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Tricia Johnson

Joaquin Phoenix behaves strangely on ''Letterman''

Joaquin Phoenix

The new fall TV season has only just begun and already the unanswered questions and mysteries are piling up: Who the hell greenlit that ”Tucker” show? And can somebody please do something about ”Deadline” star Oliver Platt’s hair? As for queries people will actually answer…

Is it just us, or did Martin Sheen’s anti Dr. Laura rant on a recent ”West Wing” sound mighty familiar?

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Check out Lance Bass' new pad

Lance Bass

While money can’t always buy a trip to the final frontier, it’s still good for real estate. Wannabe cosmonaut Lance Bass, of ‘N Sync, dropped coin on a Southern Colonial-style compound in Beverly Hills. Built in 1942, the approximately 4,800-square-foot home with two guest houses was recently restored and includes a gourmet kitchen, a grand staircase, marble floors, and sweeping views of the city and ocean.

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Kelly Osbourne's real estate deal

FOR SALE Kelly’s getaway, 3 BR, 5 BTH Spanish nest

Trading independence for another season chez Mom and Pop on MTV’s ”The Osbournes,” Kelly Osbourne is unloading the Hollywood Hills pad she bought last March. Perched near the Sunset Strip, the 2,700-square-foot, Spanish-style abode was once owned by Robert Downey Jr. According to brokers Joe Babajian and Kyle Grasso of Prudential Beverly Hills, Osbourne spent nearly half a million dollars upgrading the property.

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Kelly Osbourne is selling her f$#%ing house

Kelly Osbourne

Trading independence for another season chez Mom and Pop on MTV’s ”The Osbournes,” Kelly Osbourne is unloading the Hollywood Hills pad she bought last March. Perched near the Sunset Strip, the 2,700-square-foot, Spanish-style abode was once owned by Robert Downey Jr. According to brokers Joe Babajian and Kyle Grasso of Prudential Beverly Hills, Osbourne spent nearly half a million dollars upgrading the property.

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Keanu Reeves loads his stuff into a new home

Keanu Reeves

The One has found a new reality. Just as ”The Matrix Reloaded” was rakin’ it in at the box office, Keanu Reeves acquired a trophy estate in Hollywood Hills’ Bird Streets, home to Jennifer Aniston and Leonardo DiCaprio. Built in 1988, the 5,600-square-foot gated abode has glass walls with ocean and city views, stone floors, state-of-the-art security, and an infinity pool. No word whether Reeves will buy another house to celebrate November’s ”Matrix Revolutions.”

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Gimme Shelter

$1,600,000

SOLD Ben Affleck’s 5 BR, 7 BTH manse to director/pal Kevin Smith

To make way for J. Lo, Affleck had to do some housecleaning. Enter Smith, who, after about a year of leasing, took the house off Affleck’s hands for a song. So how’d the Jersey Girl director get the 8,000-square-foot, four-story Hollywood Hills home so cheap? Jokes Smith, ”Keeping those indecent photos taken of him pre-superstardom was a wise move.”

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Gimme Shelter

BOUGHT Justine Bateman’s 3 BR, 3 BTH L.A. abode Bateman’s family ties, not to mention neighborhood ties, won’t be coming undone. Sure, the actress-cum-designer sold her Hollywood Hills home of nearly 18 years, but by moving just down the block into this 1950 midcentury modern she still shares the same zip code as brother Jason. The new house is close to the same size as her former 2,300-square-foot pad, but has an additional bath and a larger lot. Financial whiz kid Alex P. Keaton would surely approve.

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Gimme Shelter

FOR SALE Dick’s Duplex 6 BR, 4 BTH L.A. roost PRICE $1.3 million

As seen on TV… Featured on the April 13 celebrity edition of TLC’s Trading Spaces (and in last week’s EW), Andy Dick’s Spanish-style West Hollywood duplex is now up for sale. Thanks to the show, one of the two kitchens is new. ”I’ve been through at least five relationships that ended poorly and two rehabs [while living there],” Dick says of the 1929 house, in which he’s lived for 10 years. ”I need to get out.”

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Gimme Shelter

Rocky Mountain High! Prime alpine real estate PRICE $15 million. Oscar-adored Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are selling their Aspen homestead. The 664-acre parcel is in Wildcat Ranch, a 6,700-acre tract Douglas bought about 12 years ago. His basic instinct was to save the land from becoming a resort. He and a partner divided it into 14 sites; his has a guest house, a barn, two ponds, and clearances for a main house. Says listings broker Tim Cottrell of Mason & Morse, ”There’s a huge herd of elk, bears, bobcats, and deer.” A far cry from Chicago.

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