True love and honest labor

Winona gets a job; J.Lo gets a spiritual leader; Liam Gallagher gets new teeth.

By Amy Reiter
Published December 11, 2002 5:27PM (EST)

Winona Ryder got her community service assignment, and it's not a gig in Saks' customer service. The first 120 hours of the 480 hours of community service assigned to her as punishment for shoplifting is to be served at the Los Angeles Children and Families with AIDS center.

"Her responsibilities will include reading to children, helping them with their homework, doing art projects, playing with them and cooking food," the center's executive director, Jackie Gelfand, told the U.K. Sun. And it's going to be a lot harder than cutting security tags off of really expensive purses.

"If she thinks she is in for an easy time," says Gelfand, "she's in for a shock."

We see finger paints on the Marc Jacobs pants.

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Sending it out to the choppers

"This next one is for my teeth."

-- Oasis' Liam Gallagher dedicating a song during a U.K. concert to either the two teeth he lost in a brawl in Munich last week or to the teeth he had them replaced with.

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The gospel of Saint Ben

Skeptics, take note. Kevin Smith swears the love between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck is real and mutual.

"A lot of people are skeptical about their relationship, but I was around them for five months while we were filming 'Jersey Girl' and I can tell you it's about as real as love gets," the director, who watched the high-profile relationship blossom on the set of his film "Jersey Girl," testifies to the Calgary Sun. "There's a lot of mutual respect where Ben and Jennifer are concerned and that's important in a relationship."

And Affleck, Smith says, is one gaga guy. "I've known Ben for a long time and I've never seen him this happy or this deeply in love."

And Lopez? Smith contends that her devotion to her fiancé is nearly religious. "She thinks everything he says is pure genius and everything he says is gospel," he says.

Let the foot washing begin.

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Shaky, not stirred

"Hopefully I won't embarrass myself. Hopefully I will get off before that happens."

-- Pierce Brosnan, who's about to turn 50, on making sure he doesn't end up playing Bond, geriatric Bond, to the Australian press.

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Juicy bits

Know who doesn't share Brosnan's too-old-to-play-the-part fears? Mel Gibson. According to Variety, the 46-year-old actor has agreed to play lawless outbacker Max Rockatansky in one more sequel to Mad Max. True, it has been almost 20 years since Mad Max last stalked the screen in 1985's "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome," but then again, the Tinseltown powers that be, in their infinite wisdom, have seen fit to offer the actor $25 million to reprise the role that made him famous. That'll certainly keep the old bones in Ben-Gay for a while. Eh, mate?

Speaking of naked plays for money, Liz Hurley has reportedly thought better of her pledge to serve as the "sole provider" for her son, Damian. According to, the unlucky-in-love actress decided to go after her superwealthy ex, film producer Stephen Bing, for some sort of child-support settlement. Can you say "Bing ka-ching"?

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