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Lohan gets into girl fight. DeGeneres racks up the Emmys. Plus: Did "United 93" fly with audiences?


Salon Staff
May 1, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Lohan love spat? Lindsay Lohan apparently got a big surprise last week when she decided to drop by director Brett Ratner's Hollywood house. Ratner and Lohan have been rumored to be somewhat of an item, and he'd told her she was welcome to come by anytime, but forgot to mention he might already have company in the form of longtime girlfriend and model Alina Puscau. "Brett never told Lindsay he had a girlfriend. She had no idea," a source told Page Six. "He is constantly e-mailing, texting and calling her." Another source said things turned nasty when Lohan just showed up on the doorstep: "Alina jumped out of bed and went ballistic. They started screaming at each other and took the fight first into the living room and then out to the driveway while Brett hid in the bedroom. Lindsay said she could get Alina deported and left." (Page Six)

Ellen sweeps again: At last Friday's Daytime Emmy Awards show, Ellen DeGeneres cleaned up again in the talk show category, taking home the best host award (for the second year in a row) and the best talk show prize (for the third year in a row). Other big winners: "Guiding Light," which won four awards and nearly swept the acting category; "General Hospital," which won best drama; and Alex Trebek, who won best game show host for his work on "Jeopardy!" See the full list of winners here. (People)

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Limbaugh (briefly) arrested: Rush Limbaugh was arrested in Florida on Friday for charges stemming from the OxyContin scandal that first surfaced back in 2003. After about an hour in custody, he posted $3,000 bail and was back at home. In a deal with Palm Beach County law enforcement, Limbaugh will plead guilty to a single charge of illegally getting the painkiller from multiple doctors, but if he stays in drug treatment for the next 18 months, the charge will be fully erased. (E! Online)

Also:
Rosie O'Donnell's new contract with "The View" stipulates she can't cut her hair -- the show's producers don't want her to repeat her Cyndi Lauper '80s-style do of 2002. (Fox 411) ... "United 93" didn't flop at the box office, but it didn't take the top spot, either. Bringing in an estimated $11.6 million, it came in at No. 2 over the weekend, just after "RV," which pulled in $16.4 million. (Box Office Mojo) ... Pete Doherty is out on bail after being arrested yet again for drug-related charges, this time stemming from photos (which you can see here) that appear to depict him shooting heroin into the arm of an unconscious girl. He'll return for questioning in the case in July. (Associated Press Yahoo! News)

Money Quote:
Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday night (see the video here) on the flow of information from the Bush administration: "Here's how it works. The president makes decisions; he's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know, fiction." (C-SPAN via Democratic Underground)

Turn On:
From the same producers who brought you "Colonial House," it's the debut of "Texas Ranch House" (PBS, check local listings), a four-part miniseries that attempts to re-create life in 1867. Also, Molly Ringwald guest-stars on "Medium" (NBC, 10 p.m. EDT).

-- Scott Lamb

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