Uncovering Eminem

Not that he needs any more exposure, but controversial rapper Eminem has agreed to bare it all � or almost � in the centerfold of a British magazine. The foul-mouthed multi-Grammy winner will veer closer to PG than his two albums, however � a carefully placed stick of dynamite will keep the photo relatively clean. His picture will appear along with 16 other celebrities, mostly British pop stars and soap opera actors, in the June U.K. issue of women's magazine Cosmopolitan, which hits stands May 17.

The 28-year-old star, real name Marshall Mathers III, will head across the Atlantic to headline the Reading and Leeds festivals in late August.

Berle decides against surgery

Showbiz legend Milton Berle, 92, has a small tumor in his colon but, with his doctors' approval, will not undergo surgery, according to Variety. The comic's wife, Lorna, told columnist Army Archerd that Uncle Miltie is "in no pain, and he is living his life with incredible spirits." Though he uses a wheelchair because of weakened legs, Berle "gets a kick out of sailing into restaurants in it," his wife says.

Berle and his wife dine twice a week at Spago and he spends most afternoons at the Friars Club in Beverly Hills. "We had dinner at Spago's last night and he loves all the attention. He's doing just fine," Lorna Berle said.

Bardot goes to the dogs

Aging French sex kitten Brigitte Bardot, better known these days for animal rights campaigns instead of her "purrfect" figure, calls the mayor of Bucharest's decision to kill stray dogs "shocking and disgraceful." Bardot wrote an angry letter to Traian Basescu, mayor of Romania's capital city, asking him to "reverse your cruel decision and prove that you can be humane and honest."

The mayor says more than 200,000 unclaimed dogs roam the streets of his city and thousands of people have been bitten.

Bardot offered to support a dog-adoption program and pledged $140,000 to have strays sterilized, but Basescu ordered officials to start killing animals in the city's pounds anyway.

Arnold pre-empts political run

Nobody ever said politics is for wimps. So it's not hard to understand why Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to opt out of the 2002 California governor's race despite an interest in politics. The cigar-chomping body builder says that right now his film career and family need to take precedence. So it's "hasta la vista, baby" to ribbon cutting and rubber-chicken dinners.

Schwarzenegger is not, however, terminating all hope of running for office as a Republican in the future, only postponing it until his four children, ages 3 to 11, are older.


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