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Farrell lashes out at ex-lover over XXX tape; Jude Law's wronged fiancee removes ring, cries. Plus: John McCain on D.C. "boobs."


Salon Staff
July 20, 2005 12:00AM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
The cat's probably not too happy either: You know that amateur sex tape that guy identifying himself as "J.J." was calling gossip columns about last week? The one he claimed featured Colin Farrell and Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain getting it on in various positions and Farrell saying (possibly of Narain's pet cat), "Baby, you have the most beautiful [word that means kitty]"? Well, Farrell knows about it too, and he's not too happy to have the rest of the world in on his private moment. In fact, the brow-endowed actor has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Supreme Court against Narain, whom he dated 2 1/2 years ago, claiming that the two had a joint agreement not to make the tape public. Farrell's suit also seeks general and compensatory damages from Narain, who the actor contends is working through an intermediary to peddle the racy video, and an injunction prohibiting the sale of the tape. According to the lawsuit, which also names the man thought to be brokering the sale of the video, "Defendants' outrageous attempt to capitalize on the celebrity of plaintiff Colin Farrell ... through their unauthorized commercial exploitation of the highly private and confidential videotape exceeds all bounds of common human decency." (Associated Press, BBC News)

Sad Sienna: You know Jude Law's public apology to fiancée Sienna Miller after the British tabloids carried explicit news of his affair with his children's nanny? The one that went something like this: "Following the reports in today's papers, I just want to say I am deeply ashamed and upset that I've hurt Sienna and the people most close to us. I want to publicly apologize to Sienna and our respective families for the pain that I have caused"? Well, Miller clearly knows about it too. And she has reacted, according to reports, by removing her engagement ring (she wasn't wearing it when she showed up to perform in a West End production of "As You Like It" on Monday) and responding tearfully to a standing ovation the audience gave her after the play. Yes, you can feel sorry for her -- and also for the nanny. And while you're at it, for Law's ex-wife, Sadie Frost, the mother of his three kids, whom the actor left for Miller. (Associated Press, N.Y. Post, BBC News, N.Y. Daily News)

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Roman, warrior: Roman Polanski is suing Condé Nast over a 2002 Vanity Fair article that claimed he seduced another woman on the way to the funeral of his murdered pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, in 1969. Polanski has called the allegation an "abominable lie" that is "particularly hurtful because it dishonors my memory of Sharon." The case will be tried in Britain, where claimants in libel cases are thought to have an advantage. Polanski, currently living in France to avoid facing prison time in the U.S. for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl back in the '70s, will testify by video link. (Associated Press)

Also: Howard Stern says that when he leaves his regular radio morning show spot on Infinity Broadcasting to jump to satellite radio, he'll be replaced by comedian Adam Carolla in Los Angeles and by former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth in New York. Infinity has not confirmed Stern's assertions. (Los Angeles Times) ... According to the Globe tabloid, Jessica Simpson wants to adopt a child. In fact, she has wanted to since she was 16 and visited a Mexican orphanage. "That's what I wanted for my birthday but I couldn't legally get a baby across the Mexican border," she reportedly told the Globe. (Globe via the Hollywood News) ... Zeta Graff, the ex-girlfriend of Paris Hilton's fiancé, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Hilton, claiming that Hilton caused "a number of vicious lies [about her] ... to be published in the New York Post." According to the suit, Hilton approached Graff at a London club in June and whispered in her ear, "You're a [bleep]ing [bleep]. I'm going to destroy you." (Rush & Molloy) ... James Gandolfini reportedly got so frustrated with a hard-to-say line while filming "The Sopranos" on Friday that he punched a window. The window, mercifully, was made of shatterproof safety glass, but the crew was apparently all broken up about Gandolfini's ouburst, fearing he might injure himself and cost them work with a production delay. (Lloyd Grove's Lowdown) ... Rumor has it Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson are set to marry for a third time. According to one source, Lee proposed on Friday in Vegas: "He got her a black diamond with two gray diamonds on the side." (Page Six) ... Eminem's Anger Management tour DJ, the Alchemist, is giving a vivid account of the tour bus accident that landed him in the hospital with three fractured ribs and a bruised lung. "When that bus flipped, the couch, the table, anything I could hold onto was in the air and I was flying like a dishrag," he recalls. (MTV News) ... Meanwhile, friends of Eminem say that he may retire from performing, and focus on producing instead, after this tour. (The Independent)

Money Quote:
Sen. John McCain responding on "The Tonight Show" to a Drudge Report story chastising him for appearing in "Wedding Crashers" and characterizing the film as a "boob raunch fest": "In Washington, I work with boobs every day." (NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" via WorldNetDaily.com)

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" director Tim Burton on widespread speculation that Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka was inspired by Michael Jackson: "Here's the deal: Michael Jackson likes children, Willy Wonka can't stand them. To me, that's a big difference in the whole persona, y'know?" (London Free Press)

Turn On:
Cinemax will air the 2004 film "We Don't Live Here Anymore," based on two novellas by writer's writer Andre Dubus, at 8:15 p.m. EDT.

-- Amy Reiter

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