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Peter Jackson takes on "King Kong," Cher takes on Michael Jackson, and Al Gore sticks up for the Dixie Chicks. Plus: Is Vin Diesel a sensitive guy?

Topics: Michael Jackson, Al Gore, J.R.R. Tolkien,

From “Lord of the Rings” to “King Kong”? Peter Jackson will direct a remake of the gorilla legend after he finishes the LOTR trilogy. No word yet on who will play the blond. In 1933 it was Fay Wray and in 1976 it was Jessica Lange. Hmm … perhaps Orlando Bloom?

Cher dumps Michael Jackson! The gal’s tough. She used to be Jacko’s friend but now she’s had enough. It’s not that she’s against plastic surgery (understandable) but she doesn’t think he should be allowed near kids. “You dangle a baby over a balcony, that’s it for me,” she says. (Page Six)

Vin Diesel, a Sensitive New Age Guy? In his latest release, “A Man Apart,” filmed before “XXX” (and working out) made him huge, he plays a man whose wife (Jacqueline Obradors) dies and who refuses to have a lap dance at a strip club because it compromises his fidelity to her. (TV Guide)

Kirsten Dunst and boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal are starting a forum for young Hollywood types to talk about politics and get more involved. Her credentials for such a project? She’s her target audience: “I didn’t even vote in 2000. I think it was just laziness.” (WENN)

The Dixie Chicks got a vote of confidence (with no hanging chads) from former V.P. Al Gore last week. He was speaking to a college crowd about the increasing lack of tolerance for opposing views (some radio stations have banned the trio’s music because of their anti-Bush statements a few weeks ago). Gore said the Chicks were “made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said. Our democracy has taken a hit.” (Yahoo)

Finally, for anyone who has ever stayed at an Ian Schrager hotel and felt the teeniest bit intimidated (and scared) by the lack of illumination and the dangerous furniture, we recommend this article about the visionary behind the gorgeous and oh-so-important design revolution, Philippe Starck. The headline says it all: “Genius, or Starck raving bonkers?” (The Times of London)

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Karen Croft is the editor of Salon Sex.

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