Jessica Simpson

Scoop

UPDATED 08/01/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/01/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

BUMPS, NO BREAK
They bicker, but Jessica's dad says Mr. and Mrs. Lachey are doing fine

If Father knows best, then Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey may make it after all. Joe Simpson told Scoop that his daughter's marriage is much like his own. "Do they fight? Hell yes, they fight. Have there been moments when Nick has wanted to leave Jessica or Jess has wanted to leave Nick? Absolutely," Simpson says. But he's quick to add that the squabbles are not a sign of major trouble in the relationship. "[It's the] same with me and my wife. If fighting is a sign of divorce, then we're all going to get divorced. My wife and I have been married 27 years. We've been at the edge of divorce for 26 of them." The Simpsons and the Lacheys have a secret for solving their differences, he says. "We stick together. So we laugh together. We cry together. We drink together." Simpson chatted while promoting Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive, a reality series he's coproducing for the E! network. He's still managing his daughter's career. Next up, after The Dukes of Hazzard opening Aug. 5: "We're doing a movie called Major Movie Star. It's kind of like Private Benjamin. She's going to go join the Army. It's going to be a good fun thing."

Colin's Sex Scandal
Colin Farrell, the next Paris Hilton video sensation? Not if he can help it. After learning of plans to distribute an X-rated videotape of him making love to former girlfriend Nicole Narain, the actor filed a lawsuit July 18 to prevent the sale of the 2½-year-old, 15-minute romp. "The videotape was created by two individuals solely for their private use and enjoyment," the suit says, adding that its release "exceeds all bounds of common human decency." Perhaps worse, Farrell's "reputation will be irreparably harmed." Though the actor, 29, says that he and Narain, a 31-year-old former Playboy Miss January, agreed to keep the session private, distributor David Hans Schmidt says Narain has the rights to release it. "Nicole is exactly one-half the star credit," Schmidt says. "It would be in Mr. Farrell's best interest to enter into a joint venture." Farrell's rep was not available for comment.

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DATING: MARY-KATE OLSEN
Recent makeout sessions at an amfAR benefit in Cannes and on a boat in Saint-Tropez set tongues wagging about Mary-Kate Olsen's romance with Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos. She's also taken trips to Maui to visit "Stav," a professional kite-surfer, at his family's home there.

ENGAGED: FRANKIE MUNIZ
The Malcolm in the Middle star, 19, met his future bride, Jamie, a local hairstylist, in New Orleans this spring while filming the horror flick Stay Alive. The actor's rep won't reveal her last name or age but notes it will be the first marriage for both. Muniz is in L.A. filming the seventh season of his hit FOX series.

Camilla's New Coat
Camilla Parker Bowles wed Prince Charles nearly four months ago, but she still has her independence—in her royal coat of arms. Queen Elizabeth authorized the heraldic device for the Duchess of Cornwall, unveiled on July 16. Charles, in his prior marriage, shared a combined arms with Princess Diana. Following their 1996 divorce, the prince quietly reverted to the armorial bearings he used as a bachelor—which he continues to use to this day. Officials at the College of Arms, which designs the insignia, were at a loss to explain the reason for the his and her versions.

The royal lion, supporter of the Prince of Wales, guards the left flank.

The left side features the arms of the principality of Wales from Charles's arms.

The single arched crown is borrowed from Prince Charles's insignia.

A Boar from her father's arms guards the right flank.

The boar's head and the red stars have been in Camilla's family arms for centuries.

FIRST LOOK

Walk the Line
A June Carter and Johnny Cash love story will hit theaters this November

"They were in love with each other for almost a decade before they did something about it," says director James Mangold of June Carter and Johnny Cash, the subjects of his upcoming film Walk the Line. The movie is also "an incredible window into the birth of rock and roll," he says, with strong performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as country music's king and queen. Mangold gave SCOOP a sneak preview.

POP QUIZ

The Island's
Scarlett Johansson

Though Scarlett Johansson likes to keep her love life private (asked recently about boyfriend Josh Hartnett, she replied, "I have no idea what you're talking about"), the actress was quite chatty about the rigors of filming her first big-budget action movie, The Island. Johansson, 20, plays a clone in the sci-fi thriller, out July 22.

You had some elaborate action scenes in this film.

It was more like exhausting! I've never run so much in my life. We'd work 16 hours a day, and then we'd hit the gym for two hours.

Do you want to do more films like this?

I like to do all different kinds of films. I'd love to do a really great horror film...a really sweet romantic comedy. I love genre movies. When they're done well, they separate you from the world for a couple of hours.

We noticed your hair extensions in this film.

I have long hair. It was my acting tool. The extensions came out at the end of the day. It wasn't like I had all this hair sewn in.

Are you pro or anticloning?

I'm pro stem cell research, if that's what you're asking. If that could eliminate diseases like Alzheimer's and polio, that would be incredible. People may say you're playing with fate. But I think the positive outweighs the negative.

Earlier this year, you were on a fund-raising committee for Hillary Clinton. What was your reason for doing that?

I'm of the age to vote. I think people that are of the age to vote should be politically active.

Is there one issue that Clinton champions that speaks to you?

I think she's very socially active, and that's important to me. In a country where we have no national health care, no national day care ...that's really important.

Was it more difficult working on a big action movie than a small one?

Making a movie is hard, you know? It's the kind of job where if you have the flu and a 103-degree fever, you have to come to work. Time is money when you're making a film.

ON THE BLOCK

TATUM'S TURF
PRICE: $2.4 million
PLACE: New York City

Actress Tatum O'Neal recently sold her condo in Manhattan's hot NoHo area because it does not have a doorman, says her Realtor. But it does have more than 2,000 sq. ft., three bedrooms and a wood-burning fireplace. O'Neal, 41, who bought the apartment about two years ago for $1.6 million, plans to stay in New York City.

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