Rove's literary coup

Karl Rove

, arguably the most important political player in the West since

Charlemagne

, has made a deal worth at least $1.5 mil to write his memoirs for Simon & Schuster's Threshold imprint, which is run by one of Rove's former colleagues,

Mary Matalin

.

Rove, who has been referred to as

President Bush's

brain, crafted both of Bush's presidential runs. His agent,

Robert Barnett

, says eight other publishing houses were clamoring to sign his client.

Rove said in a statement that the memoir would offer "a candid, careful look" at Bush's presidency and his role in it. "It will tackle and shed light on important events and big controversies, spell out their implications for America, and set the record straight."

Malicious gunshot

Remy Ma

(née

Remy Smith

) has been hit with a $10 mil civil suit by

Makeda Barnes-Joseph

, an aquaintance who claims that the Grammy-nominated rapper "willfully, wantonly and maliciously" shot her twice in the abdomen, critically wounding her after she left a New York nightclub in July.

The civil suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, also names as defendants Remy Ma's record companies, including Universal Music Group. It claims that the record companies encouraged the rapper to maintain a tough, violent image.

Remy Ma's lawyer said the suit was an irresponsible attempt to shake down the star for money.

The lawsuit looks like a minor annoyance when compared to the criminal case against Remy Ma in New York state court. If she loses

that

case, the 26-year-old Bronx native could face up to 25 years in prison.

Journalism, catwalk style

In a brilliant coup likely to breathe new life into print journalism, British GQ has hired supermodel

Naomi Campbell

as a political reporter to scour the earth and snag interviews with high-profile world leaders and politicos.

The magazine's logic? That no leader in his (most are male) right mind - whether he be democratic or demagogic - would turn down a chance to be in her radiant presense.

GQ's master plan may have hit a snag: It appears that Campbell, who's already had a sit-down with Venezuelan President

Hugo Chavez

, might strike out in Cuba.

On Friday, Campbell was waiting to hear whether Cuba's reclusive leader,

Fidel Castro

, would grant her an audience. She has virtually no chance to get it. Or does she?

There's word that Chavez, a Castro protege, was so impressed by Campbell that he may help get her an interview with the Cuban leader.

Uncle Lou to keynote

Lou Reed

has been tapped to be the keynote speaker at the '08 South By Southwest Music Conference and Film Festival held on March 12 to 16 in Austin, Texas.

Uncle Lou's chat is being held in conjunction with a screening of painter-filmmaker

Julian Schnabel's

film

Lou Reed's 'Berlin

,' which explores a recent performance of the 65-year-old rocker's influential '73 album about heroin addiction, child abuse, prostitution, suicide and. . . oh yes, love.

Comedy Central cracks

Cable outlet Comedy Central is following the big three networks' decisions to resume their late-night shows despite the ongoing writers' union strike. Both the channel's evening shows,

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

and

The Colbert Report

, which went dark on Nov. 5, will be back on the air on Jan. 7.

Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.