We never saw this coming

Britney says she's tossing the innocence routine; Tom Hanks is still talking about World War II; Charlie Sheen to sell bachelor pad. Plus: Sex-book deal too sticky for Cattrall.

Published July 17, 2001 4:36PM (EDT)

Threat or promise?

Britney Spears says she wants to shock us. She wants to take her act "to the next level as far as stunts."

"I want to do things that people have never seen before. I don't want to be considered a role model," the perky popster announced while promoting her upcoming HBO special before a gathering of the Television Critics' Association on Friday. "I'm growing up. I'm not a little girl anymore."

As if to prove her point, Spears wore an extremely revealing sheer purple mini-dress. According to Toronto Sun critic Bill Brioux, Britney's booty was "barely covered," prompting one cheeky journalist to ask, "Is there something under that skirt?"

The avowedly virginal singer finessed the question with the assurance of, say, Sharon Stone. ("Whaa?" said she.) But Brioux reports that the consensus among his "sharp-eyed colleagues" was that Britney'd gone bare beneath.

J.Lo might want to make like her fans and watch her back.

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Hanky dresses |ber alles

"I think my generation is much more interested in J.Lo's fashions."

-- Tom Hanks, bemoaning the fact that his fascination with World War II is not shared by other folks his age.

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Girlfriends sold separately

One shudders to imagine what sorts of things have gone on in Charlie Sheen's "ultimate bachelor pad," but if you've got an extra $4.5 million, you could make your own memories at the 2.5-acre Los Angeles compound.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the reformed bad boy's 6,000-square-foot home includes a poker room, a cigar room, an office, a billiards room, a batting cage, a gym, a spa and a grotto. The guesthouse, also known as "the aqua room," features salt-water aquariums and a replica of a galleon from the 1600s.

The house comes with furniture. But if I were the buyer, I might not be so inclined to sleep on Sheen's old mattress.

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So much for "Solitary Man"

"I tend to latch onto one person like a barnacle, and when they're ready to scrape me off I get scraped off."

-- Neil Diamond on his clingy way of lovin', to Reuters.

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Juicy bits

Frustrating news to those of you who were looking forward to the release of Kim Cattrall's sex guide. Cattrall, better known as "Sex and the City" adventuress Samantha Jones, and her husband, Mark Levinson, have "amicably decided" to shelve their deal with Simon & Schuster, Entertainment Weekly reports. The sticking point? Cattrall and Levinson apparently wanted to write a how-to book from a man's perspective (with detailed illustrations, natch), and the publisher was much more interested in Samantha's oft-televised perspective on bedroom gymnastics. The result? Bookus interruptus.

Anyone worried about Dave Prowse, who plays Darth Vader in "Star Wars," after hearing about his recent illness will be relieved to hear he's OK. The actor is pleased to report that he pulled through several scary operations on his spine with flying colors and has not -- contrary to what all sorts of people seem to think -- moved on to that lightsaber fencing school in the sky. "Maybe the Force was with me," Prowse told the Scottish Daily Record. And you thought ol' Darth had no sense of humor ...

So cold: Brazilian model Luciana Morad says Lucas, the 2-year-old son she had with Mick Jagger, likes music like his pops, but isn't too keen on "Hot Rocks." "I've tried to play him the Rolling Stones, but he prefers U2," she tells the U.K. Sun. "He goes wild for them, dancing and singing along." Achtung, baby ...

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By Amy Reiter

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