December 31, 1999 12:00 PM

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, basketball player

“My favorite movie was Cruel Intentions. I liked the role of Sebastian because he reminded me of myself: a smooth character.”

VERNE TROYER, actor

“I really like the Limp Bizkit CD Significant Other. It’s got a little bit of a rap aspect to it, plus a lot of heavy metal.”

BRUCE WILLIS, actor

“I thought Three Kings was a great picture.”

SHERYL CROW, singer

“I loved the movie American Beauty. I just thought it was so interesting, and so true.”

HUGH GRANT, actor

“The last good book I read was A.A. Gill’s Star-crossed. I thought it was funny—and by coincidence it has the same story as [his 1999 movie] Notting Hill!”

LAUREN HOLLY, actress

“I’m really into the new Santana album Supernatural. It’s kind of jazzy and groovy all at the same time.”

MARY TYLER MOORE, actress

“I love to watch Everybody Loves Raymond, which has brilliant performances and wonderful writing.”

CHRISTIAN SLATER, actor

“Sex and the City is a good show. It’s true to life and captures not only the core of relationships but love in general.”

LIL’ KIM, rapper

“I loved The Matrix. It spiritually touched me—it was really deep.”

NATHAN LANE, actor

“Election was my favorite film. It was brilliantly funny and beautifully written and acted.”

BROOKE SHIELDS, actress

“I loved American Beauty. It inspired me cinematically. I thought, ‘Thank God they’re beginning to make movies like this.’ ”

TAYE DIGGS, actor

“I just bought the CD Bitter by Meshell Ndegéocello, and it’s my favorite. Why? It evokes my emotions.”

GLORIA ESTEFAN, singer

“My favorite book is Waking Up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need If Most by Pedro José

Greer Jr., a Miami doctor. It’s about his struggle to put together health care clinics for the homeless.”

JIMMY SMITS, actor

“My favorite movie was Buena Vista Social Club. I liked that it deals with a country [Cuba] we don’t get to see very often.”

ALEC BALDWIN, actor

“I hate to say it, but it was The Sixth Sense. I just loved that kid—I couldn’t take my eyes off him.”

DAVID SCHWIMMER, actor

“I thought the movie Rushmore had real vision and was original and refreshing.”

DYLAN MCDERMOTT, actor

“American Beauty made me cry. It was so deep, and I think because I have a little girl, I watched that film and realized what time really is.”

PRINCE ALBERT of Monaco

“The show Ally McBeal has very attractive young ladies—and they have a lot of funny stories.”

MINNIE DRIVER, actress

“The Matrix is a spellbinding mix of action and philosophy, and brilliantly directed.”

DONNY OSMOND, talk show host

“I’m hooked on the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. They’re great.”

ROSANNA ARQUETTE, actress

“I liked the movie Being John Malkovich. I thought the acting was fantastic, and the direction was great too.”

HALEY JOEL OSMENT, actor

“I really liked The Phantom Menace. It was a great summer action movie.”

JULIANNA MARGULIES, actress

“I’m listening nonstop to Macy Gray’s new CD, On How Life Is. It’s pop soul. I love her lyrics and her voice—she’s fantastic.”

STAR JONES, talk show host

“The Insider is thought-provoking, and Al Pacino is as good as he was in The Godfather. And I never thought I’d say that!”

ROB LOWE, actor

“I can’t imagine liking anything better than American Beauty. It’s completely original, and yet it’s a hybrid: It should be bookended with The Graduate and Ordinary People.”

JASON SEHORN, football player

“The Sixth Sense was awesome. At the end I went, ‘I’ve got to see this again so I can figure it out.’ It was cool.”

JOHNNY DEPP, actor

“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me was very funny. I think Mike Myers is a genius.”

BRYANT GUMBEL, anchor

“I recommend Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic by Prince. He’s phenomenal.”

KIRSTY HUME, model

“I’m really into the new Moby record, Play, right now. I like some techno, but this is different—it’s more interesting and really fun.”

CHRIS ISAAK, singer

“I thought Rushmore had a fantastic soundtrack, fantastic acting and some of the best movie dialogue in years. You walk out of it and have something to talk about.”

JANE SEYMOUR, actress

“I loved The Muse. It was fun—I was laughing hysterically.”

MATT LAUER, anchor

“The book Hannibal by Thomas Harris is certainly a page-turner. It’s compelling, if a little disturbing.”

ALEX KINGSTON, actress

“The Buena Vista Social Club soundtrack opens the door to the music that is Cuba, so it’s important.”

ALICIA WITT, actress

“The book White Oleander by Janet Fitch is beautifully written. And I like reading books about women’s experiences and seeing how they measure up to my own.”

FABIO, model-actor

“I thought Analyze This was really funny and a great movie. Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro are both incredible actors.”

MATT LEBLANC, actor

“Fight Club really made me think about what society has become and could become. There was a lot of hidden subtext to it, and I really enjoyed it.”

ELIZABETH HURLEY, actress

“My CD choice is Santana’s Supernatural—especially track 3, which is very sexy!”

HOLLY HUNTER, actress

“I like the CD Liquid Skin by Gomez. They have an edgy, kind of rough sound that I really like.”

RITA RUDNER, comedian

“The book Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe allows me to have a conversation with two fantastically talented people—but I don’t have to talk!”

VIVICA A. FOX, actress

“The show Third Watch has action and realism, and it’s ER-ish—all those fun things.”

ROBERT DUVALL, actor

“The book The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB by Vasili Mitrokhin and Christopher M. Andrew shows what a real mess things were in Russia back then. I think it’s a good thing that system fell.”

MARY STEENBURGEN, actress

“I love Sting’s new CD, Brand New Day. He’s just a real, genuine talent. I love his music.”

GEORGE CLOONEY, actor

“The movie Run Lola Run is wonderful.”

KELSEY GRAMMER, actor

“Santana’s Supernatural is my favorite CD this year, without question. It’s current, yet at the same time classical. It’s impressive how he’s managed to span the decades.”

BAI LING, actress

“I liked American Beauty because none of the characters are perfect, like in real life. You can identify with them.”

BRUNO CAMPOS, actor

“I loved South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, partly because I’m a child and partly because it was intelligent.”

GREG GERMANN, actor

“I think The West Wing is a great show, I really do. It has a kind of innocent and wonderfully idealistic patriotism that I was surprised to find moving.”

LARRY KING, talk Show host

“The Insider is absolutely one of the most powerful movies I’ve ever seen. Everyone should see it.”

ROSIE PEREZ, actress

“I liked Rage Against the Machine’s Battle of Los Angeles. Their lyrics are great. ”

TOM HANKS, actor

“I recommend Stephen King’s book Hearts in Atlantis. It’s just really good Stephen King.”

PORTIA DE ROSSI, actress

“American Beauty was my favorite film. It was so moving and profoundly affects the viewer.”

GABRIEL BYRNE, actor

“I loved Three Kings. It was a great mix of a political movie, a war picture and a buddy picture. I also thought it was extremely well-directed and -acted.”

LISA LING, talk show host

“The Reader, by Bernard Schlink, is a provocative book. It’s about the Holocaust, but you don’t even know it because you get caught up in the story, which is about a young man who falls for an older woman who’s a guard at a German camp.”

KRISTIN DAVIS, actress

“I like The Sopranos a lot because the producers aren’t overly concerned with everyone being likable or good.”

DENNIS FRANZ, actor

“The Insider was a truly riveting story. It was an eye-opener for me, and I loved the direction and the performances—I was thoroughly into it.”

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