Plus: Frasier's Gilpin expects twins, Idols to tour and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 05, 2004 09:00 AM

ADMITTED: Brad Pitt, 40, has claimed in interviews that he gave up smoking cigarettes in order to be at his most physically fit for Troy, which opens Friday. And on Monday’s Oprah, the audience applauded wildly when Winfrey announced that the hunk had kicked the habit. But Pitt then sheepishly asked the crowd to stop clapping – and revealed that he has picked up the rotten habit again.

EXPECTED: Next week’s Frasier finale won’t be the last of the exciting events in Peri Gilpin’s future. The actress, 41, who lives in L.A. with artist husband Christian Vincent, is expecting a big life change this summer: twins, via a surrogate. And her next work project? “Whatever I do has to be really good because it will follow in Frasier’s footsteps,” says Gilpin, who played radio sidekick Roz. For now, there’s voiceover work: “It’s fun.”

BLOCKED: Miramax’s parent, the Walt Disney Company, is moving to prevent the studio’s release of Oscar-winning documentary maker Michael Moore’s new Fahrenheit 911, because the film allegedly links President Bush with powerful Saudi families, including that of Osama bin Laden, The New York Times reports. The film is due to premiere at this month’s Cannes Film Festival in France. Variety quotes a Miramax spokesman as saying that the company was “looking forward to resolving this amicably.” But Moore, 50, says on his Web site that the movie might “endanger” millions of dollars of tax breaks Disney receives from the state of Florida (where Disney World is located), because the film will “anger” state Gov. Jeb Bush.

PLANNED: Even though the third American Idol won’t be chosen for three more weeks, the top 10 finalists – Fantasia Barrino, Diana DeGarmo, George Huff, Jasmine Trias and La Toya London, as well as those who have already been voted out of the competition, Amy Adams, Camile Velasco, Jennifer Hudson, John Stevens and Jon Peter Lewis – are planning for a combined summer North American tour, reports Billboard. The tour will play 48 cities, kicking off July 14 in Salt Lake City and concluding Sept. 26 in San Jose, Calif.

SPLIT: Scary Movie star Keenen Ivory Wayans, 45, has filed for divorce from Daphne Wayans, his wife of three years, citing irreconcilable differences, according to papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple wed in June 2001, and Wayans seeks joint custody of their five children.