SHOWBIZ: Will Smith On “The Kiss,” Etheridge’s Ex, The Great Gatsby And More

Last night on The Late Show, Men in Black 3 star Will Smith explained to David Letterman why he bitch-slapped an amorous male reporter on the red carpet in Moscow.“He says, ‘I’m you’re biggest fan, can I have a hug?’ So I go to give this joker a hug, and he tries to lean in and kiss me… That’s why his ass got [struck].” [CBS]

Former flames Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels have cooled down their feud long enough to work out a joint-custody arrangement for their 5-year-old twins, Rose and Miller. Michaels had claimed her $23,000-a-month stipend wasn’t enough to live on. In an rambling blogpost, in which she facetiously referred to herself as a “gold digger,” Michaels wrote “u can pay the rest of your household needs from the spliced-over remnants of the stipend:. doctors, dentists, groceries, gas, clothing an adult and 2 growing kids, school stuff, utilities, misc. bills, a babysitter if needed… and if you run out before the 1st… you have friends you can borrow $.02 from for those last few days.” [TMZ]

Openly gay Italian artist Claudio Bindella is getting molto positive attention for his homoerotic paintings depicting nubile lads frolicking naked, with comparisons to classic Venetian painters like Veronese and Tintoretto. “Sometimes people ask me why I don’t paint landscapes, female nudes, and all that traditional stuff,” he tells the Advocate. “I suspect that they ask me because they feel uncomfortable with the content of my work, but that’s their problem, not mine.” [Advocate]

Eternally vibrant diva Joan Collins, who turned 79 years young this week, is selling her Upper East Side apartment for a cool $2.2 million. “The first thing Joan said when we walked in was, ‘I bet you’ll want me to take down all the pictures of me, ’” said realtor and Selling New York host Tom Postilio. “[I said] ‘Absolutely not. We’re going to glam it up even more.’” Joan still has digs in London, Los Angeles and the South of France. [NY Daily News]

Baz Luhrman’s 3-D version of The Great Gatsby will either be his Titanic or his Titanic in 3-D. Discuss.

Photo: Joan Collins