WEEK IN REVIEW: Colin Makes Baby Talk
08/01/2003 AT 11:30 AM EDT
BIGGER MAN: To wrap up "Sex and the City," says its star and executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker, the plan is to have her character fall for someone bigger than longtime squeeze Mr. Big (Chris Noth). "We had to make Big look like a high school sweetheart," she told The New York Times. Which is why she wooed classic dreamboat – and international dance star – Mikhail Baryshnikov, 55, for the job. "He has such presence that Carrie gets bigger, too," said Parker, 38. "The scale changes her." Admitted Baryshnikov, who defected to the West from Russia in 1974: "I seem to have a tendency to do things that people think I shouldn't do."
BRITNEY BACK: In her first major gig since beginning her hiatus last summer, Britney Spears will join R&B star Mary J. Blige to kick off the 2003 National Football League season at a free concert on Sept. 4 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Billboard.com reported. Organizers reportedly still hope to add other acts to the bill, possibly Kid Rock or Aerosmith. The show (scheduled to be broadcast on ABC from 8 to 9 p.m.) will precede the first NFL game of the year – between the Washington Redskins and New York Jets – to be held later that evening at D.C.'s FedEx Field.
TAYLOR SUIT: In a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Elizabeth Taylor's former gardener, Willem Van Muyden, is seeking unspecified damages for emotional distress over being fired by Taylor without being paid the $294,000 he claims to be owed for 10 years' work, reported Reuters. Van Muyden also claims he was axed in September 2002 because he rejected the sexual advances of the actress's French butler, Jean-Luc Lacquement. Lawyers for Taylor, 71, call the suit "a work of complete fiction" and say she plans to countersue for malicious prosecution.
STRAIGHT SHOT: Newly launched fashion guru Carson Kressley, 32, of the Bravo TV hit "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," had some words in the New York Post about some straight celebs. Matthew Broderick, clearly a bit too chubby for Kressley's taste, should chuck the "baby weight," said Kressley, while James Gandolfini of TV's "The Sopranos," whose style is too casual, should "stop it!" And Colin Farrell, who has a propensity for black T-shirts and blue jeans, looks "like a cheap hotel."