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SIENNA'S STRATEGY
DID Sienna Miller use Jude Law to help her career? An insider on the Louisiana set of "Factory Girl" says, "Sienna was never that crazy about him to begin with, but their affair made her a household name." Sienna's mother, Josephine, who called Jude a "bloody idiot" when he cheated with her nanny, "seems to be the engine behind the choo-choo train," said our source. "The mother was overheard telling her, 'Jude was good for a while, but there are other fish to fry

Sharon's hot, and MPAA's bothered
It's been 13 years since that pantyless interrogation scene in "Basic Instinct" had men around the world freeze-framing her crisscrossed legs. But 47-year-old Sharon Stone is still a ticking sex bomb.

For weeks now, Sony execs have been going back and forth with the ratings mullahs over Stone's various postures in "Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction."
We're not sure what they thought of the early scene in which a man is pleasuring Sharon while she's speeding along a cliffside road. (The drive doesn't end well for the guy checking under her hood.) But the MPAA did get hung up on some scorching orgy scenes.

At first, it slapped an NC-17 on the flick. But after some snipping by director Michael Caton-Jones and editor John Scott, the ratings board deigned to give it an R.

"It is a hard R," says a Sony spokesman, perhaps sensing our disappointment at the news. "It's a graphic psychological thriller. The official MPAA designation is, 'Strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language and some drug content.'"

The sequel - which was delayed by years of litigation between Stone and her producers - finds novelist Catherine Tramell (Stone) under suspicion following the mysterious death of a sports star.

As she once lured Michael Douglas to her flame, here she beguiles David Morissey, who plays a criminal psychiatrist assigned to profile her.

We're told that Stone refused to use a body double. "Believe me, she's still hot," says one guy who's seen the action.

Meanwhile, Stone wants everyone to know she's not showing that bod to talk-show host Craig Ferguson or hoop-star-turned-actor Rick Fox, contrary to reports. "The only men in her life now are her sons, Roan and Laird," a pal swears to us.

Not that she's completely rid of ex-husband Phil Bronstein. The National Enquirer reports that she and the San Francisco Chronicle editor have agreed to an unusual custody deal under which, for the next four years, 5-year-old Roan will live for a year with Dad, then a year with Mom.

Stone's rep declined to comment. But a friend tells us the actress, who lives in L.A., intensely misses Roan, who is going to school in San Francisco.

"But they'll get to visit on weekends and vacations," says the friend. Stone has full custody of Laird, her adopted 8-month-old, who travels with her on location.

Side Dish
Media gremlins want to know the identity of the reporter who allegedly proposed a three-way to former Rangers City Skater Courtney Prince. The fetching Prince claims in her sex-harassment suit against Madison Square Garden that Rangers PR man Jason Vogel and an unnamed "male" suggested she join them in the rest room at the bar Daddy-O after a Rangers game Dec. 22, 2003. Gawker.com proposed that the second man may have been New York Times reporter Jason Diamos, based on the fact that he covered the Rangers game on the night of the alleged incident. Diamos didn't return a call. Prince's lawyer and a Times spokeswoman both declined comment. ... An intervention from her former "Full House" family was what finally got actress Jodie Sweetin into recovery after a crystal-meth addiction. Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Bob Saget and John Stamos gathered to tell her she needed to get help after she picked up the habit out of "boredom," the actress admitted on "Good Morning America" yesterday. ... Rehabbed Courtney Love is marketable again. Her agent, David Vigliano, who started shopping her "Dirty Blonde" journal a year ago, just sold it to Farrar, Straus. ... Rupert and Wendi Murdoch have a Valentine's Day date to host a party for venture-capitalist pal Tom Perkins to toast his first novel, "Sex and the Single Zillionaire." Perkins hit on the idea for the humorous book after a reality-show producer asked him to star in "How to Marry a Billionaire!" Murdoch put him together with his HarperCollins editor Judith Regan.

Stewart wants to join the flex men
Is chrome-domed British actor Patrick Stewart trying to bulk up with a designer dietary supplement?

Lowdown hears that the 65-year-old Stewart, best known for "X-Men" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation," has been seeing a personal trainer and consulting his doctor about taking creatine.

That's the flavorless, white-powdered steroid alternative, made synthetically from amino acids, that's supposed to boost energy and build muscle.

But be very careful, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard: Creatine's potential side effects include kidney disorders, muscle tears, dehydration, diarrhea and cramping.

Plus, although legal, the supplement remains controversial, as when St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire had to defend his use of it when he shattered Roger Maris' single-season home run record in 1998.

"We in the medical world are averse to recommending medical supplements when we don't have hard evidence saying there are no ill effects," says Robert Gotlin, director of orthopedic and sports rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center. "The issue of kidney stones, we think, is related to it. People who use it get stomach complaints. My advice is, don't take it."

Yesterday, Stewart's spokeswoman insisted from London: "I spoke to Patrick. He is categorically not taking creatine or any other supplements."

Fine and dandy, Capt. Picard, but please, don't even consider it.
 
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