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Will Vinnifer usurp Brangelina? Paris -- canceled! Plus: Comparing O'Reilly with McCarthy.

Published October 13, 2005 1:05PM (EDT)

Morning Briefing:
Well, if OK says its official : With a certain amount of mystery still swirling around the Ashton Kutcher-Demi Moore holy matrimony, OK magazine is running its pricey-yet-grainy world exclusive photos of the ceremony. The happy couple are both decked out in white, Ashton even sporting a fedora. The issue also carries the couple's exclusive "personal recollections," including statements like this one from Kutcher: "I hope the love that we share can resonate around the world so that someday I can hear its echo." If you can't get ahold of an issue, there's also this (significantly cheaper) world exclusive "video" of the ceremony, complete with an embarrassing Michael Jackson appearance. (Perez Hilton, Four1Six via Jossip)

What almost rhymes with "McCarthy"? Blogger Aaron Swartz couldn't help noticing that some of the language from this transcript of Edward R. Murrow's March 1954 piece on Sen. Joseph McCarthy sounded, well, rather familiar. A few Google searches later, he'd come up with a theory, and a list. Here's a small sampling:

"McCarthy: You know the [American] Civil Liberties Union has been listed as "a front for, and doing the work of," the Communist Party?

"O'Reilly: There is no question the ACLU and the judges who side with them are terror allies. (July 25, 2005)

"McCarthy: Now, you wrote a book in 1932. I'm going to ask you again: At the time you wrote this book, did you feel that professors should be given the right to teach sophomores that marriage -- and I quote -- 'should be cast out of our civilization as antiquated and stupid religious phenomena?' Was that your feeling at that time?

"O'Reilly: You can understand how people like me and maybe a lot of people watching think you are a loony lefty when your book, 'Fanatics & Fools' ... is endorsed by the following: Molly Ivins; Bill Maher, Bill Moyers; and Larry David. Why don't you get Che Guevara on that, oh, he's dead. How about Fidel Castro? Come on, they are the far left fringe. That's who you're hanging with ... (April 20, 2004)

The new movie by O'Reilly foe George Clooney, "Good Night, and Good Luck," has some viewers seeing similar comparisons. (Aaron Swartz)

Dare we say Vinnifer? Maybe it's all a case of the media taking things the wrong way, maybe it's a carefully crafted ploy to lure attention away from the Brangelina juggernaut, maybe it's just good clean fun -- whatever's going on, Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn have been caught out in public again, this time in Chicago after a performance of Vaughn's Wild West comedy show. The two descriptions in the story just coming out in People certainly don't make it sound too innocent: "On Tuesday night, the pair were seen dancing, eyes locked, before kissing and making out as bodyguards shooed the crowd away," the mag writes. "At the party after the show, Vaughn grabbed Aniston around the waist, pulled her to his side and told a few friends, 'She's the best!' while rubbing her back. He later gave her a kiss on the temple, and the two proceeded to make out." (People)

The Smoking Gun has scans of the now-infamous Harriet and George letters -- archived personal correspondence between Miers and Bush during his days as Texas governor -- complete with references to public scatology and gratuitous exclamation points!!! ... Say goodbye to "The Simple Life" -- just weeks away from shooting season four, Fox has canned the show, with insiders telling Us Weekly that the ongoing Hilton-Ritchie feud lay behind the cancellation -- that, and Ritchie's weight loss are making execs "nervous about how viewers would accept her." There's some hope left, though, that another network might pick up the show  The "small amount" Boy George's lawyer referred to when the singer was arrested on drug possession charges over the weekend has grown to 13 bags, according to the police. George is currently in London, awaiting his Dec. 19 court appearance  The American people have spoken: A National Enquirer poll has over 70 percent voting that the TomKat marriage will last no longer than one to five years, with a paltry 3.9 percent saying the union is forever. Just over 60 percent make the bold prediction that because she's pregnant, Katie Holmes will marry Cruise "sooner rather than later" ... Ubergossip scribe Aileen "Suzy" Mehle is giving up the game after five decades. Mehle wrote for both the New York Post and the Daily News, and most recently was at Women's Wear Daily and W magazine. She described her work thus: "What I do is kick them in the pants with a diamond-buckled shoe" ... It's the first anniversary of the death of legendary BBC DJ John Peel, and the BBC has put up a special site dedicated to his life and times.

Money Quote:
Sir Elton John on the positive power of the British tabloid press: "The great thing about England is that the media will give you a very hard time. They won't let you get away with it. I wish Elvis Presley had lived in England because if he had, he would probably still be alive today. What this story has achieved is it has forced Kate Moss to get help. Plenty of people must have told her to do something about it. But plenty of people told me and it took me 16 years to go and do it." (Daily Mirror via icKent)

Turn On:
Rev. Run (he of Run-DMC fame) and family take a shot at an Osbourne-style show with the debut of "Run's House" (MTV, 10:30 p.m. EDT), and Kevin Spacey shows up on "Charlie Rose" (PBS, check local listings) to talk about his work at the Old Vic.

In Tuesday's Fix, we ran an item referring to Veronica Vera as a drag queen. Miss Vera actually runs a school for aspiring cross-dressers, Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls. The Fix regrets the error.

-- Scott Lamb

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