She’s, like, deep

Cruz digs Cruise, but not for his looks; “Survivor” chef won’t serve blood. Plus: Another “Seinfeld” spinoff nose-dives, and Madonna says she couldn’t seduce Jacko!


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Amy Reiter
November 2, 2001 5:08pm (UTC)

Whatever you do, don't accuse Penelope Cruz of being looksist. The actress insists that, even though she's dating heartthrob king Tom Cruise, she doesnt give a fig about his appearance. It's the way he laughs and kisses that turns her on.

"For me the way a man looks is of secondary importance," Cruz told German magazine Max. "The man who I find attractive has to have a sense of humor and he's got to be a good kisser."

And we've all seen "Top Gun" enough times to know that Cruise is, in fact, a hilariously passionate puckerer. Not that it's only laughs and licks Penelope's after.

No, it's much deeper than that. It's a soul thing.

"I feel attracted to a man when I feel a spiritual relationship to him," she says. "Then the chemistry's right and there's not much more to say."

Well, then we'll just leave it at that.

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First George Clooney, now this

"Choosing between Aidan Quinn and Pierce Brosnan is my biggest problem. I'm sorry if every woman in Ireland is jealous of me now. But, I'll give them back after."

-- "ER" star Julianna Margulies on her guilt over playing a very lucky corner of a love triangle in the upcoming film "Evelyn," on showbizireland.com.

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The Famie game

Is anyone watching "Survivor 3," the Kenya chapter?

Keith Famie -- the chef from "Survivor 2" whose rice was apparently as mushy and overdone as his marriage proposal -- is.

In fact, now that the debut of his Food Network show, "Keith Famie's Adventures," is nigh upon us, Famie has seen fit to offer his assessment of the Kenyan fare he figures the show's early castoffs enjoyed.

Braised warthog and zebra are particularly toothsome, says Famie, who traveled to Africa for his own show. And black shark pan-fried with mayonnaise and cinnamon is so flavorful, he tells Wireless Flash News, he's thinking of adding it to the menu at his Detroit eatery.

But Famie will not try to sell the traditional Kenyan delicacy milk-flavored blood to his Midwestern clientele. "It's not the kind of thing you get a craving for," he says.

Unless, of course, you're Richard Hatch.

Juicy bits

Will the "Seinfeld" curse strike again? Julia Louis-Dreyfus' new comedy, "23:12," may be headed into the sort of choppy TV waters that capsized fellow "Seinfeld" alum Michael Richards' "The Michael Richards Show" and is rocking Jason Alexander's "Bob Patterson." According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has seized control of the show from its producers Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, who will remain on board as mere "creative consultants." The motivation for the switcheroo is said to be financial. Yada, yada, yada ...

Muggle to the rescue. The U.K. Sun reports that Warner Bros. had to hire London schoolboy Joe Sowerbutts to dub over the voice of Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," in two scenes because 12-year-old Radcliffe's voice changed in the middle of filming. As Peter Brady might say, when it's time to change, you've got to rearrange.

Uri Geller's hopping mad. Michael Jackson's psychic pal says Sony Music removed the words "God," "Jerusalem," "USA" and "Angel 2000" from a drawing he made for Jackson's new album, "Invincible." What's more, he tells Reuters, the music suits replaced his rendering of a Star of David with a pentagram. "The sensitivity of not wanting any religious symbols in my drawing I found quite extraordinary because God is universal," Geller gripes. And he'll bend a spoon before your very eyes to prove it.

Speaking of things bent before your very eyes, Michael Jackson doesn't come off too well in Andrew Morton's new biography of Madonna. According to Morton, Madonna once told a lover that the Neverland resident was the one man she couldn't manage to seduce. It wasn't for lack of trying. After the Oscars in 1991, Madonna apparently told this lover that she put the moves on Jackson, but that "when they touched he would start giggling, like a little boy." What a surprise.

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