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February 09, 2005

Davis to shoot 'Soccer Moms' pilot


NEW YORK (AP) - "Sex and the City" co-star Kristin Davis may return to TV not as a desperate housewife, but a highly curious one.

Davis will star in an ABC one-hour pilot tentatively titled, "Soccer Moms," reports Hollywood Reporter. The potential series centers on two suburban housewives who team up as private investigators.

A publicist for Davis confirmed the agreement Tuesday.

If picked up, the show would be ABC's second foray into the secret lives of seemingly domestic women. The network's "Desperate Housewives" has been one of the season's biggest hits.

Davis, 39, played Charlotte York on "Sex and the City." The HBO series ended last year.




Elton John's image to grace airliners


ATLANTA (AP) - Elton John's frequent flier miles are about to skyrocket.

An image of the globe-trotting rock star will begin appearing this week on 20 AirTran Airways jets to promote the launch of satellite radio at each passenger seat, the company said.

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"The traffic controller this morning was calling it Elton One," AirTran spokesman Tad Hutcheson said Monday.

AirTran, which is based in Orlando, Fla., uses Atlanta as a hub. The airline says the XM Satellite Radio systems will offer more than 100 channels of news, music, weather and entertainment.

The airline wouldn't disclose details of its arrangement with the 57-year-old entertainer, who has a home in Atlanta and typically commands millions of dollars for corporate endorsements. But AirTran said it plans to give him a 6-foot-long model of a jet and a $50,000 check for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.




Lou Diamond Phillips' wife wants a divorce


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of actor Lou Diamond Phillips has filed for divorce, according to court papers.

Phillips, 42, and Kelly Phillips were married April 1994 and separated Jan. 27, according to a petition filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Kelly Phillips is seeking joint legal custody of the couple's three daughters, but requesting they live with her. The two have 7-year-old twins and a 5-year-old.

A message left Tuesday with publicist Eddie Michaels, who has represented the actor, wasn't immediately returned.

Phillips has starred in dozens of TV shows and films, including "La Bamba," "Stand and Deliver" and "Young Guns."




James Gandolfini: 'Shut Up and Eat!'


NEW YORK (AP) - James Gandolfini has a recipe for osso buco he's dying to share. And Edie Falco can't wait for you to try her fettuccine Alfredo. Otherwise, the "Sopranos" stars suggest you "Shut Up and Eat!" - the title of a cookbook coming this fall from Berkley Publishing Group, an imprint of Penguin Group USA.

Numerous other Italian-Americans contributed to the cookbook, including Lorraine Bracco, Chazz Palminteri and Danny Aiello, who wrote the foreword. The featured writer is another "Sopranos" performer, Tony Lip, whose many films include "Goodfellas" and "Donnie Brasco."

"When Tony Lip starts writing about Italian food, growing up in the Bronx and his life in the movies, you can't stop reading," Denise Silvestro, Berkley's executive editor, said Tuesday in a statement.

"All of the aromas of the meals he describes and the memories he shares come wafting off the page like you're sitting in his dining room listening to him talk. His friends' recipes and colorful tales have the same effect."

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