September 14, 2004 06:00 AM

• “Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!”
Oprah Winfrey, who kicked off the new season of her talk show by giving each audience member a Pontiac G6

• “I heard that I threw a tantrum in a store once – that was good!”
The O.C. star Mischa Barton, to Entertainment Tonight, on hearing rumors about herself

• “It puts you in touch with the inner drag queen that everybody has but never gets let out.”
Gael Garcia Bernal, on dressing up in women’s clothing to play a transvestite in Bad Education

• “I know my balls were in. It wasn’t just that point, that’s the thing. I know my shots. I know in the last game those balls were in as well. So it’s like, what do you do? You just got to keep fighting.”
Serena Williams, on her defeat by Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open

• “It was a really exciting experience to feel you could start at the bottom, roll your sleeves up and get a movie made, where there isn’t the pressure of $150 million hanging over your head.”
Lord of the Rings heartthrob Orlando Bloom, on making the lower-budget drama Haven

• “I just wanted to make a movie that I thought was representative of me and my friends. A lot of movies I went to see were fun to watch and totally entertaining and escapist. But what – I’m going to identify with John McClane in Die Hard? I would never jump off a building, I would never shoot a terrorist, I would never take my shirt off in public.”
– Director Kevin Smith, on why he decided to make his breakthrough film Clerks 10 years ago

• “My wife makes fun of me because I have a lot of songs with food. But I say, ‘Write what you know,’ and I know about food, cars and broken hearts.” – Country singer Alan Jackson, whose 14th album, What I Do, was released this month

• “For me the real Oscar would be Bush’s defeat on Nov. 2.”
Michael Moore, on deciding not to enter Fahrenheit 9/11 into the Academy Awards race for Best Documentary

• “Fashion Week is the time of the year that we get the sneak preview of what Winona Ryder will be shoplifting in the spring.”
David Letterman

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