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03/03/2004 AT 06:12 PM EST

March 4, 2004
IS IT HOT IN HERE?
Scarlett Johansson may have had the fashion world whispering recently when Calvin Klein Cosmetics signed her as the face of its new fragrance, but Madison Avenue is now buzzing about her just-signed costar: Trent Ford. The hot up-and-comer, 25, who starred with Mandy Moore in last year's How to Deal, will pose as Johansson's love interest in the ads. The two are shooting together in L.A. for a sure-to-be-sexy campaign set to debut in the fall.

LUCKY IN WORK?
In America star Samantha Morton says she's been lucky all her life – in spite of being born on Friday the 13th (specifically, May 13, 1977), and having just lost out on the Best Actress Oscar to Charlize Theron. These days she is hoping for luck for the future. "I'd like to be consistent (in my career)," said the British-born actress. "If I still want to be doing this when I'm 60, I hope there are roles out there for me. I've never been the flavor of the month. Sometimes people tend to disappear even though they love what they do. So, fingers crossed." Next up for Morton: Code 46 with Tim Robbins, due out this summer.

LORD OF THE (WEDDING) RINGS
Sir Ian McKellen had more on his mind last weekend than all those Oscar nominations for Lord of the Rings. At Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, the 64-year-old actor blasted President Bush for his stance against gay marriage. "I think he should keep out of it!" McKellen, who is openly gay, told us exclusively. "The importance of getting married, if you want to – I don't, but if you want to – is that you are telling the world about your relationship. It helps your relationship stay together. You become part of society. Why do you want to say to two men or two women who want to get married, 'You can't have that kind of security'? It's cruel, actually, and it is thoughtless."

Reported by: MARK DAGOSTINO, SEAN DALY and LIZA HAMM

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