Plus: Brosnan bails on Bond, Norah Jones vs. Usher, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
July 28, 2004 09:05 AM

REITERATED: Lindsay Lohan, who recently turned 18, is once again addressing the age-old question about her physique, insisting that she did not have her breasts surgically enhanced. “I don’t think of myself as a sex symbol,” she says in a profanity-laced interview in Rolling Stone, which features her in photos with ample cleavage. “I look up to sex symbols: Madonna, Marilyn Monroe. So it doesn’t bother me if people call me that.” Lohan previously dismissed rumors about her breasts as “retarded.” She has now revised that judgment – calling the stories “stupid. I have to watch myself. I guess I say ‘retarded’ a lot and this group (representing the mentally disabled) got mad at me.”

DECLARED: Pierce Brosnan, 51, tells Entertainment Weekly that 2002’s Die Another Day was his final James Bond film. “That’s it,” says Brosnan. “Bond is another lifetime behind me. … I’ve said all I’ve got to say on the world of James Bond.” Some are viewing the statement as a salary negotiating ploy as far as the Irish leading man is concerned. Even so, names being bandied about to step into Bond’s boots: Brits Clive Owen, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jude Law; Scots Gerard Butler and Ewan McGregor, Welsh-born Ioan Gruffudd, and Aussies Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger and Eric Bana.

SCHEDULED: Norah Jones and Usher are going head to head – or voice to voice – on Friday morning, set to compete for viewer attention while singing on separate New York-based TV shows. In fact, the two musicians will be within blocks of one another, taking the stage sometime after 8:30. Jones is due to warble on NBC’s Today in Rockefeller Center, at 50th Street, between 5th and 6th avenues, while Usher will do his thing for ABC’s Good Morning America in Bryant Park, at 42nd Street and 6th Avenue.

SETTLED: California is about to have a state budget in place by the end of the week, which brings to a close the chapter in which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was criticized for jokingly calling Democrats who failed to adopt a fiscal plan “girlie men.” Still, The New York Times reports, it may take time for the wounds to heal between the outspoken Governator and legislative leaders. And as promised by Schwarzenegger in his campaign, the new budget contains no new taxes.

DISCUSSED: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is in negotiations to play Ben Affleck’s wife in Man About Town, a romantic comedy due to start shooting in late October, says the Hollywood Reporter. Affleck will play a Hollywood agent whose wife starts to wander at the same time his diary is stolen.