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THE DAILY DISH ...
A SPICY SERVING OF CELEBRITY NEWS

New mama times two...

It's a girl - and a boy - for actress Julia Roberts and her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder, reports the Associated Press.

Roberts gave birth to twins Hazel Patricia Moder and Phinnaeus Walter Moder on Sunday morning at a Southern California hospital, publicist Marcy Engelman said Sunday.

Roberts, 37, was confined to bed last month after experiencing a series of early contractions and wasn't due until early January. Engelman said Sunday in a phone interview that "mother and babies are doing great," but didn't release the twins' weights or other details.

Roberts, who skyrocketed to fame with "Pretty Woman" in 1990, has two films coming out in early December - Mike Nichols' "Closer" and "Ocean's Twelve," the Steven Soderbergh-directed sequel to 2001's star-studded heist caper.

Roberts married Moder in July 2002 at her home in Taos, N.M. The twins are the first children for Roberts, who won the best actress Oscar in 2001 for "Erin Brockovich."

Music as therapy ...

Consider it one of the 12 steps: baring your soul and pouring your heart out to all who'll listen.

That's what Robert Downey Jr. has done with "The Futurist," his first full-length album, which hit stores last week. The 38-year-old Downey, as we all know, has long struggled with drug addiction, even doing some jail time as a result. He said the music helped him out of that madness.

"Music is great therapy," he explained. "It really is. I don't know anyone who isn't in the midst of some transition, or whether it's positive or negative, and you'll see they'll start gravitating toward new stuff or certain old stuff that's resonating for them."

Dining With Martha . . .

Food at the Federal Corrections Camp in Alderson, W.Va., apparently is nothing to write home about - unless one is eating it with Martha Stewart.

Catholic nun Carol Gilbert, 57, who is serving time in the same prison as the famous homemaker, says she enjoys eating with Stewart, although the setting could be better.

"We're not talking about a tea party," Gilbert's attorney, Sue Tyburski, told Denver's Rocky Mountain News. "We're talking about a big cafeteria setting with the terrible food."

Gilbert is serving 33 months on convictions of obstructing the national defense and damaging government property for her role in an antiwar protest at a missile silo in 2002.

Stewart was convicted on obstruction of justice in May and began serving her five-month sentence at the women's federal prison Oct. 8.

A star on the ascent . . .

Democratic Sen.-elect Barack Obama poked fun at the Illinois Republican Party when he appeared as a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman."

Obama told Letterman Friday night that after Republican challenger Jack Ryan dropped out of the race in June, the state's GOP "couldn't find anyone out of the 12 million people in Illinois to run against me."

Instead, Illinois Republicans picked Alan Keyes, a conservative political commentator from Maryland, to replace Ryan on the November ballot.

Obama won 70 percent of the vote on Nov. 2 compared to 27 percent for Keyes.

Letterman, calling Obama a rising star, asked Obama to promise to return as a guest when he runs for president.

Obama responded: "I hope you invite me (back) before then."