Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Quick Hits

- A birthday shout-out to Denise Richards, who turns 38 today.  Richards is in the line-up of celebs for the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars on ABC and has her own reality show, Denise Richards:  It's Complicated, on the E! Channel.  It must be complicated given Richards' very public and messy divorce from actor Charlie Sheen and then her liaison(s) with Richie Sambora, husband of acknowledged close friend Heather Locklear.  A career highlight for Richards had to be her casting as nuclear physicist Christmas Jones in the 1999 James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough.  "Physicist" is not a word seen too frequently in proximity to Richards' name.

- Several Daytona 500 attendees noted the interesting chain of events which brought both Keith Urban and Tom Cruise to the race on Sunday.  Urban was the pre-race entertainment; Cruise was spotted at the drivers' meeting and then driver introductions on stage.  The former is, of course, the current Mr. Nicole Kidman; the latter relinquished that role in 2001.  It's rumored that a sequel to Days of Thunder, Cruise's movie about NASCAR, may be in the works.  Interestingly, it was on the set of that movie in 1990 where Cruise and Kidman first met.  No word on whether Cruise would be re-cast in the part of Cole Trickle.

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