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Stanley Tucci and Edie Falco go dancing, journos loot Saddam, and Twisted Sister go USO. Plus: O.J. says no to reality show!

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If the Baseball Hall of Fame won’t have ‘em over, Bob Costas will. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, stars of “Bull Durham,” were shunned by the Famers for being too political, but Costas will host them on the return of his HBO show “On the Record With Bob Costas” May 2. That should be better, anyway. Costas — unlike the hall’s president, Dale Petroskey — gets it. (Zap2it)

We had heard that Stanley Tucci and Edie Falco might be an item, but hesitated to go with it. But now that they’ve been spotted dancing together at Tuesday’s PEN America Center Gala in New York, we think it might be true. Other couples cutting the rug were Salman Rushdie and his wife, Padma Lakshmi, and Candace Bushnell and Charles Askegard. Also there to lend support to writers were Madeleine Albright and Jonathan Franzen, but we don’t know if they danced together. (N.Y. Daily News)

Finally, the reality show that could end all reality shows. Brit producers are talking about creating “Celebrity Alcatraz,” where contestants would be locked up in real cells until viewers let them out. Sounds great. In fact, why not put all the other reality/dating show bug-eating mask-wearing bachelor-kissing rock-star wackos behind bars and just leave them there? (Ananova)

Hey, guys, we know journalists don’t make a lot of money, but it wasn’t cool taking that bad art from Saddam Hussein‘s palaces. Fox News engineer Ben Johnson and Boston Herald reporter Jules Crittenden both admitted taking loot. (Johnson nabbed a painting of Saddam and his son Uday, a pistol holder, a knife and other items; Crittenden took a painting of Saddam and kitchen ornaments.) What can we say that’s better than the quote from Jay Rosen, chairman of New York University’s journalism department? He called the actions “totally dumb.” (N.Y. Daily News)



Times they are a-changin’ — Twisted Sister is set to play a USO tour next month at an Air Force base and two Army bases in South Korea. Their guitarist Jay Jay French commented: “It’s funny that back in 1985 we had to go before Congress and defend our music against censorship and now we’re ambassadors for the Defense Department.” Well, their demographic isn’t that different from Bob Hope‘s. (CNN)

As to reports that there would be an O.J. Simpson reality show, Mr. S says no way: “I have no plans in any way to do a reality show even though people have approached me about it. I’m not looking to do anything. I don’t have agents out there looking for something for O.J.” Glad we got that from such a reliable source. (Yahoo)

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Karen Croft is the editor of Salon Sex.

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