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Brad Pitt appeared on the cover of December's Vanity Fair wearing boxers and little else...and he's not happy about it. The actor's camp is calling the shot, taken from a 2005 video portrait, "unauthorized," but the magazine is stating it has a photo release signed by Pitt.
Brooke Shields told "Access Hollywood" that she and Katie Holmes are "absolutely" friends, despite her onetime feud with Tom Cruise. "You never know how life is going to bring people together," Shields said. Meanwhile, Sumner Redstone and Tom Cruise are absolutely not friends, after the Viacom honcho sounded off to Vanity Fair about his reasons for firing Cruise and
admitted that his wife's opinion of the star was a major factor. "Paula, like women everywhere, had come to hate him. The truth of the matter is, I did listen to her," Redstone said.
Alec Baldwin is asking to be removed as narrator of a documentary about Arnold Schwarzenegger called Running with Arnold, complaining that filmmakers went too far by including images of Nazi rallies. "Schwarzenegger deserves to be treated fairly and the film's images of Nazi rallies were over the line," Baldwin wrote in a posting to the Huffington Post.
Russell Crowe told "60 Minutes" that the U.S. legal system is too harsh and that his phone-tossing incident at a hotel last year would have been settled "with a handshake and an apology" in Australia. Instead, the actor wound up pleading guilty to third-degree assault.
Mel Gibson was honored with the Chairman's Visionary Award from the L.A.-based Latino Business Association for directing Apocalypto, which is about the fall of the Mayan civilization and was filmed in Mexico using an entirely native cast. Chairman Rick Sarmiento said that choosing Gibson for the award was a "no-brainer."
Indie actress Adrienne Shelly was found dead in her apartment by her husband on Wednesday, her agent said. Police told the New York Daily News that the death was an apparent suicide.
|An associate of Angelina Jolie's said a lawsuit may be filed on her behalf against the head of a Cambodian aid group she alleges misappropriated her donations. Mounh Sarath, director of Cambodian Vision in Development, accused the actress of reneging on a promise to provide funds for a conservation project,
but Jolie said she had simply decided not to work with that organization and set up her own fund instead.
Brad Pitt spent Monday in Patan Village, India, helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, E! Networks has responded to an allegation that two employees trespassed on a Hollywood Hills property owned by Pitt: "E!
Networks did not instruct or authorize anyone working on its program to improperly intrude onto private property, and the individuals involved have been terminated. While neither Mr. Pitt nor his family were at the property when the incident took place, the network in no way condones or encourages such behavior and offers its most sincere apologies to Mr. Pitt
and his family."
A judge has ruled that the first of two lawsuits brought on behalf of a stunt man who was badly burned in an accidental explosion while filming Mission: Impossible III can proceed to trial. Both Paramount Pictures and Cruise/Wagner Productions are among the defendants in the case, making for a potential awkward courtroom encounter.
Buoyed by the success of box-office-topping Saw III's debut, Lionsgate has ordered up a fourth installment of the gory franchise, to be released on Halloween 2007.
The horror sequel Saw III topped the box office with an estimated $34.3 million, more than the weekend box office openings of the previous installments. The political thriller Catch a Fire came in twelfth place with an estimated $2 million. Running with Scissors entered the top 10 in tenth place in its second week with
an estimated $2.6 million.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe are formally separating, the couple's rep confirmed to "E! News." "They remain committed to their family and we ask that you please respect their privacy and the safety of their children at this time," the rep said in a statement. Witherspoon has settled her lawsuit against Star magazine for running a June cover story claiming she
was expecting her third child with Ryan Phillippe.
Universal Pictures has won the bidding war for Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen's follow-up to Borat, by shelling out an estimated $42.5 million for the worldwide rights to the film, per the Hollywood Reporter.
A Cambodian development group are accusing Angelina Jolie of reneging on her promise to provide $1.5 million in aid for a forest conservation project, but the actress' lawyer claims that she has simply decided to allocate her funds to a different organization through which she will oversee the project.
The FCC has denied a request from Arnold Schwarzenegger's Democratic opponent Phil Angelides that he be allotted 15 minutes on the "Tonight Show" after Schwarzenegger appeared on the show earlier this month.
All news gathered from E! Online and other sources