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Longtime pole-dancing aficionado Kate Hudson has had a stripper pole installed in her bathroom, a source told Us Weekly.
By The Scoop
updated 2/12/2009 9:33:06 AM ET 2009-02-12T14:33:06

Longtime pole-dancing aficionado Kate Hudson has had a stripper pole installed in her bathroom, a source told Us Weekly.

“She’s so proud of it,” said the insider. “She was laughing and giddy like a kid when the thing was installed! She holds on with both her arms and flips her legs into the air. It’s kind of amazing and totally sexy.”

Sexy enough to keep on-again, off-again boyfriend Owen Wilson around?

Hudson did spend the afternoon of Feb. 7 at Wilson’s Malibu estate. But aerobic striptease has its risks. Hudson suffered two pole dancing-related injuries in 2006 — a pulled muscle in her leg and a friction burn on her arm — while gyrating for then-husband Chris Robinson.

'Pretty Woman's' comeback
Julia Roberts’ comeback tour kicked off this week with a splashy photo and story on the cover of the New York Times’ arts section Feb. 10. “Duplicity,” in which she stars opposite Clive Owen is her first leading role since 2001.

Since there’s so much riding on the success of the film, some industry insiders wondered whether Roberts was at least in the running for the cover of the March issue of Vogue, which ultimately went to First Lady Michelle Obama.

Video: Scoop on Phoenix's late-night fall No competition there, according to reps for Roberts and Vogue. Even though the photo shoot with the First Lady came together just before the magazine went to press, the Vogue rep pointed out that the magazine “has a long history of photographing the First Lady,” and the shoot was long in the works.

Whereas most celebs, especially those with a major film release, might have gunned for a Vogue cover, Roberts didn’t — it was the Obamas' moment.

As to why Obama earned the cover, not just an interior feature, (the last First Lady to be featured on the cover was Hillary Clinton), the rep for Vogue said, “this was an historic moment in our nation’s history.

John Mayer's commitment phobia
A traumatic heartbreak at the age of 16 may explain John Mayer's failure to commit to Jennifer Aniston — his latest battle in a lifelong struggle against philandering.

Friends tell In Touch that Mayer never recovered from being dumped by his first girlfriend, a pretty brunette named Allison McCarthy with whom he spent a year studying in Japan.

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“He was crazy about Allison,” a childhood pal said. “When she broke up with him, he cried his eyes out.”

At least his current girlfriend is aware she's dealing with damaged goods. “I get people coming up to me like, ‘Why are you dating another womanizer?’” Aniston told In Touch.

You’ve got a memoir
Songwriting legend Carole King has another writing project underway — her own memoirs.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings “I keep saying 2014 is when I’ll finish them,” King said. “And I’ve been saying that since 2000, so it’s taking a while.”

Part of the reason for the delay: King not only helped campaign for President Barack Obama, but has also been working hard to get the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act passed in congress.

“Politics has been taking up so much of my time," she said. "As soon as things slow down I’ll be able to really focus on (the book).”

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com.

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  1. Ghosts from good actors' pasts

    Owen Wilson, center, joined Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 1999 supernatural thriller "The Haunting." But Wilson's career really began in the 1996 film "Bottle Rocket," which he co-wrote along with director Wes Anderson. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Buddy picture

    Wilson and Jackie Chan first teamed up in 2000 for "Shanghai Noon," an action comedy set in the wild West. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Behold ... Hansel

    Wilson starred as Hansel in the 2001 comedy "Zoolander," with Ben Stiller in the title role as a fashion model who tries to stop a secret cartel of political assassins posing as male models. Zoolander must contend with Hansel, a dense, on-the-rise model who threatens to sabotage his mission -- as well as his modeling career. (Paramount) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A brush with Oscar

    Wilson plays Eli Cash in the 2001 Wes Anderson film "The Royal Tenenbaums," about a dysfunctional family of geniuses that grow up and end up living in the same house. Wilson starred as a wigged-out, drug-addled bon vivant who becomes a literary celebrity. He co-wrote the film with Anderson and the pair earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. (Touchstone Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Action hero

    Wilson teamed with Gene Hackman in 2001 for "Behind Enemy Lines." Wilson plays a naval aviator who is shot down over enemy territory and Hackman is the commanding officer who goes in after him. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. 'I Spy' a failed comedy

    Wilson returned to the buddy comedy genre in 2002 with "I Spy," co-starring Eddie Murphy, in a remake of the 1960s television series. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Career ups and downs

    Wilson and Jackie Chan reunited as Roy O'Bannon and Chon Wang in "Shanghai Knights" in 2003. This time, the duo heads to London for revenge after a Chinese rebel murders Chon's estranged father and escapes to England. (Touchstone Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Better call Huggy Bear

    Wilson and Ben Stiller were back together on screen in 2004 in a comedic remake of the 1970s television show "Starsky and Hutch." (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. High-seas comedy

    In 2004, Wilson, right, and director Wes Anderson teamed again with familiar faces for "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" starring Bill Murray, left. The offbeat comedy stars Murray as Steve Zissou, an eccentric oceanographer, who sets out to exact revenge on a shark that ate his partner. Murray's character is both a parody of and homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, to whom the film is dedicated. Wilson stars as Murray's would-be son, Ned Plimpton. (Touchstone Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Box office smash

    In the 2005 film "Wedding Crashers," Wilson plays John and Vince Vaughn is Jeremy, two committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic feelings in the air. The film grossed over $200 million in the U.S. (New Line Cinema) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Lose the middle man

    In the 2006 comedy "You, Me and Dupree," newlyweds Molly Peterson (Kate Hudson) and Carl Peterson (Matt Dillon, center) grin and bear permanent houseguest Randy Dupree (Wilson). Wilson and Hudson later became romantically involved. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Motor mouthpiece

    Wilson arrives on the red carpet for the world premiere of the Disney and PIXAR movie "Cars" at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 26, 2006, in Charlotte, N.C. Wilson voiced the lead character, Lightning McQueen, for the hit animated film. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Troubled star

    Wilson arrives for the "You, Me and Dupree" premiere in London. The 38-year-old actor was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, after what has been reported as a suicide attempt at his Santa Monica, Calif., home. He has never spoken publicly about the incident, though his lawyer later confirmed Wilson was being treated for depression. He withdrew from the film "Tropic Thunder" after the event. (WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Love and loss

    Kate Hudson and Wilson pose backstage after an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" in New York on July 12, 2006. Hudson and Wilson's brief romance ended and photographs of her with former "Punk'd" star Dax Shepard later appeared in tabloid magazines. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. That's a wrap

    Wilson, left, Jason Schwartzman, center, and Adrien Brody in a scene from the 2007 film "The Darjeeling Limited." (Fox Seachlight) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Suited for Hollywood

    Wilson, right, poses with his brothers Luke, center, and Andrew at the premiere of "The Wendell Baker Story" at the Writers Guild theater in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, May 10, 2007. Owen collaborated with his brothers by appearing in the film, written by Luke and directed by Luke and Andrew. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. 'Drillbit Taylor'

    Three bullied boys seek out help from Drillbit Taylor (Wilson), a supposed down-on-his luck soldier of fortune, in this 2008 film. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. 'Marley & Me'

    Dog lovers swooned for the book and later the movie version of John Grogan's "Marley & Me." Wilson and Jennifer Aniston play newlyweds whose lives are turned upside-down when they adopt a yellow lab. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. No dogs on the red carpet

    Aniston and Wilson attend the UK premiere of "Marley & Me" on March 2, 2009, in London. Critics praised the couple's chemistry in the film. (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'

    Wilson starred along with Ben Stiller in this 2009 sequel to the 2006 hit, "Night at the Museum." He played an Old West cowboy in one of the museum exhibits who comes to life when the museum closes. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. 'Marmaduke'

    Gone to the dogs indeed. Wilson and George Lopez (plus a Great Dane) starred in 2010's "Marmaduke," an adaptation of the long-lived comic strip. (WireImage.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. 'Little Fockers'

    Wilson plays Kevin, the ex-boyfriend of Pam Focker, in 2010's "Little Fockers." Critics hated the film, but it did well at the box office. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. 'Hall Pass'

    Wilson and Jason Sudeikis star in 2011's "Hall Pass" as men whose wives grant them a week of freedom to fool around and live like single men. Of course, things don't turn out as well as they had hoped. (New Line Cinema) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. 'Midnight in Paris'

    French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Wilson are seen on a Paris street during the shooting of Woody Allen's 2011 film, "Midnight in Paris." Bruni-Sarkozy was recruited by Allen himself for a role as a museum director. (AFP -Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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