updated 07/20/2004 AT 1:45 PM ET
•originally published 07/21/2004 AT 6:00 AM ET
Here’s a tip for all you Usher fans: If you want to make an impression on him, flirting is fine, but to a point. We asked him recently during an appearance in London what his fans are doing to get his attention, especially now that he’s single (in case you’ve been under a rock, he split from TLC’s Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas in January): “I think they’re a little more revealing,” he told us, motioning toward his clothes. “They throw their hair a little bit more, they bat their eyes at me a bit more. That’s all cute and fun.” As for the strange items he’s received from admirers: “Weirdest gift from a fan? I’ve gotten a few baby pictures.” We don’t even know what to do with that.
We asked Law & Order’s Elisabeth Rohm (currently filming Miss Congeniality 2 with Sandra Bullock) for her quick takes on a few hot topics.
Martha Stewart’s sentence: Very emotional.
Should President Bush pardon her? Absolutely not.
Gwyneth Paltrow and cupping: I have been cupped, so I know exactly why she did it.
John Edwards: Perfect decision. I hope it eviscerates Bush.
The Republican convention in New York City: New York needs the tourism.
When I get bummed out … I prefer Ben & Jerry’s.
Prince Harry or Prince William? Prince Harry
Caught in the Act
Broadway star Joey Fatone, at the Sesame Place theme park in Pennsylvania with 10 family members, in the rain. The group saw “Elmo’s World Live” and the new “Big Bird’s Beach Party” musical show.
Rapper-actress Eve, at uber-trendy New York boutique Jeffrey, trying on a gold necklace.
MTV Rich Girls star Jaime Gleicher, at Miami’s Sagamore Hotel, at a party for Monster’s Ball producer Lee Daniels thrown by Martell cognac. Daniels, currently directing and producing Shadowboxer (starring Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr.), recently produced The Woodsman, starring Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def and Benjamin Bratt. “(The Woodsman) was a lot like Monster’s Ball,” Daniels told us. “We had two nickels and a cigarette. If you don’t have money, you better have love. I put my soul into all three (films) and I’m tired.”
Also in Miami, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and his brotherReverend Run (formerly of Run-D.M.C.), dining at the tony Shore Club. Former P. Diddy butler Farnsworth Bentley (real name: Derek Watkins), eating at a separate table, posed with them for pictures. “We were having a little gentleman’s powwow after we all had dinner,” Bentley told us.
By NATALIE FINN, REBECCA PALEY, MARK DAGOSTINO and JON WARECH