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Larry Birkhead thinks he’s all that

This millennium’s Kato Kaelin received a rude awaking recently when Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2007” didn’t include him, reports Gatecrasher. Not that Larry Birkhead is delusional. It seems the dude who fathered Dannielynn with the late Anna Nicole Smith had every reason to believe he’d made the list.

“Larry had been approached by ABC to be one of the candidates, but, unknown to him, they didn't use him,” a source told Gatecrasher. “So when they released all the names except the top one — the most fascinating person that they were going to reveal on the show — he thought it was going to be him. That's what he was telling people.”

The professional baby-daddy went out of his way to make his upcoming honor easy on the press. “Larry even let the paparazzi know he'd be out shopping in L.A. on Thursday for Dannielynn because he thought the papers were going to need fresh pictures of him,” the source said.

Alas, some British lady who wrote a bunch of books about a magic kid with glasses or something won instead.

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These were just some of the facts learned by 2,500 lucky ‘tweens who attended a private Miley Q&A in Chicago. A transcript of the event, provided by Chicago Sun-Times, reveals a refreshingly normal teenager.

Despite her 50-city tour, “I just do normal things,” Miley told the admiring audience. “I still have school for three hours every day. Then instead of soccer after school or cheerleading practice, I go do a concert.”

The teen sensation also admitted hating her homework. “I love my teacher dearly, but she expects a lot from me,” Miley said. “I didn't understand that at first, but now I'm really happy that she did. I'm supposed to be in the 9th grade but I'm doing 10th- and 11th-grade work. And I'm looking at things from all these colleges already.”

JRM and Pete Doherty shacking up! After famously falling off the wagon last month, Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ clean and sober days could be in danger again. In what may be the worst idea since Owen Wilson’s “hire some dude” approach to sobriety, Daily Star reports the “August Rush” actor plans to move in with habitual wagon-slipper and Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty.

“Jonathan’s mum died last month, leaving him heartbroken,” an insider told DS. “Then his girlfriend, student Reena Hammer, split with him, forcing him to move out of her north London flat.”

That’s when a mutual friend, with questionable judgment, thought to pair Jonathan and Pete as roomies. “Jonathan’s friend knows that he has had a really rough time of it recently and that Pete has too,” the source explained. “So he suggested Pete and Jonathan rent a place and help each other through their tough times. Jonathan thought it was a great idea and has started looking at flats in one plush block in east London. Pete thinks it’s a great idea too.”

Dish on the fly No more baby-mama-drama for Angelina Jolie. In an interview with Grazia magazine, excerpted on Digital Spy, Angie’s brother claims the star would never have adopted her oldest daughter had she known little Zahara’s mother was still alive. “Angelina has a rule that she adopts children only when they are orphans,” James Haven assured the magazine. “I think adoption becomes complicated whenever the biological parents are alive.” ... According to ContactMusic, 87-year-old actor Mickey Rooney lets his eighth wife, Jan Chamberlin, handle the fancy gadgets and technobobs the young’uns of today are so keen on. “I can't deal with that stuff,” the venerable luddite confessed. “I mean, you have iPods and stripods and phones. Jan has a phone, but I don't want one.”

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines and Helen A.S. Popkin.

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