In: Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Erykah Badu and Leonardo DiCaprio. Out: John F. Kennedy Jr., Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mel Gibson. So says People magazine's annual list of the 50 "most beautiful people in the world." In addition to the usual actors (Matt Damon, Will Smith), actresses (Halle Berry, Calista Flockhart) and singers (Stevie Nicks), there are a few surprises. Arundhati Roy, who wrote The God of Small Things, made the list, as did British Prime Minister Tony Blair, 87-year old Titanic star Gloria Stuart and Bernard Parks, the police chief of Los Angeles. Angeline Jolie, star of the HBO movie Gia, also made the list. She told the magazine one of her beauty secrets. "Sometimes I'll watch TV and go into a lotion trance for an hour. I try to find brands that don't taste bad in case anyone wants to taste me." The issue hits the newsstands in most cities on Friday.
CNN votes no, MSNBC says yes to stardom
CNN turned down a featured role in the new disaster movie Deep Impact, and the movie instead will promote a cable news competitor, MSNBC. In the film, which opens May 8, Tea Leoni plays a fictional MSNBC White House reporter who uncovers what she thinks is a sex scandal but that instead turns out to be secret contingency planning for a huge comet that is hurtling toward Earth. Several scenes are set in a mock-up of the MSNBC newsroom, and newscasts throughout the movie prominently carry the MSNBC logo. "They strenuously asked for CNN's participation in the movie," says Steve Haworth, vice president of public relations for CNN. "After a careful review, we thought it was an inappropriate vehicle for CNN to be involved in." Part of the plot revolves around the reporter agreeing to withhold the story for two days at the request of the president. "That's not how we would cover the news," Haworth says.