ONE OF OUR favorite things in the celebrity news game is when different sources have different info.

When the information involves the Lohans, it's perfectly understandable - they're publicity vampires, sucking the blood from one publication before moving on to the next.

But still.

According to an exclusive yesterday on the Us Weekly Web site (, Lindsay's dad Michael understands that his daughter and Samantha Ronson are more than neck-nuzzling friends.

He told by e-mail that the pair's relationship "is evident to anyone with half a brain."

But: "Just like the [topless] Marilyn Monroe spread, Linds is my daughter," he added, "and there are just some things a father doesn't want to see or hear, regardless of whether they are true or false."

Born-again Michael went on to write that Lindsay "is a big girl, and she can make her own life choices. Then it is between her and God."

Then, as usual, turn-the-other-cheek Mike took a few swipes at his ex-wife, Dina.

Speaking of half a brain.

* He also took a a swipe at Us Weekly

and OK! magazine was all too happy to help.

"In a desperate attempt to gain readers, this morning," OK! wrote, "Us magazine's web site claimed to have quotes from Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, confirming that his daughter is indeed in a lesbian relationship with her best friend, DJ Samantha Ronson. However, Linds' dad tells OK! that what they've published couldn't be further from the truth."

"I never said anything like this," Michael allegedly told OK! "I've never even looked at the pictures of Linds and Sam, so how can I comment on this?"

As for the Marilyn Monroe nudes Lindsay took, Michael allegedly said, "I've never looked at these photos, either. This is just another way of some evil person spreading a vicious rumor to try to hurt my relationship with my daughter Lindsay."

Replied Us Weekly: "We stand by our reporting."

* Maybe OK! was peeved because Michael was writing a blog on the "Living Lohan" faux-reality show for them and he was two-timing them with Us.

Said Michael about the barely watchable pilot show: "For now, let's just say I'm still trying to figure out if this show is about managing Ali's career and being a 'real' mother, or reading tabloids.

"I've had a sneak peek at some future episodes and I will say that some of the people Dina surrounds the kids with still concerns me again, I can address that when they appear on the show. I just hope Dina takes the high road - like a Lohan would - and rights these wrongs."

To paraphrase Cole Porter, "It's De-Nial, It's De-Lusion, It's De-Lovely."

AFTRA strike update

Negotiations between Hollywood studios and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists were going down to the wire yesterday after sessions through the Memorial Day weekend failed to seal a deal.

After meeting late into the night Monday, the two sides were working to reach an agreement before the larger Screen Actors Guild returned to the bargaining table.

SAG previously said it planned to resume its talks by today.

"In addition to seeking improvements in compensation, coverage, and health-and-retirement benefits, we are also confronting a number of tough challenges involving new media," AFTRA president Roberta Reardon said in an e-mail Sunday.

Join the club.


* "The Take," the

debut film of Lafayette Hill native Brad Furman, which played at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and which Tattle saw at the Toronto International Film Festival, has just come out on DVD.

The suspense drama stars John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and Tyrese.

* "Sopranos" star

James Gandolfini is selling 24 outfits, including the button-down blue shirt he wore in the opening credits and the bathrobe he donned to fetch the morning paper.

Proceeds from the Gandolfini portion of the June 25 pop- culture auction at Christie's will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit group that assists severely wounded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Estimates for the costumes start at $500.

Gandolfini's wardrobe, which includes many outfits with the original production tags attached, is expected to bring up to $36,500.

* "American Idol" David Cook went

"Live with Regis and Kelly" yesterday and said that he recently had a dinner date with second-season "Idol" contestant Kimberly Caldwell.

They met through the show. Cook said he had a good time.

Paula is happy. But she thought this was their second date. *

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.