Newsmakers: Rufus Wainwright

This week Rufus Wainwright re-creates Judy Garland's legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall concert--right in Carnegie Hall. He talked with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin.

Rufus Wainwright: About five years ago they reissued the album. At the time I was depressed about the state of the world. But whenever I put this record on, I was reminded of all that was great about American culture. I also realized I was singing along and hitting the notes. So I figured, why don't I just do this?

Yeah. We'll do it in the barn or Carnegie Hall. Whichever one.

Right, right. Needless to say, Judy Garland means a lot of things to a lot of people, her family included. I'm definitely mucking about in shark-infested waters. But I think Liza will come around.

Yeah, we're working on a film, more or less about my life.

We've had dinners. Kate is definitely a force to be reckoned with, whether it's her beauty or talent or command. It takes the pressure off me. We don't work the same room.

It's god-awful. It's really Biblical how wretched you become.

Every time I brushed my teeth, which was probably once a week, there was just blood everywhere.

Yeah, it's just bad news all around.

Ever the savvy humanitarians, new parents Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie auctioned off the coveted first images of baby Shiloh Nouvel and plan to donate their take to African children's charities. Better for the parents to sell the pictures themselves rather than, say, some sketchy clerk at a Namibian one-hour photo. Following a bloody tabloid bidding scrum, People magazine emerged with the exclusive U.S. rights to the pictures while Hello! won the U.K. rights, for a reported total of $7 million. Naturally, the pricey pics leaked to the Internet before publication and were seized upon by bloggers. Hello! and People let loose with a flurry of cease-and-desist letters. To think, all this confusion could have been avoided if people would simply trust the accuracy of the "If They Mated" segment on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."

Joshua Alston

Dorff reportedly tried to cut in front of Piven on line at a New York club. Piven: "You're a has-been." Dorff: "At least I am a movie star. You're only on TV-- cable TV." Maybe Dorff forgot--Piven is on Tony Soprano's channel.

Clinton criticized Coulter for calling several 9/11 widows "witches." Coulter replied: "If she's worried about people being mean to women, she should talk to her husband."

Even Paul's defending her in the ugly pre-divorce hoo-ha. The latest: nude pix of Heather in the British tabs.