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MEDIA • Kanye West says Harper's Bazaar "pissed me off" when they reported the rap star's L.A. home features a giant mural of himself with angels. "That made me so mad. Because who would want to hang out with a guy with an 8-foot picture of an angel of himself?" Too bad Harper's got almost every detail right, and Kanye is indeed featured in the painting. [WWD] • CBS News writers voted to authorize their own strike. Watch out, Katie Couric! [NYT] • Did Star really pull on an online poll because Ron Burkle, the billionaire investor the mag flattered with a recent photo spread, wasn't doing well enough? Star claims they're just planning to publish the results in the next issue — plenty of time to stuff the ballot box. [Mixed Media/Portfolio]
Danny DeVito is trying to make a movie about Crazy Eddie. One of Lindsay Lohan's MySpace friends sold online correspondence between Lohan and Samantha Ronson to Star magazine. Philip Roth complained about showing up in "Page Six." Jane staffers stole a lot of stuff from the fashion closet after learning the mag was folding. Former Jets QB Boomer Esiason may replace Don Imus as WFAN's early-morning D.J. Gore Vidal is annoyed that Los Angeles Department of Water and Power tore out his solar-power system. Congressman Charlie Rangel is offering $1,000 to anyone who can prove he went on a "date." Today show contributor Amy Jacobson was fired from her Chicago post after being caught on tape in a bikini at the house of a woman whose disappearance she was covering. Gisele and Tom Brady PDA'd at Palma on Cornelia Street. 50 Cent canoodled with Ciara.
Among the skits to be put on by the city's political journos at the upcoming Inner Circle roast is one featuring Judi Giuliani as a blow-up sex doll. Us Weekly, Star, and other weekly tabloids are upping their negative coverage of Brangelina because they are sick of getting scooped by People. A handful of people are angling for a portion of deceased Dr. Robert Atkins's $600 million estate. Mike Bloomberg's 98-year-old mother sometimes pretends she's not related to him so people don't ask her to hook their grandkids up with jobs. NBC's Today show is losing serious ground to ABC's Good Morning America and even CBS's Early Show in the ratings game. Charlie Rose and Amanda Burden may not be broken up, despite reports they are. Jay-Z has plans to ink a deal with Champagne label Ace of Spades to replace Cristal as his drink of choice.
Former CNN and MSNBC honcho Rick Kaplan is coming to save Katie Couric's CBS Evening News. Bono disagrees with an Ad Age's cover story saying that his RED campaign has been a financial failure. Brandon Davis mocked Paula Abdul for having an Arabic-sounding last name. His real surname? Zarif. Two staffers quit Star's beauty department. Leslie Stahl's contract at 60 Minutes is almost up, and it's unclear whether she's staying. Stephen Colbert's new Ben & Jerry's flavor is called "AmeriCone." (And we told you all about it on Tuesday.) Buddha Bar fired its CEO. Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown hung out at their kid's birthday dinner.
Today's big news in the city's big businesses. FINANCE • J.P. Morgan had a very good fourth quarter, but is $4.53 billion enough to top Citigroup? Answer on Friday. [DealBreaker] • Projected versus actual 2006 Wall Street bonuses. Either way, they were big. [BankersBall] • Taking a cue from its bonus-giddy brokers, Bear Stearns looks to invest in some Manhattan real estate. [NYO via DealBook/NYT]
With less than a week left till Christmas, company-holiday-party season is nearing its end. But for a last few fabulous nights, it keeps going strong — and naturally crasher extraordinaire Julia Allison is there. Last night she hit the Daily News do at the Copa and the Star shindig at Dirty Disco. Which one had a face-painter? Which one had only caffeinated vodka? Julia's reports await.