March 29, 2005 09:00 AM

IDENTIFIED: First Twin Barbara Bush has been seen keeping company in New York, Washington and Texas with a tall, dark-haired young man named Jay Blount, The Washington Post reports. The official word from the White House is that Blount has been “identified only as a friend of the family,” though The Post says Blount, like Barbara and her presidential father and grandfather before her, is a Yalie – class of ’05 and a founding member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Two years ago, according to the Yale Daily News, he was named one of the New Haven campus’s “50 Most Beautiful People.”

PITCHED: Sarah Jessica Parker, 40, got in the way of a midtown Manhattan pizza toss involving her limo driver and a ticked off pedestrian, the New York Post reports. According to a photographer capturing the confrontation, the chauffeur clipped a guy on the sidewalk as he was eating pizza. The angry, interrupted eater started throwing slices at the car as Parker cowered in the backseat. A subsequent call from the Post to the star’s spokeswoman prompted the following: “What kind of pizza was it?”

CONSIDERED: Courtney Love, 40, who won a Golden Globe nomination for The People vs. Larry Flynt, is in talks to play Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, say trade reports. Lovelace rose to fame in the 1972 porn landmark, then changed her ways and became a radical feminist. She died in a 2002 car crash at the age of 53.

NAMED: Tim McGraw, Big & Rich and Sara Evans have joined the list of performers for the 40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast live May 17 from Las Vegas on CBS. McGraw leads this year’s nominees with six, while Big & Rich are up for three awards and Evans are up for two.

PREPPED: Dormant diva Mariah Carey is set to release her eighth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi, on April 12, reports Billboard. (Mimi is the singer’s nickname.) The ads for the CD announce “The return of the voice,” and Carey, who turned 33 on Sunday, tells the music trade publication: “The voice has been here all along. Even if you listen to the oh-so-dissed Glitter (soundtrack), there is a song called ‘Lead the Way,’ which is one of my best vocal performances ever.”

BOOKED: Rapper Master P (real name: Percy Robert Miller), 37, and his brother, Vyshonn King Miller, 29, were charged Monday with carrying unregistered loaded guns after police stopped their car near the University of California, Los Angeles, the Associated Press reports. According to police, an officer spotted a gun near the driver’s seat, and another was found under the front passenger seat, where Miller was sitting. Both men were freed on $35,000 bail. They were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on one felony count each.

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