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Hollywood Exclusive: An Action Movie For Catherine Bell, Thanks To Hubby

hollywoodexclusive1Country superstars Sugarland — Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles — are hard into their summer tour schedule, and he tells us they plan to stay on the road here in the United States all the way through October. That's on the heels of their spring tour through Europe. Bush says his energy is good.

"You just sleep whenever you can," explains the music man, who has his family with him on the road. "We spend a lot of time staying in the best health we can. It's a lot like being an athlete. You can't stay up late. You can't have a bunch of drinks. You can't eat what's bad for you.

"Dreams," he adds, "require a lot of attention."

For Bush and Nettles, who've only been doing their Sugarland thing since 2003, the dream-come-true has been ongoing — with No. 1 hits, Grammys and other top honors. Even with their constant touring, according to Bush, they couldn't meet demand for dates for their highly theatrical shows. That's why they decided to put their concert experience on film — as in the hour-long "Live on the Inside" ABC network special they have coming on Aug. 3, and the two-hour DVD they have coming out the next day.

"In the dog days of summer, a Monday night in August, there was a time before DVRs and YouTube and TiVo, when people gathered around television together and watched shows. I remember those as special times," says Bush. "I like to imagine that people who are Sugarland fans will go and ask a friend who maybe isn't a country fan to watch it. It's free — just an hour. I'm one of the people who believes in giving away stuff for free in order to spread the word."

MAKING IT HAPPEN: "Army Wives" star Catherine Bell tells us she has her first action movie in the pipeline — and she has her husband, actor Adam Beason, to thank.

"My husband is a writer, and he started writing this movie after he saw too many bad scripts that people were offering to me — scripts that were ready to go, with money. He said, 'I can write better than this.'

And I said, 'Do it!'" she recalls. He did and … "He sold his first one to Lifetime, for me to star in, about a woman who is an ex-Delta Force type, a former bodyguard who now has a nice life in Charleston, S.C., who's forced to go back into tactical mode." The Beasons also plan to produce the telepic — which has the added attraction of keeping them right home in South Carolina, where they headquarter with their 6-year-old daughter, Gemma. They'll shoot, she says, "after my daughter's back in school, during our series hiatus — around October-November."

SOMETHING PERSONAL: Stephanie Pratt tells us she's become really great friends with many of her cast mates on "The Hills," but there's one person she doesn't plan on getting close to, and that's her brother Spencer's former best friend Brody Jenner. However, her grudge has nothing to do with Spencer, but more to do with the fact that Jenner expressed numerous concerns to Lauren Conrad when Stephanie started befriending their tight-knit group.

"I've known Brody for like 10 years. I asked him why he'd say something like that since he's known me for so long, and he said it's to create drama, so I try to stay away from him since that's what he's trying to do," reveals Stephanie. "I think Lo (Bosworth), Lauren and Audrina (Patridge) trust me more, and we've become much better friends off camera, but Brody and I will never be friends." And there you have it!

KEEPING IT REAL: "The Bill Engvall Show's" Nancy Travis says her children, ages 7 and 11, "don't have the same awe and curiosity that other children do" when it comes to TV and movies. "They'll call out, 'Mom, you're on TV again,' and then go out and play basketball or do whatever else they're doing. They're used to coming to the set, meeting other actors, going to the craft services table."

Yet, says Nancy, she makes sure they're aware "I've been very lucky in this business, to be able to do what I love to do — every facet of it."

Her own kids continually inspire her, she adds. "We're glad to be making a show people can actually watch with their whole family. That's what we're trying to do, and every episode its own little story — not 20 minutes of one-liner jokes seeing how crass they can be."

With reports by Emily Feimster.

To find out more about Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith and read their past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.


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