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K-Fed plays to an almost empty house

K-Fed’s New York City gig at Webster Hall wasn’t cancelled as some predicted — but it reportedly took some big-time begging on his part.

“They were going to cancel this concert, but he begged them to keep it on,” a Webster Hall bartender told Star. “He had to fight with them to keep this concert.” Only 300 people showed up at the club that holds 1,500.

K-Fed was scheduled to go on at 7 pm, but the crowd was so sparse that the aspiring rapper waited for three hours in hopes that more fans would appear.

“He was holding things up because there weren’t enough fans,” the bartender told the tab. “It was a bad idea — he shouldn’t have neglected the fans who were there.”

Federline’s performance has been described as “mercifully short.” Britney Spears’s hubby only rapped for about half an hour and, reports one eyewitness, “seemed really confused about how to act on stage. He would pace from one side of the stage to the other, just saying things like, ‘Hey’ thirty times in a row or ‘New York, thank you for coming — buy my CD.’ ”

Unlucky wedding day?TomKat might want to re-think their November 18 wedding date. A leading psychic thinks that the planets would be aligned against the couple.

“From the period of November 15 — 21, Mercury, the planet of contracts and communication, appears to virtually stand still in the sky,” notes Ray Sette, a psychic astrologer and author of “The Planets Align So Rare,” who claims that “many of Hollywood’s brightest stars” are among his clients. “This apparent lack of motion will create much difficulty in the area of communication and the expression of each individual self in this marriage.  In short, November 18 is a lousy day for a wedding!”

Whatever day Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes get hitched, one celeb who won’t be among the guests is Mickey Rourke. The “Sin City” star has blasted Cruise for criticizing the practice of psychiatry, which is frowned on by his faith, the Church of Scientology.

“[My therapist] saved my [bleeping] life and my career,” Rourke said, reports WENN. “I don’t care what Tom Cruise says about therapy. [Bleep] him. [Bleep] Pick on Poor Brooke Shields. People need medicine and they need therapists. Let the Scientologists go [bleeping] live on a planet of their own.”

Notes from all overAn off-camera catfight broke out between Simon Cowell and his “X-Factor” co-star, Louis Walsh, according to reports. The two insulted each other on-camera, making innuendoes about each other’s sexuality, reports the London Mirror, but once the cameras were off, the confrontation got so physical that Cowell’s bodyguard had to step in. “It was a humdinger of a row,” a source told the paper. “You could cut the atmosphere with a knife.”   . . .  Matthew McConaughey lived up to his reputation as a hard partier — and a down-to-earth guy — when he celebrated his 37th birthday with 200 buddies in Cairns Port, Australia. The star is down under shooting “Fool’s Gold” and his co-star Kate Hudson joined in the festivities.  . . . Kirstie Alley chowed down on three to four times as much food as she should have been before she started dieting. “Three eggs, three slices of bacon, toast. Six to 10 cups of pasta with butter. I could slather butter on it all day long. Bread, but instead of having just one piece, I’d eat half a loaf.” Thetold Life magazine, describing a typical day's menu less than two years ago, when the five-foot-eight actress weighed 220 pounds. “Steak with olive oil drizzled all over. Twenty sugar-free Popsicles. Twelve grape sodas. Chips. Two burritos. A tostada. I was eating six, seven, eight thousand calories a day.”

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