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Juicy bits: Sept 5

Juicy bits: Sept 5

Catherine Zeta-Jones moots ``War of the Roses II'' with husband Douglas... In VENICE, Catherine Zeta-Jones dreams of remaking the ``War of the Roses'' with her husband Michael Douglas, who starred in the 1989 black comedy about a vicious marriage break-up.

``I love that movie 'War of the Roses'. I say to my husband it would be great to remake that with me and him in it, because then we'd really get down to serious business,'' the Welsh actress told reporters in Venice.

Zeta-Jones was speaking at a news conference with George Clooney to publicise the comedy ``Intolerable Cruelty'' which was enthusiastically received by critics at the Venice film festival.

``War of the Roses'', directed by Danny De Vito, is a dark comedy about a couple whose marriage has fallen apart and who fight tooth and nail to drive the other out of the home they share.

Zeta-Jones not interested in husband hunting... In VENICE, Catherine Zeta-Jones may make a marvellous husband hunter in the new screwball comedy ``Intolerable Cruelty'', but the dark-haired actress says its not a job she would warm to in real life.

``I don't want to be a serial divorcee. I don't want that job,'' she told Reuters during a trip to Venice for the premier of the latest picture by the Coen brothers.

In ``Intolerable Cruelty'', Zeta-Jones portrays Marylin, a Beverly Hills socialite on the prowl for a rich spouse while Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney is the high-powered divorce attorney who has thwarted her.

``I'm not getting divorced, never, never,'' said Zeta-Jones, who in real life is married to actor Michael Douglas.

Indeed, the couple, who have two children, have made their home in Bermuda far from the madcap, revolving-door life in Hollywood.

Madonna records online audio message ahead of release of first children's book... In NEW YORK, listen up, Madonna fans. With her first children's book about to be published, the singer has recorded a special audio message for shoppers on

``Have you ever heard of the `English Roses''? she says, referring to the book's title. ``Here is what they are not: A box of chocolates. A football team. Flowers growing in the garden.

``'The English Roses' is the first of five stories I have written. It deals with the subject of envy and jealousy and how these emotions cause so much unnecessary suffering in our lives.''

Her book is coming out Sept. 15 in more than 30 languages and more than 100 countries. customers can access the audio message starting Wednesday.

Madonna, 45, has two children: daughter Lourdes - from the singer's relationship with ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon - and son Rocco, from her husband, film director Guy Ritchie.

Springsteen to play New York stadium in October... In NEW YORK, the Boss is coming to New York.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced Tuesday that they'll play New York's Shea Stadium on Oct. 1 and 3, the final stop of their 2002-2003 world tour.

This will be the first time Springsteen has performed at Shea. It also will be the first rock concert at the stadium since Elton John and Eric Clapton performed there in 1992.

The performances will be presented by Radio City Entertainment and the New York Mets. Tickets go on sale Sept. 8. - Agencies


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