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Brad and Angelina "colonial overlords"? Cristal banished from hip-hopdom? Plus: Diddy vs. Lindsay ... fight, fight, fight!


Salon Staff
June 21, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
The Jolie-Pitt overlords? Despite the continual display of mutual goodwill that characterized most of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's stay in Namibia, there are apparently some who think that the couple's coziness with the national government -- which barred some reporters and paparazzi from entering the country -- smacks of something nasty. Namibia's National Society for Human Rights says the couple "used heavy-handed and brutal tactics" to persuade the government to come down hard on paparazzi, and it apparently called them "colonial overlords." Defamer has a link to the NSHR press release, but notes there's actually "no mention of the overlord stuff." (Defamer)

Jay-Z turns against Cristal: After Federic Rouzard, the head of Louis Roederer Cristal, told the Economist last week that his company isn't sure what to do about hip-hop's general embrace of his company's Champagne -- "We can't forbid people from buying it. I'm sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business," he told the magazine -- Jay-Z has started a one-man campaign against the bubbly. He's no longer serving it at the clubs he owns in New York and Atlantic City, and he is cutting out the references to it in a number of the songs he'll perform at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, according to his rep: "You can bet that Cristal will not be in Jay's lyrics on Sunday. What will replace it, only he knows at the time, because he rhymes on the fly -- so don't be surprised to hear something different." (Page Six)

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Diddy gets in on the Hilton vs. Lohan fight: During another Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan flare-up during a private performance by Prince at a Manhattan nightclub on Friday, Lohan followed Hilton to the bathroom, where a witness says they had "a huge fight." But while their beef is now old news, this fight ended with a new twist -- when Lohan returned to her table at the crowded club, she found that Diddy and his posse had taken it over. Sources say things then got nasty between the two; Rush & Molloy write, "one of Puffy's bodyguards lifted up Lindsay, and the rapper himself got into a scuffle with a Lohan pal who defended her." Bouncers then escorted Lohan out of the club, while she demanded that Diddy be ejected, too. (Rush & Molloy)

Also:
She had a son just nine months ago, but Heidi Klum is pregnant again -- her husband, Seal, sent an announcement to People that the couple and their two children "are expecting a new addition to our ever increasing family." (People) ... Marriage No. 7 has turned into divorce No. 7 for Robert Evans. His wife, Victoria White O'Gara, is filing for divorce after less than a year. (People) ... On the off chance that someone might want to slap the Captain Jack Sparrow character on corn-based snack foods, artificial eyelashes or "frozen meals consisting primarily of pasta or rice," Disney lawyers have filed to trademark Johnny Depp's character from "Pirates of the Caribbean" on those and hundreds of other products, just in case. (Deadline Hollywood) ... ABC has a photographic exploration of the phenomenon of male movie star bloat, including a deeply terrifying photo of Stephen Baldwin. (ABC News)

-- Scott Lamb

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Turn On:
"America's Got Talent" (NBC, 9 p.m. EDT) makes its two-hour debut, and "The Little Zoo That Could" (Animal Planet, 9 p.m. EDT) has its series wrap-up. Also, Harrison Ford acts as a presenter for the "AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery" (USA, 9 p.m. EDT), and PBS premieres Independent Lens' "A Lion in the House" (check local listings), a documentary that follows families coping with childhood cancer.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Hillary Clinton and the other eight Democratic female senators
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Henry Kissinger
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Amy Sedaris, Morningwood
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Thomas Haden Church, Julie Scardina and Sea World animals, Martina McBride
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Adam Sandler, the Subways
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Stanley Tucci, Cat Deeley, Van Hunt
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Anderson Cooper
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Bay Buchanan
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Bonnie Hunt, Phil Gordon, Buckcherry

-- Lamar Clarkson

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