Don’t expect any he-done-me-wrong songs on Jewel’s new album, due Nov. 17. That’s because the sensuous singer of the hit single “You Were Meant for Me” has found somebody meant for her. He’s actor Christopher Douglas, who’s best known for his 1994-97 role as Dylan Moody on ABC’s One Life to Live. They’ve been friends, I’m told, since they met at a party three years ago. But their relationship took a serious turn earlier this year, when Jewel started recording the follow-up to her smash 1995 debut album, Pieces of You, and after her 18-month romance with French-Canadian model Michel Francoeur fizzled. The new couple seem very much in love. At a Santa Monica gym recently, the two made out before they worked out. But hey, it’s important to loosen up before you exercise.
D’oh! On an episode of The Simpsons set to air in November, Homer winds up in bed with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger after he crashes through their skylight during a parasailing mishap on Lake Spring-field. (The actors like to vacation in Springfield, they tell Homer, to escape the phoniness of Hollywood.) After reading the script, Alec and Kim happily agreed to the parts since they’re big fans of the FOX animated sitcom. There’s a funny scene about the cartoon Kim’s habit of overpolishing her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for L.A. Confidential. “They thought the script was hysterical,” says executive producer Mike Scully, adding that there’s also a joke about Baldwin punching out a tabloid photographer, a reference to his legal troubles after he allegedly hit a lensman trying to videotape his wife with their newborn daughter. (Alec was acquitted of the misdemeanor battery charge.) “Kim might have laughed a little harder at that one.”
While Brooke Shields cheered hubby Andre Agassi from the sidelines, there was no sign of Pete Sampras’s girlfriend, actress Kimberly Williams (Father of the Bride), at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, where Agassi lost in the fourth round and Sampras didn’t make it past the semifinals. But no, the couple have not split sets. Williams was stuck in London filming Elephant Juice, a drama that costars Mission: Impossible’s Emmanuelle Béart. “She would have been there if she could,” says Williams’s publicist.
In the midst of the harrowing depictions of World War II in Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed drama Saving Private Ryan, actor Edward Burns still managed to send a friendly shout out to a few of his buddies. When he and his squad come across a war-ravaged group of American soldiers, Burns picks up a box and starts reading off the names of dead GIs from a collection of dog tags. Turns out they’re all friends of Ed’s.