First comes baby, then comes tabloid photo spread: According to Perez Hilton, the first pictures of Katie Holmes' baby with Tom Cruise have already been snapped, and they'll come out in next week's issue of OK magazine, which paid a hefty sum for the privilege. With Cruise clamoring for attention with his increasingly elaborate promotional stunts -- in Manhattan on Wednesday, he crisscrossed the city in a variety of outfits and modes of transportation -- the timing of the baby photos does seem kind of convenient. The Awful Truth goes out on a limb to predict that the baby-photo hype will provide a perfect second-weekend bump for "Mission: Impossible III": "We will get our first glimpse of mother and child -- perhaps even with papa Tom and his pearly whites -- sometime between May 10 and 14." (Perez Hilton, Associated Press, the Awful Truth)
More sex allegations for Maury: In a lawsuit filed last week by former "Maury Povich Show" producer Bianca Nardi, Maury Povich, aka Mr. Connie Chung, was accused of having an affair with one of his underlings. Nardi is suing the show for creating a sexually threatening work environment. Now Nardi is allegedly set to accuse Povich of having another mistress on the show's staff as well. Nardi, whose allegations have been at least somewhat corroborated by a co-worker, hasn't named the second woman yet, but a rep for the alleged mistress dismisses the accusation as "a desperate attempt to revive interest in this case." (Rush & Molloy)
Nicole Richie realizes there's a problem: In an interview in the current Vanity Fair, Nicole Richie recognizes that she might just be a little on the skinny side. "I know I'm too thin right now, so I wouldn't want any young girl looking at me and saying, 'That's what I want to look like,'" she tells the mag. And while she won't go so far as to say she has an eating disorder, one of her doctors is apparently looking into it. "If it's not anorexia, she should be able to gain the weight," Dr. Jeffrey Wilkins said. "If it ends up being anorexia we can help her with that." (Us Online)
Randy Quaid dropped his lawsuit against the producers of "Brokeback Mountain" on Tuesday -- he'd claimed he'd been tricked into being underpaid for his role in the film -- after saying he'd reached a financial settlement, but on Wednesday, a Focus Features spokesperson said no money changed hands and that the company has no idea what Quaid is talking about: "The circumstances of him dropping the suit are as mysterious as the circumstances under which he filed his claim." (E! Online) ... Former 98 Degrees boy band member Jeff Timmons was arrested on Wednesday in Florida for drunken driving and driving without a valid license. (Yahoo! News) ... Alec Baldwin is angry about custody law -- he calls it a "an antiquated view of men and parenting, a 1950s matriarchal model" -- and is going to be writing about his legal woes with Kim Basinger in a book for St. Martin's Press to be called "A Promise to Ourselves." (Page Six) ... Donald and Melania Trump were spotted in the audience of Julia Roberts' play, "Three Days of Rain," on Tuesday, but got up at intermission and didn't come back. (Lowdown) ... George Michael says he's planning a small wedding to longtime partner Kenny Goss. "But no one's going to be getting into a dress!" he told a British talk show last weekend. "Neither of us has the body for it, you know." (People)
It's the season finale of "Supernatural" (WB, 9 p.m. EDT), and Julia Roberts and Pearl Jam are guests on "The Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT).
-- Scott Lamb