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Who has Emmy overlooked? Why is Britney threatening to sue? And is Jennifer Aniston headed to the altar?


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

Morning Briefing:
Emmy nominations! Emmy nominations! The awards show isn't until Aug. 27, but in a bright-and-early announcement from Los Angeles on Thursday morning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Garrett announced this year's Emmy nominees. The big news: no nominations for "Lost" or "Desperate Housewives," last year's big winners, and only a best drama for "The Sopranos" -- no James Gandolfini, no Edie Falco. Instead, there was plenty of love for "24" (best drama, best male actor in a drama for Kiefer Sutherland) and "Grey's Anatomy" (best drama) and the miniseries "Into the West," which garnered 16 nominations. You can see a full list of nominees here. (Associated Press, Yahoo! News)

Britney suing Us Weekly? If the candid shots of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline posing with son Sean Preston in the new issue of Us Weekly look natural and unstaged, it's for a reason -- they reportedly came from a stash of personal vacation photos that were recently stolen from the couple. An in an e-mail reportedly sent from Britney's record label, Jive Records, to the celebrity weekly, Spears and family are mulling the option to sue: "While the photos depict happy family vacation memories," the e-mail reads, "the couple are nevertheless outraged and saddened that their private family moments appeared in the magazine without their knowledge or consent after the photos were stolen by an unknown perpetrator. The matter is currently under investigation, and Spears and Federline are evaluating all of their legal options." (Jossip)

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More Aniston wedding rumors: After Life & Style weekly ran a long item about Jennifer Aniston's supposed upcoming nuptials with Vince Vaughn, Us Weekly has now apparently confirmed that it's happening -- Vaughn asked for her hand in Paris, and she reportedly said yes. TMZ, meanwhile, has an official denial from Aniston's rep. (Perez Hilton, TMZ)

On the return of "Chappelle's Show": Comedy Central has been hyping this Sunday's return of "Chappelle's Show" -- a three episode super-mini-season, dubbed "The Lost Episodes" -- and the New York Times has a good, short primer on the demise of the show for those who haven't been following along. There's still no clear answer as to why the brutally talented Chappelle decided to walk away from his namesake show and a $50 million deal with Comedy Central, but the piece does give a hint of what the three episodes have in store, and ends with this assessment of the show's place in history from series fixture Charlie Murphy: "It's like the Tupac of TV shows. It died way too early." (New York Times)

Also:
Florida authorities announced on Wednesday that Rush Limbaugh won't be charged for the bottle of Viagra that hadn't been prescribed under his name found in his luggage after a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. Since Limbaugh's doctor had hoped to avoid any potential embarrassment by prescribing the pills under his own name, the state attorney's office decided "the medication contained in the subject pill bottle was legitimately prescribed to the suspect by his physician." (New York Daily News) ... Two weeks after his death, Aaron Spelling's sprawling Los Angeles mansion -- a 56,500-square-foot place with 123 rooms, an ice rink, a bowling alley and two Olympic-size swimming pools, called "The Manor" -- is reportedly up for sale. The asking price is listed at $150 million. (Us Online) ... In the new issue of Vanity Fair, Hilary Swank says that ex-husband Chad Lowe's "substance abuse" problem was at the heart of their split: "I don't want to make it seem like that's the sole reason; there were other factors. But that just kind of blew it open. It made me look at things a lot deeper. That's when you realize it's not going to work." (People) ... Vibe magazine has been sold to new owners, CEO Eric Gertler and president Ari Horowitz -- who also own BlackBook. (N.Y. Post) ... VH1 has announced it's launching a book imprint, and will debut the line with "Edie Factory Girl," timed to coincide with the November release of the biopic of Edie Sedgwick's life starring Sienna Miller. (Fishbowl NY) ... On Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the body of voters responsible for choosing the Oscars year after year -- announced 120 new invitees, including "Brokeback Mountain" stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, 12-year-old Dakota Fanning and director Werner Herzog. (BBC News) ... Odd news item of the day: Former "Survivor" winner Brian Heidik was arrested outside Atlanta for allegedly shooting a puppy with an arrow. (TMZ)

Money Quote:
Chloe Sevigny, asked by a reporter if she'd ever give up the "whole style-icon thing and just slob around in Gap jeans all day": "No! I've never worn Gap jeans." (London Mail on Sunday via the Scoop)

-- Scott Lamb

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-- Lamar Clarkson

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