'N Sync honored by Eminem "ass kick" crack; Ashley: What, me worry? Leelee, giant scissors and Tom Cruise; Plus: Britney's baby sis in peanut butter smear.

By Amy Reiter

Published September 25, 2002 4:40PM (EDT)

Looks like Lance Bass isn't the only 'N Syncer who insists on seeing the glass as half full.

His band mate Chris Kirkpatrick's apparently a cockeyed optimist too.

That song, "Without Me," in which Eminem sings: "Chris Kirkpatrick, you can get your ass kicked"? He loves it.

"In a club, when the song's played, I pretend I'm real upset," Kirkpatrick tells the upcoming issue of Us Weekly.

But really, he insists, couldn't be more delighted about the whole thing.

"I was the first to be excited. To be in an Eminem song -- he's a genius," Kirkpatrick gushes.

He contends there's no bad blood between him and the rapper, whom he met briefly two years ago. "I heard he used my name since it rhymed with ass kicked," he says.

Yeah, that must have been it.

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Another optimist

"I trust his gift and the talent of the other racers. I mean, I can sneeze, have an aneurysm and keel over right here."

-- Ashley Judd on why she doesn't worry too much about the safety of her husband, race-car driver Dario Franchitti, in Glamour

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The rape of the lock

You know, I'm all for celebrity hobbies, but Leelee Sobieski's got one that's a little creepy.

"I collect hair," she told celebrity researcher Baird Jones at the Avon "Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer" benefit the other night. "I have locks of hair from Regis Philbin, Peter O'Toole, Tim Allen, Martin Short and tons of other celebrities."

The young actress insists her fuzzy interest is "romantic" and "old-fashioned" and not at all "like a voodoo witch talisman."

Though Stanley Kubrick, in his day, was not so convinced.

After she snagged a lock of his hair during the filming of "Eyes Wide Shut," she says, "he used to joke that I was going to clone him."

But Sobieski maintains that she has no such intention.

"To get good DNA, you need the hair follicle chunk, and then you need to freeze it," she explains. "So my collection isn't worth much as a DNA source, even though I have dozens of plastic bags full of celebrity hair."

The only celebrity to refuse her? Kathie Lee Gifford.

"She wouldn't let me touch her head, so I had to get her hair from her hairbrush, which was kind of gross," Sobieski says.

But Tom Cruise didn't even let her get near hairy leavings. He just promised and promised that he'd hand over a slice of his mane and failed to produce a single strand.

"What am I supposed to do now, run after him with giant shears when I see him at a party yelling, 'It's me. Here I come, Tom, remember your promise? Snip!'"

Sounds like a great idea to me.

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Bring on the jelly

Britney Spears probably wouldn't be caught dead wearing a helmet of live bugs or being covered in peanut butter, but her little sister, Jamie Lynn, is apparently less particular about the tasks she'll undertake.

Jamie Lynn, 11, is set to do those things and more on Nickelodeon's "All That," a children's TV show on which she's now a regular, Heat magazine reports.

Among the various roles she'll play are an 84-year-old female bouncer inspired by her grandmother and someone called "Giggles, the mischievous elf."

Oh my.

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