Rumor Control: In the Works
January 3, 2005

The holidays are over and the Hollywood gossip-mills are churning, so it looks like it's time for a little rumor control.

Though there wasn't much holiday cheer for Martha Stewart at Camp Cupcake, rumors say the domestic diva spent New Year's all alone -- but it's not true! Martha had two visitors at the West Virginia lockup, including her daughter, Alexis, who walked the grounds with her mom. Martha is due to be released March 6th.

Meanwhile, Britney Spears may have been out of the limelight recently, but that won't last much longer as the sultry songstress is rocking in the New Year making new music - now rumors say she's also delivering it. And the rumors are right: the pop princess brought a rough cut of her new single, "Mona Lisa," to top LA radio station KIIS FM and played it on the air. Britney's planning on releasing her new album, tentatively titled, "The Original Doll," this spring, and she even tipped off fans about her New Year's plans before leaving, telling listeners she was going to Disneyland.

From music to TV, where the most watched series of 2004, "American idol" is rumored to be returning with an extreme makeover. And, yes, changes are in the wind: producers are increasing the age limit by four years -- up to 28 -- and turning the semi-finals into guys versus girls, as well as dropping the celeb judges from the final 12 episodes. But don't worry, guest artists, including LL Cool J, Gene Simmons, and our own Mark McGrath, will weigh in with their opinions during the audition rounds.

Finally, "Nip/Tuck" star Julian McMahon will don a tux at the Golden Globes for his role on the FX series, but the word is the sex-addicted doctor may be ready to slip into super spy James Bond's shoes. According to sources, Julian is being considered to take over the role, and even has a "bond" with the series, saying, "Going to see Bond was like seeing 'Star Wars,' you'd go see it six to ten times."

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