Revenge? Ellen Barkin? Never!

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Ellen Barkin says that the big public auction she had to sell jewelry given to her by ex-husband Ron Perelman was not motivated by revenge. "Everyone thought it was a big bleep-you [to Ron]," she says. "That’s bullshit." In an upcoming HBO pilot, Barkin will play a "sassy blonde actress" whose powerful "bastard" husband dies just before she divorces him. This is also ostensibly not a "bleep you" to Ron. Walter Noel and fam made it to Mustique this year, after all. (They flew commercial!)

Michelle Trachtenberg joked that she is dating Blake Lively. Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson called in sick to a D.J. gig in Florida, then went to the Matthew Williamson show. Prepare to be shocked: Quentin Tarantino's new movie is a gorefest. Speaking of gorefests, Warren Gillette, the original Jason, sliced his hand on an ax at a Friday the 13th party last week. Freida Pinto called off her engagement to concentrate on her career. Meanwhile, someone thinks Vanity Fair lightened Freida's skin: A sure sign of burgeoning stardom! Becki Newton says Ugly Betty is not getting canceled. Paris Hilton wore Anna Wintour glasses to yesterday's Jill Stuart show. A-Rod hung out with Ingrid Cesares in Miami this weekend. Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo went to Serendipity; strangely, the Post does not note what the weight-embattled pop singer consumed at the dessert mecca. Chelsea Clinton went skiing at Deer Valley, where Intel Chris saw her on the slopes. Grace Jones was really late to a party. Everyone's still mad at Si Newhouse for shuttering Domino. "Page Six" actually asks: Is Kelly Cutrone's friendship with Eliot Spitzer strumpet Ashley Dupre a play for publicity? How craven. Those women have a warm and loving relationship based on mutual respect, obviously.

Heidi Klum does not care about some German dude calling her fat. Amy Fisher is touring the country as a "highly-paid stripper." Tyson Beckford snapped at a reporter who confused him with Transformers star Tyrese. A hipster hit on Brittany Snow at the Erin Fetherston party.

Meanwhile, in dead-people news: Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, was apparently a compulsive shopper. Al Pacino, Martin Lawrence, Billy Crystal, and Gordon Ramsay all watched the Harlem Globetrotters at the Staples Center, but not together. Cindy Adams visited the new Yankees Stadium and counted four urinals and five commodes in the locker room. Joan Allen, Jeremy Irons, and Marsha Mason will all star together in a Broadway play called Impressionism. Liza Minnelli sang her acceptance speech at the AMfar awards.