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March 08, 2004
Now that Billy Bob Thornton is out of the picture, Angelina Jolie is carrying a torch for someone else—Juan Antonio Samaranch. Saying she would "consider it an honor to run with the Olympic torch as a gesture of hope for refugees and to express my active support for sport and world peace," the Oscar-winning actress will carry the flame for a few hundred yards in Athens on Aug. 12, the day before the Opening Ceremonies. Jolie, who has been a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees since 2001, is no stranger to athletic endeavors on the Greek Isles. Part of 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life was filmed on the island of Santorini.
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March 08, 2004

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Now that Billy Bob Thornton is out of the picture, Angelina Jolie is carrying a torch for someone else—Juan Antonio Samaranch. Saying she would "consider it an honor to run with the Olympic torch as a gesture of hope for refugees and to express my active support for sport and world peace," the Oscar-winning actress will carry the flame for a few hundred yards in Athens on Aug. 12, the day before the Opening Ceremonies. Jolie, who has been a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees since 2001, is no stranger to athletic endeavors on the Greek Isles. Part of 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life was filmed on the island of Santorini.

?In the March 9 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy the Fab Five will make over a guy who already has a wardrobe filled with sequined outfits: three-time national pairs figure skating champion John Zimmerman. The 30-year-old has been getting less than a perfect 6.0 from his new wife, Silvia Fontana, a former Italian women's figure-skating champion. Fontana thought the self-professed "country boy at heart" from Birmingham would benefit from some hip tips and persuaded him to sign up for the show. "John's got many of the same straight-guy problems as the other guys," says Queer Eye producer David Metzler. "He's just better on the ice."

?For a man who's about to host a reality show, Mark Cuban is on a pretty unreal run. "In the span of seven months I will have enjoyed the birth of my first child, played against the Globetrotters, been KO'd in the WWE and played in a baseball game with batting lessons from Steve Garvey," says the Mavericks' owner. "So I'm just making the most of the situation and going to bed every night with a big ol' smile on my face—until my five-month-old wakes me up." His latest endeavor is ABC's The Benefactor, a show that will debut this summer with a simple premise: What would you do for $1 million? Thirty contestants will live in a house, and Cuban will pay the winner himself. "There won't be any guidelines or rules as to what is acceptable," says Cuban. "I'm expecting to be surprised, if not shocked, by what people come up with."

?Although he's never golfed with the Dalai Lama, Tiger Woods came close to reaching total consciousness by playing the role of Caddyshack's Carl Spackler in an American Express commercial that debuted Sunday. The 1980 movie is one of Woods's alltime favorites, and he transformed himself into Bill Murray's scruffy, flannel-wearing, demented greenskeeper. The ad keeps true to the original script as Woods floods a gopher's hole, sprays the rodent with a fire extinguisher and tries to blast him with explosives.... Skater Nancy Kerrigan recently recorded Simply the Best on a Tina Turner tribute album. "It's scary, it's Tina Turner. She's awesome!" says Kerrigan. The Olympic silver medalist's past singing credits include Shining Through on a compilation album in 1999 and a rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Wrigley Field that same year, a performance for which she was roundly booed.

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