'Sahara' Premiere Brings Desert Heat to Hollywood
April 5, 2005
You know itís a special sort of Hollywood premiere
when the filmís biggest star arrives with a camel.
And PenČlope Cruz did just that at the red carpet
ride of "Sahara," calling the four-legged
friend her date for the evening.
Cruz and her real-life love Matthew McConaughey
arrived separately to the premiere of the movie
that sparked their off-screen love affair. And
Matthew had something to say about his humped
competition: "Sheís got a nice date, huh?
I gotta do something man."
But McConaughey obviously did something for his
throngs of fans, sending them into screaming fits
as he passed by, while PenČlope canoodled with
the well-trained baby camel.
On the screen, nothing compared to the action
scenes with Matt and PenČlope doing their own
stunts, jumping from galloping camels onto a moving
train. "We were sore for a few days from
that scene," Cruz recalled.
And from the desert to the desperate, "Extra"
also went on "Desperate Housewives"
rumor control, starting with Mike the plumber.
Did James Denton purposely dis pop star Britney
Spears, who apparently showed interest in popping
up on the show? Published reports had Denton saying,
"I can promise you that will never happen."
But Denton cleared up that rumor: "Britney,
if you see this, I think you're extremely talented,
I never said anything negative about you."
And did "Desperate" son Shawn Pyfrom,
who plays Bree's sexually confused kid, leak any
plot secrets to Internet websites? "Iím setting
the record straight," Pyfrom revealed. "I
didnít say that Iím experimenting, it was all
And Felicity Huffmanís real-life, not-so-desperate
husband Bill Macy, who co-stars in "Sahara,"
sets the story straight on all the reported trouble
between the "Desperate" women, in light
of the recent Vanity Fair article.
"She loves that show, she loves her job,
she's as happy as a clam," Macy insisted.
You can catch "Sahara" when it heats
up theaters this weekend, and catch an all-new
episode of "Desperate Housewives" on