Madonna planted a tree in Malawi, or at least lifted a shovel holding dirt for long enough to have a photo snapped. Diane Von Furstenburg’s wallet was stolen while she was in Madrid. Alec Baldwin was pulled onstage during the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Southampton Cultural Center. He correctly spelled “arriviste” and “hederaceous,” but, understandably, got tripped up on “zuuzuu.” Renée Zellweger will be spending the holidays with Bradley Cooper’s family, though the duo is still trying to keep their relationship under wraps. And Chris Brown tweetpologized for beating up Rihanna, again.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom got each other’s initials tattooed on their hands. The woman accused of stalking Justin Timberlake also has court orders to stay away from Metallica and Axl Rose. Metallica is also offering a $50,000 reward for a fan who went missing at one of their concerts. Bruce Springsteen canceled a Kansas City performance after his cousin was found dead in his hotel room. According to LaToya Jackson, Michael’s three children are in therapy. Crash director Paul Haggis called it quits with Scientology after 35 years, largely over its support for Proposition 8 and its “morally reprehensible” implications. Roman Polanski’s victim, Samantha Geimer, is having health problems, and she says it’s due to the hubbub surrounding Polanski’s arrest.
A-Rod and Hideki Matsui celebrated their Yankee win with dinner at Serafina on East 61st, but not together. After losing Whitney Port to People’s Revolution, Teen Vogue is looking for another way to get in on reality TV. Sherri Saum, formerly of HBO’s In Treatment, will be joining the cast of Gossip Girl to pose “trouble for Lily and Rufus” (is Rufus going to have an affair?!).