August 20, 2001 12:00 PM

Artful Dodger: Like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders before him, gridiron vet Keanu Reeves (he played a quarterback in The Replacements) proved a two-sport threat, taking his cuts at the Hollywood Stars baseball game at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium. Reeves next stars in the baseball drama Hardball, due Sept. 14.

Just hours before their divorce took effect, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman equitably divided the spotlight at the L.A. premiere of The Others, a thriller he executive-produced and she stars in. Asked if the situation felt awkward, Cruise (with producer partner Paula Wagner) said, “Actually, no,” while Kidman (with actress pal Naomi Watts) conceded, “It’ll be a big relief” when the attention subsides.

Don’t you hate it when your dad falls off a polo pony (see page 54) and makes you, as his sub, escort supermodel Claudia Schiffer around the family estate? It was just another day on the job for Prince William, who gave the tour in Gloucestershire.

After mingling with some familiar-looking groupies (from left, Katie Couric, Liza Minnelli, current touring partner K.D. Lang and Sheryl Crow), Tony Bennett celebrated his 75th birthday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Who could ask for anything more?

Expectant mom Laura Dern and her beau, blues rocker Ben Harper, strolled in L.A., where the couple are counting down to the birth of their first child, due this fall. Dern, who made a cameo appearance in last month’s hit flick Jurassic Park III, stars in the Lifetime drama Within These Walls, airing Aug. 20.

Ewan the man: In L.A., Ewan McGregor accepted congratulations, and a little bit more, from Cameron Diaz (his costar in 1997’s A Life Less Ordinary) after winning actor of the year for Moulin Rouge at the Hollywood Film Festival.

A kiss before trying: In Majorca, Spain, Melanie Griffith got a courtly kiss from King Juan Carlos, who later competed against her husband, Antonio Banderas, in the Copa del Rey sailing regatta. The king finished third, with Banderas far in his wake.

The Starr report: “The blessing of being a musician—you go till you drop,” said 61-year-old Ringo Starr, who drummed up interest in The Anthology…So Far, his latest CD with the All-Starr Band, on Manhattan’s Today show.

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