Elvis Costello has written an album of love songs, to be released this month, and in a recent interview he very politely avoided questions about how his personal life -- his 16-year marriage to Pogues member Cait O'Riordan and his new love, singer Diana Krall -- have affected his work. But he does say that the new album is not cynical or ironic, but rapturous. "Well, that's a nice word. I think it is rapturous. Yeah, I'll accept that, thank you," he told the Guardian writer in a lovely interview over tea. (Guardian)
Domestic diva Nigella Lawson and art-collector ad mogul Charles Saatchi have tied the knot, with only their children in attendance. One hopes that details of the food served will be released soon but spokespeople for the couple would only go so far as to deny that Nigella did the food herself. Guess the gal deserves a day out of the kitchen. (ITV)
Speaking of love, curly-top straight guy Franklin from "Boy Meets Boy" says he did the gig to "help educate Middle America" about gay life. The 23-year-old works as a wine steward in Los Angeles and claims he has no designs on an acting career. "I do wine," he says. And he also claims to want privacy. When asked if he had a girlfriend he demurred, "I don't want to divulge." Let's see how long that lasts. (TV Guide)
It was bound to happen -- a tiff behind the scenes at "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"! The first culture vulture, who was dumped after two episodes, is suing to get some of the loot being made by the hit show. Blair Boone, who was on the July 15 and July 22 episodes, was then replaced by current Fab Fiver Jai Rodrigues. Then the show became hotter than hot and Boone thought he should get more than the measly $6,000 to go away. Share the wealth, Bravo -- the guy probably needs some new hair products and a cute sofa. (E! Online)
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Britney Spears, Bush fan. "I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens," Spears told CNN's Tucker Carlson Wednesday. Asked if she trusted President Bush, the singer replied, "Yes, I do," adding, however, that she doesn't know if he'll win another term. "I don't know," said Spears. "I don't know that." (Drudge Report)
Spears also doesn't seem to know whether to play up her VMA kiss with Madonna as impromptu or preplanned. The singer told the Associated Press that the big buss was totally unrehearsed, but informed the president's relative, Billy Bush, of "Access Hollywood," that she and Madonna had cooked the idea up in advance. "Of course it was [Madonna's] idea ... she threw it around a couple of times in rehearsals, but she just kind of said, 'You know, do what you feel, you know, in the performance ... just go with it and see what happens,'" Spears told Bush in an interview airing tonight. "And that's what happened." Then again, she said, "We didn't know what was gonna go on so I kinda knew a little bit, but I didn't know to that extent that it was gonna be that long and stuff."
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Page Six: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Lisa Marie Presley, Kirstie Alley, Juliette Lewis and other Scientologists may have signed documents promising to surrender the "right to sue the church and its staff for any injury or damage suffered in any way connected with Scientology" and to forgo "psychiatric treatment" in favor of "Scientology spiritual assistance"; announcement on set of "The Stepford Wives" remake that "director Frank Oz is ill" delays filming; Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy are said to be "on track for a relatively amicable settlement after all the bitterness"; Paris Hilton denies kissing Ingrid Casares, says, "We're just friends"; on related topic, Lucy Liu says, "I think if I happen to fall in love with a woman, everyone's going to make a big deal out of it."
Rush and Molloy: Raquel Welch breaks arm in car accident, undergoes surgery and "is now resting at home"; Rosie O'Donnell, footing bill for Broadway transfer of Boy George musical "Taboo," says, "I've made more money than any human needs to live on. So now I have play money"; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton says she has no idea what her daughter will be doing at her new job for McKinsey [& Co.] this week. "I don't know what consultants do," Sen. Clinton told reporters. "I asked [Chelsea] that and she goes, 'Oh, Mom!'"
Liz Smith: Barbra Streisand's ticked at Newsweek for implying that she has issues with Arnold Schwarzenegger's family history. "I've never commented on Arnold or his father. Arnold is a social friend whose company and whose wife's company I enjoy. I truly resent someone's imputing to me an unkind judgment"; Liv Tyler, the face of new Givenchy scent, says she's "a bit of a beauty product whore" -- "I'll try anything but I always go back to my favorites."
Boldface Names: ABC Television Network president Alex Wallau wonders who "that blond woman there" is at party celebrating Peter Jennings' 20th anniversary as sole anchor of "World News Tonight." Told it's Tina Brown, says, "Oh. Not my society. I'd feel tacky if I knew who she was."
-- Amy Reiter