February 20, 2004 10:15 AM

A HAWKE TELL-ALL: Actor Ethan Hawke denied “annoying” tabloid reports that claimed his infidelity was the root cause for his split with wife Uma Thurman. In the new issue of Details magazine, Hawke says that although he and Thurman are likely headed for a divorce, there is more to the story than meets the eye. “If our problems were that simple, we’d still be together,” he said. Regardless, the 33-year-old actor said this has been an exceedingly difficult period of his life. “If my forties are where people say (life is) really good,” Hawke said, “I’m probably going to be suicidal.”

JONESING FOR NORAH: “Feels Like Home,” the sophomore album from Norah Jones, felt like a huge success for the Grammy-winning chanteuse. The disc sold more than 1 million copies in its first week — the best debut for an album in three years, since ‘N Sync’s “Celebrity” sold 1.9 million copies in 2001. Of course, her performance shouldn’t be too surprising: Her debut disc, “Come Away with Me,” sold 17 million copies. As for the new disc, Jones told The New York Times magazine, “I like this new record, but not better (than ‘Come Away’); it’s just different.”

‘IDOL’ CUTTING: Matthew Rogers, a huge, 25-year-old singer from Southern California, and Camile Velasco, an 18-year-old from Hawaii, were the lucky two “American Idol” contestants to survive this week’s round of cuts on the FOX talent hunt. But judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul were hardly pleased with all the performances. “This is going from bad to worse,” Jackson said at one point.

CONAN’S MEA CULPA: “People of Quebec, I’m sorry.” Those were the contrite words of Conan O’Brien after Canadians harshly criticized a recent “Late Night” skit in which Triumph the Insult Comic Dog made fun of French-Canadians citizens. A French translator, meanwhile, translated O’Brien’s apology as, “I’m an albino jackass.” O’Brien had been taping his show in Toronto to give the city’s economy a boost following last year’s SARS outbreak. But Canadian officials were incensed when the sock puppet Triumph told French-speaking residents in Quebec to “learn English,” among other things.

BIG ‘SEX’: HBO’s “Sex and the City” ends its six-season run Sunday night, but that may not be the end. “Sex” writer-director Michael Patrick King is working on a script for a big-screen version of the series that would star Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis, Variety reported. The stars are reportedly in talks to assume their roles for the movie, but no word on a possible release date. Meanwhile, those looking for tamer “Sex” can catch edited versions of the hit show on TBS later this year.

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