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Alex P. Keaton May Have Made a Sex Tape

Weird wiretapper Anthony Pellicano says he knows what Michael J. Fox did back in 1990. Plus, Ashlee Simpson pregnancy rumors persist, Adrian Grenier gets a girlfriend, and more in our daily squeeze of the juice from New York gossip columns.

Video Store Tour: Inside John Varvatos

Menswear designer John Varvatos describes his new store at 315 Bowery as a "cultural space" — a generous term for what was once the dirtiest, punkest club in the East Village.

Where Lou Reed Peed: Remembering the CBGB Toilet

At the end of today's Times feature on the "punk house" — those big, cavernous sticker-encrusted warehouses, in which punks from Brooklyn to Nebraska hold shows and bake and digest soy casseroles — is a small but touching paean to an underappreciated facet of now-defunct club CBGB: The toilet. "The be-stickered, be-fliered and graffiti-emblazoned black hole" was a modern icon, the Times says, and none other than Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore agreed. “That’s the one thing that sears itself into your memory,” he told the paper. “It’s that toilet.” Shudder. Something tells us the contractors working on the John Varvatos store would agree. Anarchy Rules, the Dishes Stay Dirty [NYT]

Chodorow's Got Big, Big Plans; Aaron Sanchez Has an Enemy

Jeffrey Chodorow is devising a new megarestaurant for a 15,000-square-foot double-decker space in the Empire Hotel at Broadway and 63rd Street. In other news, Frank Bruni has already given it zero stars. [NYP] Our pal Aaron Sanchez barely avoided being cut on the Next Iron Chef since according to Bourdain, Alton “Knowlton seems not to have disclosed a prior schoolyard incident with a young Aaron ‘El Guapo’ Sanchez — in which Sanchez (it would appear) bullied him mercilessly. He seemed unnaturally eager to send him packing.” [Ruhlman] Williamsburg’s Hasidic community has its own street-food truck, but you too can buy the kosher grub. [Eat for Victory/VV]

Rupert Murdoch Wins the Party

MEDIA • News Corp. surpassed Time Warner to become the largest media company on the planet, and Murdoch held off a shareholder revolt in order to keep his family tyranny in place. [Hollywood Reporter, USAT] • ESPN poached marquee columnist Rick Reilly from Sports Illustrated after 22 years with the mag. Dan Patrick, who SI just poached from ESPN, will take Reilly's place at the back of the book. [NYT, Deadspin] • Stephen Colbert took his campaign to the Tim Russert show: "This is not a dream, you are not going to wake up from this. I am far realer than Sam Brownback." [NYT]

740 Park: Ladies Love Chris Dodd

Huffington Post's FundRace 2008 feature, which lets you track individual campaign contributions by name or address, continues to be a reliable source of stalkerish joy. Today we decided to check up on how 740 Park Avenue, with its plentiful dollar, votes. What we found might shock you.

Michael Jackson Checks Out Other Masks and Wigs at ‘Lion King’

Michael Jackson took his three kids to see the Lion King on Broadway, and they were all wearing wigs and baseball caps. An art dealer in Chelsea sued Christie's for $7 million for allegedly selling him a fake Basquiat. Kanye West's album is outselling 50 Cent's, though 50 is still worth more money according to Forbes. Jennifer Lopez may be expecting twins, but that'd be news to Marc Anthony. The Dalai Lama likes eating at Masala Garden on West 79th Street. Vince Vaughn went into Marquee at 2:45 a.m. to hit on some girls. Hugh Grant cruised down a deserted strip of road in Southampton in a red convertible. Representative Charles Rangel subconsciously thinks Hillary Clinton is going to be president.

Alice Cooper Unafraid of Snakes, Being Fabulous

Alice Cooper took time away from feeding his Frankenstein and biting the heads off chickens (allegedly!) to talk to Vulture about modeling, snakes, and his makeup advice for Marilyn Manson.

These Ladies Fugging Love Cool James

For the second season in a row, John Varvatos debuted his new collection at the very top of 7 World Trade Center, which boasts a spectacular view of Manhattan and a moving perspective on ground zero. Many of the guests were unable to keep up the usual routine of schmoozing with their fellow fashionistas, instead wandering over to the floor-to-ceiling windows to take a look.