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Buzz about Madonna's supposed marital problems is heating up.
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updated 8/3/2004 2:35:56 AM ET 2004-08-03T06:35:56

Is Madonna’s marriage on the rocks?

Buzz about supposed marital discord between the Material Girl and her filmmaking hubby has been heating up, and now comes a report that Guy Ritchie threatened to punch out Madonna’s rabbi.

After one of Madonna’s Kabbalah advisors kept giving her advice backstage, Ritchie grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and declared that he was going to “break your face,” according to the London Sun. Madonna responded by pulling off her hubby and screaming at him not to “embarrass” her, and then they went off.

Madonna’s rep didn’t respond to The Scoop’s requests for comment by deadline.

Madonna and Ritchie have long had a tempestuous relationship, though it seemed to have settled down lately when they both became interested in Kabbalah. Ritchie, says a couple who knows them, was initially skeptical of the controversial religion, but eventually became more deeply involved than his wife. Tension has resurfaced while Madonna has toured, according to insiders, because Ritchie’s been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of some of Madonna’s fans.

“Madonna was clearly bummed out at one concert,” says a source. “She was in such a foul mood, she didn’t want to go out and perform. But then the crowd was great, and that got her all charged up. She draws a lot of energy from the crowd’s love. I guess that’s part of the problem.”

Cruising to the altar?

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Tom Cruise wants to get hitched again.

“I am the guy that is going to get married again. I will never give up on that,” the “Collateral” star declared while promoting the movie in Los Angeles.

“I will never be done with love, never, ever.”

What’s more, the star, who was married to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, revealed his gender preference.

“I love relationships,” Cruise proclaimed. “I love women.”

Notes from all over

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Anna Nicole Smith had a Janet Jackson moment at an awards show in Los Angeles. While at the G-Phoria video games award, the reality star/merry widow’s left boob popped out of her outfit.  . . . A source told The Scoop a while back that, because of the threat of a lawsuit, the Star no longer publishes info about Jennifer Lopez without her permission — an allegation that the tab denied. Now the source tells us that the ban extends to the Star’s sister publications, including the National Enquirer. In fact, the moratorium forced The Enquirer in its current issue to refer to J. Lo’s ex-hubby Cris Judd as the guy “who used to be married to singer Marc Anthony’s new wife.”   . . . More woes for beleaguered domestic convict Martha Stewart. The white rocks that Stewart had placed in front of Turkey Hill, her Connecticut estate, so that people couldn’t park there have been removed, according to Westport Now. Apparently, a neighbor had complained that the rocks were “a danger to cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and snowplows.”

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