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GORES JOIN IN THE RACE AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Vice President Al Gore, his wife Tipper, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and two dozen members of Congress put on their running shoes Saturday to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment programs.At the Washington Monument, they joined 65,000 other participants, many of whom were cancer survivors or relatives of cancer victims. After a brief pep rally and warm-up set to dance music, they blended into a sea of white T-shirts for a 5-kilometer run around downtown.

SCENE FROM 'NOTTING HILL' IS PUT TO A REALITY TEST

Re-creating a scene from "Notting Hill," Julia Roberts sat down to dinner with a group of friends who had no idea a famous Hollywood star was joining them. Things got weird though when one guest didn't recognize her.

Set up by Marie Clare magazine for an article, the dinner party mirrored one in the movie that features Roberts as a movie star dating a London bookstore owner, except for the woman who had no idea who the guest of honor was.

"And what do you do for a living," she asked Roberts.

"I'm an actress," Roberts replied.

"Anything I might have seen?" the woman went on.

"How about 'Pretty Woman'?" Roberts answered.

Suddenly it dawned on the questioner who she was talking to.

"She's not very good with faces," the woman's fiance said to Roberts. "Please don't take it personally."

Roberts didn't.

"Why is it so weird that somebody didn't recognize me?" Roberts said later.

JAR JAR BINKS ACTOR SAYS HE OFTEN FELT LIKE AN ALIEN

Ahmed Best, the man behind the mask of the new "Star Wars" character Jar Jar Binks, feels like he came to the scene-stealing role from a galaxy far, far away.

Before "Star Wars, Episode I -- The Phantom Menace," Best's only film experience was working as an extra in "Lean On Me."

"I kept waiting every day for somebody to say, 'Excuse me, you're not supposed to be here,' " Best told Rolling Stone.

Director George Lucas discovered Best while the singer-dancer-drummer was working in the San Francisco production of the dance musical "Stomp." Lucas couldn't have been happier with his choice.

"It was the first time I could get an alien to turn in a really great performance," Lucas said of Best, who acted out the scenes during filming in costume, but whose image was digitally created and inserted during special effects work later.