NAMES & FACES

"Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul," the latest in the series, includes stories by local writers Bobbi Carducci and John McCaslin. (Mccaslin By Steve Knipp)

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Friday, August 19, 2005

The Other Side of Jude Law

New photos have surfaced of a buff Jude Law . Oops -- we meant he was in the buff.

E! News reports that a paparazzo snapped a photo of the 32-year-old's not-so-private parts while he changed into a swimsuit outside his mother's house in France. Invasion of privacy, yes. But why was he changing outside at mummy's place?

The picture quickly hit the Internet. "The guy is on vacation with his kids," the actor's rep told the New York Post. "People need to give him a break."

Maybe this will cheer him up: Just before his photo hit the Net, Law was voted as having the sexiest rear in showbiz by 1,000 British moviegoers, based on his bum-baring bath scene in "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

The fully clothed lad was spotted strolling through London on Wednesday with his former fiancee, Sienna Miller . It was the first time the couple had been seen together since Law's public apology last month for having an affair with his children's nanny, Daisy Wright . Sources say Law wants to reconcile, but Miller has still not been seen wearing her diamond-cluster engagement ring.

Our advice? Keep your pants on, Jude.

Local Writers Sweeten the Pot

"Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul," the 102nd addition to the popular series, features the work of two local authors: one grandma and one not-so-grandma.

Bobbi Carducci , a 56-year-old writer for the Purcellville Gazette, contributed "Deposition Stew," about a child that she "happened to come across" while working at a shelter for battered women. This grandmother of four said she answered an ad last year calling for submissions for the book and "couldn't be happier" to be part of the compilation.

Washington Times syndicated columnist John McCaslin , 47, had to wait a little longer to see his name in the book. Make that a lot longer. The "Inside the Beltway" writer said a Chicken Soup employee contacted him five years ago and asked for a copy of his story. McCaslin says he forgot all about it until he received a letter informing him he would finally be published in the book.

McCaslin wrote "Grandma Wanda" about his mother, who insisted on wrapping a Christmas present for his daughter before she died at midnight on Christmas Eve. The writer says that despite not being a granny, he thinks his story "speaks for all grandmothers and the important role they play."

"Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul" was released Tuesday.

End Notes

· President Bush 's planned bike-off with Lance Armstrong tomorrow will be filmed exclusively by the Discovery Channel, sponsor of Armstrong's team. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the blowout -- er, bike ride -- will be closed to the media and a photo will be released.

· A boy for Britney Spears ? The 23-year-old pregnant pop star went on an after-hours shopping spree at an exclusive Beverly Hills area baby store where she bought all boy clothes, according to MSNBC. A source says Spears blew $10,000 at Petit Tresor and added: "She has very good taste, actually: elegant and simple. I was surprised." The singer was in the same store a few weeks ago and bought goods for girls, but the source says "that must have been a ruse or for someone else." A rep for the store would not confirm or deny the shopping trip.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller from staff and wire reports


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