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Anna Wintour hates the word "blog." Carmen Electra takes a tumble. Plus: Is Clinton mad at the Times?

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O’Reilly vs. Mr. Zsa Zsa: Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, who recently said he may be the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby, Dannielynn, has filed a $10 million defamation suit against Bill O’Reilly and Fox. Von Anhalt apparently takes issue with the way O’Reilly characterized him on “The O’Reilly Factor” last month: “Look, this guy’s a fraud,” O’Reilly said of von Anhalt. “We know he’s a fraud.” The talk show host also called von Anhalt a “nut,” though he did add, “I say nut in an affectionate way.” Now, von Anhalt says, he can’t go to the grocery store without being bombarded with nasty looks. “They say, ‘Look, here comes the fraud,’” he tells the Associated Press. “I get lots of e-mails from people bad-mouthing me. It’s very embarrassing.” (L.A. Times, Associated Press)

“Blog” out of vogue? Don’t use the word “blog” around Anna Wintour. The Vogue editor apparently can’t abide the word — and has banned it from her magazine’s revamping Web site. “Anna hates the word ‘blog’ so much, she refuses to call anything on her site a blog and has charged her staff with coming up with a new word that isn’t as garish-sounding,” a Vogue source tells Page Six. “She wants it ASAP — in time for launch.” A rep for Wintour insists, however, that “Anna has nothing against blogs.” And another source adds that it’s just the “improper use of the word” that gets under the editor’s skin. (Page Six)



The untold story remains untold: Alas, the world may never learn the true tales of Mommy Madonna. Under pressure from the pop star’s lawyers, Crown Publishing has decided to back away from its plans to publish an “explosive” tell-all written by Madonna’s former nanny, Melissa Dumas. The New York Daily News reports that “Live to Tell: My Life as Madonna’s Nanny” was set to reveal the inside workings of Madonna’s house and family life. “I deeply regret that Crown decided not to move forward in publishing [the nanny's] book,” Dumas’ agent, Sharlene Martin, told the press. (N.Y. Daily News)

White noise … CBS is releasing more tidbits from the upcoming interview by “60 Minutes” with Simon Cowell, airing this Sunday night: “I sell more records than Bruce Springsteen,” Cowell tells interviewer Anderson Cooper. “I signed the biggest artist on the planet and it’s called ‘Idol’ because every single ‘Idol’ winner is now signed through Sony BMG,” which is also Springsteen’s label. (CBS) … One for the “What ever happened to?” file: Former skater and infamous injury plotter Tonya Harding was recently investigated by police after a friend reported that she was “tweaking out, seeing animals,” but it’s the photo of her that’s really alarming … yet somehow not surprising. (Best Week Ever) … We could watch this video — in which Carmen Electra wipes out on the runway of a charity fashion show and then soap actress Alison Sweeney falls trying to help her up — again and again and again. (TMZ) … Britney Spears’ Web site has asked fans to share their encouraging words with Britney — and is sharing them with us all. An inspirational sample: “There is no other person on this earth that can ever hold the power that you have. You are strong, and a well-driven woman. I love ya Britney and you mean a lot to me and to everyone.” (BritneySpears.com) … Star Jones Reynolds, who has a new look and a new daily talk show debuting on Court TV, says she hasn’t spoken to Barbara Walters or anyone else at “The View” since leaving the show. “I sometimes get e-mails from Elisabeth Hasselbeck,” she tells TV Guide, “but that’s because we had a very personal relationship.” (TV Guide)

Talkers

Clinton and the Times: Given that the New York Post loves nothing more than scoring a few points off the New York Times, today’s Page Six item about Bill Clinton attacking the paper for attacking his wife has to be approached with skepticism. According to some guests at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Manhattan on Tuesday, Clinton spoke at length about the paper. “Clinton said the Times is attacking Hillary because she won’t apologize for her vote on the war in Iraq,” radio host (and Rudy Guiliani supporter) Curtis Sliwa told the Post. “The Times has always been supersupportive. It’s the equivalent of Rudy Giuliani attacking The New York Post.” Clinton spokesman Jay Carson would only say this: “I don’t think I’ll go on the record about something that may have been said off the record about the paper of record.” (“Bill Rips Times’ Hill Bashing,” Page Six)

Buzz Index

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“Leprechaun Warns Drivers to Slow Down” (Associated Press)

Judgment

Rock finds love: The fact that Chris Rock’s “I Think I Love My Wife” is a remake of Eric Rohmer’s “Love in the Afternoon,” writes Salon movie critic Stephanie Zacharek, “is enough to set cinephiles everywhere dashing their berets to the ground.” Perhaps too hastily — Rock’s remake isn’t high art, but it’s a “much livelier picture than the original … it’s even faithful, in some surprising ways,” to Rohmer’s film. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott is charmed: “Mr. Rock has not only done his best work as a director and screenwriter but has also made an unusually insightful and funny mainstream American movie about the predicaments of modern marriage.”

Loach’s “Wind”: It’s opening only in selected cities today, but Ken Loach’s “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year, is worth calling attention to. Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir calls it a “lovely and haunting picture” (you can listen to his interview with Loach here) — “couldn’t resist the film’s emotional appeal and didn’t try.” In the New Yorker, David Denby finds it to be “a beautifully realized work and perhaps Loach’s best film,” while the Times’ A.O. Scott says that what appears on-screen “is as alive and as troubling as anything on the evening news, though far more thoughtful and beautiful.”

Bad premonition: Critics have a bad feeling about this weekend’s Sandra Bullock vehicle — Zacharek says “Premonition” “bleeds nothing but grim earnestness”; Stephen Holden calls it “sloppy, absent-minded” in the Times, “a giant step backward for Ms. Bullock.”

Turn On

Half heartbreaking, teary-eyed gripper, half rubbernecking extravaganza, “Intervention” (A&E, 10 p.m. EDT) returns for its third earnest yet seedy season on Friday night. On Saturday, Julia Louis-Dreyfus hosts “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m. EDT). On Sunday, it’s the second-to-last episode of “Grease: You’re the One That I Want” (NBC, 8 p.m. EDT) and National Geographic presents “Galapagos” (8 p.m. EDT), the first documentary in 20 years to have full access to the island’s wonders.

Talk

SHOW GUESTS
Regis and Kelly (ABC, 9 a.m. EDT) Robin Miller, guest co-host Damien Fahey
The View (ABC, 11 a.m. EDT) Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Cyndi Lauper
Ellen (Syndicated, check local listings) Jack Hanna
Oprah (Syndicated, check local listings) Are you ready for a windfall?
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings) Richard Stengel, Time managing editor
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT) Suzanne Somers, Chris Rock
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT) Billy Bob Thornton, Rashida Jones, Barenaked Ladies (repeat)
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT) Terry Bradshaw, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Musiq Soulchild
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT) Artie Lang, Bryan Greenberg, the Feeling
Conan O’Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT) Jeff Goldblum, Ivanka Trump, Pete Yorn
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT) Danny Bonaduce, Ioan Gruffudd, Gordie Brown (repeat)

 

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