Ashton Wants Her. But Will Hollywood?

In Case You Haven't Noticed, Demi Moore is back. The 40-year-old star, once Hollywood's highest-paid actress, has returned from a five-year hiatus in Idaho, greeted by a perfect storm of hype. That body! That bikini! That boyfriend! Sure, it's good for the box office of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," in which she plays a bad a cherub gone badder, but will it actually reignite her career?

Sure looks that way. Even before the film opens, Moore has three movie offers on the table, and she met with two directors last week. (Her primary hope is to find a romantic comedy that suits her.) What's more, the strategy of her return has been the talk of the industry. By doing a film targeted to both young people and to women, she is introducing herself to teenagers who were in grade school when she split town and reinforcing her appeal with the female audience that made "Ghost" a smash. Gal-palling with Lucy Liu and dating Ashton Kutcher, 25, doesn't hurt, either. "She's allowing herself to be completely reborn," says writer-producer Nina Sadowsky. "On behalf of 40-year-old women everywhere, I say, 'You go girl!' "

Back when she was married to Bruce Willis, Moore was regarded as a diva with unwieldy entourages and outsize demands. Seems time has allowed the industry to forget. "She gets a clean slate," says one woman who worked with her in the early '90s. "She got a lot of good will by basically walking away to raise three children--before she started going out with one."