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Love story not an impossible mission, actor learns

Thandie Newton was a little skeptical when Tom Cruise and director John Woo said their sequel to Mission Impossible would have a love story.

"I said "Yeah, yeah, yeah. The girl's going to be screaming while the men are showing off their muscles.' But I was happy to be of service," Newton says in the new issue of Time magazine.

Newton portrays an international jewel thief and Cruise's love interest.

"Yes, it's fun. It's understandable!" she said, taking a gentle swipe at the tough-to-follow plot twists of the original M:I.

Killer whale may get frisky

Love could be in the air _ or water _ for Keiko the killer whale.

Within a few weeks, the world's most famous captive whale could fall in love and swim off into the sunset.

Right now, the Free Willy star lives in a netted section of a bay on an island just off the coast of Iceland.

But officials said they worry that construction of a pier near the enclosure, with the sounds of blasting and pile driving, could create shock waves and low-frequency vibrations that could harm the 10,000-pound whale. The plan is to guide Keiko out of his enclosed bay and into the ocean during the noisiest work, then return him to his pen.

Of course, there's no guarantee that Keiko _ who spent 2{ years at an Oregon aquarium before being shipped to Iceland _ will return. He has been taught to follow the trainer's boat when instructed, but once he's in the open ocean, no one knows what will happen.

Head trainer Jeff Foster said groups of 25 to 30 killer whales have been hanging around outside the bay following schools of tasty herring.

"When Keiko gets exposed to another whale, he'll be very interested and very excited," Foster predicted. "Right now, he's like a teenage boy. You know, spring is in the air, and he's been pretty frisky."

_ From Times wires.