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Tom and Katie hit Rome for a mission impossible ... Stephen Sondheim celebrates his 75th with a concert, naturally ... Lauryn Hill pulls a diva act.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes — you’ve heard of them haven’t you? — took their love affair to Rome, where Tom has begun filming “Mission: Impossible III,” costarring Michelle Monaghan as his on-screen love interest. And here’s a small flash … there’s talk on the set that Tom is trying to find a cameo in the movie with which to surprise his bride-to-be so they can work together even for a little bit. Roman romantics lined the bridges to watch Tom, who was filming on the Tiber river, and they all got a treat watching Katie in jeans and a brown leather jacket with her hair in a ponytail, bestowing one of her lingering kisses on her fiancé, who looked pretty sexy in black jeans and a tight burgundy T-shirt.

Dear Katie asked Tom to be careful before he jumped into a boat for a high-speed chase scene on the water. If you’re going to be in the Eternal City and want to catch sight of the darlings, they have St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Trevi Fountain on their schedule over the weekend. But you’d better be quick.

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Stephen Sondheim celebrated his 75th birthday with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl for 17,000 fans last week. Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Carol Burnett, Audra McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Elaine Stritch, Josh Groban and Len Cariou were among Sondheim’s dearest pals who performed. Naturally, the highlight of the evening was when Barbra Streisand sashayed out and led Warren Beatty and the others in singing “Happy Birthday.” Lansbury had a wee mishap, tripping and falling down during her curtain call, but she got right up without missing a beat. If she doesn’t know there’s no biz like show biz, nobody does.

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Singer Lauryn Hill kept more than 2,000 fans waiting for almost three hours at her London concert because of wardrobe woes. “I have a problem with procrastination,” she said. “I have a great deal of difficulty deciding what to wear — I guess it’s a woman thing.” Those concert goers unhappy with the wait were given a refund. In the end, Lauryn took the stage wearing a white lace blouse, a long skirt, African bracelets and Asian earrings. No word on whether it was worth the wait.

This story first appeared in the July 15, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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Johnny Depp keeps saying he’d like to marry his girlfriend of seven years, Vanessa Paradis, but she would have to ask him. Does he want her to get down on one knee or what? Of course, Johnny thinks they’re as good as married already after all those years and he swears if she ever said let’s do it, he would do it in a second. And he wouldn’t even want her to change her name. He thinks Paradis-Depp is a terrible drag to stick anyone with.

Depp has finally convinced the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards to play his daddy in the sequel to “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Johnny was really keen on this casting because he modeled his role as the swashbuckling pirate Captain Jack Sparrow on Keith. You do remember that the star was nominated for an Oscar in this part, so he wanted to do something nice for Richards in return.

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Natasha Richardson‘s new movie, “Asylum,” based on Patrick McGrath‘s novel of erotic obsession, has Natasha playing a woman in the Fifties whose husband works at an asylum and who finds herself embroiled in a torrid affair with one of the inmates, played by Marton Csokas (who also stars opposite Charlize Theron in the forthcoming “Aeon Flux”). Of course, this little fling puts Natasha’s life in peril. The movie is directed by David Mackenzie and he and his cast are all expected at the Hamptons Film Festival Cinema Society screening followed by a bonfire and clambake on the beach in Southampton, N.Y., on July 29. The host committee includes Donna Karan, Renée Rockefeller, Aerin Lauder, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Samantha Boardman, Tory Burch, Whitney and James Fairchild and the organization chairman Andrew Saffir.

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The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, now entering its 60th year, has elected Vera Safai to succeed Coco Kopelman as its 30th president. Vera, a board member since 1980, follows in the footsteps of such committed do-gooders as Susan Payson Burke and Nicole Limbocker. The Society also named Burch, Deborah Pippens and Kelly Johnston to the board. SMSKCC’s next big event will be the 17th Anniversary Preview Party for the International Fine Arts and Antique Dealer Show on Oct. 20, which kicks the fall season off into high gear. It’s never too early to start thinking about what to wear, is it?

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Gwyneth Paltrow is not just hanging around with Apple or chasing Chris Martin on the rock circuit. You’ll find her at the Toronto Film Festival in September for the premiere of her new movie, “Proof,” which costars Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal. She’s also preparing to star with Annette Bening, Vanessa Redgrave, Colleen Camp and Kristin Chenoweth in the film version of the bestseller “Running With Scissors,” the story of a man who recalls his troubled childhood growing up with a bipolar, egotistical mother. And if that’s not enough, she’s also signed on to shoot a cameo in “Love and Other Disasters,” with Orlando Bloom and Brittany Murphy, a story about a young American fashion reporter in London who helps her friends find love. Plus, she still has the role of Marlene Dietrich in the picture based on the biography by the diva’s daughter, Maria Riva, somewhere on her schedule. Paltrow will have to do a lot of research to look like Marlene Dietrich, whom she doesn’t resemble in the least. Maybe she should have a peek at the book “Making Faces” by the late great makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, wherein he made up Drew Barrymore (who looks even less like Marlene) to look like the late great star.

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