October 05, 2004 06:00 AM

Just because ‘N Sync is on hold, doesn’t mean JC Chasez has nothing to do. In between working on his next solo effort (a follow-up to this year’s Schizophrenic) – “It’s time to do it again,” he says, “I had so much fun with the last one. It’s gonna be eclectic” – he showed up for a recent Rock the Vote event hosted by the WB network in Burbank. “Young people could be the difference in this election if they would just get in the booth,” Chasez says. “The reason why people feel like this system is broken is because it hasn’t changed, and the only way it’s going to change is if people step up to the plate.” Wicker Park star Josh Hartnett apparently agreed – he skipped the red carpet and headed straight to a table to sign up voters. “Young people should vote. They should start a habit,” he says. “It’s important to be involved in the country’s process. No matter what you think of it, you can change the course of the next four years.” Other star attendees: Jake Gyllenhaal and Amber Tamblyn (who introduced the screening of Rock the Vote’s public service announcements, which were followed by an episode of the network’s drama Jack & Bobby), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Constance Marie (George Lopez ) and Aisha Tyler.

He’s Still Fired
There can’t have been too many hard feelings between Donald Trump and ousted Apprentice hopeful Bradford Cohen – the freshly fired contestant showed up to toast the Boardroom King at the recent launch of Trump World magazine, along with Mrs. Trump-to-be Melania Knauss, right-hand woman Carolyn Kepcher and first-season hopeful Heidi Bressler. And there was a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking to be had on Cohen’s surprise firing. “I was not shocked,” Kepcher tells us. “As soon as he gave up his exemption, I knew Donald would not think highly of that.” Bressler also says she knew what was coming: “With Donald Trump you never want to insult him. When he gives you a gift and you don’t accept it, and that’s what (Cohen) did, that’s an insult to Donald and you don’t mess with that. It’s an ego thing.” Actually, Bressler seems none-too-impressed with Cohen’s colleagues, either. “They don’t compare to us – the first cast,” she says. “Because of the second cast, I’ve gotten 30 more speaking engagements. The public is bored by them.” As for The Donald himself, add sock salesman to his ever-growing list of pursuits: Trump recently landed an endorsement deal with Holeproof Socks of Australia. Seriously.

Puffed up
No one can accuse filmmaker Martin Scorsese of taking himself too seriously – at least, not anyone who’s seen Shark Tale. In the hit animated film, Scorsese voices a puffer fish named Sykes who has bushy eyebrows and talks a mile a minute. Sound familiar? “I thought I had a lot of fun with it,” he says. “Basically I just played myself. A little excitable. Enthusiastic. Annoying.”

Caught in the Act
Spotted Recently:
Ricky Martin, dining with a group on the patio at L.A. eatery Buddha’s Belly.

• CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, posing with Ernie at kid hotspot Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. O’Brien, who’s on maternity leave after the birth of her twins, was on an outing with her two older daughters, Sofia, 3 and Cecilia, 2.


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