Poor Ralph Nader is getting no respect. He showed up in California Tuesday to support Green Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo and got a pie in the face at a press conference. But Ralph immediately emulated his hero, Lou Gehrig, and threw the partial pastry right back at his assailant. Good arm, too. (KGO)
While Mick Jagger is being called the 13th worst musician ever by Blender magazine (behind such notables as Kenny G, Michael Bolton and Insane Clown Posse), his ex-wifey, who is strutting the boards as Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate" in San Francisco, is also giving her own critique, telling the Chronicle that she divorced Mick because "He's a sick, addictive womanizer who made me very unhappy. He's got a Dionysian thing going that just won't stop. It gets tired -- for me, not for him." But she also said of her next-door neighbor: "He's the most fabulous ex-husband. He's extremely generous. We never argue about the children. We adore each other." Isn't divorce wonderful? (BBC)
Cute and preggers Kate Hudson was at the post-premiere party for her movie "Le Divorce" and when the New York Observer asked her if being with child made her feel beautiful she said yes, and added, "It definitely makes you horny. You can quote me on that one." Hubby Chris Robinson no doubt smiled.
Fashionistas who care about separation of ad and edit (yes, there are a couple) are ranting about the September Harper's Bazaar cover and how it's just too much like the TV ad where Madonna and Missy Elliott get into the groove together for The Gap. Yes, fashion mags put stars on their covers wearing clothes made by advertisers every month, but the outfit she's wearing on the mag's cover is just too much like the ad for comfort.
And politicos who care about Philly cheese steaks (there are more than a couple) are ranting about candidate John Kerry's faux pas this week. He was in Philadelphia on a campaign stop and had the audacity to order the local specialty with Swiss cheese instead of American, Provolone or Whiz product -- as is usual in those parts. The Philadelphia Inquirer food critic raved that such a choice would be considered "an alternative lifestyle" by the locals. Hopefully Kerry knows not to ask for aioli with his hot dog in New York. (Washington Post)
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Al Franken, currently vacationing in Italy, has responded to Fox News Channel's "fair and balanced" lawsuit, saying he's not worried by it but is considering bringing a suit of his own. "As far as the personal attacks go," Franken told the Associated Press, "when I read 'intoxicated or deranged' and 'shrill and unstable' in their complaint, I thought for a moment I was a Fox commentator. And by the way, a few months ago, I trademarked the word 'funny.' So when Fox calls me 'unfunny,' they're violating my trademark. I am seriously considering a countersuit."
Why didn't Arnold Schwarzenegger vote in five of the past 11 elections in California? That's a little unclear at the moment. But his handlers are vowing to get to the bottom of it. "Arnold takes the right and privilege of voting very seriously," insisted Schwarzenegger spokesman Sean Walsh. "We are working to examine past records to ascertain what might explain gaps that appear in two election cycles when absentee ballots were requested." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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Page Six: Are Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze splitting up? Her rep says no, but his rep says "They're the only two people who know that"; Tina Brown denies report that she's agreed to take the New York Daily News editorial helm; Screw publisher Al Goldstein puts his treasures up for auction on eBay; Daryl Hannah bares all for Playboy; Kevin Smith denies dissing Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's onscreen chemistry, accuses New York Times of peddling "gussied-up gossip"; and Vincent Gallo says he's not thrilled about Roger Ebert's cancer, despite having predicted it: "It is true that I heard about [Ebert's illness], but I'm certainly not gloating. I don't believe in black magic, and I don't really believe I could have given him cancer for real. If I had any metaphysical powers I would heal the sick. I did think it was bizarre that I said it and it happened, but I'm not happy he has cancer."
Rush and Molloy: Lenny Kravitz and Nicole Kidman rumored to be planning to take vacation together in intimate cruise off the South of France; Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey rumored to be getting back together, and Salma Hayek rumored to be hooking up with "Sweet Home Alabama" hunk Josh Lucas; Brad Pitt interested in producing -- and possibly starring in -- a remake of "East of Eden"; Mary J. Blige on cleavage and respect: "If I choose to have my cleavage out, you still take me seriously. I might be a brick house, but you respect this brick house. 'Cause this brick house does her job well."
Cindy Adams: Ailing Luther Vandross is said to be much, much better, getting back power of speech and sense of humor; settling of financial issues in Gregory Hines/Pamela Koslow divorce delayed by Hines' death; Cheech Marin on working with his old partner Chong on an upcoming film: "I'm not worried about us professionally. The worry is personally. We have to get our egos in line."