Cinema: The Lady and the Champs

Rene Russo is the co-star top male stars want

When The Thomas Crown Affair first appeared in 1968, its most memorable scene was a sexually charged chess game between Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Audiences will feel rooked by the remake--it lacks the original's kitschy cool--but they'll surely remember "the Dress": a black peekaboo number worn by Rene Russo that is snug as a body stocking and virtually transparent. Like the diaphanous gown Marilyn Monroe donned for J.F.K.'s birthday, Russo's outfit is a sheer delight. "The costume designer just brought it in one day, folded up to the size of a handkerchief," recalls Russo, who gazed through the gossamer and...

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