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Heat Waive

When it comes to entertaining her two small children, celebrity mom Julianne Moore doesn’t scrimp. “I take every advantage that I can,” says the actress, 43, who costars with Pierce Brosnan in the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction, which opens April 30. “We’ll go to the zoo, Legoland or SeaWorld, and a lot of these places will do things if you pay. If you go to the zoo and pay $500, you’ll get a private tour. You feel terrible [about cutting ahead of others], but it beats standing in a line in 90° weather with kids.”

Remember the Alphabet

Playing Davy Crockett in the new drama The Alamo made such an impact on Billy Bob Thornton that he wanted a souvenir to remember the experience. “It’s not like I need another tattoo, but I felt it would be nice to have a Texas flag on my back that says ‘Remember the Alamo,'” says Thornton, 48, who went on his mission with two other actors and a crew member. “We had a couple [of drinks], then got tattoos on our shoulders. [Actor] Kevin Page ended up being the Charlie Brown of the group because the tattoo guy messed up one of his letters. His tattoo says, ‘Rememler the Alamo.’ We give him quite a bit of grief. I’d say, ‘Hey, is your birthday in Septemler?'”

American Yodel

Randy Quaid’s pipes got a workout while he trained for his role as yodeling outlaw Alameda Slim in the animated flick Home on the Range. “I was yodeling in the shower, the car, any place I could be alone. I made sure no one was around, so my wife still loves me,” says Quaid, 53, who may have inherited his talent from a certain Gene. “Gene Autry was my grandfather’s cousin, and he was the Singing Cowboy, so it was like a genetic thing.” Does the actor see more cowboy caterwauling in his future? Says Quaid with a laugh: “I don’t believe that’s in the cards, unless I can have a career like William Hung.”

Shrink Rap

Dr. Phil McGraw turns up to give Bernie Mac’s character, a frazzled dad, some advice on the April 12 episode of The Bernie Mac Show. But in real life the sitcom star has no need for therapy. “I’ve got a lot of problems—a lot,” says Mac, 46. “Being a comedian, that’s my edge. I wouldn’t consult [Dr. Phil] because I’d lose that.” McGraw says Mac doesn’t need head-shrinking, anyway. “I see through him like a picture window,” says McGraw, 53. “[When a kid misbehaves in the show], Bernie says, ‘I’m going to cut him down to the white meat.’ He talks a tough game, but he’s really a softie.” Adds Mac, laughing: “You’re absolutely right, Doc. I’m a cream puff.”