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Divorce made Kidman wary of men

While Tom Cruise is busy declaring his love for his second sweetie since his divorce, Nicole Kidman says that since the split, she has been wary of dating men.

“I can’t help but question people’s motives, particularly men’s,” she said. “So many people want a possession or they want to be in a newspaper.”

The declaration surprised Kidman observers, who note that since her Cruise days, Kidman has been linked to Steven Bing, Lenny Kravitz, French billionaire François Pinault, rocker Robbie Williams, and others — though she or her publicist have always denied that there was ever any romance.

Kidman also says that — despite a photograph of her immediately after the divorce leaping up in the air in what looked like a jump for joy — she went into a funk for months. “I didn’t get out of my pajamas for several months,” she said. “I would drive the children to school in my pajamas. I didn’t feel like getting dressed. I didn’t want to do my hair, I didn’t want to put on make-up. It was like: ‘Who cares?’ ”

Rudy rakes in the cash

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**FILE** Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani smiles as he talks with reporters in this Sept. 4, 2002, file photo in New York. The "combover" has long been a source of bafflement, even as it's provided bald men such as Giuliani with valuable head coverage. But though reactions to it vary, the combover's importance in hair history is undeniable. For their contribution, the father and son who patented this baldness-beater 26 years ago were awarded an Ig Nobel prize in engineering this week, at a rowdy ceremony Thursday night, Sept. 30, at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)

Rudy Giuliani has tarnished his shining armor in certain circles by charging huge speaking fees for addressing terror-stricken areas on dealing with attacks.

Some are grumbling that the former mayor of New York City is rumored to have received what has been called a “staggering sum” of “something in the region of” more than $85,000 for speaking to the British Local Government Association’s annual conference.

“Rudolph Giuliani was quick to offer tea and sympathy to Londoners,” noted the Independent. “Heartfelt as Giuliani’s words were, they do not always come for free.” It went on to note that “the size of the fee has already caused rumblings of discontent” at the LGA.

The speech was well-received, however — although it was interrupted. “He had to leave the podium mid-speech because, he said, a brush with prostate cancer sometimes left him caught short,” according to the London Times’ account taken from the Local Government Chronicle. “Was this the most expensive pee in local government history, LGC wonders.”

“For some people here, he is still quite a hero,” a London source tells The Scoop. “But others see him as exploitative and greedy.”

Notes from all over

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** FILE ** Michael Jackson waves to supporters outside the Santa Barbara County courthouse during Jackson's trial on charges of child molestation in Santa Maria, Calif., in this, March 7, 2005, file photo. Neither Michael Jackson nor his attorney showed up Wednesday, July 20, 2005, for a hearing in a civil case that accuses the pop star of sexual assaulting an 18-year-old during the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon scheduled an Aug. 17 hearing in which Jackson must show why he should not be held in civil contempt or have a default judgment entered against him. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, file)

Missy Elliott wants to give Michael Jackson an extreme makeover. “I would give him some thugged-out braids, a wife-beater, a pair of jeans, and penny loafers,” the rapper tells the August issue of Spin. “I’d bring him back on some next-level kind of flavor.”  . . . .Kelly Preston says she and hubby John Travolta want to procreate more. “We definitely want to have at least one more [child],” the 44-year old said while promoting her new flick, “Sky High.” “With my age, I think, unless I have twins, we will probably only have one more baby.” . . . Modeling mogul Johnny Casablancas says he know why so many catwalkers are so difficult. “[Modeling] makes these girls into really hard-nosed business people,” Casablancas — who developed the likes of Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Naomi Campbell — tells the August/September issue of Complex. “They start out adorable. As they go up the ladder they become increasingly difficult. They become supermodels and really they are [bleeps] from [bleep]. Then they retire, they become civilians, and they become adorable again. There is nothing wrong with them personally. It’s just an effect of pressure and attention.”

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