updated 04/19/2005 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/20/2005 AT 6:00 AM ET
She plays a good-natured shampoo girl in the movie Beauty Shop, but Alicia Silverstone is excited to get downright mean in her new FOX show Queen B. “I play this nasty girl. It’s really excitingly different,” she told us at hot club Prive in Miami, where she was being honored as the cover girl of Ocean Drive magazine’s April issue.
The pilot, which she’s currently filming, is her first starring vehicle since her 2003 NBC series Miss Match and Silverstone – who is also a coproducer on the project – loves being in the driver’s seat. “I got to cast it, work on the script. It’s a great job,” she said.
Black Eyed Peas’ frontwoman Fergie is going solo – without leaving her multiplatinum-selling group, that is. The singer is pulling a Gwen Stefani and releasing her own effort. “It’s going to be a deeper look into who I am – but definitely with a hip-hop base,” she told us at the Paper magazine and Jaguar party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. “I’m so excited about it.”
Fergie is also gearing up for the June 7 release of her group’s upcoming album Monkey Business (the first single, “Don’t Phunk with My Heart,” has already hit airwaves) and a world tour. “I couldn’t be happier with the way everything is going right now,” Fergie told us. “It’s a dream.”
Caught in the Act
Eva Longoria and JC Chasez, having lunch together at L.A. restaurant Toast.
Ashlee Simpson, partying at Austin club Firehouse Lounge with her parents and members of her band. The singer, who wore a leopard-print blouse, got up to dance when Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” began blasting.
Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore and a host of other stars, honoring Sony chief Sir Howard Stringer at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City gala in New York City.
By JON WARECH, MARGI BLASH, KIM LANSING and JOANNE FOWLER