Spoiled Bratt?

Julia Roberts' neighbors embrace Moder, dis Bratt; Candice Bergen embraces Dan Quayle, scorns Murphy Brown; Justin Timberlake scorns Britney, embraces Janet. Plus: Kate Moss poses preggers ... and naked!

By Amy Reiter
Published July 12, 2002 4:09PM (EDT)

Danny Moder's ex-wife may disapprove of the cameraman's new wife, Julia Roberts, but Roberts' peeps have been way more supportive of the new union. Even the actress's neighbors have stepped up to give Moder their seal of approval.

"He is often in the local stores striking up conversations with people," an employee of the Casa Vaca coffee shop near Roberts' Taos, N.M., ranch, tells Us Weekly. "He is really into music and is a huge reggae fan."

Julia's ex, Benjamin Bratt, failed to engender similarly warm local reactions, it seems.

"Benjamin was nice, but no one in this town really got to know him," the employee blabs. "Danny is much nicer."

Idle gossip that warms the cockles of your heart, no?

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"I am a little bit of a germaphobe. I also have issues about the way people stack the dishwasher. No one but me seems to know how to do it. I sometimes have to re-stack it ... And I'm afraid of thong underwear!"

-- Actor Tony Shalhoub on his far-ranging fears, to TV Guide Online.

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So much for liberation

Candice Bergen's no Murphy Brown.

The actress has told reporters she agreed with Dan Quayle lo those many years ago, when he accused her "Murphy Brown" TV character of eroding family values by bearing a child alone.

"I never have really said much about the whole episode, which was endless," Bergen told the Associated Press. "But his speech was a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable and nobody agreed with that more than I did."

Whoa. Wonder how she spells potato.

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Old White Hair is back

"Carbon dating allows us to know I'm 66 years old ... MTV I'm not."

-- Phil Donahue admitting to oldness while promoting his new MSNBC talk show, "Donahue."

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Don't listen, Britney

I hardly know what to say about this one: Justin Timberlake and ... Janet Jackson.

The New York Post reports that the 21-year-old boy bander and the 36-year-old Nasty Girl were caught getting down in an L.A. nightclub two weeks ago and swapping spit last weekend at Missy Elliott's birthday party.

"Janet and Justin just started making out in front of everyone," one party attendee told the paper. "It's like they wanted the whole place to know."

A friend of Timberlake's told the paper the relationship was, in all likelihood, not "exclusive."

In other words, no strings attached ...

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Juicy bits

Those of you who have long dreamed of seeing superskinny Kate Moss looking at least a little large will be pleased to know that the actress' growing midsection (she's six months preggers) will be memorialized on canvas by artist Lucian Freud. According to the U.K. Sun, Freud is currently at work on two nude portraits of the supermodel inflated with child. Ding-dong the waif is dead?

Freud may want to keep his brushes out. From the sound of it, Sandra Bullock may be in the market soon for a nude pregnant portrait. "I am not the marrying kind but I am the children kind," the actress recently told the U.K. Mirror. "My piping's fine. I have had it checked out." Who needs a papa when you've got a plumber?

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