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Michael Jackson’s animals living in “squalor”? Eminem’s wedding details. Plus: Angelina and Brad’s Haitian vacation.


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Salon Staff
January 17, 2006 2:20pm (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Globe-erama: "Brokeback Mountain" and "Walk the Line" won big at the Golden Globes last night, taking in three major awards each, including, respectively, best motion picture/drama and best motion picture/musical or comedy. For a complete list of winners, click here. And for a glimpse at the highlights, click here. (Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Video Dog)

Michael Jackson bad with animals, too: Fresh on the heels of the latest Michael Jackson sex-scandal allegations, there are new accusations about mistreatment at Neverland ranch -- only this time it's poor, defenseless animals. PETA has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate conditions for the many animals still living on Jackson's estate, claiming the singer has left them in "squalor." "Photos [of Neverland] make it clear that the animals are being held in what can only be described as cruel conditions," PETA spokeswoman Lisa Wathne told the London Mirror. "They're abysmal, little more than holding cells. Jackson must close this place and relocate the animals to an accredited zoo or sanctuary." (The Scoop)

We present to you ... Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Mathers: Seven years after their first time at the altar and five years after their divorce, Kim Mathers and Marshall Mathers III, aka Eminem, exchanged vows in Detroit on Saturday in front of a who's who of the rap world, with D12 member Proof acting as best man for the couple. Despite all the bling in the room, the ceremony and reception were notable for their traditional blandness, right down to the bride's white dress and the surf and turf on the menu. (The kids got chicken nuggets and hamburgers.) Eminem's grandmother, Betty Kresin, meanwhile has been trying to air her theory that the only reason the couple is getting married again is because Kim "brainwashed" Em into it, according to the Scoop. "Boy, has he made a big mistake," Kresin said. "No pre-nup or nothing." (E! Online, The Scoop)

Former child actor missing: Joe Pichler, 18, a former child actor who appeared in "Varsity Blues" and the third and fourth installments of "Beethoven," has been missing for a week from his home in Bremerton, Wash., near Seattle. His abandoned car was found Jan. 9, with what authorities think may be a suicide note, but his parents disagree. "He could be in someone's basement," Pichler's mother, Kathy, told the Associated Press on Monday. "He could be wandering the streets hurt." (Associated Press)

The Pitt-Jolies love Haiti: How do Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt follow up the earth-shaking news that they are expecting a child? By visiting Haiti, of course, on a humanitarian P.R. trip. Jolie and Pitt were in Port-au-Prince over the weekend, touring, among other things, projects run there by Wyclef Jean's charity Yele Haiti. Despite the State Department's travel warnings, Jolie had nothing but kind words for the country, saying, "You hear so much just about the danger and the fear and then you come here and you meet just an amazing people. Given just a little chance, and given a little help, this is going to be a great country." (ET Online)

Also:
Elizabeth Shue is pregnant with her third child, and has had to drop out of the filming of Joel Schumacher's thriller "Number 23." (Us Weekly) ... Following the James Frey fiasco, Oprah has announced a far more reliable choice for the next addition to her book club: Elie Wiesel's Holocaust memoir, "Night." (Associated Press) ... Even though they got engaged around Christmas, word is only just now out that actress Brittany Murphy and her boyfriend, Joe Macaluso, are engaged. (People) ... Pete Doherty Watch: After pleading guilty to both cocaine and heroin possession last week, the former Kate Moss flame got arrested again over the weekend for -- surprise! -- possessing drugs. (BBC) ... Want your chance to take on Bill O'Reilly? Fox has just announced the start of the "Bloviate with Bill" contest, which will eventually pit the blowhard skills of six viewers against O'Reilly on a segment for "The O'Reilly Factor." (N.Y. Daily News) ... Despite being the most popular show in the WB's history, and still having its second-highest ratings, "7th Heaven" is being canceled at the end of the season for costing too much: The network says it's losing $16 million a year on the series. (Yahoo! News) ... Actress Shelley Winters, known for her role in Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita" and her Oscar wins as best supporting actress for both "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "A Patch of Blue," died Jan. 14 at age 85. (USA Today)

Money Quotes: Emma Thompson on why she stores her Oscars in the bathroom: "They look far too outré anywhere else. They're great big, gold, shiny things. They're up there tarnishing quietly along with everything else I own, including my body." (Time via Yahoo! News)

Italian sexologist Serenella Salomoni on the findings of her recent research into the effect of TV on couples' sex lives: "If there's no television in the bedroom, the frequency (of sexual intercourse) doubles." (Reuters)

Turn on:
It's the fifth-season series premiere for "American Idol" (Fox, 8 p.m. EST), while Michael J. Fox guest-stars on "Boston Legal" (ABC, 10 p.m. EST). A new installment of PBS's Emmy award-winning series, Independent Lens, presents the documentary "Girl Trouble" (PBS, check local listings), about how teenagers fare in the juvenile justice system.

-- Scott Lamb

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