SHE KISSED A GIRL
We've seen her make out with fiancé D J AM plenty, but in Kids in America
, out Oct. 21, Nicole Richie
gets her first big-screen kiss...with a girl! "Nicole couldn't have been cooler" and shot multiple takes, says Kids producer-cowriter Andrew Shaifer. As a cheerleader protesting the suspension of her gay classmates for kissing in the hallway, Nicole lip-locks with Caitlin Wachs, who plays Geena Davis's teen daughter on the ABC presidential drama Commander in Chief
. Richie has seen the scene, and according to Shaifer, "She dug it a lot."
Jon Cryer tells us Denise Richards
has visited Charlie Sheen on the Two and a Half Men
set. "Charlie's doing great. Denise came to the show the other day with [their 15-month-old daughter] Lola," says Cryer. "They're trying to work things out. He's just a guy trying to get his life together."... At a recent press conference for her film Casanova, Sienna Miller
says in real life, "I've met some I've liked, some I didn't, and I hope to meet a few more." She then eyed her publicist and gestured as if she were shooting herself in the mouth. Miller's rep later told us not to consider that confirmation of a split from Jude Law
....We hear Will Smith's son Jaden, 7, so wowed studio execs with his audition tape for his movie debut, Pursuit of Happyness
(he plays Smith's son in the comedy) that Sony may sign him to a multipicture deal.
CLOONEY'S BAD BACK
Poor George Clooney
. His second back surgery in under a year took a toll on his usually sporty summer. Locals in Lake Como, Italy, haven't seen him biking along the winding streets or waterskiing as he did up to three times a week last year. Out boating with pals, "he wasn't lifting anything himself," says one observer. But George kept it light at the Venice Film Festival, where he was promoting Good Night, and Good Luck
, a film he directed, telling reporters he needed more surgery: "I've got some leaks to plug." Lifting his shirt to show off his back, he joked, "Scars are cool."
PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR
Celebs are getting hooked on CBS reality show Rock Star: INXS
. Ellen DeGeneres came to one taping and plans to check out another with girlfriend Portia de Rossi before the Sept. 20 final episode. Matthew Perry and Seth Green hung out with the contestants at the show's mansion in the Hollywood Hills. Though we hear Melissa Etheridge and David Bowie are fans, sources say Quentin Tarantino has taken it a step further, nursing a crush on dreadlocked darling Jordis Unga. Meanwhile, Huff
star Hank Azaria, hardly a rocker type, has been getting awfully friendly with contestant Suzie McNeil. Host Dave Navarro even teased the pair during the Sept. 6 show—in a moment that was edited out.