CULTURE POP: WILL SMITH SIZZLES ON SUMMER COVERS

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Riding the buzz about his summer frolic with aliens, "Men in Black," Will Smith soared to the top of Cover Story's list for June. The rapper turned movie star earned 7 points with the covers of GQ, Us and Jet, as the sci-fi comedy hyped its July 2 opening.

Two film faves tied for No. 2, with Jodie Foster and Julia Roberts both winning 6 points as their summer box-office offerings, "Contact" and "My Best Friend's Wedding," respectively, headed toward movie screens.

Fourth place went to Sylvester Stallone, racking up 5 points on news of his wedding. A well-publicized case of infidelity landed a famous couple in the top 10. Kathie Lee Gifford earned 4.5 points to tie for fifth place with Nicolas Cage, while her husband, Frank, got 3.5 points, moving into a four-way tie for 10th place. Others placing in the top 10 for June were: George Clooney, JonBenet Ramsey and Brad Pitt, all with 4 points; and the Duchess of York, Farrah Fawcett and Rene Russo, 3.5 points apiece.

Cover Story is Ad Age's monthly ranking of celebrities' popularity as reflected by their appearances on the covers of more than 30 of the nation's leading publications.

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