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UPDATED 09/06/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/06/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

Emergency Outfit
OutKast's Andre 3000 has racked up accolades for his sartorial savvy, but sometimes necessity is the mother of his inventions. "A crazy thing happened when we did The Chris Rock Show. I couldn't find my pants," says Dre, 29, whose song "Hey Ya!" is up for five MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 29. "So I said, 'I'll wear underwear with feather boas, silk scarves and ski boots.' [Bandmate] Big Boi was daring me. And I said, 'I'll do it!' It looked great, and the song we did, 'Bombs Over Baghdad,' was energetic, so it all fit."

To Wed or Not to Wed?
Once and for all, says Stuart Townsend, he and girlfriend Charlize Theron are not engaged. "We keep hearing that we're getting married, but nope, we're not," says the actor, 31, who costars with Theron in the drama Head in the Clouds. "The media pressure to get married is amazing. Every week we get phone calls saying, This is the Dublin Cake Company. We read that you're having the wedding in Dublin in two weeks. Would you like a cake?' Most people get married for the wrong reason: because their relationship's a little foggy and they want to spruce it up. Charlize and I are happy. Why ruin a good thing?"

No Go on Yoga
Working with Vanity Fair director Mira Nair turned actor James Purefoy into an artful dodger, particularly when it came to avoiding Nair's morning ritual. "Mira loves her yoga first thing, and she tried getting us to do it. She was always saying, 'Jim, are you coming to yoga this morning?'" says Purefoy, 40, who costars with Reese Witherspoon in the 19th-century period drama. "I'd say, 'No, Mira, really, I've got makeup and two hours with the costume people. I really have no time for an upward thrusting dog or whatever.' I'm not a yoga man. I'm British. English actors don't even go to the gym, let alone do yoga at 6 a.m."

Slime Time
Sanaa Lathan shared the Broadway stage with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs in A Raisin in the Sun, but the actress says the Hollywood monsters in Alien vs. Predator were far more high-maintenance than Puffy ever was. "Both [the Alien and the Predator] were extreme divas. They had their own crews and glam squads. Before every take they had to be re-slimed—the Alien needed to have the perfect amount of goo and fluorescent blood," says Lathan, 32. "At all times, the crew had two buckets: one of watery slime and the other of thick slime. Several times when I had to scream, the goo got in my mouth. It was gross."

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