Sources claim Judith Regan often compared Jews to "rats" and "rodentia," but Regan (and her lawyer) deny it. Anybody who is anybody (Harold Ford! Harvey Weinstein! Taki Theodoracopolous!) has been spotted eating at Graydon Carter's friendly neighborhood joint, the Waverly Inn. Madonna is keen on adopting another child from Malawi, though her husband, Guy Ritchie, is not. Josh Hartnett is in an open relationship with Scarlett Johannson, which is why it's okay he was making out with Gisele Saturday night. PayPal dumped Vincent Gallo after he tried to sell more than, uh, T-shirts on his Website. John Mara, son of late, great Giants owner Wellington, got fired from a broadcast-booth job in 1978 for slamming his fist and knocking over equipment. Adam Levine allegedly got drunk and brought three girls back to his room at the Mercer, though his rep denies it. Republican fund-raiser Georgette Mosbacher had both Dems and GOPers over for dinner at her swank Fifth Avenue digs Tuesday. Ludacris ate with Cosmo's Kate White at Michael's. Hugh Jackman once gave his sister a stick of deodorant for Christmas. Liz Smith claims she's responsible for the new Rocky getting made.
Ink-stained journos and general ne'er-do-wells pour one out for Siberia, which closes this weekend. Kanye West: hip-hop superstar, fine-art connoisseur. If Nicole Richie's DUI arrest holds up, she'll serve mandatory jail time (it's her second drunk-driving charge). Stavros Niarchos attempted to tone down Paris Hilton's partying so he could introduce her to his parents, was — shock! — mostly unsuccessful. Travis Barker ex Shanna Moakler is now dating her Dancing With the Stars co-star (as is Mario Lopez). Angelina Jolie says she's on the pill, plans to adopt her next child with Brad Pitt. She might want to avoid the British TV personality who gave Madonna flack for adopting her African baby. Madonna was not amused. Eighty-eight-year-old Long Island socialite and New York Botanical Garden big shot Jane Choate "doesn't seem to understand the nature of probation." A military-recruitment center in Times Square has created a pigeon-free green zone by electrically shocking birds that mill around the building. The president of E! is dating Chelsea Handler, one of the network's (unfunny) stars. Stephen Colbert planned to give President Bush a "Certificate of Presidency" award at the White House press-corps gala last April, but he chickened out. British actor James Purefoy is straight, mostly. Derek Jeter may be with Jessica Biel, but gridiron star Tom Brady is no longer with Bridget Moynahan. Liz Smith says that Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" will be a guy (either Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, Hu Jintao, James Baker, or President George Bush). Jude Law can't afford to buy a new house because his divorce is so expensive. Sacha Baron Cohen continues to play the Borat card.
Breaking: Tinsley Mortimer shops for her own groceries! Kevin Federline is broke, steals food and booze from a restaurant. Emily Pataki failed the bar exam. How Kennedyesque. Former Tom Cruise sparring partner Brooke Shields is going to his wedding, perhaps as a publicity stunt. Nicole Kidman probably isn't pregnant, Ivanka Trump maybe had a boob job, but Tom DeLay definitely nominated about-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Time's Person of the Year. Dave Chappelle bowed out of a gig for HBO, and HBO isn't happy. Axl Rose brought some strippers to Soho House. Borat's cultural learnings may soon be available in a Barnes & Noble near you. (Meantime, he'd do well to avoid getting into a fight with fellow Kazakh Wladimir Klitschko.) Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a London concert; the crowd liked him. George Gershwin and Ed Bradley were honored at Lincoln Center, where it is discovered that Mr. Gershwin used to be quite the ladies' man. Liza Minnelli played a $1 million bat mitzvah pro bono. A former America's Next Top Model winner ditched Tyra Banks as her manager, changed her last name. Angelina Jolie was going to adopt an Indian kid, but Madonna scared her off.
Paris Hilton's next movie is so bad even she doesn't want to be associated with it. Karl Rove ran a great campaign for student-body president in high school. Michael Jackson's kids are polite, ate cake. Bob Costas told Mario Cuomo, others that the Yankees should trade A-Rod. Exes Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal ran into each other at Capitale, talked. Liz Smith likes Clint Eastwood'sFlags of Our Fathers. A lot. Marc Ecko bought a rhinoceros. Lawyer Lynne Stewart eats healthy. Madonna, who rents her English estate out for pheasant hunts, recently imported some new birds from France. Model Tyra Banks doesn't like porn star Tyra Banxxx, who just made a new video. CBS is casting a reality show about lazy people. (But nobody bothered to show up! Rimshot!) Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey went to a party, didn't have their picture taken together. Ellen Burstyn wrote a book. U2 is moving its music-publishing biz out of Ireland, to avoid some taxes. Patrick McCarthy held a dinner for the new W, at which a photographer fell out of his chair. Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott is getting a big dinner at the Rainbow Room for being good to the environment; the Eagles will perform. Aretha Franklin is afraid of heights. "Page Six" is sorry for saying Vince Vaughn was "making out" with a chick he was actually just saying hello to. A blogger says Idaho Senator Larry Craig is gay.
• Not much new was revealed overnight about the plane crash that killed Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and gave a jolt to the UES. Turns out the hit building's tenant list is full of semi-boldface names including, weirdly, the Mets' third-base coach Manny Acta. [NYT, NYDN, NYP]
• In a repellent turn to a repellent story, a suspected racial-bias attack turns out to be a gay bash turns out to be a robbery. Four Sheepshead Bay youths are charged with luring a man via e-mail to a Plumb Beach cruising spot to rob him; the victim broke free, fled, and was struck by a car. Prosecutors say the hate-crime tag still applies. [amNY]
• Rep. Chris Shays, the GOP congressman from Connecticut, achieves the impossible by somehow managing to lower the discourse level of the Foley scandal. How? By bringing up, apropos of nothing, Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick incident. Early and Often's take here. [NYDN]
• The Columbia Queer Alliance is puzzled by the light attendance of the public-makeout event it staged on the university's Low Library steps. The turnout reportedly shrank ten times compared to last year's, despite an effort to involve the shy and the single (who were offered apples to kiss). [Bwog]
• And the Post's Andrea Peyser unleashes a jaw-dropping attack on "sluttish, revolting monster" Madonna for "raping Malawi" (by adopting an African child). Choice quote: "Madonna has traveled far beyond her... loser antics to grab attention — and flesh." Don't worry, a slave auction gets mentioned too. [NYP]