Plus: Jon Stewart's $6 million pad, Stones keep rolling, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 11, 2005 08:00 AM

RANKED: Though it’s often claimed that Teri Hatcher gets all the attention, Eva Longoria is the only star of Desperate Housewives to make Maxim magazine’s new Hot 100 list – in fact, Longoria is No. 1. “It’s kind of exciting and shocking all at the same time, because I was No. 91 last year,” Longoria, 30, tells USA Today. “Considering all the women in the world, No. 91 isn’t all that bad. But I didn’t go to the party (last year), because I don’t think anyone wants the 90s at the party.” Modest about her status this year as well, Longoria tells that paper that she’d rank Angelina Jolie (whom the men’s magazine ranked as No. 7) at the top of the list. “Angelina is the definition of sexy,” Longoria says. “Everything about her is sexy – her empowerment, confidence, strength, beauty, character, her morals and what she stands for.”

BOUGHT: Jon Stewart, 42, has paid $5.8 million for a loft in Manhattan’s Tribeca for himself, wife Tracey, son Nathan and their dog and cat, the New York Observer reports. The duplex penthouse is described by the paper as having 6,000 sq. ft., 40 windows, a terrace and a private roof. No count on bedrooms or bathrooms, however. A rep for The Daily Show star confirmed a real-estate transaction but declined to offer details.

SERENADED: The Rolling Stones, still rocking in their 60s, announced a new album and world tour Tuesday with a three-song mini-concert at Manhattan’s classical music institution, the Juilliard School. “Thank you very much guys,” frontman Mick Jagger told a cheering crowd. “This is one of the earliest concerts we’ve played.” The tour begins Aug. 21, with shows already scheduled for Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, N.C., and Calgary, Alberta – with more to come. The Stones’ as-yet-untitled new album is “about 85 percent done,” Jagger added.

HONORED: Steve Martin, 59, will receive the eighth annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, to be presented Oct. 23 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony that will be taped for broadcast. In a statement, the onetime “wild and crazy guy” who’s now a respected author, playwright, art collector and past Oscar host, said: “I think Mark Twain is a great guy and I can’t wait to meet him.” Past recipients of the award have included Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Pryor and Carl Reiner.

DIED: Revered Disney artist and writer Joe Grant, 96, whose creations included the witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the story for Dumbo, died after suffering a heart attack at his drawing board at home, said the Walt Disney Company. Other animated hits that bore the Grant touch were Pinocchio, Fantasia, Aladdin, The Lion King and Pocahontas.