Originally created 06/12/06

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NEW YORK - Britney Spears says her marriage to Kevin Federline is "awesome," and scrutiny from the paparazzi has made her an "emotional wreck."

Opening up in an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer to be aired Thursday on the "Today" show and "Dateline," the 24-year-old singer says it's not true that Federline is living in the basement, as some media have reported.

The paparazzi have "crossed the line a little bit" by showing her in private moments, she said. She also defended her parenting skills, saying, "I know I'm a good mom."

She drew criticism earlier this year when she was photographed with her infant son, Sean, sitting on her lap as she drove. She cautions against judging her.

"I did it with my dad. I'd sit on his lap and I drive," the Louisiana native said. "We're country."

The singer said she feels like a target. Asked what she would say to the paparazzi as individuals, she says: "You have a life. And if you don't, you have to realize that we're people and that we... just need privacy and we need our respect. And those are things that you have to have as a human being."

Federline and Spears married in the fall of 2004, and their son, Sean Preston, was born last September. She revealed last month that she is pregnant again.

Federline also has two children, Kori and Kaleb, with his former girlfriend, Shar Jackson.


NEW YORK (AP) - Mariah Carey can point to yet another person who didn't see "Glitter": the director of her new movie.

Carey will play a waitress in "Tennessee," directed by Lee Daniels, producer of "The Woodsman" and "Monster's Ball."

"He's a risk-taker," Carey told Time for its issue on newsstands Monday. "Obviously it would be a risk in a lot of people's minds to cast me."

Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" was the best-selling album of 2005, helping to bury the pain of the 2001 film and soundtrack flop "Glitter" and her breakdown from exhaustion.

But with a tour under way, she's still busy. And she's keeping a sense of humor.

"I got a letter from a girl who said she was listening to one of my songs and every time I hit a particular high note, the garage door would open or close," she said.

The 36-year-old hopes doors continue opening for her.

"There will always be parts of me that need emancipating," she said. "But it feels nice to allow yourself to be who you are."


NEW YORK (AP) - Look for Meryl Streep onstage more often - once the nest is empty.

"Believe me, these kids would love nothing more than for me to be gone every night and all weekend," Streep tells Time for its issue hitting newsstands Monday. "It would be their dream come true! Not going to happen."

When 14-year-old Louisa, the youngest of her four children, heads off to college, Streep can do more theater. For now, she performs live only in the summer.

Still, doing only movies for the rest of the year doesn't exactly leave her with plenty of time. But thanks to a colleague, she has a secret weapon: the BlackBerry.

"Gwyneth Paltrow put me on to it," said Streep, who turns 57 this month. "It's the best parenting tool, because you can use it during a scene and no one will notice."

Streep, the most-nominated actor in Academy Awards history, has two movies out this month: "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Devil Wears Prada." She also will appear onstage in "Mother Courage and Her Children."


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