08/04/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
Swept Off Her Feet
For Peta Wilson, her League of Extraordinary Gentlemen costar Sean Connery certainly lived up to the movie's elite title. "He's just full of classic, old-school charm. When we were out one night, I danced with him," says Wilson, 32. "I was just trying to keep up. Eventually, he gently lifted me off the ground, making it look like I knew what I was doing. It was like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers—except I was no Ginger." The former La Femme Nikita actress was surprised to learn one thing about the great Scot. "His hands are as soft as my baby's bottom," says Wilson of the 72-year-old actor. "He's the quintessential man's man, but I don't think he's ever mowed the lawn."
Sharon the Blame
Sharon Osbourne won't forget the MTV crowd on her new syndicated daytime talk show, which premieres Sept. 15. "My dream guests are everyone from 50 Cent to Pearl Jam to Linkin Park," says Osbourne, 50. While she may be up on her hip-hop and alternative rock, Osbourne admits that she wasn't as informed as she could have been when it came to her son Jack's drug use. "I thought that I was a mum that knew everything, but when Jack said he was using [the painkiller] OxyContin, I said, 'What is that?' " she says. "In hindsight I think, 'What the hell was I doing, letting my 17-year-old son go to the Playboy mansion dressed in pajamas or to clubs where they would serve him alcohol?' I want my kids to hang out with people their own age."
Living in sleepy Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., has rubbed off on Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas—to an extent. "I drive an SUV, and I do the grocery shopping," says Thomas, 31. "But I don't use coupons, and I won't let my wife [Marisol] use them either." Thomas, whose band's latest CD, More Than You Think You Are, has gone platinum, doesn't exactly blend in with the other suburbanites. "When people see me,it's like a Bigfoot sighting. Some days I'm signing autographs on grocery bags in the cereal aisle," he says. "Once, a delivery man came at 8 a.m. to hit me up for tickets. I'm half asleep, thinking, 'Dude, you have to be kidding.' So I said, 'Yeah, get back to me on that.' "
"Softball is for people who are not athletic enough to play baseball. It is basically a game for people who have jobs where they can't afford to lose their front teeth," says Jimmy Kimmel, 35, who belly flopped while chasing down a pop fly in a celebrity softball game that was part of Major League Baseball's All-Star week-end festivities. "My best softball skill is drinking, so I just try not to make an idiot of myself." Still, the late-night talk-show host admits that suiting up for the game does improve his coordination in one arena. "I'd wear [a baseball] uniform every day if I could, because at least it matches, which is contrary to my normal attire."