Hurley becoming push-up bra pusher?

Will Liz round out her career as a cleavage-enhancing shill? Michael Jackson hot for shag rugs and La-Z-Boys. Plus: President Ahnuld? Schwarzenegger eyes political career!

By Amy Reiter

Published November 28, 2000 5:44PM (EST)

Elizabeth Hurley's new bag: underwear model?

Never known for her reluctance to flash the flesh, the model/actress is now reported to be eyeing a deal with a Glasgow lingerie company to become the ... um ... face of a new push-up bra, the Ultimo.

According to Scottish papers, Hurley stands to snag more than $4 million to front the product, a gel-filled cleavage enhancer created by former model Michelle Mone. That would make her the best-paid undie model in the world -- and would surely cushion her fall if Estie Lauder dumps her for Gwyneth Paltrow, as has been rumored.

A spokesman for the bra's manufacturer, MJM International, told Reuters the company would not "confirm or deny the reports [as] no decision has been taken yet." But one anonymous source gushed to the Scottish Daily Record, "This will rate as the business coup of the decade!"

What a boob.

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Ding-dong, Jacko calling?

"I loved to set foot in all those houses and catch sight of the shag rugs and La-Z-Boy armchairs with kids playing Monopoly and grandmas baby-sitting and all those wonderfully ordinary and, to me, magical scenes of life."

-- Michael Jackson on the joys of donning a "fat suit, wig, beard and glasses" and going door to door to distribute copies of the Jehovah's Witness' Watchtower magazine, something he says he did often until 1991.

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Political muscle-popping

Gov. Ahnuld?

Arnold Schwarzenegger's been flashing his political aspirations again. The Republican muscle man is now saying he'd like nothing more than to be governor of California. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but you know, sometime.

"When the time is right I will announce it," Schwarzenegger tells the Sunday Times of London. "It has to do with when you see there's a real need for it. You can't just run for office when there is not a specific need for it, because otherwise it's bogus, it's just for your ego."

He suspects his Austrian accent might be an asset. "This country was based on immigrants, so I don't think there's a problem there," he says. "Plus, who's talking? The majority of people in this state are from Mexico or other Latin American countries. In this country, they look at you with a higher regard if you're an immigrant. They respect you more because you've made it with nothing."

He also sees a relatively clear path to the White House, despite the fact that he wasn't born in this country. "Well, you'd have to redo the Constitution," he says, "but they've had so many amendments that it's not really a problem."

What was that about ego again?

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Madonna's wedding bell blues

Feeling like a virgin is apparently not good enough.

On U.K. radio last week, Madonna expressed a deep desire to make like Charles and Diana and get hitched to director Guy Ritchie in St. Paul's Cathedral. But the perennial popster's hopes of getting the royal treatment on her wedding day, whenever that might be, have reportedly been dashed by her own non-virginal past.

"We strictly prohibit divorcées from applying," the Rev. John Moses, dean of St Paul's, told the U.K. Sun. What's more, he explained, no one who hasn't been honored by the queen can marry in the cathedral.

Not even the queen of pop.

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Juicy bits

Old Big Hair is back? Philip Kaufman, in comments to Salon and other publications, has rekindled rumors that he may cast Robin Williams as Liberace in a biopic of the late, amply bejeweled ivory tinkler. "I've been approached to create a movie based on the life of Liberace and Robin has expressed interest in playing him," Kaufman tells the Calgary Sun. "I can't think of anyone more suited to the role than Robin. He can bring the flamboyance to the role without destroying the soul of the man. That is Robin's gift." That and talking really fast.

And speaking of flamboyant piano men ... Elton John is setting up a temporary shop in London to sell 20,000 articles of clothing he's had sitting around the house. The clothes will be sold for less than their original price and the proceeds will be donated to AIDS charities, his spokeswoman said. So if you're a short, chunky man with a taste for rhinestones, it's your lucky day.

Men are from Mars, Cybill Shepherd's Memphis home is from hell? The actress's three-story house caught on fire Saturday, prompting Shepherd to call the fire department and to clear out. According to the Associated Press, the flames, which may have been set off by a bedroom fireplace, were quickly contained and no one was injured. But the Tennessean newspaper reports that Shepherd's home, at one point believed to have faulty wiring and problem plumbing, has caught fire before.

Fresno, anyone? Ellen DeGeneres has split with her latest girlfriend, actress Alexandra Hedison. Us Weekly reports that the relationship fizzled after a scant two months because the duo "had too many differences to be in a relationship." Gender, of course, wasn't one of them.

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