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Eminem in bathroom fracas? Ann Coulter jokes about Times anthrax scare. Plus: The first photo of Holmes-Cruise baby carriage.


Salon Staff
July 18, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Using inductive reasoning to find Suri: In what seems like a desperate stretch, the long-lensed paparazzi at X17 claim to have the first photographic proof of Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes offspring Suri -- an indistinct photo of what looks like a baby carriage on the back porch of Cruise's Telluride, Colo., house. The whole set of photos, including shots of a seemingly unaware Holmes going for a stroll, is kinda creepy, shot from a weird angle above and making the mansion seem like the loneliest place on earth. As Defamer points out, the blue cooler also visible on the porch is in some way more convincing as baby evidence: "It's much easier to imagine Katie Holmes placing her alleged daughter inside the plastic box and wheeling her into town for a Starbucks run, secure in the knowledge that a cooler's insulated walls can't be penetrated by even the most advanced of paparazzi technology." (X17 Online, Defamer)

Yet another celebrity bathroom fracas? Eminem may or may not have been involved in a bathroom scuffle at a Detroit strip club last week. As the retired and recently redivorced rapper was using the men's room, a fan at the next urinal apparently tried to strike up a conversation, but one of Em's bodyguard's warned him to zip it. A guy identifying himself only as Miad J. told local news reporters that he stood up for the nameless fan, telling the bodyguard to leave him alone, when Eminem reportedly turned and attacked him instead. "Eminem got done and boom," Miad J. said. "I wasn't even expecting it. I was just minding my own business, taking a leak." The club's owner confirmed there was a fight and that Eminem was involved, and the police began an investigation. On Tuesday, though, the Detroit Free Press reports that Mr. J. has withdrawn his charges against Eminem, for reasons unknown. (E! Online, Detroit Free Press)

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Coulter thinks she's just hilarious: After Friday's white powder mailroom scare at the New York Times (the envelope turned out to be filled with cornstarch), some Times staffer wondered if Ann Coulter thought it was funny -- she's said in the past that Timothy McVeigh should have blown up the Times offices and that executive editor Bill Keller should be shot. So the reporters at Memo Pad e-mailed Coulter to see what she thought. Her response? "So glad to hear that the New York Times got my letter and that your friend at the Times thinks I'm funny," she wrote back. "Good luck in journalism and please send me your home address so we can stay in touch, too." (Memo Pad)

Also:
Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra have hopped aboard the train to splitsville, officially confirming long-standing breakup rumors on Monday by announcing they're "amicably separating." (Us Online) ... Friends close to Sienna Miller now say she and James Franco aren't an item, and that, yes, she's still hanging on to her difficult-to-parse relationship with Jude Law. (People) ... Christie Brinkley's likely soon-to-be-ex hubby, Peter Cook -- whose affair with a 19-year-old aspiring singer from Long Island was revealed on Monday -- apparently has very specific tastes: Just before proposing to Brinkley in 1996, he'd been seeking the hand of then 19-year-old aspiring singer Samantha Cole, also from Long Island. (Fox 411) ... The New York Times is shrinking -- it plans on making its pages one and a half inches narrower by mid-2008 and has announced it's cutting 1,050 jobs. (Hollywood Reporter) ... Media giant Viacom is rumored to be interested in buying the Onion, and has also reportedly been looking at acquiring CollegeHumor.com. (Eat the Press) ... Mickey Spillane, the author who created hard-boiled private eye Mike Hammer, died on Monday at age 88. His wife told reporters he had cancer. (N.Y. Daily News)

Money Quote:
Oprah Winfrey on why people might think she's more than friends with her ever-present gal pal Gayle King: "I understand why people think we're gay. There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it -- how can you be this close without it being sexual?" (Associated Press)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
It's the debut of the Sci Fi series "Eureka" (9 p.m. EDT), about a small mountain town chock-full of geniuses and mad scientists, ABC premieres its latest reality pop-star contest, "The One: Making a Music Star" (9 p.m. EDT), and "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (Bravo, 9 p.m. EDT) has its season finale. Also, PBS rebroadcasts "POV: The Fall of Fujimori" (check local listings), a documentary about fugitive former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Gang show
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Paul Giamatti, "The Long Tail" author Chris Anderson
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Regis Philbin, Bryce Dallas Howard
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Cuba Gooding Jr., Chris Matthews, Ray Davies
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Rosario Dawson, Kevin Pollak, Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Tyrese Gibson, Paul Morrissey, Def Leppard (repeat)
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Fred Willard, Korn
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): M. Night Shyamalan
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Dhani Jones

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