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Madonna may be new face of Versace

The Spiritual Girl is close to signing “a mega-bucks deal” to star in ads for Versace’s 2005 Spring line, a well-placed source tells The Scoop.
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Madonna may be the new face of Versace.

The Spiritual Girl is close to signing “a mega-bucks deal” to star in ads for Versace’s 2005 Spring line, a well-placed source tells The Scoop.

The insider says that the plan is for the ad campaign to be photographed by Mario Testino, who also took the pictures when the Material Girl starred in ads for Versace in 1995.

“Madonna might be known more for wearing a these days then she is for wearing cutting-edge fashion,” says a source. “But she’s still a style icon.”

Madonna’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, confirmed the story, but downplayed the immediacy of it, telling The Scoop, “This is in the conversation stage. Donatella [Versace] is talking to Madonna about it, but Madonna hasn’t made a decision yet.”

Are you ‘Desperate’?

Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross, from left, appear in ABC's suburban satire "Desperate Housewives," which debuts at 9 p.m., EDT, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, part of the network's fall lineup. (AP Photo/ABC, Peter Stone)Peter / ABC, INC.

Housewives are hot.

Based on the success of Playboy magazine is launching a search for the hottest housewives willing to strip for the mag.

“Interested homemakers don’t need to be like one of ABC’s ‘Desperate Housewives,’ but they do need to know how to heat things up in the kitchen when their man brings home the bacon,” according to Playboy, which is inviting housewives to send in their pics and vital statistics.

A Playboy spokeswoman tells The Scoop that the mag is hoping to feature the pictorial in late Spring or early summer.

Notes from all over

** FILE ** U.S. actor George Clooney gestures during a photo call at the 60th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, in this Sept. 3, 2003 file photo. Clooney shoots baskets with the local kids, carries grandmothers' groceries uphill and works hard on pronouncing "buon giorno." He has international stardom and rascally good looks, but in Laglio, Italy where Clooney owns an 18th century mansion with a private dock on Lake Como, the star is simply "bravo" - Italian for "a good person." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)Luca Bruno / AP

George Clooney wrote a letter of apology to the residents of the Italian village where he filmed “Ocean’s Twelve.” “I’m sorry for the inconvenience I have brought,” the actor wrote to the people of Laglio, according to the London Mirror, prompting village mayor Giuseppe Mantero to say, “Mr. Clooney has shown what an honorable man he is.”  . . . Reneé Zellweger is spending more time with her drumming hobby.  . . . Robin Williams says that if George W. Bush loses the election, it will be bad for his stand-up routines. “Oh, he has been the gift, thank you God! Good news bad news,” Williams told “There have been so many great gifts of comedy, my favorite being at the convention comparing Bush to Churchill which is like comparing Mark Twain to Carrot Top.”

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