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Has Ben Affleck become box-office poison? P.Diddy disses Democrats. Plus: Do visits to "men only" adult bookstores automatically make David Gest gay?

Published October 24, 2003 1:45PM (EDT)

Money Quotes
Teach your children well: Courtney Love on how she had her 11-year-old daughter, Frances Bean, pitch in and make her tea during her recent overdose: "I made it fun. I said it was going to be gross and I was going to have to make myself throw up but it was going to be OK." (Ananova)

Not taking questions: William Morrow executive editor Claire Wachtel on a memoir by former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer, for which her company is reported to have just agreed to fork over $500,000: "It's not going to be a kiss and tell." (Keith Kelly)

Feel the breeze: Chlok Sevigny on nighttime nakedity: "My mom would always tell me that you never wear panties at night. You must air yourself out." (Rush and Molloy)

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Page Six: Disney ditches Ben Affleck flick "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" at last minute because, according to the Hollywood Reporter, "in addition to the movie's high cost, another contributing factor was Affleck's tarnished image. The star has taken a beating in the tabloids and at the box office with the failure of his most recent film, 'Gigli.'" Plus, Paramount may drop Affleck from next Jack Ryan movie; heftyish Dan Aykroyd hops off crowded elevator because it's "too heavy"; Paris Hilton said to be stepping out with 17-year-old high school student from Miami; Richard Meier and I.M. Pei shake hands at National Design Awards, prompting onlooker to gush, "It was like watching Frank Lloyd Wright greet Louis Sullivan."

Rush and Molloy: Robert McNamara, U.S. defense secretary under Kennedy and Johnson, denies that he and Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham got it on way back when, insists she didn't go light on the Vietnam War in paper as personal favor to him, says, "I was [only] good friends with Kay Graham from December 1960, until she died [in July 2001]. Never, never did I ask her to correct anything or insert anything in the paper" -- or apparently anywhere else, for that matter; Sean "Puffy/P.Diddy" Combs tells Democrats they "look and act more and more like Republicans ... There's no one to vote for. Get back to the streets ... We need some fistfights to go down in the Senate"; David Gest's lawyer addresses rumors that his friend visited "for men only" adult book shops and erotic establishments back in the '70s, saying, "I have no indication that [David] is gay. Is the suggestion that, if he went to an adult bookstore, that gives her the right to to beat him up? I don't get the connection"; Ronald Reagan's son Michael Reagan and James Brolin, who plays the former POTUS in an upcoming CBS miniseries, call each other losers; Chlok Sevigny admits to using "the occasional recreational painkiller, then ... a few cocktails."

Boldface Names: At Whitney Museum party Tuesday night, Dionne Warwick, who was arrested a while back at Miami International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle pot on a plane in her lipstick case, shares her solution for those pesky airport security checks: "Like my friend told me once, 'I think I should take a shower, put a towel around me, then go to the airport. Then what will they tell me to take off?' "

By Amy Reiter

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