REIGNING MEN Apparently looking for someone this year who had a track record smashing international terror conspiracies, People magazine named Pierce Brosnan its Sexiest Man Alive. The 48-year-old James Bond portrayer finally married longtime girlfriend Keely Shaye Smith this year, but Julia Roberts‘ ex Benjamin Bratt put himself back on the market, so People named him Sexiest Man, bachelor division. In fact, People (like EW.com, an AOL Time Warner outlet) divided the winners into several categories, including sexiest soul singer (Maxwell), sexiest ad pitchman (Brian Baker, the mysterious agent in those Sprint PCS commercials), sexiest classical musician (Yo-Yo Ma), and sexiest world leader (Mexico’s Vicente Fox). Guess they left off sexiest airport security guard and sexiest terrorist, out of sensitivity.
BABY BOOM Geena Davis, who’s had some practice recently playing moms (on her short-lived ABC sitcom last year and in ”Stuart Little” and its forthcoming sequel), will get to be one for real. The Oscar winner announced yesterday that she and husband Reza Jarrahy are expecting a child in April. It’ll be the first child for the 45-year-old actress and the 30-year-old doctor, who married in September.
REEL DEALS Julia Roberts: computer geek. Director Philip Kaufman (”Quills”) is developing a thriller called ”Perfect Stranger,” in which Roberts would play a sleuth who, in order to track down the serial killer who murdered her friend, assumes an undercover identity on the Internet. Sounds easy enough; just go into the ”Serial Killers” chatroom….
Call him The Grinch of Wrath. Jim Carrey will produce and star in ”The Children of the Dust Bowl,” based on a 1992 nonfiction book by historian Jerry Stanley. It’s the true story of the same Depression-era migrant farm workers whose plight John Steinbeck dramatized in fiction. Stanley’s book focuses on Leo Hart, a teacher who built a school for the homeless kids at the Arvin Federal Camp, though it’s not clear if that’s the role Carrey would play….