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Elton John: 'I'm cooling it' ...

Pop star Elton John says he doesn't mean to throw tantrums -- it just comes with the territory of being creative, reported Reuters.

John told Britain's Times magazine that his behavior had changed since beating drug and alcohol addictions 14 years ago, yet "the rage and the temper are still there -- but it's part of being creative."

The British superstar, famous for his outbursts, grabbed headlines last month when he cursed and shouted at Taiwanese photographers for surprising him as he arrived at Taipei airport, calling them "rude, vile pigs." At a London award ceremony a week later, he launched into a foul-mouthed tirade at pop star Madonna, accusing her of charging fans outrageous prices to see her lip-synch in concert. He has since said that he regretted the comment.

John, 57, said he was working to rein in his temper. "I don't seem to have anger -- I have rage. There are still times, especially when I'm tired, when the bad temper and the irrationality come out. And I hate that. Because I'm trying to change it."

Standing tall ...

If you're one of the girls who rejected Topher Grace in high school, he has two words for you: Boo hoo.

"I think about it and I really hope it's happening," the star of Fox's "That '70s Show" tells the Boston Globe. "I could even name names."

Grace, 26, said he looked so young as an adolescent that most girls wouldn't consider him as boyfriend material. "I'm not trying to say 'poor me' -- not like the way supermodels say, 'I had a terrible childhood, everyone made fun of me' -- but I was very small in high school and nobody wanted to date me," he said.

Grace left college after his freshman year for TV fame. "I had a growth spurt right before college. Unfortunately, I'll never know if I would have done better in college as I grew into myself or if I became popular because I got a TV show."

Wake-up call ...

There's a reason why Eminem has stayed out of trouble for the past couple of years -- he was scared straight, reports The New York Post.

Having landed in court on assault and gun possession charges, the rapper born Marshall Mathers III told the December issue of Vanity Fair: "Nothing woke me up more than standing in front of a judge, and my life is in his hands."

Despite shelling out $5.3 million for a new house in the Hollywood hills, the somewhat reclusive Grammy and Academy Award-winning superstar says he will never leave Detroit. "This is all I've ever known, all I ever want to know," Eminem said. "I've seen the world, I've explored the world, I've traveled it, I've played in places; it's great to visit -- this is where I want to live. I don't want to go to L.A. and get caught up in the party scene. All I ever wanted to do was to make enough money from music to be able to support myself and make a living, and have a future for my daughter."

Rap tour's a wrap ...

The tumultuous tour pairing platinum-selling stars R. Kelly and Jay-Z came to an abrupt end Saturday, a day after Kelly walked offstage during a performance and allegedly was blasted with pepper spray by a member of Jay-Z's entourage.

Kelly was booted from shows Saturday and Monday at Madison Square Garden by the promoter, who told the singer he was banned from the facility, said his publicist, Allan Mayer. The promoter announced that Jay-Z, with special guests, would do the shows alone.

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