May 06, 2002 12:00 PM

Blue-collared criminal: Leonardo DiCaprio traded fashion—and fondue?—tips with an extra on the L.A. set of his drama Catch Me If You Can. DiCaprio plays ’60s bank robber Frank Abagnale Jr., at 18 the youngest person ever to make the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Air apparent Anthony Edwards pretended to play the fall guy in Oahu, Hawaii, where he filmed scenes for his character Dr. Greene’s final episode on ER, which will be broadcast May 9.

In a moment of tooth at the Manhattan premiere of The Yellow Bird, the film’s director, Faye Dunaway (with star Cynthia Watros), promoted metal health. “Tom Cruise has them now too,” she said of her braces. “I’m right in style.”

Brandy, expecting a baby in July, had quite a belly laugh after singing her new single “Full Moon” on American Bandstand’s 50th…A Celebration!, airing May 3 on ABC.

Choice moments: Celebs let their inner children out to play at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards in L.A. Clockwise from top: Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin captured Dana Carvey, who plugged his summer comedy Master of Disguise; Matt Damon engaged in small talk with Austin Powers’Verne Troyer; and a tickled Pink said she “never felt so disgusting accepting an award” after the favorite female singer was doused with matching slime.

Christina Ricci enjoyed yet another fringed benefit of celebrity at an L.A. party for the rollout of the 4 Wheelers by Skechers footwear line. Ricci next stars in the drama Pumpkin, due in theaters June 28.

Oprah Winfrey, who recently canceled a trip for the South African launch of O because of her concerns regarding international travel, caught the wave during a more domestic dalliance at the famous L.A. eatery Ivy.

That ’80s Show: Joan Collins and Boy George enjoyed the swell smell of excess in London at the FiFi Awards, honoring the perfume industry. Boy will star in Taboo, a West End musical based on his life, beginning May 6.

One on one: In L.A., Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Mel Gibson did some courtside jesting as the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 109-95. Gibson hopes for nothing but net—grosses—when his thriller Signs premieres Aug. 2.

At the opening of a Virgin Megastore in Melbourne, Olivia Newton-John remained hopelessly devoted to daughter Chloe Lattanzi, 16, who prepared for liftoff with the help of Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson.

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