Daily Insider for March 29, 2004

03/26/2004 at 01:24 PM EST

March 29, 2004
TRAFFIC STOPPER
You would think the sight of Sean Penn would be enough to stop traffic. But when director Sydney Pollack brought him and costar Catherine Keener in to shoot a scene for his next film, The Interpreter, at Manhattan strip club Scores, the Oscar winner went practically unnoticed. It wasn't until the glamorous Scores girls – 25 of them, dressed in gowns – came outside to get lunch off the catering tables that the city seemed to grind to a halt. Cars were stopping on the Queensboro Bridge overpass, and 60th Street got so clogged with neck-craning motorists that the crew had to quickly shuffle the girls back inside. "When the strippers took their lunch break they literally stopped traffic," an eyewitness tells Daily Insider. "So they had to ask the strippers to go back inside and the aides and interns brought food in to them." How did Penn react? "Sean was very polite to all the girls," the source says.

STRANGE BEDMATES
So, who is Alicia Silverstone sleeping with these days? Turns out it's a 6-year-old pit bull named Butterfly, whom the Scooby-Doo 2 star affectionately calls "Pig." "She took all the covers last night and I can't move her because she's too big," Silverstone tells us. "But she's sweet. Sometimes if I place her in the right spot before I go to sleep it's okay." Not surprisingly, Butterfly isn't the only pooch in the animal rights activist's life. Silverstone has two other mutts in her Los Angeles home: Samson and Lacey. "They sleep in the bedroom, but not on the bed," she says.

SHE'S NO JERSEY GIRL
Nine-year-old Raquel Castro, the "Jersey Girl" in Kevin Smith's movie of the same name, actually resides on Long Island, but "a lot of people think I live in California," says the young actress, who plays the daughter of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in the romantic drama. "I might like to live in Hollywood, but I am really not sure because I am really not familiar with the food." The food? "They just make it different," she says. "Like hamburgers and cheeseburgers – they put mustard and ketchup on it. And when they make macaroni and cheese, they use white cheese. And when they make raviolis they put pizza sauce on it."

THE FINAL WORD ON RACING?
Think NASCAR racing isn't a sport? Former "Bachelor" Andrew Firestone begs to differ. "My family has been in racing since racing was conceived," Firestone told us at the recent Comedy for a Cure fund-raiser in L.A. "So I know racing is a sport and (the drivers) are athletes. I think it takes a lot of skill and talent to be able to move one of those cars around that quickly. Whoever says that NASCAR or Indy isn't a sport has never gotten out of their minivan." Well, alrighty then. Any questions?

Written by: SEAN DALY
Reported by: SEAN DALY and MARK DAGOSTINO

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