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Jada Pinkett Smith describes Cruise-Holmes baby. Sexy "presidential bust" of Hillary Clinton unveiled. Plus: Former 'N Sync-er declares, "I'm gay."


Salon Staff
July 27, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Pinkett Smith sights Suri: It's the first non-Scientologist confirmation of Suri Cruise's existence: Jada Pinkett Smith tells People, "She's the cutest little baby. She's got a head full of black, beautiful hair." She and husband Will Smith are apparently regulars at Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills mansion, and have been there twice to visit Suri in the past few months. Continuing the unending stream of superlatives that surrounds all things Cruise, Pinkett Smith also says Suri is "one of the sweetest babies I've ever met in my life," "an absolute beauty," "gorgeous" and "beautiful." (People, Us Weekly)

Hillary's, uh, bust: The same sculptor who created the statue of Britney Spears naked and giving birth on a bearskin rug, which caused a stir a few months ago, will unveil his latest work at Manhattan's Museum of Sex on Aug. 9. The piece? "Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton," Daniel Edwards' armless, chesty likeness of Clinton in a revealing evening gown. (There's a video of the artist at work up on YouTube.) The museum's director says the piece is meant to create a discussion on whether a woman has to "squelch her sexuality in order to succeed as leader of the free world." Edwards, meanwhile, tells Rush & Molloy he strove for anatomical correctness: "It's hard to find many images of her [breasts]. She usually covers herself up in a professional way. But there are beach photos of her." (Rush & Molloy)

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Lance's coming out: It's hardly a mind-blowing announcement, but former 'N Sync member Lance Bass is finally owning up to his sexuality on the cover of People magazine with a huge headline: "I'm Gay." As Defamer puts it: "It's been too long since we've been able to fete that most joyous of Hollywood occasions, 'celebrity everyone already knew was gay making it official by coming out of the closet on the cover a major magazine.'" But Bass is revealing everything, including his relationship with model/"Amazing Race" winner Reichen Lehmkuhl. "The thing is, I'm not ashamed -- that's the one thing I want to say," Bass says. "I don't think it's wrong, I'm not devastated going through this." At the same time, he admits he felt he just couldn't come out during his boy band days: "I didn't know: Could that be the end of 'N Sync? So I had that weight on me of like, 'Wow, if I ever let anyone know, it's bad.' So I just never did." (Though he sure dropped a hint in this old McDonald's ad.) (People, Defamer)

Also:
Us Weekly reports that Tori Spelling is broke -- she is apparently set to get a mere $800,000 inheritance from her late father Aaron's $500 million estate. (Us Weekly) ... It's officially over between David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach: Their divorce was finalized Wednesday, ending 16 years of marriage. (Associated Press) ... Prince's marriage is breaking up, too, as the Minneapolis Star Tribune just discovered that Manuela Testolini Nelson, the singer's wife of five years, filed for divorce on May 24. (E! Online) ... Lindsay Lohan collapsed on the set of "Georgia Rule" in Los Angeles on Wednesday and was briefly hospitalized, reportedly felled by a powerful combination of 105-degree heat and late-night partying with new boyfriend Harry Morton. (Star) ... "Arrested Development" is coming back to TV, at least in rerun form, and will be available on three platforms: Cable channel G4, high-definition TV outlet HDNet and MSN's online video service have all picked up the syndication rights to the show. (TMZ) ... Woody Harrelson won't be facing felony charges for allegedly choking a paparazzo and breaking his camera last month after the Los Angeles D.A. decided a tape of the incident "doesn't reveal a clear intentional breaking of the camera by the suspect" and that "the force used is not to the level that would cause great bodily injury." (TMZ)

Money Quote:
Paris Hilton says she thinks Barry Manilow might be one of her favorite musicians: "I don't know what he sings, but he's sexy. He has nice calm music." (Scottish Daily Record via the Scoop)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
Matthew Holness stars as a doctor in "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace" (Sci Fi, 10 p.m. EDT), a British spoof posing as an unearthed '80s horror TV show, and comic creator Stan Lee presides over "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?" (Sci Fi, 9 p.m. EDT), a new reality series that challenges contestants to think up the best new comic-book hero. Also, "Decoding the Past" (History, 9 p.m. EDT) takes a look at the symbolism of the dollar bill.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): more on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): author Vali Nasr, Sen. Byron Dorgan
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Johnny Depp, the Spinners
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Everclear
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Steve Carell, Sanaa Lathan, Lewis Taylor (repeat)
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Greg Kinnear, Hugh Hefner, Sammy Hagar
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Robin Williams, Anna Faris, Rhymefest (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Fouad Ajami
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Joe Quesada

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