Madonna's Makeover; Splitsville for Nick & Vanessa

• Just in case Mercy won't have enough culture shock to deal with when she arrives in NYC, Madonna reportedly wants to turn her newly-acquired Upper East Side townhouse into a "replica" of her countryside estate in England. She's having her staffers "troll the Upper East Side boutiques for candelabras, side tables, and period chaises." And poor Mercy will be looking to hop a flight back to Africa pretty soon. [Mirror]
• Break out the tissues: It seems Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo have split up. [Us]
• Oprah is taking 100 employees and their families on an all-expenses paid 10-day cruise around the Mediterranean to celebrate her birthday. [NYDN]
• Justin Timberlake got kinda drunk at Avenue the other night. He still had the sense to "shoo" Lindsay Lohan away, but he may have gotten cozy with a woman who was not Jessica Biel, depending on who you believe. [P6]

• Too bad you're not a good friend of Anne Hathaway. If you were, she might let you borrow a really pretty dress from her closet. [NYDN]
• Speaking of Hathaway, you and two guests can have tea with her if you win this Ebay auction which benefits The Public Theater. [Ebay]
• A fire reportedly broke out on the set of Megan Fox and Josh Brolin's new movie in New Orleans. No one was hurt in the incident. But a bunch of historic buildings were damaged, but who cares about that, right? [P6]
• Joseph Brooks, a 71-year-old Oscar-winning songwriter, stands accused of raping or sexually assaulting nearly a dozen women. [NYT]
• Simon Cowell is teaming up with British billionaire (and Topshop owner) Sir Philip Green to create some kind of "global entertainment company." [NYDN]
• Robert Pattinson has been spending time with actress Camilla Belle, Remember Me costar Emilie de Ravin, and "a petite blonde" with a "foreign accent," in case you're keeping track of these things. [People]
• Lots more dirt on Jersey "Housewife" Danielle Staub! [TSG]
• Phil Spector is now in a "sensitive needs" section of prison. [NYDN]
• The Kate and Jon Gosselin divorce saga continues. We'd explain to you what's going on, but we can't bear to read anything about it. [Star]