The layered style became a hit in the 1990s when the actress first sported it playing Rachel Green in the sitcom, and more than 15 years on it has topped a poll of the most requested styles in the U.K - more than 11 million women have tried the look.
Second most popular style is Meg Ryan's choppy, cropped cut, while pop star-turned-reality-TV-judge Dannii Minogue's sleek bob is third.
The survey was carried out by beauty products company Goody. Spokeswoman Rose-Marie Jarvis says, "It's no secret that many women take inspiration from celebrities when it comes to their appearance."
We've all heard the tale: In 1836 a motley group of brave Texan soldiers aided by American legend Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) defended The Alamo to their bloody deaths at the hands of Mexican General Santa Anna's well-trained army. That's pretty much the same ground covered by the film so don't expect any surprises. What you can expect early on is some fairly convoluted political back story centering on aspiring nation-builder Sam Houston (Dennis Quaid) plenty of soap opera-quality bickering between leading characters Lt. Col. William Travis (Patrick Wilson) and knife aficionado Jim Bowie (Jason Patric) and a good amount of pompous preening on the part of Santa Anna (Emilio Echevarria). Like Glory The Alamo takes its time (about 90 minutes) to lead up to the pivotal battle using the rest of the time to introduce major characters and conflicts; unlike Edward Zwick's masterful Civil War drama Hancock's epic wanna-be loses the audience's attention in the process.
Poor Dennis Quaid -- all of the good subtle work he's put in over the last couple of years in smaller movies like The Rookie (also directed by Hancock) and Far From Heaven could well be swept from filmgoers' minds in an instant if enough of them remember The Alamo instead. As Houston one of Texas' almost-mythic heroes he blusters orates and generally overacts his way into becoming a living cartoon. Meanwhile Wilson Patric and Thornton are all given one-note characters: Col. Travis is an uptight by-the-book goody-two-shoes (until naturally he gets his one big chance to redeem himself) Bowie is a hard-drinkin' hard-livin' man's man and Crockett is the consummate good ol' boy relying on his aw-shucks demeanor to make friends -- and disguise the true depth of his pithy insights -- wherever he goes. (Thornton does what he can with Crockett but subtlety is lost in this movie.) On the other side of the trenches Echevarria's Santa Anna might as well be Dr. Evil for all of the sense he makes or the respect he earns from his lieutenants. Screenwriters Hancock Stephen Gaghan (an Oscar winner for Traffic) and Leslie Bohem must have taken the general's "Napoleon of the West" nickname literally when it came time to craft his petulant volatile character.
Hancock -- who stepped up to helm The Alamo after original director Ron Howard wisely bowed out -- is a newbie in the realm of historical epics and it shows. For all the time and money that obviously went into the film's costumes sets and effects (the re-created fort is wholly convincing and some of the nighttime battle sequences are pretty impressive) too little was spent developing characters that were equally realistic. Just because people like Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie have become larger than life in the American pop mythology doesn't mean they didn't have their faults (as presented in the movie Bowie's resolutely dissolute lifestyle is almost as trite as the rest of his character). And just because these martyred heroes were so colorful doesn't mean that watching them slouch around a dry dusty fort for an hour before anything really happens can be considered entertainment--even the best true stories can use a little help from the editing fairy now and then. Carter Burwell's heavy-handed Braveheart-meets-Glory score (Crockett's catchy fiddling notwithstanding) just underscores the fact that the movie is trying to bully you into feeling certain ways at certain times; when the music swells you gear up for something exciting only to be left hanging again and again. Looks like the suits at Touchstone Pictures knew what they were doing when they delayed The Alamo's release date from Oscar-bait December to dead-zone April.
Charity has a posthumous friend in (the recently deceased and ex-Beatle) George. The George Harrison hit "My Sweet Lord" is on sale in record stores again starting today, this time with proceeds going to charity. (The last time the song was released, in 1971, the proceeds benefited George.)
The lucky charity is the Material World Foundation, which Harrison set up in 1973 to help agencies that help poverty stricken children worldwide get, um, er, materials.
Hollywood heartthrob Tom Cruise (Vanilla Sky) revealed to Entertainment Tonight that he'd love to marry again, though there are no plans to marry current flame Penelope Cruz; loves being a father, though there are no plans to father a child with current flame Penelope Cruz; and that he is again talking to ex-wife Nicole Kidman, though there are no plans to talk with current flame Penelope Cruz--which makes you wonder how Terrific Tom spends his time with the sultry Latina star.
Robert Redford (Spy Game) didn't stop at unveiling movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Redford also announced a new fund for documentaries, aided by a $4.6 million grant from George Soros, and a new cable TV network devoted to nonfiction film. Now if only Redford can find viewers devoted to nonfiction film...
Also at Sundance, Jennifer Aniston (TV's Friends) is trying to shed her goody-goody image with a small-budget, low-profile (probably not for long) film entitled The Good Girl. The title is ironic, as Aniston's lead character is a woman trapped in a childless marriage who has an adulterous relationship with a younger man. Is art imitating life? Gossip writers in Hollywood can only hope.
Noah Wyle (TV's ER) doesn't stop at acting on a doctor show; he's a big fan of NBC's new comedy Scrubs, also a doctor show. According to The Associated Press, Wyle called Scrubs "very funny," which makes that one person in the U.S. who thinks so.
The producers of Ally McBeal will stop at nothing to lift their sagging ratings, including bringing in some outside star power. Jon Bon Jovi joins the cast tonight and Christina Ricci will guest star in a five-episode arc later this season. Of course, the only real way for Ally to get higher ratings is to rename the show ER.
From the David vs. Goliath Department: The Palm Springs International Film Festival debuted this weekend, with India's Monsoon Wedding getting the coveted opening screening. The few guests in attendance were heard saying, "I don't think we're in Utah any more."
Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) failed to appear last month in a Monmouth County, N.J., court in connection with a probation violation, leading the judge to issue a bench warrant for his arrest, TheSmokingGun.com reports. Since Mewes was bright enough to hide his heroin in his sock (which the police found, leading to his probation), New Jersey authorities figure he's bright enough to find the county courthouse. The jury is still out on that one.
Adam Ant, famous in the 1980s for a couple of seconds with a couple of completely forgettable hits, has been charged with assault and possessing a firearm after a dust-up in a London pub on Saturday. Ant's planned comeback tour will now include a stop at one of the UK's finer penitentiaries, where the rock star will have a captive, if not enthusiastic, audience.
It's taken ABC more than two years to replace Hugh Downs on 20/20, but John Miller--whose claim to news fame is that he interviewed everybody's favorite terrorist Osama bin Laden in May 1998--is now poised to join Barbara Walters as co-host of the news show. The show is also moving back to Friday nights, where ABC--fast becoming America's fourth network--is hoping the show can draw at least as many viewers as the numbers in its name.
For those of you scoring at home, or even if you're by yourself, former ESPN SportsCenter anchor Keith Olbermann is returning to CNN (where he worked in the 1980s) as a contributor to NewsNight with Aaron Brown. Olbermann is also returning to ABC (whose parent company, Disney, owns ESPN), at least on radio, with two new shows, "Speaking of Sports" and "Speaking of Everything."
Well, we still have death and taxes. After 42 years and 17,162 shows, The Fantasticks has seen the curtain drop for the final time at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village. As reasons for the closure, the producer cited rising costs, new theater owners and the fact that everyone in the eastern half of the country has already seen the show.
Aurelie Brun, who was stripped of her Miss Loire-Forez title and disqualified from competing in the Miss France competition for being too short, has accused the recently crowned Sylvie Tellier of not measuring up to the 5-foot-7 height requirement, either, PageSix.com reports. Brun's statements once again prove the old adage, "Hell hath no fury as a short Frenchwoman scorned."
Musicians strike back
As Americans try to get their life back together after the tragic Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, musicians also are re-working their music, performing tribute concerts, and donating money to help aid relief efforts.
John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, published a full-page add in The New York Times on Sunday with the simple message: "Imagine all the people living life in peace," in the wake of the attacks.
The eight-word quotation from Lennon's "Imagine" was unaccompanied by any photos or text because Ono felt "it would be more effective if her name wasn't on it," her spokesman told The Associated Press.
Ono also plans to feature a billboard in Times Square with the lyric "Give peace a chance."
Celine Dion will headline a five-hour show Friday in Montreal with about 200 Quebec artists, including members of the famed Cirque du Soleil, Reuters reports. Proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to help families of the nearly 7,000 people killed or missing in the attacks.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney, will perform a concert in New York City to benefit the city's firefighters in the next month.
"I also have a connection here, because my father was a fireman in Liverpool during World War II," McCartney told New York's WPLJ radio station on Sept. 21. According to Rolling Stone magazine, McCartney is currently looking into New York City venues to host the event.
Members of The Dave Matthews Band have changed their mind about releasing "When the World Ends" as the band's next radio single, feeling it would be insensitive given people's fears after the hijackings, the band's publicist told SonicNet.com on Tuesday. Instead, the group will ask programmers to play the title track for their latest album, Everyday.
Alanis Morissette has released "Utopia," a song that the Canadian singer describes as it being "shared in the spirit of wanting to offer comfort to everyone who is grieving, with my experiencing my own grief alongside them," she writes in an online post on her official Web site. According to Launch.com, the song can currently be heard on her official site.
Creed's With Arms Wide Open Foundation, which works to foster strong relationships between children and their parents, has donated $50,000 to New Yorkers for Children (NYFC), a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS).
"Everyone at the Foundation is just shocked and saddened, not only by the events of last week, but by what they mean for far too many children," lead singer Scott Stapp told Rolling Stone magazine on Friday.
The Cure has removed the song "Killing An Arab," from their Nov. 13 Greatest Hits collection release for fear of creating conflict after the attacks on America early this month. Considered one of The Cure's early classics, and a concert staple, "Killing An Arab" was originally featured on 1980's Boys Don't Cry album and featured on the 1986's compilation Staring At The Sea: The Singles. The Cure's lead singer Robert Smith told Launch.com on Tuesday that the song drew the attention of many and "in America there was a ferocious lobby for us to withdraw the album from the shelves or take the song off."
Timberlake & Spears robbed
Teen pop's most envied couple, Britney Spears and 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake, were on vacation with friends and family in Destin, Fla., when four teen-age boys broke into their rented beach house and stole personal possessions, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
Local police arrested the four minors after neighbors saw them fleeing the scene with the goods, which were later returned to the couple. Among the items stolen were $5,000 worth of video camera equipment, liquor bottle, clothes, and videotape showing "personal" moments that police found while one of the teens dubbed a copy. Well, then, maybe Britney isn't the goody two shoes she claims to be?
Ramones, Sex Pistols nominated for Hall of Fame
The punk rockers The Ramones and The ex Pistols are among the artists nominated for admission into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 2002 class. According to Rolling Stone magazine, a list for the list for this year's nominees, which includes Black Sabbath, Talking Heads, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, was released on Monday. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the legendary performers, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others who have made presence in rock and roll for a decade and a half in their career. The winners will be announced later this fall.