Queen of the world!

DiCaprio gets engaged; Madonna defends Eminem; Drew Barrymore's dog saves her life; and James Cameron is still lost in his space idea!

Published February 21, 2001 8:00PM (EST)

King of the world, Part 1: Leonardo DiCaprio, a groom?

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has apparently confirmed to the press that she and the "Titanic" star are planning to get hitched.

"He is my fiancé," Bundchen, who has been wearing a diamond ring since October, told the Brazilian magazine Veja, adding that, because she is only 20, no wedding date has yet been set.

Bundchen maintains that, despite what has been written to the contrary, her betrothed is "a wonderful person, with a big heart, very wise, intelligent and sensitive." So I guess the rest of us can just put all those alleged "Pussy Posse" high jinks right out of our heads ...

King of the world, Part 2: Remember all that talk a few months ago about James Cameron's plans to visit the Mir Space Station? Looks like the "Titanic" director hasn't lost all hope of blasting into space after all.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Cameron reiterated his galactic ambitions and confirmed that he had had tentative talks with Russians involved in the construction of the International Space Station.

"If such a thing proves to be possible," Cameron said, according to the BBC, "I think some filmmaker should go."

And you thought he was completely off his rocket.

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What Madonna finds offensive

"What is the big problem about Eminem? Since when is offensive language a reason for being unpopular? I find the language of George W. Bush much more offensive."

-- Madonna, in a letter to the Los Angeles Times.

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A man's best friend

Did Russell Crowe ditch Meg Ryan to spend more time with his dog?

It seems his relationship with her got in the way of his spending time on his ranch near Sydney, Australia, and, he says, hanging out with his pooch.

"When I'm off the hook with the schedules, I have to come home. I can't sustain myself through the course of the year without filling up on home," he tells the Melbourne Herald Sun. "It's rough being away from your dog for six months. That's rough stuff, man."

Although she couldn't compete with his pet, Crowe nevertheless calls Ryan a "beautiful and courageous" woman. "I grieve the loss of her companionship," he tells the paper, "but I haven't lost her friendship."

And all that talk that he's something of a dirty dog himself? Here's what he has to say about that: "I have a lot of routines about this shit, man. I got married three times this year, I had half a dozen babies, every woman I talked to I impregnated, so I've got the most fertile breath on Earth. I don't care what the misconceptions are. I'm a bad boy. I'm a Lothario. Whatever, mate. At the same time all that stuff was being written, I was ear-tagging calves."

Ear-tagging calves? Whatever, mate.

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And speaking of doggie devotion

Drew Barrymore and Tom Green apparently have their dog, Flossie, to thank for saving them from the fire that engulfed their Los Angeles home and left it a charred ruin early Sunday morning.

When flames broke out around 3:30 a.m., faithful Flossie barked and, according to Barrymore's spokesman, Eddie Michaels, "literally banged on their bedroom door," allowing the affianced couple to escape unharmed.

"We're great," Barrymore told reporters at the scene, according to the Associated Press.

"Other than the fact that the home burned down," Green added.

Well, yes. There is that.

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