Mighty aphrodisiac

Tea Leoni mysteriously falls for the Woodman; DeGeneres gets Amish; catfight between Boy George and Madonna! Plus: New wrinkle in Angelil's rape case.

By Amy Reiter
Published April 25, 2002 4:46PM (EDT)

Do you think Woody Allen's days as a romantic lead should be long over by now? Do you find yourself cringing every time the jowly comedian makes onscreen love to another comely actress half his age (though, of course, younger than his own wife)?

Well, spare Tea Leoni your pity. She apparently couldn't get enough of Woody's geriatric lippage during the filming of the new Allen film "Hollywood Ending."

At first, Leoni admits to the World Entertainment News Network, she wasn't sure how thrilled she was about swapping spit with the legendary director. But then, she says, "I called Elisabeth Shue and she told me, 'He's a great kisser, do you get to kiss him?' It was scripted at least twice and she said, 'Throw in another.'"

So she did and claims not to regret it.

"It's really the truth. He's very sexy," Leoni gushes. "I have sort of a thing for really, really bright men who are funny."

"Of course," the actress, who is married to David Duchovny, adds, "I've got one."

Why do I suspect Duchovny wasn't too threatened, anyway?

- - - - - - - - - - - -

Ellen's too de-generous

"I spend money on anything I can. But I'm trying to learn to live a little more simply -- live like the Amish."

-- Ellen DeGeneres on her new barn-raisingeriffic austerity plan, on InStyle.com.

- - - - - - - - - - - -

'80s a-go-go ... again-gain?

Wait ... what decade are we in?

A catfight has apparently broken out between Madonna and Boy George.

The former Culture Clubber has testily tattled to the U.K. Sun that his fellow '80s icon has forced him to remove a modified version of her 1990 song "Vogue" from his West End musical, "Taboo."

Madonna was reportedly displeased that George took the liberty not only of using her song, but of changing the words to "Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, that Madonna, dyes her hair." She wrote a note demanding its removal from the show.

"I thought she was having a joke," George told the U.K. Sun about Madonna's note. "I used to think she was an icon but she's more eyesore to me now. It's all so inoffensive -- it's a tiny send-up."

But George isn't one to let sleeping sex kittens lie.

"It's a shame because the song was funny but she obviously has no sense of humor," he lashes. "Americans don't have that ability to laugh at themselves in the way Brits do."

Oh, George. Do you really want to hurt us?

- - - - - - - - - - - -

Juicy bits

Things are looking up for Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil. Yun Kyeong Sung Kwon, the woman who has accused him of rape, has been arrested for check forgery in Pasadena, Calif., and is being held on $500,000 bail, the Associated Press reports. Though Angelil and Dion have been barred from discussing the Kwon case with the press, their lawyers have labeled the rape allegations completely false and expressed hope that Kwon's forgery arrest will be considered in her suit against their client. Bad checks: So rarely a good idea.

Get ready to have a certain TV theme song stuck in your head: "Hawaii Five-O," the movie, is surfing your way. According to Variety, Dreamworks has won a bidding war for the film rights to the classic '70s cop show, shelling out a reported seven-figure sum for the privilege. That's a lot of cash for the right to repeat the phrase "Book 'em, Danno," but whatever.

- - - - - - - - - - - -

Miss something? Read yesterday's Nothing Personal.

Amy Reiter

MORE FROM Amy Reiter

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Celebrity Hawaii Five-o