June 28, 2004 12:00 PM

He Chutes, He Soars!

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, JUNE 13

Just one day after his 80th birthday, former President George H.W. Bush (center, bottom) celebrates leap year with a jump strapped to Army Golden Knights paratrooper Staff Sgt. Bryan Schnell. “Don’t sit around watching TV…get out there,” said Bush, who made headlines back in 1997 when he took his first postpresidency plunge. “I like speed. I like the thrill of it.”

Ice, Ice, Baby

BEVERLY HILLS, JUNE 9

At The Terminal premiere, Catherine Zeta-Jones flashes bling lent to her by L.A. jeweler Neil Lane, including diamond chains with a 20-carat diamond drop pendant, 5-carat earrings and four diamond bracelets. The total price of the ice? A cool $2 million.

Scrawl Girl

NEW YORK CITY, JUNE 14

Toting a Samantha Thavasa designer bag by her sister Nicky, Paris Hilton multitasks by fielding a call as she signs autographs outside the Ed Sullivan Theater before taping her segment on Late Show with David Letterman. “I don’t like [parties] past 2 a.m. Then it’s all losers and weirdos,” said Hilton.

The Queen of Mean
LONDON, JUNE 14

Seventeen-year-old Lindsay Lohan looks like a dream teen in a bejeweled Dolce & Gabbana chiffon baby-doll dress at the London premiere of her comedy Mean Girls.

AFI TRIBUTE TO MERYL STREEP

LOS ANGELES, JUNE 10

Comic Streep “I feel like the Battleship Galactica,” says Meryl Streep of her Isaac Mizrahi dress at the American Film Institute gala honoring the two-time Oscar winner. (The show airs on USA June 21.) “I can sit, twirl and even do a stage bow, but walking is a problem. I keep taking out my husband and kids.”

Table Dressing

After presenting an AFI award to her Monster director Patty Jenkins earlier in the evening, a contented Charlize Theron settles in to enjoy the festivities catered by Wolfgang Puck.

Carrey: A Tune Jim Carrey, who just filmed Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events with Streep, sings, “You’re simply the best, better than all the rest,” before stopping by Robert De Niro to say, “Maybe even better than you–yes, I’m talking to you.”

Mirth Becomes Them Later, streep closes out the night relaxing at the Highlands afterparty with pals Goldie Hawn, who costarred with Streep in Death Becomes Her, and Hawn’s longtime beau, Kurt Russell, who played Streep’s boyfriend in Silkwood.

Whacked!

ALPINE, N.J., JUNE 14

Even in heels, Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn DiScala knows how to order a hit as she smacks a ball at a Tommy Hilfiger golf event, which raised $1 million for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.

Picture Perfect

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 14

Chelsea Clinton, 24, shines at the unveiling of portraits of her mom and dad–that would be Bill and Hillary Clinton–at the White House.

One Year Later

GREENWICH, CONN., JUNE 12

Joan Lunden hangs out in a playhouse with her twins Max (left) and Kate on their first birthday. (Dad is summer-camp owner Jeff Konigsberg.) The family celebrated with a cake featuring photos of the sibs (inset), who were born via a surrogate mother. “They entertain each other,” reports Lunden. “They jabber in their cribs each morning as if they have something to say.”

Just Illing

SANTA MONICA, JUNE 13

Ben Affleck, on the mend from bronchitis, goes casual for a walk outside. “They thought I had meningitis, [so I] had a spinal tap, but it leaked,” said the actor, who also spent time in Boston healing at his mom’s. “I was laid up. I’m better now.”

Babe in Arms

MALIBU, JUNE 10

Will & Grace star Debra Messing cradles her 2-month-old son Roman while waiting outside a Starbucks for her husband, actor-screenwriter Daniel Zelman. Earlier that day the actress visited Practice star Camryn Manheim, who gave Roman a baby cot.

On the Side of Angels

ANAHEIM, JUNE 11

Hometown fan Will Ferrell, who stars in Anchorman (opening July 9), tosses out the first pitch before the Angels-Cubs game, which Anaheim won 3-2.

High Definition

MIAMI BEACH, JUNE 10

LL Cool J shows off serious sinew as he throws some punches while working out between takes of his new video “Headsprung” at the Nerve Lounge. Says club owner Mario Sopena: “He has an eight-pack. The Iadies were loving it.”

Acting Catty

LOS ANGELES, JUNE 9

Halle Berry (channeling Tina turner) and Benjamin Bratt share a laugh while taking a break on the set of

Catwoman, due July 23.

A Lowe Profile

TORONTO, JUNE 11

Lost in his music, Rob Lowe takes a jog through town. The actor is in Toronto to shoot the CBS movie Perfect Strangers, a romantic comedy in which he plays an ad exec who switches lives with an underling.

Political Party

NEW YORK CITY, JUNE 14

At a screening of Fahrenheit 9/11, Martha Stewart stocks up on good things, while Leonardo DiCaprio catches up with the director of the controversial documentary, Michael Moore.

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