, he asked if he could come back later to sample them. The staff kept the restaurant open two hours past its regular closing time while Joel and seven friends feasted on cheeses, appetizers and bottles of expensive wine. Joel, who spent 10 days in a Connecticut rehab facility, picked up the $2,000 tab but didn't sip any vino.
In "Soak Up the Sun," Sheryl Crow sings about enjoying life, and she takes her own advice to heart. First she learned to surf for the "Sun" video, and now Crow has developed a passion for motocross—dirt-bike riding. The rocker got hooked after riding a bike in the video for her song "Steve McQueen." She's taken two of her bikes on tour with her and revs them up whenever she can find time—and a good trail.
Road to Perdition is an intense drama, but Tom Hanks, who portrays a Depression-era hit man, kept things as light as possible when it came to his 14-year-old costar Tyler Hoechlin, who plays his son. While shooting in Chicago last year, Hanks took Tyler to a Cubs game and surprised him one day with a sports pager that gets up-to-the-minute scores. When the film wrapped, Hanks also gave him a top-of-the-line Sony video-cam. Hoechlin gave Hanks a vibrating massage pen to help relieve writer's cramp. "He's a hard guy to buy for," Hoechlin says. "What's he not have?"
If the CBS fall spinoff series C.S.I.: Miami is a hit, other spinoffs might be possible, network president Les Moonves said recently, but "I don't think we're going to see a C.S.I: Toledo." So what do the folks in Toledo, Ohio, think? "Les Moonves' comments reflect a rather old, tired stereotype of Toledo," the city's mayor, Jack Ford, tells me. Then again, Ford admits, setting the show in Toledo (pop. 310,000) would be "pretty boring" since Toledo's murder rate is well below the national average.
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