Star Tracks

updated 09/15/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/15/2003 01:00AM

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

Stage Stars
Aug. 31
Sometimes I can be tragically overdressed," said Bill Murray, who didn't have that problem escorting his Lost in Translation costar Scarlett Johansson (left) and director Sofia Coppola.

Womb with a View
Aug. 31
Unable to control her maternal instinct, Naomi Watts rubbed the tummy of her glowing Le Divorce costar Kate Hudson, whose baby is due this winter.

BOAT PEOPLE
Aug. 27-Sept. 1
Celebs arrived via canal, that most Venetian of waterways: (from left) Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci and Woody Allen were onboard for their comedy Anything Else; Catherine Zeta-Jones docked to promote Intolerable Cruelty; and Johnny Depp (Once Upon a Time in Mexico) tipped his hat to the locals, saying, "It's a great place for a festival." Matchstick Men's Nicolas Cage agreed he felt "quite at home," while Depp's costar Salma Hayek struck the white note.

The Italian Job
Sept. 1
Enjoying a water-taxi ride through Venice's famed canals, George Clooney was happy to return to Italy after vacationing at his Lake Como villa earlier this summer. The actor was also publicizing Intolerable Cruelty, his romantic comedy with Catherine Zeta-Jones, which opens Oct. 10.

Ford Explorers
SARDINIA, ITALY
Aug. 28
Enjoying some couples time before Harrison Ford headed to Berlin to promote Hollywood Homicide, the action hero and his sweetie, Calista Flockhart, relaxed at the Porto Cervo resort. After getting their toes wet in the Mediterranean (left), the couple enjoyed some laid-back moments (right)—and a change of swimsuits—before getting downright cheeky on the beach.

Eyes Wide Open
TOKYO
Aug. 28
Tom Cruise kept the focus on his fans at the Haneda airport while promoting The Last Samurai, a drama in which he plays a 19th-century mercenary, due Dec. 5.

Baby Steps
MANHATTAN
Aug. 27
Jill Hennessy flaunted her new form in SoHo. The Crossing Jordan star's first child (with hubby, actor Paolo Mastropietro) is due next month.

Fight Club
Clad in full battle regalia, a well-armed Brad Pitt took charge while filming a scene as Greek warrior Achilles for his epic Troy, with Orlando Bloom and Peter O'Toole, due in theaters next May.

Au Pair
BEVERLY HILLS
Aug. 27
On another expectant-mom front, Reese Wither-spoon couldn't curb her enthusiasm while playing in a local park with her 4-year-old daughter Ava (Dad is Wither-spoon's hubby, actor Ryan Phillippe). The actress, who stars in the upcoming 19th-century drama Vanity Fair, is expecting the couple's second child in December.

Whoa, Dude!
BEVERLY HILLS
Aug. 26
Keanu Reeves was well-suited for a ride on his Harley-Davidson after a cigarette break (inset). The Matrix Revolutions hits theaters Nov. 5.

Play Date
LONDON
Sept. 1
"We were instantly partners in crime all over again," says Joseph Fiennes, who reunited with Shakespeare in Love costar Gwyneth Paltrow at the Globe Theatre to rehearse Romeo and Juliet for a Prince's Trust performance later that night.

Beach Buddies
MALIBU
Aug. 30
Finding good company was no problem for Shannen Doherty as she played with her dog. The actress is currently hosting the Sci Fi Channel's Scare Tactics.

Rocky Waters
VENICE, CALIF.
Aug. 26
Sylvester Stallone had no trouble keeping his daughters Sophia, 7 (right), and Sistine, 5, afloat during a beach trip with mom Jennifer Flavin and baby sister Scarlet, 1.

Cheese!
NEW YORK CITY
Aug. 27
Everything came up poses for Kirsten Dunst (center) and her sweetie Jake Gyllenhaal as they stopped to smile for admirers in SoHo. The actress costars in the drama Mona Lisa Smile, due out in December, while the actor's sci-fi thriller The Day After Tomorrow opens next spring.

Sets and the Sixties
HOLLYWOOD
Time traveling to the '60s in a bouffant wig and false eyelashes, Kelly Clarkson didn't mind a fad hair day while prepping for her guest stint as singer Brenda Lee on the Sept. 28 episode of the NBC drama American Dreams. "I love the dress. I'm not so keen on this [hair]," said Clarkson, who sang Lee's hit "Sweet Nothin's" on the show. "It's just so big. Girls these days, hopefully, don't do this very often."

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