Scoop! Anna Nicole battles Birkhead for custody

Anna Nicole Smith’s life is slowly turning into a Lifetime TV movie.

First, her 20-year-old son, Daniel, dies just days after Smith gave birth to her daughter, Dannielynn Hope. Next, two men are claiming to be little Dannielynn’s father — Smith’s long suffering lawyer Howard K. Stern and celeb photographer Larry Birkhead. Now, Birkhead has filed court papers demanding Smith allow for a paternity test and is seeking full custody of the newborn.

“He believes beyond any doubt that he is the father and seeks a presence in this child’s life,” Birkhead’s laywer Debra Opri told USA Today. “He is concerned for the health and safety of the child based upon drug issues and manipulation by a third party for purposes contrary to the interests of the child.”

Opri went on to say that her client is also concerned about the “circus-like atmosphere with Howard K. Stern as ringleader this past week.”

Stern went on “Larry King Live” last week claiming he was the father of Dannielynn and dissed Birkhead in the process. Over the weekend, Stern and Smith held a commitment ceremony, but the couple was not officially married.

Playing Hyde and seek

Wrestler-turned-“Surreal Life”-star Chyna Doll and adult film star Mary Carey are definitely uncool. The undynamic duo was denied entry into chic Hollywood hotspot Hyde early Tuesday morning and, of course, caught the whole thing on film.

As Doll and Carey were about to make the walk of shame, “American Idol” fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry strolled by. Doll asked for a little help getting into the hip nightclub, but he gave them the brushoff.

“Wish I could help you, sorry,” Daughtry said, as he strutted in with his friends.

Burn! Doll and Carey are in great company in the “dissed at Hyde” club, joining such class acts as Tara Reid and Brandon Davis.

By George, we think he’s got it

George Clooney is willing to do whatever it takes to fight the paparazzi, even date a sexy actress every night if he has to. What a trooper.

“Here is my theory on debunking photographs in magazines, you know, the paparazzi photographs: I want to spend every single night for three months going out with a different famous actress. You know, Halle Berry one night, Salma Hayek the next, and then walk on the beach holding hands with Leonardo DiCaprio,” the dreamy Oscar winner says in the November issue of Vanity Fair. “People would still buy the magazines, they’d still buy the pictures, but they would always go, ‘I don’t know if these guys were putting us on or not.’”

Up next for Clooney: Sleeping with gorgeous models to protest the war in Iraq.

Life’s rich beauty pageant

Clooney’s best buddy Steven Soderbergh is steppin’ out with a new lady love.

Soderbergh split with his wife of three years, E! correspondent Jules Asner, earlier this year. Now, the 43-year-old director is dating former Miss Massachusetts Cristina Nardozzi, who is a mere 22 years old.

Soderbergh, who is not officially divorced from Asner yet, met Nardozzi on the setof “Ocean’s Thirteen,” on which she worked as a “featured extra.”

“He gives her a lot of special attention,” an insider told Us Weekly. “He’s always talking to her in between takes. She knows he’s a lot older, but he’s a sweet guy.”

We’re sure she also knows that spending time with an Oscar-winning director won’t exactly hurt her career.


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