Daily Insder for January 30, 2004

01/29/2004 at 11:05 AM EST

January 30, 2004
How can someone on a low-carb diet survive the onslaught of pizza, beer and potato chips one usually encounters on Super Bowl Sunday? That's exactly what Queer Eye for the Straight Guy food and wine expert Ted Allen will teach football greats Marcus Allen (no relation), Troy Aikmen, Terrell Davis and their VIP friends during "The Ultimate Low-Carb Tailgate Party" at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston this Saturday night. Lesson No. 1? Make zero-carb cocktails with spirits like Smirnoff vodka, Jose Cuervo tequila, and Johnnie Walker scotch, Ted says. In the end, Allen, Aikmen and Davis will compete in a zero-carb bartending competition in front of their friends, giving Ted a chance to judge the jocks. Payback for high school?

What was The Practice's Steve Harris doing at the Martha Stewart trial Thursday in U.S. District Court in New York? Perhaps he was doing some research for his role as defense attorney Eugene Young on the ABC drama. Unfortunately for Harris, the trial broke early for the day, so he missed his chance to see Stewart's legal team in action.

Brooke Shields is back at work just eight months after the birth of daughter Rowan. The actress, 38, will appear in five episodes of the FOX series That '70s Show. "I am Jackie's hot, sexy mom," she revealed at a recent network party. "The hot young mom that all the boys want to sleep with." Shields is also keeping her career a family affair: Last week she taped a guest appearance on the sitcom I'm with Her, which is based on her real-life relationship with husband Chris Henchy, the show's producer. In the episode airing during next month's sweeps, the former Suddenly Susan star plays "a movie star gone bad."

Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to play his real-life grandfather – former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas, leader of the first elected Socialist government in North America – in an upcoming TV movie for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. But there's a catch: "They are in a terrible hurry to do it, and right now I am obliged to do (24)," he tells PEOPLE.com. Douglas, who served from 1944-1961, was known as the father of Canada's government-funded medical system. "I would be very interested to see if I could be satisfied playing that character because I knew him so well," says Sutherland. "He was my idol, so it would be a very daunting challenge."

Recently spotted:
Jennifer Garner, working up a sweat on a long outdoor staircase in Santa Monica with her personal trainer.

Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber, at Pro Gym in Brentwood, working out with their trainer.

Uma Thurman, enjoying breakfast with her new boyfriend, hotelier Andre Balazs, at The Standard hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Gwyneth Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin, dining quietly with another couple at the glitzy new Japanese restaurant Matsuri, in the basement of New York's chic Maritime Hotel. She was dressed casually in blue jeans and a black sweater that hid her small bump. Coldplay singer Martin was equally laid back in jeans and a T-shirt and seemed attentive to his pregnant wife. Mindful of her pregnancy, Paltrow refrained from drinking any sake.

Lara Flynn Boyle, behaving badly at a pre-Golden Globes party hosted by Vanity Fair at the home of studio exec Mike Medavoy. When told by caterers that the food was not quite ready, the famously ultra-skinny actress pulled back the tinfoil on an unfinished casserole and dug right in. Also at the bash: Jude Law and The Shield's Michael Chiklis.


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