Reality this!

Liza and David threaten suit after TV show is canceled; Jacko glad to give love to the kids; Kidman quits California. Plus: Bad break for Schiffer.

By Amy Reiter
Published November 25, 2002 10:02PM (UTC)
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Look out: Liza Minnelli and David Gest are getting litigious.

According to the Associated Press, the odd couple are considering taking all manner of legal action against VH1 after the music network suits abruptly canceled their reality TV program and declared Gest an impossible man to work with.


To that end, the recovering, remade icon and her freakishly fastidious spouse (he reportedly made members of the TV crew wear surgical booties over their shoes inside the couple's home in order to keep things pristine) have retained Michael Sherman, attorney for imprisoned Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, to represent them in any suits they might launch against VH1.

Sherman is playing it vague, saying he's looking to "seek appropriate remedies and take appropriate action," though Gest has told the press he'd like to sue for possession of whatever footage VH1 shot, with an eye toward airing it on another station.

"The case is not necessarily about money," Sherman told the AP. "It's about fairness."


So we assume he's waiving his fee?

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Guilty giftage

"I'm glad to give back some of the love I received to the children."

-- Michael Jackson, announcing the creation of the Michael Jackson Foundation for homeless kids in Germany, where he caused a furor last week when he dangled his baby son out a 4th-story window, in the New York Post.


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Attention all celebrities traveling in London: Wear steel-toed shoes.

Following on the heels of Justin Timberlake's foot break while rehearsing for a British awards show, mucho-pregnant supermodel Claudia Schiffer was rushed to the hospital last week after a fireplace collapsed on her tootsie at a London party, the British tabloids report. Turned out she'd broken three bones.


One operation and some days of recovery time later, Schiffer is still at home resting, trying to make do without the aid of painkillers.

So I guess no spiky Manolos for a while then.

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Lousy muggles

"The teachers either suck up to me or give me detention."


-- Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter flicks, on how being a movie star affects him at school, to the Britain's Channel 4 TV.

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Goodbye to all that

Nicole Kidman's checking out Hollywood in her rearview mirror.


The actress has just sold the California mansion she and Tom Cruise shared for nearly three times what it was valued at last year -- without even putting it on the market.

"She never listed the five-bedroom home, but privately found a buyer who paid $12 million for it," a source close to the sale told Us Weekly.

The ex- Mrs. Cruise, who has a home in Sydney, Australia, also reportedly plunked down around $8 million recently for a New York pied-à-terre.

And you know a house really isn't a home unless you have $4 million in real estate profits to spend on furnishings.


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For whom the belle tolls

"It was like getting my heart broken all over again."

-- Rejected bachelorette Brooke Smith on watching the final episode of "The Bachelor," to the Associated Press.

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