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Sexiest Man Alive
Johnny Depp wins People's annual award. Plus, Eminem is dubbed a racist

By Kat Giantis
MSN Entertainment
November 19, 2003

Johnny Depp's transformation from quirky thespian to swoon-worthy heartthrob is complete. People magazine has anointed the swashbuckling "Pirates of the Caribbean" star this year's Sexiest Man Alive. Depp, who we can only assume is mortified by the honor, assumes the title from Ben Affleck, last year's oddball choice.

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"Lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely," Keira Knightley tells the mag of her "Pirates" co-star, summing up the feelings of many of us. "He's very cool. He's a gorgeous guy. Eye candy." Adds equally pulchritudinous "Pirates" star Orlando Bloom, "He's just one of the best-looking guys on the screen." Amen Orlando.

Depp wasn't the only hottie singled out for kudos -- the mag also lists 10 also-ran hunks: Hugh Jackman, George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Hugh Grant, Lenny Kravitz (sexy again thanks to his association with Nicole Kidman), Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Ashton Kutcher, and Justin Timberlake.

Eminem (AP)Eminem Rapped as Racist
Eminem is being slammed as a racist after a decades-old recording surfaced this week featuring him rapping negatively about a black ex-girlfriend. The track was made public at a press conference Tuesday by hip-hop mag The Source, which has been battling with the Oscar-winning rapper for years. The magazine dates the tape to 1993, when Eminem was 21, but the New York Times quotes a source as saying it was made in 1988.

A sampling of the lyrics in question: "Don't date a black girl/if you do it once you won't do it twice." Eminem issued a statement shortly before the tape was played acknowledging that it's authentic but claiming that The Source has had "a vendetta against me & for a long time."

"The tape they played today was something I made out of anger, stupidity and frustration when I was a teenager," the "8 Mile" star explained. "I'd just broken up with my girlfriend, who was African-American, and I reacted like the angry, stupid kid I was. I hope people will take it for the foolishness that it was, not for what somebody is trying to make it into today."

Kid Rock (MSN Entertainment)Kid Rock's Anger Management Issues
Kid Rock lived up to his self-described "American bad ass" label Friday night in Malibu, when he got into an altercation with waiting paparazzi as he and on-again, off-again girlfriend-cum-fiancee Pam Anderson exited a club. The lensman captured the rocker's blow-up on video, which was aired Tuesday on Entertainment Tonight. 

Trouble began as soon as the duo left the Malibu Inn, where Kid Rock had just performed. The straggly-haired singer was less than thrilled to see the photogs and tossed a drink in their direction. After placing Pam in a waiting SUV, he is seen shoving a paparazzo onto busy Pacific Coast Highway and then attempting to clock him (the punch doesn't look like it connects).

The photographers called the cops, and one snapper was taken away by ambulance (he was reportedly treated at a local hospital and released). Entertainment Tonight reports the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, but the police would not say whether Kid is a suspect or a victim.

"Family Guy" Eyes Comeback
Little Stewie Griffin's plans to enslave the human race might be a go after all. USA Today reports that Seth McFarlane's canceled animated comedy "Family Guy," which Fox repeatedly yanked from its lineup, could return with 35 new episodes in January 2005. A final decision on whether the megalomaniacal toddler and the rest of the dysfunctional Griffin clan will come back is expected soon, says the paper. The proposed resurrection of the series is reportedly the result of continued DVD demand and strong syndicated ratings.

Hugh Grant (Universal)Hugh's Really Hidden Depths
Hugh Grant may be shallow, but at least he knows he's shallow. "When it gets to the point where I'm bored with myself, I'll start a family," the "Love Actually" star cheekily tells the German newspaper Netzeitung, adding that his desire for the pitter-patter of little feet increases in direct proportion to the amount of alcohol he's consumed. "It's mainly when I'm drunk," Hugh explains. "That the difference: men think about partnership when they're [drunk]. Women think about it when they're sober."

Grant's comments come just as he was spied laying a "tender, passionate kiss" on 30-year-old United Nations worker Kasia Komorowicz at a post-premiere party in London, reports the London Evening Standard. The undercover couple has reportedly been dating for quite some time. As for Grant's own feelings about love (well, British love, anyway), he claims it's "loving someone no matter what their faults in a blind and unconditional way, such as the love Tony Blair has for George Bush. That is the purest form of British love today."

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart (Steve Granitz/WireImage.com)Harrison Gifts Calista
The low-profile romance of Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart isn't showing any signs of slowing down. According to Liz Smith, the grumpy actor recently treated his wispy-thin girlfriend of nearly two years to a night out in celebration of her 39th birthday. After a romantic dinner at a hot spot in Los Angeles, Ford presented Flockhart with her gift, a bling-bling-arific diamond and ruby necklace reportedly worth in the tony neighborhood of $100,000. Calista met Harrison at a Golden Globes party in January 2002, when she "accidentally" spilled red wine on him.
 
"Fame" Actor Dies
And finally, on a sad note, Gene Anthony Ray, who played Leroy Johnson in both the movie and TV versions of "Fame," died Friday in Manhattan at the age of 41. The New York Times reports Ray, who was H.I.V. positive, succumbed to complications from a stroke he suffered in June.

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