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updated 06/07/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/07/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Island Girl
Following a Hawaiian vacation, Helen Hunt welcomes her baby daughter Makena Lei

Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan
May 13
Approx. 6 lbs.

No need to ask: Helen Hunt is mad about her little girl, Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan, born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. on May 13. Arriving nearly four weeks early, Hunt's first child—named after a town in Hawaii where Hunt liked to vacation and her father, TV director Gordon Hunt—is healthy, if a bit travel weary. Hunt spent the first part of May in Hawaii with her TV producer-writer beau of three years, Matthew Carnahan, 43, and flew back to L.A. to avoid air travel in her last month, as doctors recommend. Soon after, she delivered her not-quite-6-lb. daughter and is, says a source, "doing great."

As she has been throughout her pregnancy. The star of TV's Mad About You was three months pregnant when she began shooting A Good Woman in Italy last year. She was so much her slim, energetic self that "no one knew," says producer Alan Greenspan. Hunt stayed fit with yoga and gained just 25 lbs. Already, says one witness, "she's got her body back." And her hands full. Luckily, Carnahan is, says Woman producer Steven Siebert, "warm and easygoing." Just the guy for midnight diaper duty.

heart monitor

SPLITTING
Jeff Kwatinetz & Brittany Murphy
Four months after getting engaged, actress Brittany Murphy, 26, and talent manager Kwatinetz, 39, have called it quits, ending their 13-month relationship. "It's amicable," says a rep at Kwatinetz's agency, The Firm, where Murphy remains a client. The spokesperson denies a report that Kwatinetz was more interested in a former girlfriend. "They had a discussion and decided to end it." The two began dating shortly after Murphy's breakup with Ashton Kutcher, 26, her costar in Just Married.

PLANNING
Rob Mariano & Amber Brkich
Survivor's betrothed couple, Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich, still don't have a wedding date, but they're getting closer to determining a location. "It's always been my dream to have a beach wedding," says Brkich. "Grand Cayman is a possibility. Another idea is Hawaii, since neither of us has been there. It's been a lifelong dream to get married on the sand, barefoot, overlooking the ocean." Which is fine with Mariano, who's happy to skip a tux or any other kind of formal wear. "I'm a regular guy," he says. "I need a regular-guy look."

CRUSHING?
Wilmer Valderrama & Lindsay Lohan
Looks like Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan, 17, is making nice with That '70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama, 24. The pair were reportedly seen exchanging kisses recently at clubs in Manhattan and L.A. Says a source close to the couple: "It sure looks like they're dating." But a rep for Valderrama denies a romance, saying, "They are just friends." For her part, Lohan says, "He is just my friend. I have no celebrity crushes right now."

DENYING
Amy Henry & Bill Rancic
Despite a report that Apprentice champ Bill Rancic had been spotted making out with fellow contestant Amy Henry at Manhattan eatery Sushi Samba, Henry insists if s all bunk. She confirms being at the restaurant with Rancic but says they were accompanied by old pal Nick Warnock and producers from the show. "I wasn't kissing Bill," says Henry. "We're only friends." Henry adds she's dating a prominent builder from Austin.

WORDS TO THE WISE
Ah, graduation day: Time to round up the celebrities, give 'em an honorary degree and commence

"I don't think there's anything more unseemly than the sight of a rock star in academic robes. It's a bit like when people put their King Charles spaniels in little tartan sweats and hats. It's not natural, and it doesn't make the dog any smarter."
—BONO, giving the commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania, May 17

"Matthew Vassar made his fortune as a brewer of beer. If he'd been a different type of guy, this place might be a sports bar, and we'd be sitting here drinking Vassar Light But he used his wealth, power and position to build a college where women could get a first-rate education."
—SAMUEL L. JACKSON, addressing grads, including daughter Zoe, at Vassar College, May 23

"You fix this [terrorism] thing, you're the next greatest generation, people.... Even if you don't, you're not gonna have much trouble surpassing my generation. If you end up getting your picture taken next to a naked-guy pile of enemy prisoners and don't give the thumbs-up, you've outdid us."
—JON STEWART, speaking at his alma mater, the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Va.,May 16

"Finally, I am what my mother wanted for me—a single Jewish doctor.
—JOAN RIVERS, receiving an honorary doctorate at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, May 14

SNEAK PEAK
The Early Buzz on Joey

NBC's Friends spinoff Joey may well end up being the most scrutinized new show this fall. And the early word is...good. The network was confident enough in the series, which stars Matt LeBlaae and Drea de Matteo, that it screened the entire pilot for media insiders in New York City on May 17. The show received a round of applause and high marks for its acting. De Matteo, whacked from her role as The Sopranos' Adriana La Cerva on the May 23 episode, already feels at ease with her new cast. "[At first] I was very nervous going onto another set," she says. Then LeBlanc "sent me a huge thing of flowers with a note saying 'You belong here.' That meant a lot to me." She also appreciates the change from doing Sopranos plots. "Palm trees. No heroin. No beating."

POP QUIZ

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg takes off May 28 in Soul Plane, an Airplane-style comedy, playing a laid-back pilot. Offscreen, the rapper and father of three is putting together plans for a football league for children. Dogg, 32, talked about the projects with Scoop.

How do you put up with the hassles of flying today?

I gotta go private, man. I don't trust [commercial flights]. I had a lot of bad experiences. They want to pat me down, search me, put the dogs on me. So I take the private planes.

What in-flight movies do you like to watch?

The Mack. Superfly. Foxy Brown.

Spike Lee has criticized Soul Plane, saying it features old stereotypes and calling it "buffoonery." What's your reaction?

Is this the same Spike Lee that made Do the Right Thing and School Daze? What were those movies doing? Stereotyping.

On Saturday Night Live recently, you appeared in a sketch about Friends. Have you ever seen Friends?

Nope! I could be sitting in a room with the whole cast right now and I wouldn't know one of them.

We hear you've been meeting with the National Football League.

We are trying to come up with a [children's] league for the urban communities.

What's behind that?

I'm trying to give kids another option...something educational and fun at the same time.

How far along is this?

We don't even have a name. I need to make it happen.

Pardon us for asking, but helping kids seems to go against your image—especially hawking those Girls Gone Wild videos.

Why? Why can't a grown man do things for kids and make things for adults? [Wild] is a pleasurable movie that I sell. But I won't bring it to football practice.

Will Doggie Fizzle Televizzle, your MTV show, return?

No. MTV don't want to give me no money. She wants to give it all to Ozzy [Osbourne] and all the Punk'd boys.

ON THE BLOCK

DON'S DUDE RANCH
PRICE: $21 million
PLACE: Little Woody Creek, Colo.
SPECS: Following reports of unpaid grocery bills and defaulted mortgage payments, Don Johnson 54, is selling this 17-acre estate outside Aspen. "Don is involved in a major financial restructuring," says his rep. Included: a 10-room. 6,000-to 7,000-sq.-ft main house, a barn and an exercise-recording studio.

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