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Naomi Campbell, 'Frasier''s Starbucks addiction and other pop culture tidbits

US 2: For those bitterly disappointed to learn that Naomi Campbell did not wed U2 bassist Adam Clayton in September as planned—thus depriving the world of a wedding party that could have included Christy Turlington as maid of honor and Bono as best man—take heart. The supermodel says she will marry the Irish rocker, and the couple will commute between New York and Dublin. ”It’s safe to say (we’ll marry) sometime in the new year,” says Campbell. ”We’ve not had time to think because Adam’s on tour and I’m working.” On what, precisely? Campbell is putting together her much talked-about album for Sony, with the help of P.M. Dawn. The British-born dazzler also plans to approach Eric Clapton for a tune, though she draws the line at asking her husband-to-be to contribute: ”I don’t want to do an album of Naomi and all her musician friends helping her out.” Still, with friends like that, it couldn’t hurt.—Anne Breza

WHAT A GRIND: Frasier’s love of coffee isn’t just java jive. According to L.A.’s new Starbucks coffee bar, blocks from the Paramount studio where NBC’s Frasier is filmed, the cast and crew can’t get enough of it. Four times a week, a runner from Frasier orders 25 to 30 cappuccinos, caffe lattes, and iced mochas. ”They are all pretty much addicted, which is a good thing,” says a worker from the Seattle-based coffee emporium, which serves the hottest cup of joe in town. ”They won’t drink the stuff from the commissary anymore.” Frasier even paid homage to star Kelsey Grammer’s favorite grind on the show’s Sept. 23 episode. ”Where’s my finely ground Kenya blend from Starbucks?” he asks. But in the first episode, the coffee talk gave even Starbucks a jolt. Walking into the show’s Cafe Nervosa, the good doctor requests ”a caffe latte supremo.” Says another Starbucks employee, ”I haven’t heard of that one, but I’d order it.”—Jessica Shaw

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: The time: 6 p.m. The place: the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel during the Toronto Film Festival last month. The scenario: Jeremy Irons, in town to promote his new film, M. Butterfly, walks up behind a woman he believes to be his Butterfly producer, Gabriella Martinelli. He strokes her hair, squeezes her neck, and plants a big kiss on her cheek. Startled, the woman turns around, and a horrified Irons realizes she isn’t his producer. ”I’m terribly sorry,” stammers the actor. ”I’m not,” responds the delighted woman. —Michael Szymanski

WORST BLOOD, PART II? Bram Stoker’s Dracula costars Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder are having completely different reactions to The Van Helsing Chronicles, Francis Ford Coppola’s planned sequel to the $82 million-grossing original. ”Yeah, I heard about it,” said a disappointed-looking Oldman, in New York last month to promote his new film, Romeo Is Bleeding. ”They just wanted to go with Anthony Hopkins. He’s the star.” Ryder, meanwhile, who is responsible for first bringing the original Dracula script to Coppola’s attention, looked surprised and issued a biting ”No comment” when asked if she would play dead again. ”There’s a sequel! Really! Ha!” she exclaimed, rolling her eyes in disgust. ”Dracula was a pretty chaotic movie. It was everyone running around and chasing each other with fangs.” Bloody good show. —Cindy Pearlman