Daily Insider for March 8, 2004

03/05/2004 at 10:15 AM EST

March 8, 2004
SNOOP DOGG GETS HUGGY-ABLE
Do rappers make better actors than rock stars? Snoop Dogg sure thinks so. "We take more art, more time on our craft," he says. "Once a rapper gets respect as an actor, it's his job to step all the way up and want to be the best because the rap world is so competitive." Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, has a supporting role as Huggy Bear in the big screen adaptation of Starsky & Hutch. The gig, he says, is one reason why fans are no longer intimidated by him. "People are starting to see me smile more, and see more and more appearances (that aren't) just rap. When I was Snoop Dogg the rapper, everybody was frightened because they didn't know what to expect. Now I have so many characters I've played and so much range in me, I'm approachable."

EVEN BOND NEEDS CAFFEINE
Pierce Brosnan made an unscheduled stop on his way to last week's Academy Awards, running into a Starbucks on La Brea Avenue to use the bathroom. He left the store but returned in minutes with wife Keely Shaye Smith. They ordered drinks to go and later called to say "Thanks. This will keep us up!"

MICHELLE'S FOOD DO'S AND DONT'S
Michelle Trachtenberg's first tip for dealing with showbiz fame: "Keep your private life private." Still, the 18-year-old star of Eurotrip and Buffy the Vampire Slayer shares a few tidbits with Daily Insider: "I am addicted to Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut spread. I can't live without it." At the same time, there are things that Trachtenberg – who will appear in four new episodes of Six Feet Under – absolutely refuses to put in her mouth ... like bratwurst. "It didn't do it for me since Harriet the Spy," she confesses. "There was a scene where there was bratwurst being cooked and it just did not look appealing."

CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Recently spotted:
• Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, enjoying dinner with wife Kate Capshaw at Mastro's steakhouse in Beverly Hills.

Brooke Shields, wearing a cream-colored raincoat and knee-high black boots, dining with a female friend at Table 8 on Melrose Avenue in L.A. The pair sat across from a red-wine-sipping Neve Campbell at one table and Fran Drescher at the next.

Jude Law, partying – and smooching – with girlfriend Sienna Miller and a posse of friends at the Whiskey Bar off Sunset Boulevard until last call.

Burt Reynolds, dining with a friend at the Ivy in Beverly Hills just hours after Simon Cowell stopped in for lunch.

Written by: SEAN DALY
Reported by: SEAN DALY, CYNTHIA WANG, JULIE JORDAN and ULRICA WIHLBORG

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