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Jamie can't keep a straight face

Jamie Lee Curtis loves to laugh. But when she's filming a comedy, Curtis can ruin too many takes when she cracks up at her co-stars' lines. So she's had to find ways to keep a straight face. "I have every trick in the book to stop laughing, including putting thumbtacks in my shoes. My favorite is to take a toothpick and squeeze it between two fingers because I laugh really easily," she says.

Her comedy roles include 1983's "Trading Places" and 1988's "A Fish Called Wanda." Curtis also starred in 1994's "True Lies" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and three of the "Halloween" films.

When asked about a "True Lies" sequel, the 42-year-old told reporters: "I believe it will. But I have yet to be given a start date or where to show up."

Life in the fast lane

Melissa Joan Hart knows just enough about the Internet to click on to her favorite Web sites � the ones that keep her up-to-date on NASCAR.

The star of the WB comedy "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," a self-professed "techie weenie," says she doesn't check e-mail very often, but she does log on to read about her new passion, auto racing. Her favorite site is www.cart.com.

"It started when I raced in the Long Beach Celebrity Grand Prix," the 25-year-old actress says in Teen magazine's May issue. "It changed my life. Racing proved to me that, even if I start with baby steps, I can learn to do anything."

Quiet night at 'Moulin Rouge'

The enthusiastic audience at a screening of "Moulin Rouge" was just getting used to the idea of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as star-crossed, singing lovers in turn-of-the-century Paris when the screen went black, reports The New York Post. Kidman told the crowd, "I'd sing for you, but I only sing in character." Australian director Baz Luhmann took the stage at Manhattan's Paris Theater to assure everyone the musical would resume shortly. It did.

Beatle battles against land mines

Beatle Paul McCartney pushed for the worldwide eradication of land mines during a meeting Thursday with Secretary of State Colin Powell. The United States, which has declined to sign a 139-country treaty outlawing land mines, has a stockpile of the weapons estimated at 11 million.

McCartney was in Washington with girlfriend Heather Mills, who spearheads a charity campaign that provides limbs for victims of wars around the globe. Mills' left leg was amputated below the knee in 1993 after a road accident.

Powell "expressed his support for Adopt-A-Minefield, which is hoping to clear all the mines in the world and to allow people to go back to their fields and their towns and get on with life," McCartney said.

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