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Anthony Bourdain dunks ‘evil’ Rachael Ray

Gastronomical blowhard Anthony Bourdain took off the oven mitts and voiced his disdain for Dunkin’ Donuts shill Rachael Ray. In a recent interview with Outside magazine, the “Kitchen Confidential” chef spewed harsh words about the foodie superstar and her choice to plug the fried-dough-selling food chain.

“She's got a magazine, a TV empire, all these best-selling books — I'm guessing she's not hurting for money,” Anthony ranted re: Rachael in a portion of the interview republished in the New York Post’s Page Six. “She's hugely influential, particularly with children. And she's endorsing Dunkin’ Donuts. It's like endorsing crack for kids.”

The crotchety cook made it clear he’s not coming from some moral high ground. “I'm not a very ethical guy,” Anthony said. “I don't have a lot of principles. But somehow that seems to me over the line. Juvenile diabetes has exploded. Half of Americans don't have necks. And (Rachael’s) up there saying, ‘Eat some [bleeping] Dunkin' Donuts. You look great in that swimsuit — eat another doughnut!’ That's evil.”

But Rachael’s peeps disagree. Page Six quotes her rep as adding, “Her work addressing kids’ and families’ nutritional needs speaks for itself so we respectfully disagree with Anthony's opinion.”

Amy’s antics and the Olsen twinsEmbattled British blues singer Amy Winehouse and the U.S.-branded celebrities the Olsen twins have soooooo much in common. Motown-influenced Amy dresses like it’s the ‘60s, while Mary-Kate and Ashley, with their full-length minks and giant pocketbooks, dress like they’re in their 60s.

The Troika of Fashion Despair recently joined photo-shoot forces for the opening of a restaurant in London, reports the UK Daily Mail. Amy arrived dressed to the nines and appeared as if she left both her battered ballet flats and alleged-batterer, hubby Blake Fielder-Civil, behind.

Alas, Mr. Winehouse arrived later in the evening, and the couple partied until 2:30 a.m. That’s when Amy changed back into a pumpkin … um … rather, her standard uniform of skinny black jeans and wifebeater tank. Then she and Blake reportedly stumbled home.

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Please note: This event occurred the evening after Amy avoided England’s Q magazine awards, though she still won the trophy for Best Album Back to Back. Producer/DJ Mark Ronson accepted Amy’s trophy in her absence, telling the audience, “That's Amy — taking her pain and turmoil and making it into the music we enjoy.” Same trophy turned up in a toilet at London’s Bar Soho. Fingers crossed that Amy’s career doesn’t end there as well.

Joaquin Phoenix: “MYOB!”Much like the cranky chronic masturbator he played in the 1989 film “Parenthood,” adult Joaquin Phoenix doesn’t want to talk about it. What? Anything, apparently. According to Page Six, the notoriously misanthropic thespian couldn’t be bothered to answer much, if any questions, in a phone interview with “Time Out New York” — though his antipathy toward the Stanislavsky Method is screamingly clear.

When asked by reporter Laura Leu how he prepped for his part as a “drug-addled nightclub manager” in the new film “We Own the Night,” Joaquin was nothing but terse. “I never prepare,” grunted the angry actor. “I think that's completely overrated. It's a very simple job. All you have to do is ... stand in the right spot and say the line. So I don't really believe in preparation.”

Leu’s follow-up query regarding his previous claim that he trained at a fire academy for his part in “Ladder 49” only inflamed Joaquin’s ire.  “I just said that because I thought it would sound good to the press,” he snapped. “I don't know why it seems to be of note that actors do any kind of preparation. It's just what you're supposed to do in your [bleep]ing job. Do you think that because you did some research you deserve some special credit?” With that, he hung up, ending the scheduled half-hour interview only 10 minutes into the call.

Dish on the fly
They may seem like the biggest reunion act on the planet, but those Spice Girls must be pretty hard up. Digital Spy reports that not only did the quintet of popsters accept a donation from Sean “Diddy” Combs for more than $8 million worth of bulletproof buses earlier this month, but now John Travolta’s helping out the charity cases too. The actor volunteered his piloting skills on “Spice Force One” when the group launches its tour in December. … Uma Thurman can sleep easier now that the NYPD locked up Jack Jordan. TMZ delivered the lowdown on her creepy stalker: In one letter to the “Kill Bill” actress, Jordan wrote, “I feel afraid that if I see you out again with another man, I will want to kill myself, maybe even after we meet." Jordan, who’s taken to camping out on Uma’s street, is charged with stalking, aggravated harassment and attempted coercion.

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

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