Safe bet? The British bookmakers Ladbrokes have placed 7-to-1 odds that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez will marry and divorce in 2004. The oddsmakers seem to have higher hopes for '04 nuptials between Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz (2-to-1 odds) and Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher (1-to-3 odds). (BBC News)
She said/she said: One month after Christina Aguilera called Britney Spears "very distant," "nervous" and a "lost little girl" in Blender magazine, Spears has seen fit to fire back in the magazine's January issue. "I can't believe Christina said that about me," Spears said, adding that her singing rival tried to "put her tongue down my throat" at a recent meeting. "I say, 'It's good to see you,' and she goes, 'Well, you're not being real with me.' I was like, 'Well, Christina, what's your definition of real? Going up to girls and kissing them after you haven't seen them for two years?' A lost girl? I think it's probably the other way around." Hiss. Scratch. (Blender magazine via the Herald Sun)
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Page Six: Artist Scott LoBaido displays painting of ciggie-puffing Frank Sinatra pummeling anti-smoking NYC Mayor Bloomberg; Ethan Hawke spotted looking lonely sans Uma; Chloë Sevigny insists she wasn't dumped by William Morris, but rather quit; Rebecca Gayheart photographed doing yoga topless on St. Barts beach; Joan Collins misses Aspen New Year's Eve party at Denise Rich's onaccounta altitude sickness; Marisa Tomei, 39, said to insist on special age-softening light filters for TV interviews; "Free Jack White" T-shirts are hot item following White Stripes frontman's recent arrest (and release) in connection with bar fight.
The 411: Nicole Kidman down on $8 million NYC pad because the celeb-packed building it's in "is too much in the public eye"; Andrew Cuomo said to be interested in dating again, but only someone who "wants to be a mother and have a large family"; Clint Eastwood says the "Queer Eye" guys, if given the chance, would "put me in a pair of Britney Spears jeans -- you know, the ones that show the crack in your a--. Maybe throw a tattoo on my tailbone"; David Carradine wrestles fan to ground, gives him his autograph; Ethan Hawke possibly not so lonely after all, spotted "swapping spit" with an unidentified "scantily clad" brunette at NYC club; newly single Mark Wahlberg seen flirting with Jessica Alba.