Notorious? No kidding!

Lil' Kim's posse is involved in a Manhattan shootout; Marky Mark won't ape Heston's skimpy dress; Eminem didn't know Elton was gay; and Jack Nicholson shacks up with Brando.

By Amy Reiter

Published February 27, 2001 5:31PM (EST)

And you thought Lil' Kim's outfits were shocking!

Followers of the diminutive rapper and her musical rival Capone, of the rap duo Capone-n-Noreaga, were apparently involved in a confrontation that resulted in the shooting of a man described as a "hanger on" outside the downtown New York studio of the radio station Hot 97 on Sunday.

Whether or not the rappers were directly involved is unclear. In fact, it's not even certain they were still at the scene at the time the gunplay began. But, according to the New York Post, Lil' Kim (aka Kimberly Jones) and her crew left the studio around 3 p.m., after guesting on a radio show, and ran into Kiam "Capone" Holley and his entourage, who were headed inside.

Words were exchanged, more than 20 shots were fired and one man, a follower of one of the rappers, was reportedly injured.

Sounds more than a lil' unpleasant.

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Do you suppose Liberace was gay, too?

"Of course I'd heard of Elton John, but I didn't know he was gay. I didn't know anything about his personal life. I didn't really care, but being that he was gay and he had my back, I think it made a statement in itself saying that he understood where I was coming from."

-- Eminem on Elton and his own faulty gaydar.

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A couple even odder than Em and El

I've got the theme song to "The Odd Couple" stuck in my head and it's all Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando's fault.

According to New York Daily News columnist Mitchell Fink and Fox News columnist Roger Friedman, Nicholson and Brando have been shacking up in Brando's house on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles.

Word is that Nicholson had to clear out of his house, conveniently next door to Brando's, onaccounta his longtime ex Rebecca Broussard is living there with their two children -- and she's about to nail Nicholson with a palimony suit.

"She's hired a lawyer, and Jack is upset about it," one of Jack's buddies told Fink. But not, apparently, so upset he wants to be too far from the kiddies.

However, when Friedman asked Nicholson about his alleged new living arrangements at the American Film Institute's tribute to Barbra Streisand last week, Nicholson said, cryptically, "Isn't it interesting this is the price you pay for a public life?"

Not nearly as interesting as imagining those two sharing a fridge.

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Takes one to know one?

"I think Taylor is being impolite, impolitic and imbecilic by saying that."

-- Russell Crowe on "Proof of Life" director Taylor Hackford's continued assertion that Crowe's dalliance with Meg Ryan contributed to the movie's lousy showing at the box office.

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Marky Mark hides the family jewels

Bad news for anyone hoping to get another glimpse of Marky Mark's honkin' prosthetic member anytime soonlike. He'll apparently be keeping his ... ahem ... funky bunch under wraps in the upcoming remake of "Planet of the Apes."

Wahlberg tells People magazine he had no intention of flashing his wares à la "Boogie Nights" yet again -- and told director Tim Burton so right off the bat.

"My meeting with Tim lasted about two minutes," he tells the mag. "I said, 'I'll do anything you want me to do, as long as I don't have to put on a loincloth.'"

It seems Wahlberg's a little afraid he might not measure up to his "Apes" predecessor. "Charlton Heston is a hard act to follow," he says of the gunslingin' actor, "even after playing Dirk Diggler."

Yeah, well, Wahlberg's got Heston beat -- at least numerically -- in the nipple department.

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Juicy bits

At last, an answer to that question that's been weighing heavily on your mind for years: Why does Bono wear sunglasses all the time? It's to mask the bloodshot eyeballs he gets from drinking wine. "I get red eyes," the U2 frontman tells the U.K. Sun, "which is one of the reasons I wear them." What are the others?

Just when that other Richard Hatch -- the one from "Battlestar Gallactica" -- was getting eclipsed by the blurry-bootied "Survivor" winner, the '70s sci-fi show may be soon be returning to a TV screen near you. "X-Men" director Bryan Singer is planning to launch a new version of the show sometime next year. "The lesson I learned on 'X-Men' is to have a healthy respect for the fan base of sci-fi fantasy franchises, and I'm confident that the 'Galactica' brand is a sleeping giant," Singer told Variety. No word on whether the Richard Hatch who starred on the original will put in an appearance, or in fact, whether Hatch the "Survivor" millionaire will, either.

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