COLD MOUNTAIN COMES ALIVE WITH MUSIC AND GWYNNIE GIGGLES ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK

Santa came early and dropped a Cold Mountain soundtrack in our mailbox. It’s a great soundtrack and Jack White sounds NOTHING like he does when he sings with the White Stripes. Probably because he’s singing normally and not doing that gratting clipped voice he does for rock songs. (It’s almost as if he and Ryan Adams switch identies — Jack’s becoming a sensitive acoustic singer and Adams has gone electric.)



Jack has 5 new recorded tracks on the album (but only one of the tracks is an original song — 3 are traditional folk songs and one is a cover of “Sittin’ On Top of the World”… there’s also a scary picture of Jack looking like a Civil War vet on the inside of the CD.) Good times.

In totally unrelated news…


Picture Gwyneth laughing

The world’s media may be helping to pay for Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hawaiian honeymoon. Sources tell us that Paltrow and her new hubby, Chris Martin, orchestrated the so-called paparazzi pictures of them leaving her Park Ave. gynecologist’s office last week. The secret photographer, we hear, is none other than fashion and fine art shutterbug Taryn Simon – who happens to be dating Gwyneth’s brother, director Jake Paltrow.


Says our snitch: “Taryn’s first foray into paparazzi-dom was at Gwyneth’s request, as a way to take control of the coverage.” The pics are believed to have fetched as much as $150,000 worldwide. People magazine is said to have paid around $50,000 for the U.S. rights alone.