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Catch up on all the gossip you missed over the holiday: Lil' Kim set free! Nick and Jessica too!


Salon Staff
July 5, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
July 4th weekend wrap-up: It's been a long holiday weekend, and since we don't expect you've been hovering near a computer when hot dogs and fireworks were so widely available, here's a quick summary of what's happened since last Friday.

Woody chokes photog: On Friday, the LAPD started investigating a paparazzo's claim that Woody Harrelson broke his camera and proceeded to choke him outside a Hollywood club.

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Jessica and Nick divorce finalized: Not exactly surprising news, since they've been publicly split for months, but it's nice to have the paperwork out of the way.

Lohan turns 20: Lindsay Lohan reportedly spent $100,000 on her 20th birthday party on Sunday, but the tab was picked up by Life & Style Weekly in exchange for exclusive photo rights. The bash drew a guest list that included Courtney Love, Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth, Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Jeremy Piven, Eva Mendes, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Ivanka Trump.

Lil' Kim set free: A slightly portlier version of the rapper was released from a federal detention center in Philadelphia on Monday after 10 months, and joked about what she wanted to do with her newfound freedom: "I'll be eating some French fries. I don't need to, but ... "

Superman returns to the box office: While "Superman Returns" was tops at the holiday weekend box office, bringing in $106 million in its first full week and becoming the 25th biggest opening of all time, there's debate as to whether that's an impressive opening or a weak one. With "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" opening on Friday, some skeptics think the Man of Steel will have a hard time surpassing the $200 million mark in domestic box office receipts.

(Us Online, People, Perez Hilton, Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Reporter, TMZ)

Also:
After being asked by reporters about her weight at the London premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean" on Monday, Keira Knightley told reporters on Tuesday that she does not suffer from anorexia: "[The press] said to me yesterday 'How does it feel to be called anorexic?' and I had no idea that I was," she said. "I'm not saying there aren't people in the film industry that suffer from it, because I am sure that there are. But I'm quite sure I don't have it." (People) ... Roger Ebert underwent emergency surgery on Sunday following complications from an earlier cancer surgery, but is currently listed as being in serious but stable condition. (Chicago Sun-Times) ... Tickets for Barbra Streisand's latest farewell tour aren't exactly selling like hotcakes, at least according to a spy at Page Six: "Some cities [like] Detroit, where they wanted to do two days, are less than 3,000 sold." Streisand's tour flack, Ken Sunshine, shot back: "That is bull[bleep]. Tickets are going through the moon." (Page Six) ... Filming for the third "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie is set to resume next week, and Keith Richards is set to come on for a cameo as the father of Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp. Depp's costar Orlando Bloom said he's looking forward to meeting Richards: "I can't wait to see him -- well, if he doesn't kill himself falling out of coconut trees." (Associated Press) ... Monday's Los Angeles Times asks the one question anyone seems to really care about when it comes to Paris Hilton -- why, if she's apparently so brainless, is she so unavoidably famous? "And so we begin to ponder the great question of our age: Is it possible to be super-dumb and super-successful, or are those vacant eyes just a facade? Is Paris Hilton a secret smarty?" (Los Angeles Times)

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Money Quote:
Paris Hilton assesses her own mothering skills: "I know in my heart of hearts I would be a great mother. I have a lot of beautiful animals that I look after and I feel that I would have a lot to give to my children." (London Daily Mirror via The Scoop)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
Independent filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and John Sayles are profiled in the documentary "Edge of Outside" (TCM, 8 p.m. EDT), and "Rock Star: Supernova" (CBS, 8 p.m. EDT) kicks off a new season with Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Jason Newsted from Metallica, and Gilby Clarke of Guns N' Roses searching for a singer to front their made-for-TV band.

On the Talk Shows:
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Halle Berry, Jesse James, Top Ten with Harold Perrineau (repeat)
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Jack Black, the "Car-Parazzi kids", Hard-Fi (repeat)
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Reese Witherspoon, Jon Favreau, Kevin Brennan (repeat)
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Laurence Fishburne, Illeana Douglas, Jack's Mannequin
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Jaime Pressly, Xzibit, the Streets (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Juliet Eilperin (repeat)
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Bart Ehrman (repeat)

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