What's worse -- being quoted in Oui magazine about group sex or saying that you became a Republican because you admire Richard Nixon? Arnold Schwarzenegger says that after he heard Nixon speak in 1968 about lowering taxes and strengthening the military he said to a friend, 'I am a Republican! This is the philosophy I believe in.'" (Ananova) Arnold's current political philosophy won't be discussed today. The debate between the five leading candidates for governor is being held in Northern California, while Arnie is in the southern part of the state. (CNN)
Speaking of Arnold, the New York Observer is reporting that the actor Edward Norton -- a die-hard antiwar Democrat and a donor to John Kerry's presidential campaign -- told a friend that he'd vote for the muscled one: "I think [Arnold Schwarzenegger] would be a good idea. Hes better than all those other conservative fuckers."
Poor George Clooney -- he has been holed up in his 15-bedroom villa overlooking Lake Como in Italy because he's afraid to go outside and be accosted by paparazzi. The hunky actor says that he has to think twice before venturing forth with a date. And it's not only the pros who hassle George. He reports that tourists come up to him with cellphone cameras: "I've literally gone out to dinner and a girl comes over to the table and says, 'Can I have a kiss?' She leans over, gives me a kiss, I go back to the house, and the photograph is on the TV." Life is tough, eh Giorgio? (ABC News)
Thirty years ago Bernardo Bertolucci shocked the world with a Marlon Brando butter scene in "Last Tango in Paris." This year he threatens to undermine the sensibilities of sensitive American moviegoers once again -- this time with eggs. His latest film, "The Dreamers," which premiered this week at the Venice Film Festival, has scenes that include a ménage à trois with a brother and sister, and a scene where sis loses her virginity while the brother fries up some eggs. The director says he's worried that the American distributor, Fox Searchlight, will mutilate his movie before releasing it in the United States. If so, astute film fans may have to spring for a ticket to Europe to see the uncut version. We all need the eggs. (Reuters)
Anyone who saw Bruce Springsteen during this tour will want to know that the The Boss will be finishing up the mighty road trip at Shea Stadium in New York with shows Oct. 1 and 3. He'll be 54 by then, and he looks and sounds better now than he did 20 years ago. Must be the magic of music. (N.Y. Daily News)
-- Karen Croft
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Depp's gone Dixie? Johnny Depp has told the German magazine Stern that the United States has gone to the dogs. "America is dumb, it's like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive," the actor, who lives with his family in the south of France, said in an interview Wednesday, adding that he'd like his two small children to think of America "as a toy, a broken toy." And as for the Bush administration, Depp had this to say, "I was ecstatic they re-named 'French Fries' as 'Freedom Fries.' Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots." (Reuters)
The invitations for Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's wedding have gone out ... by phone. (That's one way to save on engraving costs.) Word is the couple is planning to marry on Sunday, Sept. 14, somewhere near Santa Barbara, Calif. Four hundred guests are expected to attend. (N.Y. Daily News)
Cameron Diaz turns 31, breaks nose in surfing accident, says, "I'm fine. But I'm just totally bummed out because I can't go surfing anymore." (Associated Press)
Jayson Blair offering advice to working stiffs in the upcoming issue of Jane magazine: "If you take the company car from New York to Maryland for a personal trip, you might not want to get a speeding ticket and then throw it in the trash -- only to have the business administrator discover it when a late notice arrives." (N.Y. Post)
Best of the Rest
Page Six: Paris Hilton seen "locking lips" with Madonna ex Ingrid Casares; Men's Health unhappy with Poz mag spoof called "Meds Health"; Kennedy buddies Carole Radziwill and Hamilton South lambaste "Kennedy Curse" author Edward Klein in letters to editor in October issue of Vanity Fair, note that both JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette "saw a psychiatrist on a weekly basis"; Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke said to be headed for splitsville. Ethan said to be carrying on with a Montreal model. Friend of couple's says, "It is over. Uma is angry."
Rush and Molloy: Aaliyah's mother said to have consulted "Crossing Over" psychic John Edward in attempt to contact her dead daughter; Anold Schwarzenegger accused of making racist comment 28 years ago.
Cindy Adams: Barbara Walters fan mistakes Macaulay Culkin for Walters' son; basketball types say Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa, is "very taken with herself." Sister 2 Sister magazine readers advise her to "start packing" and leave her cheatin' hubby.
Liz Smith: Ellen DeGeneres tells TV Guide magazine that her new girlfriend is "an amazing person, really grounded, just very healthy" but that she has no plans to marry her. Says Anne Heche's ex, "I'm not putting on a gown anytime soon. I was shopping for one, and the one I picked out Jennifer Lopez had already picked. I can't wear that now."
-- Amy Reiter