Cruise missile?

Tom wants to be first star in space; Bing reaches out -- sort of -- to baby Hurley; Liam recovers from accident, wife bans him from bikes!

By Amy Reiter
Published April 22, 2002 10:15PM (EDT)

If all the celebrities who wanted to blast into space had their way, the galaxy would be more star-studded than a Vanity Fair party on Oscar night.

This week's astronaut wannabe? Tom Cruise.

"Seriously, I would go in a second," Cruise told the press at the world premiere of the 3-D IMAX space film, "Space Station," which he narrated. "I'd be the first actor in space and I'd love to do it."

In fact, according to the Scottish Daily Record, Cruise has already been in touch with NASA.

"I tried to negotiate a flight on the shuttle," he said. "I'm still working on it."

But don't go thinking he's, like, unqualified or anything. Oh, no. Cruise says he's got the creds.

"I've always been fascinated with space, the Apollo program, and I've watched a lot of shuttle launches," Cruise insisted.

And while working on this space flick, he says, "I spent the whole day in Houston just soaking up the technology."

So he's pretty much ready to go, then.

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Won't quit his day job

"It's not easy to give up what you love ... I might not do wrestling full time forever, but it's something I don't think I'll ever give up completely."

-- Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson on his abiding love for the thinking man's sport, to (Don't tell me he's faking this, too.)

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Bing's big move

At last, somebody is doing something to end the suspense in the Liz Hurley/Steve Bing paternity whodunit. And that person, surprisingly enough, is Bing himself.

According to the BBC, the Hollywood producer has begun to take action to determine if he is, in fact, little Damian's father, as Hurley insists. If the court deems it necessary, a DNA test will be carried out on little Damian.

"Now that Ms. Hurley has had her baby, Mr. Bing is anxious to establish beyond any doubt who is the baby's father," Bing's spokeswoman said. "If it is proved that Bing is Damian's father, he would wish generously to support him and to be involved in his upbringing."

As for his seeming lack of interest in the child since its birth, the spokeswoman said that, on the contrary, it was Hurley who had failed to reach out to him, thus forcing him to turn to his lawyers in hopes of "bringing these matters to a quick and amicable resolution."

Quick and amicable? It's a little late for that.

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Thin Renee, here to stay

"I'm a little bit equivocal, to tell you the whole truth. I don't feel particularly keen. I don't want to let everyone else down if they want to do it. Having said that, I don't think Renée is that keen to be fat again."

-- Hugh Grant on his and his co-star's disinclination to do another Bridget Jones movie, to

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Uneasy rider

Liam Neeson may have recovered from that nasty motorcycle accident, in which he broke his pelvis, a couple years back, but his wife, Natasha Richardson, still bares the psychological scars from her husband's spill.

"I felt awful when Liam had that horrible accident because I was the one who gave him the motorcycle he was riding," Richardson told celebrity researcher Baird Jones last week at the premiere party for the film "Chelsea Walls," in which she appears. "I made him give me his complete promise that he would never ride a motorcycle again. I want my husband alive, not dead. He's never going to ride a motorbike again, not even for one second."

And don't even get her started on chainsaw juggling.

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