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Oscar winner Russell Crowe said Tuesday he is "appalled" at rumours he was intent on garnering the lead role in film about late wildlife documentary maker Steve Irwin.

The Australian television network, ABC, quoted the New Zealand-born Crowe saying it was "awful that I have to deal with millions of people thinking I would dance on my friend's grave."

Perpetual Honor

Crowe, 42, was a friend of the famed Crocodile Hunter and recorded a eulogy in New York City that was played at last week's memorial service at Irwin's Australia Zoo near Brisbane.

Irwin died September 4 after being speared in the heart by a stingray while snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

The ABC also quoted Crowe as saying that money was the factor behind Hugh Jackman replacing him as Nicole Kidman's screen partner in director Baz Luhrmann's as-yet untitled Outback film.

Crowe had been picked for the role, but Jackman was a last-minute replacement for the Gladiator star as rehearsals loomed.

"I just didn't want to work on that movie in the type of environment that was being created because of the needs of the budget," Crowe said. "I do charity work -- but I don't do charity work for major studios."

You bet he doesn't. He does whatever he damn well wants! Crowe had no comment as to whether he would throw a phone at Jackman the next time the two cross paths.

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Alec Baldwin was a "total bastard" and "tyrant" on the set of The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, driving co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar and other crew members berserk with his rantings, says a source who worked on the upcoming movie.

"He was always pissed about the schedule of the film, and even once said he was doing it just for the money," said a movie insider. "He kept saying, 'This is the last movie I'll ever make' to everyone when he was stomping around the set."

Sarah Michelle Gellar Photograph

Our source added that Gellar, whom the source credited as "professional and hard working," called Baldwin a nice guy strictly for the sake of PR.

"She hated that he was always telling the director what to do and calling the shots about everything, and that he was constantly on the phone with his lawyer screaming at the top of his lungs and cursing," the inside source dishes.

Gellar's rep, Leslie Sloane Zelnick, insists, "It's completely not true. She loves Alec - they stuck together like glue. Sarah Michelle should be Alec's publicist."

A friend of Baldwin told the New York Post the following:

"If he raised his voice, it was over the custody of his daughter, Ireland, because [ex-wife Kim Basinger] has made him insane. She had put unbelievable pressure on him... She's a total [expletive] psychopath. And his daughter means everything to him."

Still, the actor's volcanic temper is legendary. Last April, actress Jan Maxwell quit the off-Broadway play "Entertaining Mr. Sloane," charging that Baldwin's behavior created an unhealthy and oppressive situation on stage and off.

Baldwin's tantrums, which included putting his fist through a wall because the air conditioning wasn't high enough, made her fear for her physical safety, mental health and artistic integrity, she said.

Yikes. Someone could use a little God in their life. Call Stephen Baldwin!

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Stick figure Actress Kate Bosworth was photographed out and about... to collapse -- someone get her some food! Sorry. The point of this post is that she was seen with a new guy while strolling around New York City's Greenwich Village yesterday.

Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish at Coachella

So nice to see the ex-girlfriend of Orlando Bloom moving on and having a good time in life. And talking on the phone. The pair were reportedly very affectionate, according to our spies. They're lucky they didn't starve to death get cited for indecency. Get a room!

Sources say Kate's new guy is model James Rousseau. Congratulations, you lucky, lucky man. Try to get her to eat something, will you? Kate is still running neck and neck with Nicole Richie in the Hollywood Refugee Race 2006. They're not running very fast -- their bodies have no nutrients! Help them!

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*Laugh* Okay, so CNN reported that Nicole Richie entered a rehab clinic for an ongoing eating disorder, and seeing that she is a malnourished waste, it made perfect sense to our editorial board and we jumped all over the story.

Our bad!

Nicole has issued the following statement on her MySpace page, fervently denying the rumors:

Cute Celebrity Baby-Mom Duo

"Contrary to CNN's false accusations, I did not check myself into an eating disorder rehab. I dont know why or how this rumor started, but i am home, in LA, and very happy. I do not have an eating disorder, and I don't know how many times I have to say it. I've repeated myself so many times, I feel like a broken record. Who ever started this rumor is evil and mean, but its not true. I am happy, and healthy, and living my life."

So, you have an eating disorder, then, Nicole? It's okay. We figured as much. Look, you should really get some help and enter rehab, don't you think? It's for your own good! You want Brody Jenner to like you, right?

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The humble abode that Jessica Simpson and younger sister Ashlee Simpson used to call home is officially on the market.

Located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, the home is currently going for a reasonable $200,000. With home loan rates on the decline, and Texas real estate representing some of the best investment opportunities in the U.S., you'd be a fool to pass on this gem!

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Except for the fact that it's in Dallas, which sucks royally. Everyone who's from there knows it, too.

The Simpsons lived there until 1998, when friends of the family bought it. According to sources familiar with the house in the city's Richardson Heights neighborhood, the sellers are not looking to hawk it to Simpson fanatics. Sorry, dudes. You'll have to continue getting your sick fix by digging through their garbage.

"When the listing first went up, the Jessica Simpson lineage was used to sell the home, but it was attracting the wrong sort of buyers," an agent said. "Media attention and 'looky loo' traffic was causing quite a stir for the sellers."

The house has five bedrooms, one of which surely used to hold a number of framed Jessica Simpson pictures. It is being shopped as a home with an "enjoyable backyard with huge diving pool, landscaping and decking." The listing even boasts of "having recent upgrading [sic]."

The buyer will have the option of sending their kids to Pearce High School, the same place where Jessica roamed the halls during her teenage years (no doubt wearing some really tight shirts, resulting in many an adolescent fantasy).

That's also the place where Ashlee once shattered glass with her awful singing voice, which drove her classmates crazy, and drove her crazy Dad to axe in favor of professional lip-synching once he purchased her a music career.

Skank.

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Kid Rock. Paris Hilton. Tommy Lee. Colin Farrell. Screech Powers.

If you think these five celebrities have nothing in common... well, that was true until we learned about an alleged Dustin Diamond sex tape.

Let that sink in for just a moment.

Yes, believe it or not, there is another Dustin Diamond story generating buzz in the tabloids.

This, the third time in the past several months that we've been forced to talk to you about the guy, is by far the best. Although his battles against foreclosure and muggers weren't unfunny by any means.

Rumor has it that Dustin isn't just a threesome-loving stud -- he gets down and dirty with his hoe-train. The operative word being dirty. Read on.

Diamond, who recently proclaimed to the world that he was completely broke, apparently isn't letting that stop him from getting his freak on. A tape has allegedly surfaced in which the former Saved By the Bell star cavorts with two unidentified women.

Even more shocking is an act that Diamond engages in with the women which involves bodily excretions and a disturbing act known to those in college frat houses as the "Dirty Sanchez."

TMZ broke the story and called DD's reps, who (stunningly) did not return calls.

Rush & Molloy report this morning that the tape is in the hands of Phoenix-based agent David Hans Schmidt, who has brokered deals for other celebrity sex tapes, and that Schmidt is shopping the digital video tape around to Hustler and Vivid Video, among other outlets.

It might not exactly be Oscar-caliber material, but Diamond's manager, Roger Paul, seems to be at least a little happy about the development for his client, a stand-up comedian.

"Dustin has been trying to escape the Screech typecast. So this may help me get more bookings," says Paul, who says he hasn't seen the tape.

The video reportedly features Zach Morris and A.C. Slater as the pizza delivery guy and cable repair man, respectively, who just happen to stop by Screech's house to discover him waxing these broads. Disturbing, we know. But admit it, you laughed.

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...On Law & Order, that is.

Yes, we deliberately misled you in the headline above, and apologize. We wanted to facetiously convey that Mr. Chase had gone Mel Gibson on us, but that is just plain false. This is an acting role, and he is clean. [THG NOTE: For actual celebrity mug shots, please visit our album]

NBC announced today that the comedy legend will be on the Emmy-winning crime drama this season, playing a TV star who is pulled over for drunk driving while wearing blood-soaked clothes, and whose surprising religious prejudice comes out after his arrest.

Sound like any crazy actor you know? We can't think of one.

The episode, entitled "In Vino Veritas," is slated to air on Friday, November 3.

Chevy Chase first came to national prominence as a writer and performer with the original cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live, for which he won two Emmys. He has since starred in more than 20 films, including National Lampoon's Vacation and its three sequels, Fletch and Caddyshack.

One of the many great Caddyshack quotes that could be reused in this new Law & Order episode could be when Chase's character is pulled over: "What brings you to this nape of the woods, er, neck of the wape, officer?"

Classic.

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The Hollywood Gossip lives in the present, bringing you the juiciest and most absurd celebrity news each and every day. But that doesn't mean there aren't days when we long for the past... the days when men were men, when the CW was still the WB, when Britney Spears wasn't married to that ass bag K-Fed and Lindsay Lohan was just a nice young actress trying to make it in this world.

The newest addition to our Classic Celebrity Pictures gallery is none other than the once-fabulous Katie Holmes. It seems hard to believe that the better half of TomKat and the mother of fake baby Suri was once the sweet, normal-looking girl who captured our hearts on the hit TV series Dawson's Creek. See below.

Nice Hat (NOT)!

Wow. Great stuff. We must bring back the real Katie Holmes! Leave us a comment using the link below if you want to join our campaign. Free Katie!

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The Hollywood Gossip has to come out and say it: We love Rachel Bilson. That was tough to get off our chest. It's tough, proclaiming our unabashed affection for any celebrity. But sometimes even we have to go down that road.

Rachel is probably the cutest thing in Hollywood right now... at least if you aren't counting celebrity babies. Below, she is seen going to the nightclub Social in Hollywood, Calif.

Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson

Bilson is starring in the upcoming film The Last Kiss alongside Zach Braff, and has reportedly landed the big-screen role of Wonder Woman as well. As for her breakout role on The OC? We won't begrudge her the fact that the show completely sucks. Not your fault, babe!

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Our dear friends at the Hollywood Grind and the journalists at CNN are both reporting an interesting piece of news about Nicole Richie.

The Simple Life star and daughter of singer Lionel Richie has been getting a lot of grief over her food aversion in recent months. Some might say she looks a bit thin. Skeletal, even. The way one envisions a malnourished, third-world refugee.

Everybody Together: Awww!

Or a scary creature from another planet.

In any case, here's what the CNN News ticker has to say as of this morning:

"Singer Lionel Richie says he is not happy about his daughter's pencil-thin figure, and neither is Nicole Richie herself. She has checked into rehab for an eating disorder."

Well, we hope this is the beginning of a new phase in Nicole's life. One in which she embraces food in addition to boyfriend Brody Jenner.

Not sure where this picture was taken exactly, but it looks to be of Nicole entering the rehab clinic. That guy's shirt probably says "Hunger."

Or maybe "Burger."

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