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Limbaugh's new drug problem -- it's not what you think. Plus: Were Cruise and Kidman ever really married?


Salon Staff
June 27, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Limbaugh's Bob Dole moment: Rush Limbaugh was held by authorities at Palm Beach Airport for three hours Monday night after returning from the Dominican Republic. Customs officers reportedly found potentially illicit prescription drugs in his bag -- a bottle of Viagra without his name on the prescription. Limbaugh's attorney says that the Viagra was "labeled as being issued to the physician rather than Mr. Limbaugh for privacy purposes," which could earn Limbaugh a misdemeanor violation. He was released without being charged, though investigators did confiscate the drugs. (Associated Press)

Cruise and Kidman never really married? In the wake of Nicole Kidman's marriage to Aussie country singer Keith Urban over the weekend in Sydney, Australia, there has been some speculation over how the couple were allowed to have a traditional Roman Catholic service when the church doesn't officially recognize second marriages if the first has ended in divorce. The simple answer? Choose not to recognize the first marriage at all. Father Paul Coleman, the Catholic priest who married the couple on Sunday, has reportedly said that the Australian Catholic Church doesn't recognize Kidman's 10-year marriage to Cruise on the grounds that they were married in a Scientology service, making the vows legal but not, according to Coleman, spiritually valid. (E! Online)

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Also:
Making it an extremely busy celebrity wedding period, Patricia Arquette joined Nicole Kidman and Marcia Cross in getting hitched over the weekend. She married actor Thomas Jane in Venice, Italy. (People) ... The buzz is that Star Jones will make an announcement on Friday that -- as has been predicted for months -- she'll be leaving "The View," most likely well before Rosie O'Donnell starts on the show in September. (Star) ... Proving that it's impossible to predict how America will respond to Paris Hilton, "Stars Are Blind," the first single off Hilton's forthcoming album, was yesterday's most downloaded song on Yahoo! (and No. 6 on iTunes), and is the most requested at both KIIS-FM in Los Angeles and New York's Z100. (TMZ) ... It's baby No. 3 for Sharon Stone -- she reportedly adopted her third son earlier this month, and named him Quinn. (Page Six) ... Busta Rhymes, meanwhile, shot straight to the top of the Billboard chart with his new album, "The Big Bang" (Billboard) ... John Cusack has filed for a restraining order against a woman who, according to papers filed in Los Angeles last week, has been stalking him, having her mail sent to his address and "throwing long letters of interest over [his] fence in bags with rocks and screwdrivers inside." (TMZ) ... She's not revealing any other plot points or even giving the world an idea of when the next and final book will be released, but J.K. Rowling has confirmed she's killing off two characters in the last installment of the Harry Potter series. "One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die," she said. (BBC News) ... Editors just can't stay away from an obvious pun -- following the success of "Click" at the box office, everyone from Fox to CNN has jumped aboard the "Adam Sandler clicks with ..." train. (Office Pirates)

Money Quote:
Lisa Kudrow on how parenting has changed her musical habits: "I'm listening to Eminem a lot because my son likes him. He's only 8, but he responds to Eminem's passion and wit, even at his age. Of course, as a parent, it also helps my conscience that when Eminem sings, 'This shit's about to get heavy,' he thinks he's saying 'This ship's about to get heavy.'" (Entertainment Weekly)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
Tonight, Damon Wayans hosts the sixth annual "BET Awards" (8 p.m. EDT), with a special kickoff performance by Beyoncé, and "P.O.V." begins a new season with the documentary "No More Tears Sister" (PBS, check local listings), which recounts the life of Sri Lankan human rights activist Rajani Thiranagama. Also, Showtime presents "Nature of Things: Value of Life -- AIDS in Africa Revisited" (8 p.m. EDT), a second look at the life and work of United Nations' HIV/AIDS envoy Stephen Lewis, after 2001's documentary "A Race Against Time."

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): John Walsh
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Lance Armstrong, Kevin Spacey
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Anne Hathaway, Jim Gaffigan, Dashboard Confessional
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Pat Riley, Connie Chung, Guster
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Hilary Duff, Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Raitt
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Henry Winkler, Judy Greer
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Tommy Lee, the Fixx
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Helen Thomas
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Chris Matthews

-- Lamar Clarkson

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