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Cruise does journalistic couch jump. Paris is very into church. Plus: Keith Richards recovers from tree -- or jet ski -- fall.

Published May 2, 2006 1:30PM (EDT)

Morning Briefing:
Paris is pious and single: They've been off and on as a couple for some time, but Paris Hilton and Stavros Niarchos are now reportedly stuck in off. Hilton's rep, Elliot Mintz, told People, "It is not my policy to comment on my client's private life. But I would not offer a denial." Hilton also wants people to know that she's actually very religious. "I'm Catholic," she told Out magazine for an upcoming cover story. "Of course, they're not going to run pictures of me in church." (People, Out via Page Six)

Tom Cruise, journalist: Providing a great example for why he's an actor and not a writer, Tom Cruise has a byline in Time's new "Time 100" issue for a profile of "Mission: Impossible III" director J.J. Abrams. "First of all, is there anything in a name -- J.J.?" Cruise writes. "Look at the Jays we have now -- Jay Leno, J. Lo, Jay-Z -- but he's got two Js. He was born to impinge and invade pop culture." (Time)

Feds look into Pellicano leaks at the Times: There's a brewing investigation within an investigation surrounding the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping case, as the Justice Department has launched a probe to look into how confidential information from the FBI's interviews for the case began showing up in the New York Times. The U.S. district attorney in the case, Daniel Saunders, told a judge he wanted to delay filing grand jury transcripts, saying, "We have no confidence that these will not end up on the front page of the newspaper." (Editor & Publisher)

Richards recovering from coconut-tree-related fall: Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards has been discharged from a hospital in New Zealand and is making a "speedy recovery," according to the band's spokeswoman. He was being treated for head injuries after, as People puts it, falling "from a coconut tree, a Jet Ski or a combination of the two" last week. (People)

Halle Berry says she wants to go the Angelina Jolie route to motherhood: "I will definitely adopt. And I probably will adopt even if it does happen naturally." (Extra via Associated Press) ... "Lost" actress Michelle Rodriguez finished her stint in a Hawaiian jail on Friday for a DUI charge after staying just 65 hours, but on Wednesday heads back to Los Angeles to face probation violation charges stemming from an earlier drunken-driving episode. (E! Online) ... Weirdly, the wives of basketballers (and former teammates) Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal both gave birth to daughters on Monday. (People) ... Despite pressure from the music industry to raise the price of downloads, Apple has announced it will continue to sell individual songs on iTunes for 99 cents. (Financial Times via MSNBC) ... Among the literary awards given out on Monday by PEN, the group's $20,000 Nabokov Award for lifetime achievement went to Philip Roth. (Yahoo! News) ... Keira Knightley's custom-made, size 6 Vera Wang Oscar dress sold on Monday for $7,845 as part of an Oxfam benefit on eBay to raise money for East Africa. (Post Chronicle)

Turn On:
J.J. Abrams -- "Mission: Impossible III" director and creator of both "Lost" and "Alias" -- appears with guest host George Stephanopoulos on "Charlie Rose" (PBS, check local listings), and Joan Collins (Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan), Linda Evans (Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington) and John Forsythe (Blake Carrington) join other cast and crew members to relive some of their best moments on "Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar" (CBS, 10 p.m. EDT).

-- Scott Lamb

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