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Madonna’s too busy to grow old

Her 50th birthday’s just two months away, but Madonna has too much to do to bother with getting older. The material mom recently told Life & Style how she holds back the years.

“I’m not going to get off this ride, stay home and get fat,” Madonna insisted. “I’ve got work to do, children to raise, a husband to please and a world to save.”

When she’s not busy, er, saving the world, the queen of pop spends a lot of time saving her youthful appearance. “I’d exercise three hours a day if I had nothing else to do. I swear by oxygen facials, and I’m obsessive about staying out of the sun.

As far as more drastic measures go, despite much-rumored cosmetic tweaks, Madonna will only say, “I’m not against plastic surgery — I’m against discussing it!”

Halle Berry looks forward to less work Now that she’s playing the role of a lifetime as a new mother, Halle Berry isn’t worried about landing other parts any time soon. In an interview with Star magazine, the “X-Men” actress shared her fresh outlook on life and work.

“I’m definitely going to work less,” Halle said. “I used to put so much pressure on myself to succeed that it often made me very unhappy in my personal life, and I felt on the verge of burning out three or four years ago. Also, I feel having a baby will open up a whole new world for me. I think I’ll actually find better roles, because I’ve gotten past being the ingénue and sex symbol.”

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Since giving birth to daughter Nahla in March, Halle’s devoted all of her time to the joys of motherhood. “This is the most beautiful time of my life. Having a baby has made me so happy and fulfilled, I just can’t express in words how I really feel. To be able to nurse and bond with my daughter is such a joy. It’s been a long, long wait!”

Kurt Cobain’s ashes stolen According to rock ‘n’ roll widow Courtney Love, a thief made off with Kurt Cobain’s ashes. It’s been 14 years since the Nirvana frontman died, and while portions of his ashes were scattered in New York and Washington, his wife held onto the rest for safekeeping.

“I can't believe anyone would take Kurt's ashes from me,” Courtney said in a quote posted to News of the World blog. “I find it disgusting and right now I'm suicidal. If I don't get them back I don't know what I'll do.”

Dish on the fly While promoting his new book, “A Promise to Ourselves,” a tome devoted to fatherhood and divorce, Alec Baldwin bashed his ex Kim Basinger. In fact, Page Six reports the “30 Rock” star even took a potshot at another actress while he was at it. “My ex-wife reaches an almost sexual level of satisfaction when she's in a room full of high-priced lawyers,” Alec said. Turning the talk toward child rearing, he added, “There are serious repercussions for children living in a fatherless home. I won't name names — Lindsay Lohan!” … Brooke Shields put her worst foot forward for a night on the town by teaming up an elegant hot-pink maxi dress with a pair of matching garden-ready classic Crocs. Sure shots at the Daily Mail snapped away as the “Lipstick Jungle” actress stepped out in the attention-grabbing fashion foul up.

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.

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