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Brad and Angelina sell baby pix and save lives. "Fire crotch" granny's rumor flames out. Plus: Jon Stewart plays host again.


Salon Staff
June 6, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Shiloh's baby pix sell: After a mad bidding war this weekend among the tabloids, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have managed to sell their daughter's first baby pictures to People magazine for the reported sum of $4.1 million. A source who was a part of the auction tells Page Six how the sale went down: "The photos were shown to us [on Saturday] around 10 p.m. to midnight, and then we had to submit bids by 6 a.m. Sunday morning. No one got any sleep at all, as it was a manic game of phone-tag to top each other's bids. I'm convinced it was Brangie's revenge on the weekly magazines." On Monday, the Jolie-Pitts announced they'd be taking the proceeds of the sale and giving all of it to charities to help children in developing countries. In a joint statement, the couple said: "While we celebrate the joy of the birth of our daughter, we recognize that 2 million babies born every year in the developing world die on the first day of their lives. These children can be saved, but only if governments around the world make it a priority." (Page Six, Reuters)

Brandon Davis' grandma tries to set him up: In a bizarre move to try to undo some of the damage that oil heir Brandon Davis' "fire crotch" incident did to the family name, Barbara Davis, Brandon's grandmother, has been trying push the story that her grandson is now together with the subject of his drunken diatribe, Lindsay Lohan. At a party over the weekend -- Kenny G's birthday party, as it turns out -- Granny Davis was overhead telling guests, "Brandon is dating Lindsay now!" Lohan's rep, Leslie Sloane, says the claim is a big fat fib: "It is unfortunate that Barbara Davis is desperate enough to make up a lie about Lindsay dating her grandson. Lindsay took the high road and accepted Brandon's apology last week, but they are not dating and they did not go to dinner together. Lindsay is dating several men who live overseas." (Page Six)

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Stewart at the Peabodys: Jon Stewart hosted the 65th annual Peabody Awards on Monday night in New York, honoring news broadcasters for their work -- CNN and NBC were cited for their Katrina coverage -- as well as fare like "South Park" and "Battlestar Galactica." "Here at the Peabodys, I'm a satirist," Stewart said during his speech. "It's very important, what I do, and you're lucky to have me." He also called the awards show "less entertaining than the Emmys," and said the honorees were "good, but not Latin Grammys good." (Hollywood Reporter via MSNBC)

Also:
Did Jennifer Aniston get her first hint that something was going on between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie via sexually transmitted diseases? From an anonymous source: "So I had to contribute a tidbit I heard when I was working for 20th Century Fox (in an executive position that will go unnamed) ... we produced 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith.' Angie and Brad were indeed having sex on that film, and she apparently gave him some STDs, and that's how Jennifer Aniston first found out." (What Would Tyler Durden Do?) ... After six years together -- they already have a 2-year-old son -- Casey Affleck (younger brother of Ben) and Summer Phoenix (younger sister of Joaquin) tied the knot over the weekend. (E! Online) ... Woody Harrelson and his wife, Laura Louie, have announced the birth of their third baby, another daughter, over the weekend: "In this crazy patriarchal world we live in, we are doing our part to balance the energy. We are proud to announce the completion of our goddess trilogy with the birth of our third daughter, Makani Ravello." (People) ... Meatloaf is suing Jim Steinman, the songwriter who penned his hit "Bat Out of Hell," for more than $50 million in a trademark dispute involving the title of the song. (Reuters) ... An auction for the rights to Ted Turner's authorized biography begins today, and it's expected to fetch the media giant somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 million. (N.Y. Post) ... The video for Paris Hilton's first single, "Stars Are Blind," has appeared online. You can watch the repetitive beach frolicking here. (Perez Hilton)

Money Quote:
Patti Smith says she doesn't want to be seen primarily as a musician: "I'm not a musician now and I can't even say I'm a real singer. I've always looked at my participation in rock 'n' roll as more of a political one, something that I did to incite or excite or inspire people." (ContactMusic)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
Bravo kicks off new seasons of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (10 p.m. EDT) and "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (9 p.m. EDT), and Oxygen debuts "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" (10 p.m. EDT). Also, "Last Comic Standing" begins round one of its semifinals (NBC, 9 p.m. EDT).

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On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): special episode at San Quentin
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Guest host David Remnick
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Bonnie Hunt, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, Tim Russert, David Lee Roth
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Eric McCormack, Famke Janssen, Drive-By Truckers
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Bill Bennett
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Christiane Amanpour

-- Lamar Clarkson

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