Material twirl

Madonna ready to save the world; bang it like a gong, Colin! No more cruisin' for Tom. Plus: Naughty Christina -- I gotta be me!

By Amy Reiter

Published October 11, 2002 7:33PM (EDT)

Are you ready to take Madonna as your personal savior?

The erstwhile Material Girl says she's through with her former life of ego gratification and wants instead to devote herself to helping the rest of us.

"I'd like to be more involved in making the world a better place," she tells the London Mirror. "I'd like to be more concerned about humanity. Up until a year ago, as much as I love my children and I give to my family and friends, I wasn't really concerned about the person who lives next door or on the other side of the globe. But because people look up to me, it's my responsibility to think more about that."

It isn't enough, she says, to "write the greatest songs and make the most fabulous films and be a fashion icon and conquer the world." What she really wants to do is change the world.

"As much as I think I've inspired people in the world and helped people sometimes, and as much as I think I may have done good in the world," she tells the paper, "I'd like to be more involved in bringing about world peace."

Yes, I think she's serious.

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Bang it while you can

"I'm into casual sex now. I've been in love three times. That's enough for a 26-year-old. It really is. For the time being. So literally, I come into town and bang whoever I can -- but I'm not mean or egotistical about it."

-- Colin Farrell on his love of loveless nookie, in W magazine.

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Cruisin' for a bruisin'

Is it pile on Tom Cruise week or what?

First Fox talker Bill O'Reilly calls him stupid and yellow in the pages of Stuff magazine -- and then his biggest fan, Rosie O'Donnell, starts casting aspersions.

"Tom Cruise is an idiot," that gentle soul O'Reilly blusters. "Not because of what he said [about leaving the U.S. because he feels unsafe]. But [because] he didn't clarify it. He's leaving it out there, like I don't know if he's unpatriotic. I don't know if he's a coward. All I know is that he has made $100 million because Americans have paid to see him in the movies."

O'Donnell may have been a bit subtler with her complaint, but no less damning. Her beef? Tom's recent scruffy look.

"Let me just say this about my Tommy," O'Donnell said on successor Caroline Rhea's talk show. "He knows that I don't enjoy the scruffy look as much as I enjoy the clean, handsome, 'yes, I've used a buff-puff' look!"

Really, Tom, what were you thinking?

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Picking up where Oprah left off

"Ozzy Osbourne used to snort ants. Led Zeppelin had sex with hookers on private planes. And I start a book club. Because one can only snort so many ants and have so much sex before one starts to long for the comfort and companionship of a book."

-- Moby on why he's decided to start a used-book exchange on his world tour, in the U.K. Sun.

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Dirty girl

Whatever you want to say about Christina Aguilera and her raunchy remake of herself, she's happy with her newer, sleazier image.

That whole good-girl act she was halfheartedly playing at for a while just wasn't her.

"I got to a point where I just couldn't do it anymore. I'm not great at faking my way through trying to live up to the perfect American virginal sweetheart kind of thing," she tells "I just have to be me. I have to do my thing."

And if that thing happens to be gallivanting around in leather chaps and a bikini, singing a song called "Dirty," well, that's just the way it goes sometimes.

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