Fiddy's 'For Sale' property

Famed street thug and drug-slinger-turned-hip-hop-artist

50 Cent

wants to dump his Farmington, Conn., mansion, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant reports. But this is no mere manse: Bought in September from

Mike Tyson

's ex-wife

Monica Turner

for $4.1 mil, the 48,000-plus-square-foot joint has 18 bedrooms, 37 bathrooms, a gym, two billiards rooms, and a disco. Fiddy, for his part, sank $6 mil into the place, adding a helicopter pad (natch), a spa with grotto, and a lil' private cinema.

The renovations rock, says Curt Clemens Sr., owner of a Century 21 in Hartford. (He is not handling the sale.) "It's all very tasteful," Clemens says, "except the stripper poles."

Jenny, the healer

Best-selling author

Jenny McCarthy

says her third book,

Louder Than Words

, due out in September, is about how to live with and love a child with autism. It's a topic Jenny, 34, says she knows intimately: Her son,

Evan Joseph Asher

, who turns 5 this month, is autistic, but Jenny says he "has come a long way."

Jenny vows to give aid. "I am planning on using my big, giant, controversial mouth to blow the lid off a lot of things related to autism to give moms hope," the former Playboy Playmate says.

"It is so needed."

Biel: I'm so much more!

Like so many of us blessed with great natural beauty, a prodigious intellect,

and

preternatural talents,

Jessica Biel

feels too many people notice her only for her bod. Biel tells Elle she's not getting the roles she really wants - brainiacs and derriere-kicking vampire slayers - but girlie-girl parts, such as

Edward Norton

's love interest in

The Illusionist

. But then she's, like, she

is

getting some plum roles, too.

Casting report

Janel Moloney

, the sexy (and, gracefuly oddball) thesp who played White House staff member Donna Moss on

The West Wing

, will have a four-episode role on Showtime's terrific Irish mobster drama,

The Brotherhood

. She will play a woman who has a fling with erstwhile squeaky-clean politician Tommy Caffee (

Jason Clarke

).

Meanwhile, TVGuide.com says veteran yet perpetually youthful thesp Matthew Modine will fly through a 10-episode arc on Showtime's show about drugs, Weeds. Modine will play some real-estate-developing lothario who'll pursue both Mary-Louise Parker and Elizabeth Perkins.

Why did Hoff cross the road?

Actually, the issue at hand is why did The Hoff - international man of mystery

David Hasselhoff

- have himself videotaped while he was on a drunken tear? First the drunken part: The Hoff, as he refers to his personage, who has been battling alcoholism for some years, said on the syndicated celeb-and-ent show

Extra

that he had a relapse, engaging in one night of heavy drinking. But, he said, he asked to be recorded so he could see what he's like when he's tanked. "The tape was never meant to become public," said The Hoff, who blamed his estranged wife,

Pamela Bach

, for leaking it. Bach's lawyer said the accusation was ludicrous.

Simpson's new war

Multitalented divorcee

Jessica Simpson

, 26, will have a chance to hone her acting skills this summer when she shoots her next comedy,

Major Movie Star

. The film is about this chick who really wants to be a movie star, but she's going nowhere. On top of that, her fiance leaves her. The chick's answer? Join the Marines.

Jess' rep tells People mag that Jess "is excited to get back on a movie set and get into a new character."

Rock with a soft center

Bad boy rap-rocker

Kid Rock

showed his tender side last week as a man not afraid to care - especially when calamity befalls high school kids.

When six sets of golf clubs belonging to the girls' team at Milan (Mich.) High School were nicked, Kid, who was born Robert Ritchie in Romeo, Mich., offered to replace the equipment.

In a testament to the power of product placement, Mr. Rock called pro golfer John Daly about the situation. Daly told Rock to check out TaylorMade Golf, which agreed to make the clubs gratis.

Rock advised everyone involved to give credit for the good deed to the manufacturer, TaylorMade, and the pro player, Daly.

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