Scoop! Janet can’t seem to keep her shirt on 

Janet Jackson never learns.

The singer, who introduced to the world the term "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, flashes the camera many times in the video for her new single, "So Excited."

Yet, Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty) says she doesn’t think she’s sexy. It’s a strange thing to hear from a woman who is appearing basically topless on the cover of every magazine known to man to promote her new album, "20 YO."

Ms. Jackson claims her brother Michael is guilty of making her feel insecure of her looks.

"My brother Michael used to tease me," the 40-year-old singer told Giant magazine, in which she appears on the cover modestly shielding her breasts with her hands. "We’re very close, but he was very adamant about the way I looked, the way I should look. … Maybe he wasn’t completely happy with himself, so he put it on me?"

Gee, you think Michael isn’t happy with his appearance, Janet?

You may already be a winner, Ben

If he had known that he was going to win Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, Ben Affleck wouldn’t have left early to beat traffic.

"If I thought for a second that there were going to be awards for anybody, I would have stayed," Affleck told Us Weekly.

Affleck, who is in the midst of resurrecting his professional career after such critical duds as "Pearl Harbor" and "Gigli," picked up a trophy for playing television "Superman" star George Reeves in "Hollywoodland."

"I have to prove myself all over again, but I don’t mind that," the 34-year-old actor said. "Once I realized where things were going, I just said, ‘OK, let me make sure I’m in a place where I don’t have to worry about being on "Family Feud" for dough in five years and then I’ll just do what I can be proud of.’"

Affleck, who is also in the midst of resurrecting his personal life after disastrous relationships with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, married Jennifer Garner last year and welcomed baby Violet in December.

Avoiding me, avoiding you

Kate Bosworth and Orlando Bloom are handling their breakup the only way they know how: through their publicists.

After four years together, the "Superman Returns" actress and "Pirates of the Caribbean" heartthrob broke up a mere two weeks ago. Now, the uncouple is making sure to avoid any awkward run-ins during New York’s Fashion Week by having their publicists synchronize their itineraries.

"Their people have been speaking every hour to make sure Orlando and Kate avoid each other at all costs," a source told Page Six.com. "They have been coordinating schedules."

Katie to say ‘I don’t’?

Gossip hounds are barking that Katie Holmes is getting cold feet about her impending marriage to Tom Cruise.

"Katie is nervous about making a commitment to Tom and the early excitement of their love affair has worn off," an insider told Britain’s Sunday Mirror.

We know how you feel, Katie. It’s like when we first saw "Days of Thunder" and thought it was good and then years later we watched it again and thought, "Geez, this is terrible. What did we ever see in this? What were we thinking?"

smansfield@examiner.com

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