Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Destined to design

New York -- In what is becoming a rite of passage for top music stars, Beyonce Knowles is adding fashion designer to her list of credits.

Beyonce plans to launch two clothing collections by next year, the fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily reported Monday. Her design collaborator will be her mother, Tina Knowles, who's also Beyonce's stylist and the author of "Destiny's Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Secrets From Destiny's Child" (Regan Books).

The first line will be more "funky and hip-hop," featuring T-shirts and jeans, while the other will be more like a designer collection with feminine dresses and separates, the duo described to WWD.

Hawkeye hospitality

Homestead, Iowa -- Ashton Kutcher and girlfriend Demi Moore left their glamorous Hollywood life for a down-home homecoming weekend with all the Iowa fixings.

Kutcher, the 25-year-old co-star of the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show," grew up in Iowa and briefly attended the University of Iowa.

The couple flew in Friday hoping to attend the Hawkeyes' homecoming game Saturday against Michigan, but scrapped those plans when paparazzi showed up outside the home of Kutcher's mother, Diane Portwood.

Instead, Kutcher and his girlfriend stayed close to home, rode four-wheelers and spent quiet time with family. They "had their own little homecoming," said Portwood, whose home is in a historic cluster of towns known as the Amana Colonies.

No conspiracy here

Marrakech, Morocco -- Oliver Stone has received a lifetime achievement award in Morocco, where he's filming the epic "Alexander" about Alexander the Great.

Stone, the director of provocative films including "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers," was honored late Monday with the Golden Star award during the third edition of the Marrakech international film festival.

With a budget of nearly $200 million, "Alexander" is being partially filmed near Marrakech in one of the largest film projects ever in this north African kingdom.

Colin Farrell plays Alexander, and Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie co-star.

Blue grass special

New York -- Dolly Parton and Norah Jones will perform "The Grass Is Blue" at The 37th Annual CMA Awards show on Nov. 5 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

Vince Gill is host of the show, which will air live on CBS (7 p.m. CT). Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett will perform their hit duet, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."

"The Grass Is Blue" is a Parton song recorded by Jones for the upcoming "Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton" tribute album.