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The Continuing Education of Mrs. Ross Continues

Courtney Sale Ross, founder of the Ross School in the Hamptons and the new Ross Global Academy charter school in the Tweed Courthouse, is not the easiest person to work for (as Phoebe Eaton reports in this week's New York.) Construction on Ann Curry's townhouse on West 71st Street has led to four lawsuits from angry neighbors. Bruce Willis got a make-out session with Courtney Love on his 52nd birthday. Michael Jackson is in talks to build a 50-foot robotic replica of himself in — where else? — Vegas. Governor Eliot Spitzer is liberal with the compliments. Former Studio 54 busboy and current Nobu managing partner Richie Notar will run Ian Schrager's Asian fusion restaurant in the Gramercy Park Hotel. The former chef at 44 used to serve Calvin Klein McDonald's French fries for lunch, and Klein was none the wiser.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Benicio Del Toro both produced films that will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival. Johnny Depp and Sacha Baron Cohen are competing over who can give the best shave on the movie set of Sweeney Todd. Britney Spears didn't attend Kevin Federline's 29th-birthday party, but ex-wife Shar Jackson did. Orlando Bloom has gone from dating Penélope Cruz to dating a look-alike. Ron Jeremy is slated to host a show about gadgets on Heavy.com, despite the fact that he admits to knowing nothing about technology. Bob Dylan initially misinterpreted the Beatles' hit "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" as an ode to drugs. Russell Simmons says money doesn't buy happiness. Errol Flynn's daughter thinks Hollywood has unfairly ignored her father's work. DJ AM is back to playing the field since splitting with Mandy Moore, whom he truly loved. Joss Stone shadowboxed and jumped rope at the gym. ER's Shane West and Boston Legal's Ashton Holmes were spotted making out at a party. The Waverly Inn is still, apparently, hot.

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