Scoop! Nicole & Angelina: Goodwill hunting 

Everyone in the world thinks Angelina Jolie is the next Mother Teresa with all her humanitarian efforts. Well, everyone except Nicole Kidman.

Mrs. Keith Urban says Brad Pitt’s baby mama gets too much recognition for her charity work.

"It’s not like Angelina is any better than a nurse working in a hospital but she’s getting the publicity for her contributions," Kidman told The Daily Record. "I have a friend who is a doctor and every year he works in Africa for two months for no money. So everyone is on the same playing field, whether you offer your services as the doctor or as Angelina does."

Both Kidman and Jolie are goodwill ambassadors for the United Nations, but it sounds like Nicole wants to be named goodwill ambassador of the month. Now, now, Nicole, you both can use your celebrity for good causes. No need to get jealous.

Gest to Minnelli: I think you’re craaaazy

Liza Minnelli’s soon-to-be ex-husband, David Gest, wants the couple’s prenup thrown out.

Gest’s lawyers claim that Minnelli hid the fact that she was a violent alcoholic who was infected with a sexually transmitted disease. Gest’s lawyers say if their client had known, he never would have entered into the prenuptial agreement. Ummm, but he still would’ve married her?

"This whole thing is ridiculous," Minnelli’s lawyer Israel Rubin told The Associated Press.

Lest you forget (and who wouldn’t try to forget?), Minnelli and Gest were married in March 2002 with Michael Jackson as the best man and Elizabeth Taylor as the maid of honor. The couple split in July 2003, shortly after Gest filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming Minnelli repeatedly beat him so badly he suffered nerve damage in his head.

50 Cent’s driving rap

It looks like 50 Cent needs to brush up on his DMV handbook.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was ticketed and taken into custody by New York’s finest on Friday for an unsafe lane change, driving with an expired license, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving an uninsured vehicle. Of course, while someone like Paris Hilton would probably get off with a warning for these violations, 50 Cent got the cuffs slapped on him and taken downtown.

"He was taken to the station only for safety reasons because a crowd gathered because of who he is," New York Police Department spokeswoman Detective Madelyne Galindo told People magazine.

According to Reuters, onlookers crowded around the scene outside the New Yorker Hotel and began insulting police and breaking into boos when the star was handcuffed.

Oscar-winner Jackie Chan?

Jackie Chan wants to be a serious actor.

The 52-year-old star of "Rush Hour" and "Drunken Master" says he is ready to retire his martial arts for method acting.

"I’ve been willing to change my roles for quite some time. I’m fed up with these roles," Chan told The Associated Press. "When people come up to me in the street in America they say ‘Ah, Jackie Chan!’ and do all the action moves. No one does that to Robert De Niro."

No, when people see Robert De Niro they say, "Are you talking to me?"

smansfield@examiner.com

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