June 05, 2000 12:00 PM

Slammin’! In L.A., titanic Lakers fan Leonardo DiCaprio caught a piece of the action as Shaq & Co. defeated the Portland Trailblazers 109-94 in the first game of the NBA play-off Western Conference finals. The actor is set to begin shooting his next movie, director Martin Scorsese’s Mob drama Gangs of New York, in September.

Nicole Kidman‘s mission, which she chose to accept, was to find some way to keep her backless top in its proper place at the L.A. premiere of husband Tom Cruise‘s M:l-2, the sequel to 1996’s Mission: Impossible.

First-time costars Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt took a short siesta during filming of their action comedy The Mexican in Realde Catorce, Mexico. In the movie, due early next year, Pitt plays a reluctant bagman; Roberts is his girlfriend.

James Caan kept a close eye—but only one—on Charlize Theron at the premiere of their crime drama The Yards at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie, which costars Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Elien Burstyn and Faye Dunaway, opens Stateside in the fall.

Melissa Joan Hart (above) celebrated Sabrina, The Teenage Witch’s move from ABC to The WB at that network’s fall rollout in Manhattan. Also in the Big Apple, Spin City’s Richard Kind (far left) and Barry Bostwick introduced a new castmate, man-in-the-middle Charlie Sheen, at the ABC fall preview.

Although Suddenly Susan has been canceled, Brooke Shields found something to smile about as she nuzzled up to her beau, comedy writer Chris Henchy, in Toronto, where she is filming the ABC miniseries Widows.

“I wanted them to be doctors, lawyers,” said Carly Simon of her tuneful twosome, kids Sally and Ben (whose dad is her ex-husband James Taylor), when they joined Mom in Manhattan to perform together on Good Morning America.

Lovin’ spoonful: UNICEF goodwill ambassador Susan Sarandon helped feed children at a community health center in Mwanza, Tanzania, where the actress also visited President Benjamin Mkapa.

Pierce Brosnan took a break from watching over his son Sean, 16, who continues to recover from his April car accident, to take a bike ride with his mom, May Carmichael (left), fiancée Keely Shaye Smith and their son Dylan, 3, near the couple’s Malibu home. Pierce and Keely postponed their May 21 wedding after Sean had to undergo more treatment.

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