By EW Staff
January 16, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

News + Notes

8 WHAT A CROC! Celebrity scandals — past, present, and future… Short-lived Hollywood marriages… The top box office draws of 2003…Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s red-carpet tango…The O.C. as heir to Sex and the City’s fashion legacy…First Look: The Polar Express…Hot Sheet…The Shaw Report…Monitor.


22 MARRIED…WITH CAMERAS Nick and Jessica are good singers, but better Newlyweds — and they’re not too chicken (or is it fish?) to admit it. BY JENNIFER ARMSTRONG

30 ESCAPE FROM MIDDLE-EARTH Sean Astin turned a pudgy, barefoot sidekick into a fearless hero, and critics raved. Now the Lord of the Rings star talks about life after Mordor — and maintaining the shire within. BY GILLIAN FLYNN

32 DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Cheryl Hines offers a day-by-day journal of her awkward adventures on Larry David’s painfully hilarious comedy.

36 THE FRESH PRINCE? The artist formerly known as JC from ‘N Sync embarks on a solo adventure. BY TOM SINCLAIR

40 THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD WAR John le Carre, on the heels of a timely new novel, discusses his espionage career, his art, and why the world is less safe since the Iraq war. BY CHRIS NASHAWATY


45 THE MUST LIST Ten great things to see/hear/read.

47 MOVIES Chasing Liberty; also The Company, The Battle of Algiers, and Japanese Story. Plus: Trailer Park; Ask the Critic.

55 DVD & VIDEO S.W.A.T.; also Swimming Pool, The Cary Grant Collection, The Best of Mister Ed, and Green Acres. Plus: Michael Chiklis, Blake Edwards, and the plight of the werewolf.

60 TELEVISION Sex and the City; also The Bernie Mac Show and America’s Next Top Model. Plus: Revenge of the Nerds; What to Watch.

68 MUSIC Dizzee Rascal’s Boy in da Corner; also the Crystal Method, Shane Nicholson, Mr. Airplane Man, David Banner, and Can. Plus: A 60-Second Lesson on…Grime.

72 BOOKS Peter Biskind’s Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film; also John le Carre, David Denby, and Carrie Fisher. Plus: Lots of chick lit.

6 MAIL Al Pacino and Meryl Streep; Stephen King.

76 STUPID QUESTIONS This week with…Dennis Rodman.

ON THE COVER Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey photographed for EW by Gavin Bond in New York City on Nov. 22, 2003

Listen to the man, he’s dated Gwyneth and Drew — Old School’s Luke


Listen to the man, he’s dated Gwyneth and Drew — Old School’s Luke Wilson blurbs the new gift-giving guide Size Matters