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Ladies Who Link

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Those trawling for Internet porn are going to be in for a surprise in the coming months when they click on womenontheweb.com and get an eyeful of … 85-year-old gossip columnist Liz Smith. Smith and five other women — ex–publishing executive Joni Evans, advertising exec Mary Wells, political columnist and speechwriter Peggy Noonan, and 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl, purchased the domain name for a new Website directed at women over 40, and now, “when anyone looks for that porn site, they’re directed to us,” Evans tells the Times. Contributors to the site, which will combine Huffington Post–y political commentary and virtual View-like roundtable discussions, include Candice Bergen, Lily Tomlin, and Whoopi Goldberg. “It’s like when I used to live in a women’s dormitory 50 years ago,” fellow contributor Judith Martin, also known as Miss Manners, told the Times. Although sorry, again, pornophiles: There's no pillow-fighting in lingerie on this site, either. Boldface in Cyberspace: It’s a Woman’s Domain [NYT] WowOWow [Official site]

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Nick Lachey and JCPenney Do Not Mix, Even If Paid to Do So

Nick Lachey
Nick Lachey threw a hissy fit at a JCPenney party on Hudson Street, despite the fact that he was being paid to be there. Michael Strahan says he loves girlfriend Nicole Murphy, but isn't sure about marriage. Execs at Sony are annoyed that Michael Jackson's Thriller 25 is on the Billboard oldies' chart instead of the Billboard Top 200 chart, despite the fact that it has six new songs. Nelly picked up the coat-check girl at Plumm. Outkast's André 3000 is looking for an apartment in the city and just toured a multi-million-dollar penthouse on West 13th Street. Justin Timberlake gave menu recommendations to patrons at his Southern Hospitality.

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2/19/08: The Day Liz Smith Lost Her Damn Mind

Lizstradamus
Gossip columnist Liz Smith devoted half of her column today to the coming of the end of the world. Not the financial crisis or the release if Sex and the City: The Movie but the actual end of the world. "Scientific experts from around the world are genuinely predicting that less than five years from now, all life on Earth could well finish," she begins, and then goes on a longish tear about the I-Ching and Nostradamus and natural disasters "such as the volcano under Yellowstone Park that seems ready to erupt again and produce thousands of deaths and affiliated deaths the world over from a volcanic winter. No sun, no crops, starvation." Well, shit. What really kills us is that we only just noticed that Liz had put this important information out there. If we had read it earlier, we might have spent the past few hours differently. We might have, for instance, gone out for real coffee instead of drinking the gross kind from the machine, or not watched that random TMZ video with Tyson Beckford falling over, or not spent all that time comparing our nipples to those of Lindsay Lohan. But according to Lizstradamus, you can't change all your behavior just because the end of the world is nigh! "You might as well relax. You can't do a damned thing about this in any case," she admonishes kindly. Great! We're going to read all about how Donnie Deutsch thinks positive is the new black now. No Room For Doom [NYP]

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Nicolas Cage Was Only Borrowing That Chihuahua

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Plastic-surgery-happy Jocelyn Wildenstein just bought a three-bedroom apartment in the Plaza for $7.96 million. An excerpt of James Frey's upcoming novel, Bright Shiny Morning, is being published in Sex for America, a book of "politically-inspired erotica." Nicolas Cage is suing Kathleen Turner for claiming in her autobiography that he had been arrested twice for DUI and stealing a Chihuahua. Fergie and Josh Duhamel are moving up their wedding date because she's so pregnant.

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S.J.P. and M.B. Have a Spat on the C/E

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Brokerick
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker got into a fight on the platform of the downtown C/E train at 23rd Street. Alpha Media head Kent Brownridge married Hearst publicity head Alexandra Carlin at the Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Artie Lange tried unsuccessfully to get four Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to disrobe on the Howard Stern show. A lot of foodies showed up at the preview of Alain Ducasse's wine-themed restaurant, Adour, in the St. Regis. Bruce Springsteen waited a half hour for a lunch table at the Turning Point in Long Branch. Cindy Adams says Heath Ledger once tried to avoid her by saying, "You people from the press are not nice to me," but that he smiled while saying it. Liz Smith approves of the fact that Jenna Bush is getting married in Crawford, Texas, and not the White House.

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Diane Sawyer Forgets to Ask Katie Holmes About the Hubbasperm

Katie Holmes
Diane Sawyer interviewed Katie Holmes on Good Morning America yet neglected to ask her about the rumor that she was impregnated with L. Ron Hubbard's sperm. New York Giants Plaxico Burress, Antonio Pierce, and Ruben Droughns went to Home nightclub in Manhattan after flying back from Dallas and ordered $1,000 of Bacardi, vodka, and Champagne, but forgot to tip their waitress. Waiters at Brasserie 44 in the Royalton Hotel thought they discovered Frank Bruni's notebook, but it turned out to belong to someone else (and they slipped in some Bruni ass-kissing to boot!). Jil Scott picked up a male model at an Allure fashion shoot and took him to Nobu. Keith Olbermann's quote to Playboy that "Fox News is worse than Al-Qaeda" did not go over well with many of the magazine's readers.

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Robert De Niro Pulls Out the Big Guns Against Art Gallery

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Robert De Niro sued an Upper East Side art gallery that gave twelve of his father's paintings to a gallery in Rome as part of a debt-payment arrangement. Jason Binn had another kid. NBA commish David Stern, Derek Jeter, and Donald Trump showed up at the wedding of Ahmad Rashad and Sale Johnson, but estranged daughter Casey Johnson did not. Chris Noth and Steve Walter are thinking of moving their jazz club Cutting Room to Hell's Kitchen. Ashlee Simpson begged photographers not to take her picture when she was smoking outside Angels and Kings. Theodore Sorensen, the lawyer who wrote JFK's famous "Ask Not…" inaugural address, just bought at $10.75 million condo at 15 Central Park West.

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Harvey Weinstein Hasn't Forgotten How to Fight

Harvey
Harvey Weinstein either physically removed a D.J. who was acting inappropriately with a lady at his table at Rose Bar or was punched in the face by him. (He's also getting married next month.) Denzel Washington had 30 bespoke suits made by an English tailor on East 53rd Street. Liz Smith speculates that the next Time person of the year will be the environment. Cindy Adams reports that a book on Heather Mills is in the works. The owner of Baraonda, the Italian eatery at 75th and Second, got a new lease on the space. PR guru Lara Shriftman has given into the pressure and revealed the daddy of her baby: rum heir Juan Bacardi.

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Bill Clinton Made Rosie O'Donnell Cry

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Rosie O'Donnell burst into tears after Bill Clinton called her and apologized for being unfaithful to his wife. The guy who won the marathon said he did so by refraining from sex and eating pasta. Katie Holmes said her marathon run was "hard, but good." (She also wore a velvet Hermès gown to a Museum of the Moving Image event honoring her husband.) Damien Hirst installed a bunch of dead sheep carcasses in formaldehyde tanks at Lever House. Ousted Citigroup chief Chuck Prince didn't say hi to Sandy Weill at the Four Seasons. Annie Lennox gave a bunch of fans the finger. Governor Spitzer, Governor Corzine, and Nora Ephron went on a triple date to Cafe Boulud.

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Benicio Del Toro Helps Out a Gay Meth Addict

Benicio Del Toro
Former New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso may or may not have had an affair and fathered a love child. Steven Spielberg ate at the Waverley Inn with his family and a whole lot of other famous folks. Denise Rich sang a Rolling Stones song to an audience that included Donald Trump Jr. and Ivana Trump at new venue Espace. Benicio del Toro appeared at the Gay Men's Health Crisis Center as a sponsor for a meth-addict friend. One of Howard Stern's sidekicks filmed a porno inside Stern's studio with Ron Jeremy. Jay-Z may be "scrambling" because the lead single from his American Gangster album is not doing well.

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Padma: When in Doubt, Suck Face With Salman

Padma Lakshmi
A prankster made lewd comments to Ann Curry and Matt Lauer during a media conference call between TV writers and the Today anchors. Banker Rafael Follieri, boyfriend of Anne Hathaway, flew commercial from Atlanta to New York despite supposedly owning a private jet. Padma Lakshmi was overheard telling someone she still was "still trying to work the secret to a great relationship out" hours before she made out with Salman Rushdie at Bungalow 8. (Rushdie also almost fell asleep during a play at the Guggenheim on Saturday.) Ivanka Trump couldn't get into East Village dive Black and White because she didn't have an I.D. The smoking hot ex–First Lady of France, Cecilia Sarkozy, is coming to visit New York with her kid.

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Fox Business Network: The Victory Party

Rupert and Wendy
Last night's launch party for Fox Business Network had so many media and business moguls, you couldn't throw a canapé without mussing up the rug of some very important dude. Seriously, our throats were burning from inhaling the perfume of wealth and success. In one corner of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur, Liz Smith chatted with Mel Brooks and Harvey Weinstein. (Apparently, Harvey loves the channel. "I love Roger Ailes," he said, though he would not tell us what he liked the best or whether he ate Money for Breakfast.) In another corner, Oscar and Annette de la Renta greeted Regis and Joy Philbin. And kingly in the middle of it all, like a pair of samurai and their husbands, were Rupert Murdoch, Les Moonves, Julie Chen, and Rupert's wife, Wendi Deng. "Wendi, we love your bracelets!" we cried in unison, suddenly morphing into Blair's sidekicks in Gossip Girl. "They were only twenty dollars," she exclaimed. Wow, we thought. Wendi is so down-to-earth! "But this wasn't," she laugh-cackled, flashing us her index finger, which was adorned with what looked to be the actual Hope Diamond.

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‘Gossip Girl’ Star Chace Crawford Apparently Not Worried About His Truck

Chace Crawford
At the memorial service for former movie critic Joel Siegel, ABC anchor Charles Gibson noted that the Jewish Siegel sent the best Christmas cards. Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford got cozy with a "rude and nasty" Carrie Underwood at Marquee and a party at Soho Grand (not "Chance" Crawford, as reported by "Page Six"). Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. dined at Gemma and drank at the Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel. Cindy Adams claims that members of John Edwards's camp are "profoundly worried" about the recent allegations that Edwards strayed on his wife. David Lauren and Lauren Bush arrived via motorcycle to the Domino Bazaar Saturday.

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Cisco Adler Plops Down Near Another Hot Blonde

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A-Rod and ur-agent Scott Boras dined at Nello's. Eva Mendes hopped in the wrong limo. New York's First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer told attendees of a More-magazine convention that the best advice she ever got was "either piss or get off the pot." Cisco Adler and Lydia Hearst were cozy at Bungalow 8. Jann Wenner was widely mocked at the 30th reunion party of the Rolling Stone staff from 1977 (everyone gave him the finger in the group photo, and no one drank the Champagne he sent). Joaquin Phoenix hung up on a reporter from Time Out after she asked him what he did to prepare for his roles. Single-again Nick Cannon hung out with a bunch of beauty-pageant queens at Tenjune.

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Getting Gay With Liz and Cindy

Bound
We were a little taken aback by Liz Smith and Cindy Adams's columns today, as we leafed through them over our afternoon snack. It seems as thought the Post's doddering divas of dish both traded in their summer whites for fall lavender. First, Cindy takes on the complex issue of Senator Larry Craig's hunting for man sex in bathrooms – and somewhere between not caring "a fig" and not having "a horse in this race," she kind of makes a coherent, pro-gay point. "The tawdry solicitation leaves us partly to blame," she writes. "Draping homosexuality in shame is what forces the weak to hide and lie and rail against it publicly in order to cover themselves privately." Whoa! Then we turned the page to read Liz's column, only to find even more same-sex sensationalism — this time on the tail end of a paragraph about Gina Gershon. Remember Bound, the sexy lesbianic thriller? So does Liz. "If you want a real treat, find a DVD of Gina's early one — Bound with Jennifer Tilly and Joey Pantoliano. A classic!" Um, double whoa. Some Are Cutting Up 'Jesse James' Film [NYP] News Duo Dynamic [NYP]

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Quarterback Sacked

Bridget Moynahan won't actually see Tom Brady and is only giving him limited access to their newborn son. Late New York Giants owner Wellington Mara's eleven kids are going through problems, both personal and business-related. Christie Brinkley didn't attend the Hampton Classic Horse Show because Peter Cook and a new girlfriend were inside. Note to male tennis players: Do not date Martina Hingis. Julia Stiles helped boyfriend Jonathan Cramer install one of his sculptures on Central Park North. Jack Nicholson once jumped out a window after Hunter S. Thompson pulled a gun out in a house. Music mogul Irv Gotti made it to day three of a $10,000 World Poker Tour event. A former Stuyvesant High School student of Frank McCourt said the Pulitzer Prize winner was not a great English teacher. James Blount hooked up with another model, this time in Malibu.

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Cindy Adams and Liz Smith Lash Out Against Youth

Cindy Adams and Liz Smith
Ah, Cindy and Liz. The Post's divas of dish are finally responding to critics who note that they only write about dead people, or ones that are getting near dead. Today Liz Smith indignantly begins a column about Elizabeth Taylor with a potshot at celebrity whippersnappers. "Today people seem to think 'the famous' are Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and their ilk — young fools who shot to the top via the paparazzi, with little attendant baggage to keep them afloat." She explains that Taylor is "truly famous" because of her Oscar wins and philanthropic efforts. Mm hm. That's all well and good, but Liz misses the point — Elizabeth Taylor lives quietly at home and hasn't acted in anything since 2001. Britney and Paris have been flashing their junk with regularity all summer — now that's relevance. We think Cindy Adams put it best when she wrote, yesterday, "I realize this column is mainly about people who died." Only in New York, kids, only in New York. Victim's Sister Rips Planned O.J. Book [NYP] Liz Taylor Returning to Stage [NYP]

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Liz Smith Gets Grabby at ‘Manny’ Celebration

Harvey Weinstein and Holly Peterson
"My father suggested we do it here," explained Holly Peterson, and the Four Seasons Grill Room erupted in every possible variation on the worldly guffaw: Peterson's knack for self-promotion was apparently a well-established meme here. The party celebrated Peterson's first foray into literature, The Manny — a book that gently gender-flips the babysitter-diddling scenario (and incidentally makes Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him read like Madame Bovary).

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Next Year in ‘Playboy’!

Some female Israeli government officials are not happy that the consulate sanctioned Maxim's "Women of the Israeli Defense Forces." Bloomberg staffers overbooked a dinner at the home of L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and had to uninvite people. Harvey Weinstein is going after people who illegally downloaded Sicko, which he produced. Megan Ruddy may be the scribe behind the Southampton Press gossip column. A movement is afoot to get Isaiah Washington back on Grey's Anatomy — and it's being spearheaded by a gay activist. Paris Hilton's neighbors aren't pleased that her release from jail will cause a media frenzy at her house. A lot of famous people showed up at the funeral of former gossip reporter Claudia Cohen.

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