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Tommy Lee in bathroom brawl. Star lashes out at Barbara. Plus: Britney -- naked, pregnant and a brunette.


Salon Staff
June 29, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Another boys bathroom brawl? In an eerily similar reenactment of the Jeremy Piven/Stephen Dorff bathroom fisticuffs earlier this month, Tommy Lee apparently put a hurtin' on "Las Vegas" star Josh Duhamel outside the men's room of a Los Angeles club on Tuesday night. Duhamel sparked things by impatiently banging on the door while Lee was in the bathroom. "One of Josh's friends said, 'Stop, Tommy's in there,'" a spy tells Page Six. "Josh replied, 'Tommy who? Tommy Lee, who cares?' Tommy heard that and came out of the bathroom. Words were exchanged and Josh ended up on the floor -- I don't know if he was pushed or punched." Security intervened before things could go further, and according to the source, "Josh never did get to use the bathroom." (Page Six)

Spears, pregnant and naked: Possibly in response to the bad press she got over her Matt Lauer "Dateline" interview, Britney Spears is sporting a new look -- black hair, no clothes -- for the next issue of Harper's Bazaar. (Dlisted has the photos here.) In part two of her apparent image-makeover strategy, Spears is also reportedly fleeing the paparazzi-infested hills of Malibu to get back to her roots in the South, and will be moving in with her mother in Louisiana. (Associated Press, Perez Hilton, In Touch Weekly via the Scoop)

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Star speaks, again: After being verbally knifed by Barbara Walters on Wednesday's episode of "The View," Star Jones Reynolds is desperately trying to get her side of the story heard. Making the case that she'd been backstabbed in an interview with the New York Daily News, Jones said, "For Barbara to say she felt betrayed is the height of hypocrisy," but also showed herself to be totally out of touch with her own media persona: The show's producers "told me my contract would not be renewed because my approval rating had gone down ... I was like, whoa!" A number of media outlets have also noted that every trace of Mrs. Jones Reynolds has been erased from the "View" Web site, though, oddly, her personal site still has a link called "Enjoy 'The View,'" which now takes you to a recipe for her "All Star Macaroni & Cheese." (New York Daily News, Us Online, Starjones.com)

Also:
Names and other pertinent details aren't forthcoming yet, but the New York Daily News reports that the person who stole a memory card chock-full of family photos from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has been arrested in California. (Rush & Molloy) ... There was no flood of tears and Barbara Walters didn't get mad, but Wednesday was Charlie Gibson's last day after almost two decades of co-hosting "Good Morning America." (Hollywood Reporter) ... After 11 years of rock, the ladies of Sleater-Kinney are calling it quits. (E! Online) ... There's a warrant out for rapper DMX after he failed to show up in a New York court on Wednesday to face traffic charges, including driving without a license. (BBC News) ... Ben Affleck is slated to play the role of the original (TV) Man of Steel, George Reeves, in "Hollywoodland," an upcoming movie about Reeves' 1959 suicide. (Post Chronicle) ... USA Today takes a hard look at the journalism of "Superman Returns," wondering if the Daily Planet has a liberal bias and asking the pressing question: "Is 'Wolf Blitzer' an appropriate name for a super villain?" (USA Today)

Money Quote:
Meryl Streep reveals whom she based her character in "The Devil Wears Prada" on: "Unfortunately you don't have enough women in power, or at least I don't know them, to copy. Most of my models for this character were ... male." (Reuters)

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Turn On:
It's the debut of "American Eats" (History, 10 p.m. EDT), a series that takes a look at the "history, mystery and technology" of what we consume, and "The Showbiz Show With David Spade" (Comedy Central, 10 p.m. EDT) has its season finale. Also, National Geographic airs a look at the plausibility of the Man of Steel's powers in "The Science of Superman" (9 p.m. EDT).

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Star Jones Reynolds
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Lawrence Summers
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Johnny Depp, Broken Social Scene
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Robin Williams, Jesse James, Julia Roberts
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Orlando Bloom, Cheap Trick
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Tim Robbins, T.I.
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Mariah Carey, Rob Zombie (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Kevin Spacey
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Christopher Noxon

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