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updated 04/05/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bruce Gets Cheeky
Midlife crisis? Not for Bruce Willis, who just turned 49. He's galloping around like an actor half his age, baring his butt in a new movie, squiring his girlfriend Brooke Burns on a whirlwind tour of Paris and trying to sell a reminder of his former marriage, a gift from ex-wife Demi Moore. In his flick The Whole Ten Yards, Willis shot a scene in the buff, although to achieve a PG-13 rating the MPAA demanded cuts that left only a side shot of his bare backside. (Ladies, we can only hope the director's cut DVD will show more of Bruce's birthday suit.) Speaking of birthdays, after an early party in L.A., Willis and Burns skipped off to Paris in time for the actual day, March 19, and spent a week hitting the Louvre and partying at the L'Etoile nightclub overlooking the Arc de Triomphe. At the same time, back in West Palm Beach, Fla., his reps were trying to dump a 40th-birthday present from ex-wife Moore: a white 1957 Chevy Corvette with silver trim. The car went up for auction on March 20 but didn't sell because the high bid of $52,500 fell short of the reserve price.

A ROLLING STONE
Sharon Stone did some globetrotting of her own to celebrate her 46th birthday recently. After partying at producer Shep Gordon's house in Hawaii, where guests including Clint Eastwood, Willie Nelson and rocker Mick Fleetwood joined Natalie Cole in singing "Happy Birthday," Stone had another gathering in Santa Monica, where OutKast's Andre 3000 gave her homemade cookies. Stone has also unveiled a new talent, adding songwriter to her résumé. She has written several lyrics for the rock band Hell's Kitchenette, which performs them every Wednesday at Hollywood's Pig 'n Whistle pub. The band calls her their "muse," which is not the first time she's played that role: She starred in 1999's The Muse.

PARTY PATROL:
Hollywood hipster club White Lotus celebrated its first birthday with Owen Wilson and Seann William Scott....
At L.A.'s Alex restaurant, Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein joined Universal chiefs Ron Meyer and Stacey Snider to honor producer Dino De Laurentiis and his new biography.

FAST TAKES

About 30 of Debra Messing's pals threw her a baby shower at Messing's L.A. home March 14, including fellow NYU graduate Camryn Manheim, Will & Grace costar Megan Mullally, Blythe Danner (whose own daughter Gwyneth Paltrow is expecting) and Melissa Etheridge. The party, at which guests sipped pomegranate-tequila cocktails and collected gift bags stuffed with beauty products, was girls-only, until Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes dropped in for a surprise visit. Messing and her husband, writer Daniel Zelman, are expecting later this spring....

Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal adopted a 6-month-old German shepherd mix from the animal rescue group New Leash on Life. The couple recently visited the shelter and fell in love with a pup called Lovey....

Spotted: Elton John shopping for women's shoes at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills....

Fireman-turned-reality-star Ryan Sutter, who married The Bachelorette's Trista Rehn earlier this year, will compete in Hawaii's 2004 Ironman Triathlon on Oct. 16.

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