October 28, 2004 06:00 AM

That loud buzzing sound you’re hearing is the Oscar talk around Jamie Foxx’s performance as singer Ray Charles in the biopic Ray (opening Oct. 29). We wanted to know what Foxx found most challenging about playing the blind 12-time Grammy winner. “Actually capturing the nuance of Ray, not the impersonation, but the way he talks, the way he’s quiet. I would say this: How we act on Sunday [evening] at 6:30 when there’s really nothing to do, that’s how you capture a person’s soul, it’s those moments,” Foxx told us at the movie’s L.A. premiere. “Obviously the preparation and losing the weight and doing the impersonation is one thing, but the nuances are what really make the spirit come to life.”

Free Association
We asked Shall We Dance? star Stanley Tucci for his quick takes on a few hot topics. • Red Sox beat the Yankees: “Good and sad. Good for them, sad for the Yankees.”
Mary Kay Letourneau engaged to her former student: “I can’t even think about that. I don’t have a word for that.”
Prince Harry scuffles with paparazzi: “I don’t blame him.”
Martha Stewart at Camp Cupcake: “Scapegoat.”
Desperate Housewives: “Where?”
Bill O’Reilly sex suit: “What comes around goes around.”
Wife Swap: “No thanks.”
Britney Spears becomes Britney Federline: “Who?”

Get Everything
Along with forever being known as the ex-Mrs. Donald, Ivana Trump is a businesswoman, author, actress – and soon-to-be rock star? Czech-born Trump and her companion, Rossano Rubicondi, have given new life to “Secret Love,” an old Italian love song, by changing some lyrics and adding a disco beat. The pair plan to release it on the Sony Europe label within the next few months. “It is half-Italian and half-English,” Trump told us at a Beverly Hills party thrown by Star Diet diva Nikki Haskell. “We wrote it together by adding some new words after buying the rights.” Meanwhile, Trump’s two-hour FOX reality special, Ivana Young Man, is scheduled to debut in January, and will feature six men in their 20s competing for the affection of a lonely but successful 40-something woman. Trump, who is no stranger to May-December romance (Rubicondi is 34 to her 55), says the arrangement suits her fine: “I’d rather be a babysitter than a nurse maid.” As for the differences between her show and her ex’s The Apprentice? “All my eliminations will be in the bedroom and not the boardroom,” she says.

Caught in the Act
Spotted Recently:
• Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, hosting a group of 50 for dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse in St. Louis on Monday night. The group, mostly players, coaches and their wives or girlfriends, arrived on a bus. Schilling, who dined on filet mignon, paid for everyone’s dinner. It must have been good karma: The Sox, who are in St. Louis battling the Cardinals in games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) of the World Series, won Game 3 Tuesday night, after their Morton’s party the evening prior.

Ja Rule, presiding over the release party for his record R.U.L.E., at London’s swank Club Tantra.

Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, enjoying a late-night bite at New York eatery – and celeb hotspot – Da Silvano.


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