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Samuel L. Jackson reveals how his butt became a heater -- with the help of wool pleats. Plus, "Friends" spinoffs loom.

By Amy Reiter

Published October 16, 2002 4:45PM (EDT)

Next time you see Samuel L. Jackson, you'd be advised not to refer to his costume in the upcoming film "Formula 51" as a skirt.

"Kilt, please -- it's a kilt, not a skirt," Jackson insists in an interview with E! Online.

And to prove it, he wore his tartan in the traditional fashion.

"Mostly, I wore nothing [underneath]," he says, but quickly dashes the hopes of filmgoers prepared to see unintended action amidst action of the intended kind.

"There were days when I was climbing ladders and jumping over stuff, and we didn't have money to CGI out whatever nasty bits you might see under there," he says. "Then I wore something. But the rest of the time I didn't have to."

Not even as protection against the chilly elements of the Liverpool countryside, in which the film was shot? Whatever the weather, says Jackson, he was "very comfortable" going bottomless beneath.

"It was cold and rainy, but, amazingly, a kilt is a pretty formidable piece of attire. It weighs anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds," Jackson explains. "It's got, like, 30 yards of wool in it. The pleats feel pretty good against your butt. They create this friction that creates heat that rises and is held in by the wool."

You're right, Sam, that's not a skirt -- that's a science project.

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Oh baby, please don't leaf

"I'm never sure if the next song is going to be a song about love or a song about a tree."

-- Tracy Chapman on her disparate and elusive musical inspirations, to the Associated Press.

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Never say die

"Friends," forever?

Just when you thought that Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe might soon clear out of our lives for good, Matt LeBlanc goes and threatens to stick around forever.

LeBlanc told "Extra" the other night that he'd be up for a spinoff focusing on his character, Joey. In fact, he said, "There could be six spinoffs," one for each Friend.

"If it was done correctly and the idea was right, and I trusted the writers and the people running the show, the show runners, absolutely I would consider it," LeBlanc said. "It allows me to have dinner with my family every night, it allows me to sleep in my own bed every night, I can see my dogs, I can drive my own car. You have some semblance of a real life."

But, Matt, have you asked the dogs what they want?

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Juicy bits

What's in a name? A lot when it's wrong. Kate Moss would like to make it clear to us all that her 2-week-old baby daughter has not been named Lola, but rather Lila. Lila Grace, in fact. Reports that the baby had been named Lola, a spokesperson for the model said, were "just people getting it wrong." And the world is safe, once again, for Kinks fans.

Speaking of babies, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have announced that they're expecting a little bro or sis for their 2-year-old, Dylan Michael. The announcement of the baby-to-be, due in spring 2003, has been made to conveniently coincide with the hype for Douglas' new film. "With the upcoming release of 58-year-old Michael's next film, 'A Few Good Years,' which stars three generations of Douglases," the couple noted on Douglas' official Web site, "Michael and Catherine felt there was room for some more." One person's baby is another person's P.R. opportunity ...

Talk about typecasting. Blood-lovin' Angelina Jolie has just been cast as a werewolf in a flick called "Bitten." According to Variety, Jolie will play a female werewolf who tries to suppress her animal side in order to eke out an honest career as a journalist, only to return to her wolf pack when a criminal element enters the picture. Excuse me, I feel a howl coming on.

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