Clooney reportedly back in the arms of ex-girlfriend

It appears that George Clooney's on-and-off long-running romance with actress Krista Allen is on again, according to the New York Daily News.


Clooney and Allen dated for two years beginning in 2002 when he cast her in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, his adaptation of the Chuck Burris memoir.

Allen broke it off in March 2004. Clooney dated model Lisa Snowden for a time, then he and Allen got together again in 2006. He moved on to cocktail waitress Sarah Larson but broke off with her last spring.


Whether Clooney, 47, will ever settle down is anyone's guess. Stay tuned.

Curtains for 'Hairspray'

The curtain comes down on Hairspray, the musical based on the John Waters cult movie classic, on Broadway in January.

That month will also see the close of Monty Python's Spamalot, also a long-running, Tony-winning best musical.

Spamalot pulls up the moat for good on Jan. 18, after 1,500 performances at the Shubert Theatre.

Hairspray will have had an even longer run - more than 2,600 performances - by the time it folds Jan. 4 at the Neil Simon Theatre. One bright spot: As of Nov. 11, Tony winner Harvey Fierstein will be back in the role of housewife Edna Turnblad.

Play ball!

Presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama have recorded inspirational passages about America's pastime penned by Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy that will be played during opening segments of Fox's broadcast of the World Series.


In Game 1 last night, the introduction was narrated by actor Michael Douglas, who, while not an aspirant for the Oval Office, has played one - in 1995's The American President.

Down for the count

Daniel Craig , the current James Bond, says not only has he tried a Vesper martini - the drink 007 invented in Casino Royale - but he's done a taste test for the best recipe. "I've tried about 10 of them," Craig, 40, tells London's Time Out in its Oct. 23 issue.

"We did a proper taste test: full measure of gin, full measure of vodka and then another liqueur on top of it. I ended up on the floor."

Invitation lost in the mail?

In a video posted yesterday on William Shatner's Web site, the actor who played Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek, lashed out at co-star George Takei for not inviting him to his wedding last month.


"The whole thing makes me feel badly," Shatner, 77, said in the video.

Takei, 71 (who played Mr. Sulu), and Brad Alman, 54, wed Sept. 14. Star Trek alums Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig - Uhura and Chekhov, respectively - were among the attendees at the multicultural ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Takei and Altman had previously stated that Shatner was invited to their wedding but never sent an R.S.V.P.

Re-up at Fox

Bill O'Reilly will be with Fox News for four more years. The conservative host of the network's top-rated program, The O'Reilly Factor, signed a new deal that keeps him at Fox News for an estimated $10 million to $12 million a year, according to reports.

O'Reilly's deal comes in the wake of a new contract for Sean Hannity and a recent deal with Glenn Beck, who will move to Fox News from CNN's Headline News in the spring.

today's birthdays


Author Michael Crichton, 66.

Movie director Ang Lee, 54.

Jazz singer Dianne Reeves, 52.

Country singer Dwight Yoakam, 52.

Movie director Sam Raimi, 49.

Actress Jessica Stroup, 22.