Past life? Shouldn't you work on the current one?

Janet Jackson pulls a Shirley MacLaine; Timberlake's grandma says he's not boffing Britney; and Geri Halliwell pees in cups. Plus: Eminem hits the big screen!

Published May 2, 2001 4:05PM (EDT)

You know, it's one thing for Paul McCartney to reveal that, from time to time, he suspects he's being visited by the spirit of his late wife Linda, including once in the form of a fluffy white squirrel. (Who said she wouldn't be caught dead in fur?)

"You don't know if it's true, but it's a great thought," he said Monday on "Good Morning America." "And it's an uplifting thought. And so I allow myself to go there."

OK, fine; they were married a long time.

But what's Janet Jackson's excuse?

Jackson tells she's convinced that, in a past life, she was the daughter of a Chinese emperor. In fact, she says, this previous incarnation inspired her song "China Love."

"I was told that in my past life, I was the daughter of an emperor. I was very much in love with a warrior, and we never had the relationship we really wanted to, because I was to marry into royalty," she explains, sounding more than a little like Shirley MacLaine. "And I was told that in some point in my current life I would possibly meet up with this person. So I started wondering, 'Where is he? Is he here now? Have I met him before?'"

And you thought Michael was the weird one.

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Her weakest link

"I'm a pushover when it comes to animals. Believe it or not, I'm not evil incarnate."

-- "The Weakest Link" host Anne Robinson on how she's a big "softy" when it comes to her pet dogs, in Us Weekly.

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Virginity check!

In case you've been wondering, though it's been some time since they first began blabbing about their carefully preserved virginity, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears are still 'Ntact.

And according to Justin's grandma, Sadie Nomar, they plan to avoid temptation (oops!) and refrain from moving into Britney's L.A. manse together until they're safely hitched, though they currently have no plans to marry.

"Justin has high morals and has not slept with anyone," Nomar told the U.K. magazine Heat.

Right, because everyone knows the first person you tell when you lose your virginity is your grandmother.

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Her cup runneth over

"When I'm about to go onstage I get a non-stop urge to go to the toilet. The toilet is always miles away so I pee into a cup."

-- Geri Halliwell (aka Gingerly Peeing Spice?), sharing a few special details about her nervous bladder in the U.K. Sun.

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Juicy bits

Wonder Woman, handy with a bus? Variety reports that Sandra Bullock is deep in talks to star in a new big-screen version of "Wonder Woman." The film's producers, Leonard "Charlie's Angels" Goldberg and Joel "The Matrix" Silver, say that, although Bullock's big-time interested, things are still kinda up in the air. "It all depends on the script and director, of course, but she hasn't done anything this physical in a long time, and she'd like to," Goldberg said. "We'd love to have her." Sounds like they may just lasso her in.

Those Brits just can't get enough of Jerry Springer. And now they've given him a legit television-news pundit job, signing him on to comment on England's general elections on June 7. What's more, over the next few months, Springer will interview British political leaders -- including Prime Minister Tony Blair. "Politics is pretty much the same" there as here, Springer told the New York Post. "Generally people will tolerate a lot of problems in their leadership if they're eating well." And apparently, they'll tolerate a lot of crap on TV too.

Well, it's looking more and more likely that, since Christy Turlington's late father isn't around to walk her down the aisle when she and Ed Burns tie the knot, Bono will do the job instead. "I am going to give her away, but the price will not be cheap," Bono tells "Access Hollywood." "She's an extraordinary girl, but [Burns] is giving her his entire heart. That's what she deserves." No word on whether or not he plans to wear a sari.

Eminem is apparently really, really ready for his close-up. Not only is the rapper formerly known as Marshall Mathers considering starring in a film loosely based on his own life, he's also reportedly considering appearing in a new remake of "A Star Is Born" with Lauryn Hill and in "The Wash," a comedy starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. I suppose there's a slim, shady chance he'll do all three.

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