updated 12/06/2002 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/06/2002 AT 10:45 AM ET
ROBERTS ROCKS: Julia Roberts, who commands $20 million per film, was named the highest-paid film actress on the Hollywood Reporter’s list of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment. Overall, the “Erin Brockovich” Oscar winner, 32, ranked No. 12 on the trade paper’s register. Despite her lofty position, however, Roberts came in at No. 3 on the same list last year. Her only film role this year, in Steven Soderbergh’s “Full Frontal,” was a flop. The second most powerful actress is Cameron Diaz, 30, who also can apparently pull down $20 million a film.
CUTIE PATOOTIE: Rosie O’Donnell’s girlfriend Kelli Carpenter, 35, gave birth Nov. 29 to a baby girl at an undisclosed New York hospital. Vivienne Rose O’Donnell weighed in at 6 lbs., 6 oz. and measured 19 inches long. “Mothers and baby are just great,” said Rosie’s rep, Cindi Berger, who added that the child’s first name was taken from the main character in the book “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” The middle name is a tribute to O’Donnell’s late mother. (Roseanne O’Donnell died of breast cancer when Rosie, who is now 40, was 10.)
BURRELL BULLIED: Former royal butler Paul Burrell went under 24-hour police protection this week after his North Wales flower shop was torched in a suspected arson attack. Burrell, 44, once described by the late Princess Diana as her “rock,” has been at the center of a media whirlwind for telling his side of the story in his arrest (and subsequent exoneration) for allegedly stealing 300 items belonging to the royal family.
TOOTHLESS LIAM: Liam Gallagher, 30, and three other members of the British rock group Oasis were arrested and briefly detained by authorities in Munich, Germany, early Sunday after an alleged clash with guests in a swanky hotel nightclub. “The boy didn’t look good, several of his teeth were punched out,” Munich police spokesman Christoph Reichenbach told Reuters. All German concerts were canceled and Gallagher reportedly hightailed it to a British dentist after losing teeth in the brawl.
SHADY AUCTION: Just call it bidder’s remorse. The 5,000-square-foot colonial house where Eminem lived from 1998-2000 went on eBay last month and drew an initial bid of $600,000. Then someone stood up to the plate and offered $99.9 million, only to back out of the deal – leaving the house to the next-highest bidder. According to the Detroit News, that guy will probably back out, too. (That bid was for $20 million.) The current owner thinks he may eventually get $2 million for the home.