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Angelina Jolie to play Mariane Pearl. Photo editors put a price on Holmes-Cruise baby's head. Plus: Justin and Cameron engaged?

Published July 14, 2006 1:30PM (EDT)

Morning Briefing:
On the Jolie-Pitt casting couch: Angelina Jolie announced that her first post-pregnancy onscreen role will be as the widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, Mariane, in the movie adaptation of Mariane Pearl's book about her husband's kidnapping and murder, "A Mighty Heart." The movie's being produced by Brad Pitt, and the role of Mariane just happens to be one that had long ago been promised Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Aniston bought the film rights to the book during their marriage for their then co-owned production company, Plan B, but Aniston gave up her stake in the company when the couple divorced. (Us Online)

Yet more on lil' Suri: TMZ's report on what photo editors at various glossies say, anonymously, about what they'd pay for pictures of baby Suri seems to put the kibosh on the theory that we haven't seen any photos yet because no magazine wants them. A source at OK! says an "exclusive, posed" spread (creepy!) would go for between $4 million and $5 million, while staffers at In Touch and Life & Style put the price tag somewhere around $2 million to $3 million. A source at People says they'd definitely go for less than Shiloh's (which the mag reportedly bought for $4.1 million) and that everyone's actually more interested in Suri's mom, anyway: "People are fascinated by Katie Holmes, who's leading such a weird life now." For those who smell a whiff of conspiracy in the whole Cruise-Holmes baby-making thing, TMZ also has a short timeline of Holmes' pregnancy, complete with some difficult-to-explain-away photos. And elsewhere on the Web you can find the perfectly round belly shot, the revealing unitard shot and, of course, the possibly digitally manipulated stretch marks shot. (TMZ, The Superficial, Golden Fiddle, Egotastic)

In her interview accompanying her nude shots in August's Harper's Bazaar, Britney Spears admits she's feeling "paranoid" during her second pregnancy: "It was weird for me at first because of who I am. Wherever you go, they expect you to look a certain way. I'm not supposed to be this big huge pregnant superstar." (People) ... After all the breakup rumors of the past few weeks, Cameron Diaz was spotted out in London with Justin Timberlake wearing diamonds on her left ring finger. No engagement announcement yet from her publicist. (Gatecrasher) ... The patience of "Sopranos" fans is being tested yet again: HBO announced on Thursday that because of James Gandolfini's "unexpected" knee surgery, the final eight episodes of the show have been pushed back, and probably won't be airing until March 2007. (CNN) ... Thursday brought another lawsuit against Naomi Campbell from another former employee, this time her ex-assistant, who's suing the supermodel for a laundry list of abuse, alleging "assault, battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress." (E! Online) ... Borscht Belt funnyman and Oscar winner Red Buttons died on Thursday in Los Angeles of vascular disease. He was 87. (Associated Press)

Money Quote:
Anthony Bourdain on being trapped in Beirut, Lebanon, while awaiting evacuation instructions from the State Department: "I just wanna hang out and drink at the bar. The mojitos here are great." (Page Six)

Chevy Chase, citing an example of how his 17-year-old daughter shares his sense of humor: "I can remember the first time I called her a whore. We just laughed for half an hour. Because she's anything but. But she gets it immediately and laughs. I'd call her every day down at school; she might pick up and say, 'Whoretown!' She said something the other day like, 'Dad, how much should I charge?'" (Details via the Bosh)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
Friday, Sci Fi premieres new seasons of "Stargate: SG-1" (9 p.m. EDT) and "Stargate Atlantis" (10 p.m. EDT), while A&E's "Biography" (8 p.m. EDT) reminisces about popular TV game shows. Saturday, five Häagen Dazs fans compete to cook up the latest flavor in "Scoop!" (Food, 9 p.m. EDT), and Showtime rebroadcasts "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events" (8 p.m. EDT). And Sunday, Lance Armstrong hosts the 2006 ESPYs (ESPN, 9 p.m. EDT), Comedy Central airs the second of the "Chappelle's Show" (9 p.m. EDT) lost episodes, and IFC premieres "Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema" (10 p.m. EDT), a documentary on the history of gay film.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Heidi Klum
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, author Fouad Ajami
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Anderson Cooper, John Witherspoon
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): David Hasselhoff, Natalie Morales, Morningwood
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Owen Wilson, Kerry Washington
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Nick Cannon, Family Force 5, Kyle Dunnigan
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Brittany Murphy, Danica Patrick, Eagles of Death Metal

-- Lamar Clarkson

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