The 10 hottest topics for the week of January 18, 2008

By Scott Brown
January 11, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

1 Superliberal Michael Stipe says he finds Mike Huckabee ”charming”
Dude, if it’s a new bassist you need, there’s always Craigslist.

2 Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston both reportedly skip custody hearing
Between not touring and not releasing new music, who can spare the time?

3 Naomi Campbell calls Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez ”fearless”
”I picked up my Razr and went into a windup,” she relates. ”He didn’t even flinch.”

4 Reese Witherspoon named most likable actress, edging out Jennifer Aniston
Aniston brushed off the loss, saying ”On to Michigan and South Carolina!” and confusing everyone.

5 David Letterman shaves on air
Per union rules, he did not shave himself, or even allow his wife to shave him. It was a WGA barber or nothing.

6 Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel guest on each other’s shows
Yes…yes! It’s happening! Shave each other! Do it! I love this strike!

7 Goldie Hawn blames paparazzi for driving her and Kurt Russell out of Aspen over the holidays
Though she admits 3000 Miles to Graceland might have had a little to do with it.

8 Rose McGowan to join Robert Osbourne as host of Turner Classic Movies’ The Essentials
She got the job after professing her love of golden oldies like Jurassic Park.

9 Amy Winehouse cleared of bribery charges
That oughta allay those ”role model” worries.

10 Pam Anderson’s on-again, off-again divorce: On again!
And that’s why they call her the Comeback Kid.