· According to the upcoming issue of NY Magazine, Tommy Mottola lost his job through "a combination of lousy record sales, a penchant for presidential-type security, and lack of reverence for his bosses." [Page Six]
· Gotham Editor Jason Oliver Nixon was offered Us Weekly's "Scene and Heard" section, but declined because of the position's high turnover rate. [Page Six]
· William Gibson's new novel features a character who's allergic to brand-name clothing like Tommy Hilfiger, of whose clothes Gibson tells the Black Table's Greg Lindsay, "It is impossible to be more derivative, more removed from the source, more devoid of soul." [Page Six]
· Maxim Editor-in-Chief Keith Blanchard's new book, The Deed, is coming out on March 4th. He'll be celebrating tomorrow night at a party at Rehab with Dennis Publishing head Steven Colvin and Simon & Schuster's David Rosenthal. [Page Six]
· Roman Polanksi fled the country in '78 because the judge told Hollywood producer Howard Koch he'd "see that this man never gets out of jail." Koch warned Polanksi. [Cindy Adams]
· Colin Farrell says he was being sarcastic when said that heroin was okay, "when taken in moderation." [NY Daily News]
· A handwriting analyst on GQ Editor Art Cooper, based on a letter written to Stuff Editor Greg Gutfeld's boss, Felix Dennis, suggesting that Dennis fire Gutfeld: "Art has a strong need for affection...He thrives on touching and being touched. Art desires being told that he is loved, every day." [The Word]