When 'Friends' stars attack

TMZ.com reports

Jennifer Aniston

has uncorked the maelstrom at the center of her being, directing some serious rage at

Raj Kanodia

, the plastic surgeon who the gossipers at Us Weekly say gave her a nose job. The doc's crime? Talking to Us for the article, headlined "Jen's secret nose job," which claims she had rhinoplasty Jan. 20. Kanodia refused to confirm whether he did a nose job, but did talk about the nature of nose work. Jen's rep says she only had a deviated septum corrected. No comments on the flap from either side.

Heche dissertates on passion

Anne Heche

, who last week separated from husband

Coleman Laffoon

, with whom she has 4-year-old son


, tells

Entertainment Tonight

that she and her

Men in Trees


James Tupper

have sizzling chemistry onscreen.

And rumors she's fallen in love with the guy in real life?

ET gets a nondenial denial: "I think people like to read a lot into the chemistry we have on the show, and I think it's fantastic," Heche says. "We love each other. We're like a family here." A family? Hmm . . .

Oprah's choice . . .

The delicate wisps of white smoke have issued forth. A decision has been made. And a title chosen for Oprah's Book Club.

Oprah announced Friday that she had chosen The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier, the first black thesp to win the Oscar for best actor, in '64. (In '02, he received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement.)

"He writes really candidly and passionately about his childhood, his family, relationships, and his extraordinary career," Winfrey said on her show.

Published in 2000, Poitier's "spiritual autobiography" covers the his life and films, including A Raisin in the Sun and The Defiant Ones.

Runaway musical?


Jennifer Wilbanks

project is a go: A rock opera is set to open in October about Jennifer's wedding woes - which led her to flee her life (and her own self?) just before her '05 wedding, earning the proud nickname

"The Runaway Bride."

Mark Pitt, owner of the Red Clay Theatre & Arts Center in Duluth, Ga. (the global center of new rock operas about silly people doing inane things), where the show will premiere, says the extravaganza is not intended to mock or deride Jennifer. (There goes its artistic merit.)

It's no dream for Smokey


, which has picked up eight Oscar nods and won three Golden Globes, might be universally acclaimed, but

Smokey Robinson

finds it "very, very, very offensive."

The legend tells NPR's Morning Edition that "there's a lot of false information in" the movie. He says that the film cheapened Motown artists and that its stars dishonored their own history.

"Motown is Beyoncé's heritage. Motown is Jamie Foxx's heritage. Motown is Eddie Murphy's heritage," Robinson says. "They're young black people. America should be proud of Motown because Motown made a statement all over the world that America could be proud of."

Thanks, no

Meryl Streep

will miss tonight's Screen Actors Guild Awards because she's way cooler, having been invited out for a date (of sorts) with

Prince Charles

(fresh from Philadelphia) and former veep

Al Gore

at the 10th annual benefit for Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment.

Spice-y baby

Emma Bunton

, better known as girl-band legend

Baby Spice

, is expecting a baby this summer with her main squeeze of eight years, former boybander

Jade Jones



fame, the BBC reports.

"We are so happy, it's unbelievable news. What a great start to the New Year," the couple said in a statement.

The news is especially sweet since Baby's doctors had diagnosed endometriosis, a condition which can make it difficult to conceive.

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