Mel Brooks supposedly wants Cloris Leachman to join the Young Frankenstein cast after saying originally she was too old for the job. Ivanka Trump will convert to Judaism for her marriage to Jared Kushner with the help of a rabbi who once led a boycott against the New York Times over its Mideast coverage. Bruce Springsteen won’t do the usual elaborate Halloween display in front of his Jersey mansion this year, saying too many visitors have made the venue unsafe. The woman who claims that Jerry Seinfeld’s wife ripped off her cookbook idea is now suing Jerry for joking on Letterman that she might be an assassin.
Elton John eats off only Versace crockery because he believes Versace’s spirit lives in every plate, reports Cindy Adams in a Halloween spectacular, detailing the phobias and superstitions of various stars. (Kirsten Dunst has arachnophobia! She’s afraid of Iraq!) Cindy also notes that Sammy Davis Jr. and Jayne Mansfield were into Satanism, and wraps up with the tale of a Chihuahua houseguest peeing on her column. Girls Gone Wild guy Joe Francis and Samantha Ronson keep talking crap about each other for some reason we don’t understand or much care about. Naomi Campbell will preside over an Art Basel Miami exhibition of photos of herself naked or semi-naked. Elisabeth Hasselbeck gets the most death threats of the ladies on The View, Whoopi Goldberg said. Rosie Perez said she used to like getting stoned and watching American Idol. Denis Leary finally apologizes for saying in his book that a lot of autism cases are fake so parents won’t feel bad about their bad parenting and dumb kids. BET head Debra Lee said she hopes Obama marks the end of white presidents, noting the old adage, “Once you go black, you never go back.”