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Spike TV goes to the Playboy Mansion, Beckham goes whip shopping and Clinton haters won't go away. Plus: Kid blabs about Salma and Edward.

By Salon Staff
Published July 23, 2003 2:44PM (EDT)

The Spike TV brouhaha with Spike Lee is now over and the network that is every guy's answer to Lifetime is planning to debut Aug. 11 with a party taped at the Playboy Mansion attended by a very highbrow group that includes Pamela Anderson, Kelsey Grammer and Carmen Electra. Which one doesn't belong in that group? Regular features will include a look at the world of automotives and twice-daily briefings on the business world from reporter Bambi Francisco who, no doubt, takes time out from her pole dancing to report on NASDAQ. (Hollywood Reporter)

Bill Clinton must get tired of hearing about all the people who hate him. The latest bunch is led by former Republican congressman John LeBoutillier from New York and Houston businessman Richard Erickson who want to open a "Counter-Clinton" library near the Clinton Presidential Library set to open in 2004 in Little Rock, Ark. LeBoutillier says he needs $5 million for the project, so he can look into topics such as "Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, the last-minute pardons, even damaged White House furniture." Seems someone named Ken Starr already tried this, but maybe John doesn't have enough to keep him busy these days. As Skip Rutherford, the head of the foundation paying for the real Clinton library, said when asked about LeBoutillier and Erickson: "I think they need to move on with their lives." (NY Newsday)

Out of the mouths of babes department: There have been rumors for months that Salma Hayek and Edward Norton were splitsville but neither actor has confirmed or denied. Then, earlier this week when Matt Lauer was interviewing 11-year-old Daryl Sabara about his role in "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over," the child told a story about showing off for Salma on the set and blurted out "You know she isn't with Ed Norton anymore." Can movie stars be grounded? (WENN)

David Beckham and wifey Posh were laid out quite sexily in a recent Italian Vogue shoot and maybe that experience got Becks all spiced up. Seems he's been spotted purchasing some jewel-encrusted whips and other goodies at a high-end lingerie shop in London. It's also reported he bought "a skimpy white bra and matching knickers for his wife Victoria." But who knows -- maybe they go under his cute new football shorts. (Ananova)

A Detroit Web site is having a promotional contest for the new Ben Affleck/Jennifer Lopez movie "Gigli" and in the description of the film it warns: "The movie is rated R, for sexual content, pervasive language and a brief strong violence." Guess there are a lot of words in every scene ... (ClickonDetroit)

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Matt Drudge has seen Mel Gibsons "The Passion" and he l-o-v-e-d it. "This is the ultimate film. It's magical. Best picture I have seen in quite some time," he told Pat Buchanan during an appearance on MSNBCs "Buchanan & Press." "It depicts a clash between Jesus and those who crucified him, and speaking as a Jew, I thought it was a magical film that showed the perils of life on earth." In fact, Drudge, who was one of 30 select people invited to preview the film at a special DC screening, says, "The Passion" moved him to tears. "I'm talking total tears  This film, I tell you, is magic. It's a miracle. It's a miracle." (Drudge Report)

But dont -- do not -- look to Drudge for a gay take on "The Passion." The Toronto Star has run a correction retracting its statement, published on Saturday, that the online gossiper is gay. (Toronto Star via Romenesko) This, of course, conflicts with allegations made by gossip Jeannette Walls and conservative turncoat David Brock.

Definitely not gay: Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos. Battling back rumors that the couple, who have a 10-month old daughter, are feuding over her new TV gig, Wentworth asks (rhetorically, we presume), "How many people do you know in a strained marriage who are making love twice a day?" Then she adds, "Were still in our honeymoon phase." (The Reliable Source)

Best of the Rest
Page Six: Rosie ODonnell said to be clashing with Boy George on Broadway transfer of his musical "Taboo," which shes producing; Hugh Hefners little black books go on the block; Elton John seeks high-priced New York real estate with Central Park view. Plus: Get your photo snapped with Bill Clinton for only $250.

Rush and Molloy: Harvey Keitel proves a reluctant witness taking stand in Manhattan Family Court, gets defensive when asked his age; James Brown still sex machine, divorcing fourth wife; Angelina Jolie digs well for needy nomadic Kenyans, but dad Jon Voight still dissing her, recently telling "Inside Edition" that she "has found very clever and very smooth ways to mask her extreme problems"; Mariette Hartley announces national bipolar disorder awareness initiative, having struggled with the disease herself; Alyssa Milano denies making out with Kid Rock on a chartered flight back from the Persian Gulf.

The Reliable Source: Injured vet Jessica Lynch rumored to be cooperating with former NY Timeser Rick Bragg on a $1 million book deal for Knopf; Larry King, Bill Clinton, Mike Wallace, Jay Leno and others celebrate Bob Doles 80th birthday; Robert Bork converts to Catholicism, says he finds it "very helpful" to have all of his sins forgiven.

U.K. Sun Bizarre: Maria Shriver said to have barred beautiful women from getting too close to husband Arnold Schwarzenegger London party in effort to shed "Arnie The Octopus" label earned on U.K. visit a few years back "because of his tendency to grab any babe within arms length"; Party guests who did manage to get close to the "Terminator" star said to have sniggered "about his frozen face."

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