It was blond ambition meets blond ambition this morning on ABC when Diane Sawyer chatted with Madonna about her children's book, "The English Roses," which is all about girls being who they are and turning out OK in the end. Diane and Madonna have both mastered the art of being fabulous and they got along famously, except for one instant of hiss when Sawyer asked if Madonna was getting tired of "kissing jokes" (referring to the Britney Spears buss). The most material girl snapped, "Almost as tired as I am of kissing questions." Get back, Diane. There's only one queen for a day. (Good Morning America)
Speaking of blondes, Gwyneth Paltrow is worried that the sex scenes in her new movie about Sylvia Plath might upset her squeeze, Chris Martin, so she arranged a private screening for him. Don't worry, Chris, the sex stuff is nothing compared to the suicide stuff. (WENN)
Does anyone remember Hanson -- the boy group that got little girls shrieking in 1997? Does anyone remember Carnegie Hall? Does anyone believe that Hanson is going to play Carnegie Hall on Nov. 8? It's true. One of the Hanson boys said it was "a lifelong dream for us to perform at the historic Carnegie Hall and be able to stand on the same stage as many of the artists we so admire." Does this mean that Luciano Pavarotti is going to appear on "Total Request Live"? (CNN)
Here's a combo that makes more sense: The Farrelly Brothers, the guys who gave us the searing "Dumb and Dumber" and who are poised to release "Stuck on You" with Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon playing co-joined twins, want to make "The Three Stooges." They say they'll set the slapstick trio in the present day and are now looking for the right cast. (Yahoo News)
Dr. Laura, always the nattering nabob of nuance, has a new book in the works called "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" in which she suggests that "Husbands need sex, and it's a wife's job to provide it -- as much as he wants, whenever he wants it." Because, she argues, if husbands are expected to "go to work and earn money" and visit relatives they don't like, why can't their wives put out on demand? And what did you say your degree was in, doc? (N.Y. Post)
Rapper 50 Cent, sounding wiser than Dr. Laura in an interview in London: "I mean, from the male perspective, sex is cool -- because if there's nothing physically wrong wit' you, probably 98 percent of the time you're gonna achieve an orgasm. Females don't have such a strong drive, they're under control. So I think for the most part, because of that, they enjoy sex more if they have feelings for the person they're actually with." (Guardian)
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"Pals" of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck on the Bennifer status quo: "Jennifer ... went to Georgia to try and prove to Ben that she's not high maintenance, that she can be happy without all the frills. But that can only last so long." (Page Six)
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Colin Farrell on his former wild ways, which he says are not entirely dissimilar to his current wild ways: "I ended up on a shrink's couch, and he told me to write down how much I did in a week -- 20 [tabs of Ecstasy], 4 grams of coke, 6 of speed, half an ounce of hash, three bottles of Jack Daniel's, 12 bottles of red wine, 60 pints. And 40 [cigarettes] a day. He looked at me and said, 'Do you wonder you're depressed?'" (Radio Times magazine via Rush and Molloy)
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Page Six: Former "All My Children" star Michael Nader still pissed at ABC for firing him after he was busted for selling a $20 bag of cocaine to an undercover cop in New York back in 2001, has filed $32 million wrongful termination suit against the network; former N.Y. Times managing editor Gerald Boyd is in talks to become executive producer of NPR's "Tavis Smiley Show"; Selma Blair and Ahmet Zappa are engaged; "Today" host Katie Couric said to be "furious" that rival "Good Morning America" scored interview with Madonna; Jill St. John said to be getting face-lift in preparation for the wedding of stepdaughter Natasha Gregson Wagner (daughter of the late Natalie Wood and adopted daughter of St. John's husband, Robert Wagner) next month.
Rush and Molloy: Elle Macpherson said to have checked herself into the Meadows clinic to recover from either exhaustion or postnatal depression after the birth of her second son; Lil' Kim still wanted in New Jersey on four-year-old warrant for marijuana possession; Britney Spears may be coming between her dancer Columbus Short and his 8-months-pregnant wife, Brandi; Barbara Walters' ex-husband Merv Adelson filing for bankruptcy protection after debts pile up to around $50 million; Moby says he feels "like making babies."
Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Disney chairman Michael Eisner writing a "heartwarming" book about his childhood summer camp. Warner Books chairman Larry Kirschbaum says, "It's really a wonderful personal coming-of-age story"; Joan Rivers puts on brave face after plastic surgeon Toby Mayer says his patients ask, "What happened to Joan Rivers?" Rivers' spokesman says, "It's a free country, he can say what he likes"; Plum Sykes surprised to learn her ex-fiancé Damian Loeb is getting hitched to someone else; Boy George says, "People tend to look at me and think, 'Oh, look at the way he looks,' therefore I'm not intelligent. And I'm very bright, and I think that always startles people."
-- Amy Reiter