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Johansson, Knightley pose nude for Vanity Fair

With awards season still underway, Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley are exchanging ball gowns for birthday suits. Under the artful eye of photographer Annie Leibovitz, the starlets posed nude for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's yearly Hollywood issue, to be released today. Fashion superstar Tom Ford also appears in the cover photo, though he's in a more traditional suit -- one of black fabric. Ford, the issue's guest art director, said he hadn't planned on becoming part of his own project, but he stepped in when ''Wedding Crashers" star Rachel McAdams, 29, backed out.

Spears slams paparazzi

Blame it on love and the paparazzi. That's Britney Spears's explanation for why she was driving with her infant son on her lap rather than in his car seat. Several photos published yesterday showed Spears driving her SUV with her son, Sean Preston, perched on her lap rather than strapped into a car seat in the back seat. Spears said she did it because of a ''horrifying, frightful encounter with the paparazzi." The photos may have captured the attention of the county Department of Children and Family Services, though a spokesman for the agency declined to offer any specifics about the Spears incident.

'Science Guy' weds author Tindall

Bill Nye has married Blair Tindall, author of ''Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music," a steamy book in which she claims she had a one-night stand with Pops conductor Keith Lockhart. Nye, who hosted the educational PBS series ''Bill Nye, the Science Guy" during its nine-year run, married Tindall in New York last Friday, it was announced yesterday. The 50-year-old bow-tied Nye and Tindall, a former concert oboist, exchanged vows at a conference where Nye spoke. They were married by the Rev. Rick Warren, pastor and author of ''The Purpose-Driven Life." Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, accompanied by MIT Media Lab professor Michael Hawley on the piano, performed a wedding march. This is the first marriage for both.

Les improvement

'The worst is over. I am doing better. I am grateful to all of my friends for their thoughts, and I will be back shortly making them laugh.' Guitarist Les Paul, who has been hospitalized in New Jersey since Friday after X-rays revealed fluid in his lungs.

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