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Phoenix on Letterman keeps entertaining

It became an overnight sensation: Joaquin Phoenix's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night during which the actor appeared to forget the name of his Two Lovers co-star, Gwyneth Paltrow, stuck gum under the edge of Letterman's desk and apparently cursed at bandleader Paul Shaffer for laughing at him. There were also intervals of silence.

Hours afterward, video of the visit had become an Internet sensation: By Thursday evening, a posting of the interview had been seen more than 180,000 times on YouTube.

"I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight," Letterman said at the interview's end.

The general weirdness made viewers - and Letterman - recall Farrah Fawcett's memorably spacy Late Show appearance in 1997. During that visit, the giggly, distracted actress briefly thought Letterman's stage backdrop of a New York City skyline was real.

A spokeswoman for Phoenix did not return a call for comment Thursday.

Speaking of Letterman

Rock band U2 will be on Letterman's Late Show for a full week March 2-6 to promote its new album, Variety reports. It's the first time a musical guest has been given a solid week on the CBS show.

U2's new album, No Line on the Horizon, is to be released that week. The band played its first single, "Get on Your Boots," at Sunday's Grammy Awards.

A-Rod booked

An unauthorized and highly anticipated book about Alex Rodriguez is coming out a month sooner than planned.

Publication of Selena Roberts' A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez has been moved up from May 19 to April 14 as scrutiny builds on the New York Yankees slugger after he acknowledged using banned substances from 2001-2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers.

Publisher HarperCollins, which this week listed the new release date on its Web site, has announced a first printing of 150,000 copies for the book which reportedly includes salacious details about A-Rod's private life.

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