Marilyn Manson predicts better music under Bush

Goth rocker ready to push the envelope; Dept. of Disposable Tips: Meg Ryan gets love advice from Elizabeth Taylor. Plus: Martha Stewart -- no more dirty underwear!

Published November 21, 2000 5:37PM (EST)

When it comes to politics, Marilyn Manson changes his mind more frequently than Britney Spears changes baby-Ts.

First Manson claimed he was a Bush man. Then a few weeks later he was stumping for Gore. And now the goth rocker tells the Toronto Sun he didn't vote in the presidential election "because I didn't think that either one was worth voting for and I didn't want to settle for one."

But he won't feel bad at all if George W. Bush takes the White House, he says. On the contrary. "I think music and all art really flourishes and becomes much more exciting under a conservative president because there's a need to react against limitations," Manson says, sounding rather Nader-esque. "If it's right-wing, it just instantly makes me want to push the envelope more."


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Ever heard of Elvis, boys?

"We thought it would be cool to do something that no one has ever done."

-- Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson on the band's new superdeluxe tour jet (complete with gold fixtures and king-size vibrating bed).

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Tick-tock goes Martha's clock?

Be afraid, be very afraid ...

Martha Stewart may be 59, but it seems her biological clock has not stopped ticking.

In fact, she tells Canada's National Post, during a recent photo shoot in which 16 babies were gathered in her studio, her internal clock's alarm went off loud and clear -- and she had to silence it fast. "You've already done that, Martha," the mother of one says she told herself.

But in case you're worried she's only hit the snooze button, the doyenne of domesticity claims she has no intention of starting another family. "I was married for 30 years. Isn't that enough?" she inquires. "I've had my share of dirty underwear on the floor."

Skeevy skivvies are apparently not a good thing.

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Yeah, baby!

"We have a concept based on a prequel, where Dr. Evil and Austin are together in the 1950s as young men in some academy. Of course, something goes wrong. Dr. Evil goes off to some zone and Austin launches the British revolution in American music and color, just to annoy Dr. Evil."

-- "Austin Powers" director Jay Roach on the concept of the next film in the series, on the British film site Popcorn.

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School for scandal

You're an A-list movie actress whose famous marriage is on the verge of collapse. Who you gonna call?

If you're Meg Ryan, the answer is Carrie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds, all of whom have survived their own very public marital scandals.

"I've been around scandals with my parents and their breakups. I think that's why Meg confided in me," Fisher tells the London Daily Telegraph. It was she who invited Ryan to come for a little tête-`-tête-`-tête-`-tête on the set of "These Old Broads," which Fisher is writing and Taylor and Reynolds (whose husband, Eddie Fisher -- Carrie's father -- left her for Taylor) are starring in with Joan Collins and Shirley MacLaine. The rendezvous took place just before Ryan left Dennis Quaid for Russell Crowe.

"I thought it was a good idea for her to come to the set because those two women have both been through their share of public romantic scandals in their time -- I thought they'd have some wisdom for her," Fisher says. "They did."

What do you suppose they told her: run?

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Hitch-free hitching

The wedding of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas at the Plaza Hotel in New York apparently came off without a hitch Saturday.

She reportedly looked resplendent in a David Emanuel gown. He looked a little sweaty in his tux. And their 3-month-old baby, Dylan, remained mum throughout the ceremony.

Among the 250 guests in attendance at the $2 million affair were Crowe and Ryan, Jack Nicholson and Lara Flynn Boyle (on again?), Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, Anthony Hopkins, Goldie Hawn, Sharon Stone, Sean Connery, Christopher Reeve and his wife, James Woods, Art Garfunkel, Ellen Barkin, Oliver Stone (who reportedly praised Barkin loudly during the ceremony), and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Wait a minute, what was Annan doing there?

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"I'd marry her myself, but my wife won't let me."

-- Father-of-the-groom Kirk Douglas on his new daughter-in-law.

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