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Scarlett: I'm lonely

Scarlett Johansson says L.A. life just isn't for her, because she finds it hard to make friends, reports

The 19-year-old "Lost in Translation" star recently moved from New York to California to further her career. But she says the move has been a culture shock because people try to use her celebrity status to advance themselves socially. "L.A.'s a very hard place to be unless you have people there that love you," she said. "It can be very, very lonely -- and it can eat you up if you don't take care of yourself."

She added: "There's so much emphasis on what's happening next, on who people can meet to better themselves. I'm not used to that." Meanwhile, "Bend It Like Beckham" star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has laughed off reports he is romancing Johansson, insisting he already has girlfriend, reports Rhys-Meyers, 27, is currently filming the untitled Woody Allen movie alongside Johansson in London.

Not laughing ...
President Bush managed to wipe the smirk off Jon Stewart's face -- at least for one night.

Having voted for Sen. John Kerry, America's most-trusted name in fake news couldn't conceal his disappointment Tuesday night when he arrived at Comedy Central's "Indecision 2004" party at the Park in Manhattan.

Despite the donkey-and-elephant-shaped disco balls and "spin-control" roulette wheels with Bush and Kerry's faces, the comic stayed only for a few minutes at the party. "He's in a really bad mood," one "Daily Show" correspondent told a young staffer.

Stewart had suggested last week that Bush would give his show more material. But "Daily Show" correspondent Steven Colbert told the New York Daily News: "It's not worth it. I'd happily be dull for four years instead."

Incredible shrinking Kate

Has Kate Bosworth turned into the incredible shrinking starlet?

Sources say the 21-year-old actress, who had an athletic surfer bod when she rode a surfboard in "Blue Crush," has slimmed down to the point where she makes Lara Flynn Boyle look like Kirstie Alley.

Bosworth's rep, Robin Baum, confirms that "Kate lost the 15 pounds of muscle weight that she gained for 'Blue Crush' a while ago." Baum says a nutritionist has helped Bosworth, who plays '60s star Sandra Dee in "Beyond the Sea," safely lose the weight but denies talk that she's on a liquid diet. "She does drink a protein drink with fresh fruit every morning," says Baum.

A show for Prinze Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr. has signed a deal with ABC to create and star in his own sitcom.

Prinze, 28, will portray a Puerto Rican raised in a household of women, an experience he said is based on his own life. Prinze was raised by his mother in New Mexico after his father, "Chico and the Man" star Freddie Prinze, committed suicide in 1977.

The star of "Scooby-Doo" movies and the slasher film "I Know What You Did Last Summer" said a TV show is "something I wanted to do for a long time. It's tough working on the road all the time. I love my family. I love my wife. I miss them."

Prinze, who's married to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar, is filming the coming-of-age drama "Nailed Right In" with Alec Baldwin and Mena Suvari in New York.

Hats off to Kristofferson ..
Kris Kristofferson, 68, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the 38th Annual Country Music Awards Tuesday, to air live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

Celebrity birthdays:

Sunday: Singer Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary is 67. Actor Barry Newman is 66. Singer Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 61.

Monday: Singer Patti Page is 77. CBS newsman Morley Safer is 73. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 55.

Tuesday: Actor Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk") is 52. Rapper Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa is 35. Singer Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees is 31.

Wednesday: Actor Roy Scheider is 72. Actress Brittany Murphy is 27. Rapper Eve is 26.

Thursday: Comedian Jonathan Winters is 79. Actress Demi Moore is 42. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 30.

Friday: Singer Neil Young is 59. Actress Megan Mullally is 46. Actress Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries") is 22.

Next Saturday: Producer-director-actor Garry Marshall is 70. Actress Frances Conroy ("Six Feet Under") is 51. Actress Whoopi Goldberg is 49.

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