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Cover tweaked over twerk

I'M trying, without success, to pity Miley Cyrus, now that her MTV awards show twerking caper has cost her a spot on the cover of Vogue.

The Daily Mail says the mag's all-powerful boss, Anna Wintour, found Miley's little bump-and-grind act with Robin Thicke quite "distasteful" and ditched plans to give her the December cover.

This will hurt: Miley is obviously determined to do whatever it takes to be famous -- I'm told she's naked in her new video -- and a Vogue cover is a huge coup for any female celeb.

Faithfull's confession

ALL the time she was with Mick Jagger in the late '60s, and indeed before and after, Marianne Faithfull hated sex and needed drugs and booze to get into it, she tells the BBC.

It wasn't Mick's fault. On the interview show Who Do You Think You Are?, she explained that both her mother Eva and her grandmother Flora, like many thousands of other women, became rape victims when the Red Army overran Vienna in 1945.

"It twisted them both. My grandmother turned away from my grandfather, who adored her. And Eva never got over that, and always hated men.

"She then passed that on to me, actually... until the time I got to 50 or so, before I could be in a relationship and love, and not have to take drink or drugs to have sex."

She's 66.

Keep your shirt on

MATTHEW McConaughey is going round doing interviews about how he doesn't really want to win an Oscar for his role in this movie Dallas Buyers Club, based on a real-life story about an AIDS patient.

Nope, Matt says, he just wanted to tell an important story. As for an Oscar, "there's nothing out there that I am chasing."

Make it so... Capt. Picard gets married

VETERAN actor Patrick Stewart and the jazz singer he married on Sunday, who's not quite half his age, met about five years ago.

Sunny Ozell was a waitress in a Brooklyn resto, Stewart was a diner. They've been dating since.

Stewart's pal Sir Ian McKellen, a licenced doctor of divinity, officiated at the wedding. It was Stewart's third trip to the altar, and apparently Sunny's first.

He's 73. She's 35.

And then, when I was two...

AT the ripe old age of 21, starlet Demi Lovato has signed to write her memoirs.

She's got a multi-book deal with Feiwel and Friends, a MacMillan imprint.

Her first book, due in November, will consist of a collection of her tweets. (Yes, yes, our whole civilization is indeed doomed. Get over it.)

The memoir, which comes next, will deal fully with the drug problems she has had, she says.

Wilde about calories

OLIVIA Wilde is not the sort of person I would call a chub. But in her interview with Food & Wine mag, she sounds like she weighs 150 kg:

"At the Malibu Inn, my fianc© ordered the deep-fried PB&J -- they use waffle batter, so it's not too bready. The way the peanut butter and jelly melt together is far better than I could have imagined. It's pretty much the ultimate stoner food."

And this: "For me, my No. 1 comfort food -- the food that really feels like a hug on the inside -- is pasta. Probably a fresh linguine with arrabbiata sauce would be my top pick. Maybe I'd have some bread on the side, with some cheese or olive oil, too."

The world's a scary place

SPEAKING of food: In Women's Health mag, singer Pink drones on about exercise and fitness, but then gets to the good part:

"I'm afraid of spiders. I am afraid of sharks. I'm afraid of the world running out of cheesecake, especially Cheesecake Factory. And then I would also have to be afraid of the world running out of key limes because key lime cheesecake is the best kind of cheesecake there is.

Look what The Butler did

I haven't yet seen this movie The Butler. I hear it's quite good. But really - 39 producers?

You could look it up at four full producers, seven associate producers, and assorted co-producers, executive producers, and co-executive producers (but no co-associate-executive producers, for some reason).

The people at the Producers Guild of America are getting antsy about such title inflation. "It is a little embarrassing for everyone within our community," PGA co-president Mark Gordon told

Apparently most of the 41 had something to do with raising money for the project. The Butler is an indie film, so scraping up enough cash to get it shot was a challenge.

You don't know, says Jack

THAT story last week that Jack Nicholson has retired because his memory is going? In The Sun, in England, Jack laughs it off.

Sure, he hasn't been in a movie since 2010 (How Do You Know, with Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon), but that's solely because he has better things to do:

"I have a mathematician's brain ... (but) I'm not going to work until the day I die... I was driven -- but I'm not, I don't have to be out there any more... You get older, you change."

Also, he sneers, today's audiences of 20- and 30-somethings "may want just to see more bombs, more explosions ... I'll never do that type of movie."

He's 76.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 15, 2013 ??65524

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