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Aniston and Vaughn split. Family services eyeing Britney? Plus: Murphy says Spice baby may not be his.

Topics: Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears,

Morning Briefing:
Movie prefigures actual life: It has been more than a year since the rumors surrounding their romance on the set of “The Break-Up” swirled into concrete fact, but now Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn have ended it, via the typical rep statement: “Jennifer and Vince mutually agreed to end their relationship but continue to be good friends today.” It wasn’t so long ago that Vaughn was threatening to sue over allegations he was being unfaithful and Aniston was assuring Oprah that they were still a happy couple, but after Aniston’s recent visit to London, where Vaughn is filming “Fred Claus,” things soured. Vaughn reportedly opted to spend Thanksgiving in the company of exotic dancers in Budapest, Hungary, rather than in Los Angeles with Aniston. (People, Page Six)

On Britney’s parenting: Britney Spears’ recent high-profile partying and underwear-free ways have been hard to miss, and apparently haven’t escaped the notice of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. A Spears source blabs to Page Six: “The department has been calling Britney trying to set up a meeting with her, so they can check on [Spears' baby sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James]. The calls started after this recent bout of bizarre public behavior.” The gossip column says Spears’ family is worried, too — another source says Britney’s mom, Lynne, “is very disturbed and has been trying to get a hold of Britney, but she can’t. Lynne, Britney’s brother, Brian, and her dad, Jamie, are very upset and are trying to stage an intervention with [Spears' manager] Larry Rudolph’s help.” (Page Six)

Murphy questions paternity: Also broken up: Eddie Murphy and newly pregnant ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown. At the recent “Dreamgirls” premiere (Murphy plays soul singer James “Thunder” Early), Murphy appeared with a new lady friend, film producer Tracey Edmonds, and she later confirmed that they’re an item. On the red carpet, one confused TV reporter asked Murphy about the pregnant Brown: “So are you happy with her because she’s pregnant with your child?” Murphy replied: “Now you’re being presumptuous because we’re not together anymore, and I don’t know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn’t jump to conclusions, sir.” (Associated Press, People)

They come in threes: Super-couple of “The OC,” Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody, have also split up, according to People. A source tells the magazine, “It was a typical romance and they just grew apart.” (People) … Comedian Andy Dick pulled a “Kramer” while trying to make light of the Michael Richards incident at a recent comedy show. Leaving the stage after a routine in which he heckled fellow comic Ian Bagg, Dick yelled out to the crowd, “You’re all a bunch of niggers!” (TMZ) … Paris Hilton says she wants lots of babies. According to Life & Style Weekly, the 25-year-old said: “It’s been my dream to have four babies by 30. I look after animals, so I’d have a lot to give my kids.” (via the Scoop) … Olivia Newton-John is suing Universal Music for breach of contract — she claims the label failed to pay her more than $1 million in royalties earned from sales of the “Grease” soundtrack. (Associated Press) … The black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly, in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” sold during an auction at Christie’s in London for $807,000, about six times the presale estimated value. (Globe and Mail)

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Money Quote:
Donald Trump on Graydon Carter, whose former magazine, Spy, once dubbed Trump “the short-fingered vulgarian”: “In fact, my fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body. From what I hear, the same cannot be said of editors of the failed Spy. Spy was a total failure and they’re trying to resurrect its memory from the ashes … While I have always liked Graydon Carter, he is lucky to be working for [Condé Nast head] Si Newhouse, especially with how badly Vanity Fair magazine is currently doing. Without Si, he’d just be another overweight editor with bad hair.” (Page Six)

Turn On:
It’s the season finale of “America’s Next Top Model” (CW, 8 p.m. EST) on Wednesday night, but the season premiere of “The King of Queens” (CBS, 8 p.m. EST) and MTV’s new “Entourage”-esque reality show, “Twentyfourseven” (10:30 p.m. EST), which trails seven young hopefuls trying to make it in the biz in Los Angeles.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EST): Iraq Study Group co-chairmen James Baker and Lee Hamilton
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Salman Rushdie, Michael Caine, Republic of Botswana President Festus Mogae
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST): Daniel Craig, documentary film subject Teri Horton, Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash (repeat)
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST): Jack Black, chef G. Garvin, Paulina Rubio
Conan O’Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST): Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Drake Bell
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST): John Stamos, Sean Maguire, Ziggy Marley
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST): Thandie Newton, Peter Falk, Bow Wow with Chris Brown
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST): Eve Herold
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST): John Sexton

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