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Affleck and Garner become parents. Vaughn and Aniston pulled over by cops. Plus: Kidman to wed?

By Salon Staff

Published December 2, 2005 2:30PM (EST)

Morning Briefing:
Bennifer's baby girl: E! Online reports that Jennifer Garner gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Doctors induced labor Wednesday night, which made for a long day for Garner, but sources told Us Weekly, "Ben was with her the entire time." Bucking the trend of celebrities naming their children ridiculous things, the happy couple settled on the name Violet Affleck. (E! Online, Us Weekly)

Vince Vaughn's wild ride: Though police haven't given any details for the reason they pulled him over in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Arizona, they did give Vince Vaughn a breathalyzer test after smelling alcohol on his breath. Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston were driving through Scottsdale, where they've been seen at a spa recently. The breathalyzer determined that Vaughn had, indeed, been drinking, "but was not over the legal limit," but the police suggested he not continue to drive. The pair then hopped into the car of a friend who'd been following them and left Vaughn's car on the side of the road. (Associated Press)

Kidman to tie the knot? Rumor has it that Nicole Kidman is engaged to country singer Keith Urban, and has been spotted sporting a ring. The news follows on the heels of rampant yet questionable speculation that Kidman is pregnant. (Fox 411,

K.Fed gets the boot? Britney Spears' marriage to Kevin Federline may be going the way of Simpson-Lachey, but without all the tedious public denials. According to a story in Star magazine, Spears kicked Federline out of their Malibu house after a buddy showed up carrying weed. "Britney turned around and fired two of her longtime security guards for letting what she called 'the weedman' into the house," Star magazine quotes a source as saying. "She just seemed crazy with anger." Showing true style, she followed this act up by heading to an L.A. club with her girlfriends, where, while "downing Grey Goose and Red Bull with 'Jackass' cohorts Steve-O and Johnny Knoxville, Spears set to dancing on the seat of her banquette." (Star via New York Daily News)

In honor of it also being Spears' 24th birthday, someone's put together this Britney Spears retrospective. (Oh No They Didn't) ... Vaughn and Aniston weren't he only ones incautiously mixing booze and transportation this week: Two "Lost" cast members, Michelle Rodriguez (Ana Lucia) and Cynthia Watros (newcomer Libby), driving separate cars, were both picked up for DUI in Hawaii, where the show is filmed. They posted the $500 bail and were released. (KHON 2 News via Perez Hilton) ... It looks like Apple Martin will have a sibling: Gwyneth Paltrow is pregnant with her second child. (ET Online)  Could Katie Couric be considering leaving NBC's "Today" to take over the spot left empty when Dan Rather left the "CBS Evening News" anchor desk? According to sources at both networks, the answer is yes. (Los Angeles Times) ... Is George Clooney name-checking Bill O'Reilly to get press, or is it the other way around? Depends on whom you think is more desperate for headlines: O'Reilly claims, "A source close to his p.r. told me this is his strategy. Clooney is not a quality guy." Clooney's rep says: "We don't need any more press." (Page Six) ... Media-savvy Arianna Huffington says there are lessons to be learned from the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey split. "It's hard to talk about. I really think that now gossip readers everywhere should demand a full accounting," she facetiously told the New York Times earlier this week. "The blogosphere has not done its job. I think we really need to step up to the plate." (New York Times)

Money Quote:
Billy Joel finally comes clean on what he really thought about being a part of Michael Jackson's charity song, "We Are the World": "I remember most of us who were there didn't like the song, but nobody would say so. I think Cyndi Lauper leaned over to me and said, 'It sounds like a Pepsi commercial.' And I didn't disagree." (Rolling Stone via N.Y. Daily News)

Turn On:
Which will ultimately be scarier: the new "Masters of Horror" (Showtime, 10 p.m. EDT) installment directed by Joe Dante ("Gremlins," "The 'Burbs") or the get-togethers on "Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again" (CBS, 9 p.m. EDT)? Debuting tonight: a series called "Creature Comforts" (BBC America, 11 p.m. EDT) made up of film shorts by the same people who brought you Wallace & Gromit.

-- Scott Lamb

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