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Did Vaughn propose to Aniston? Is Kilmer a fatso? And what is Mike Wallace doing back at "60 Minutes"?


Salon Staff
August 10, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
The great Jennifer Aniston proposal debacle of 2006: Depending on whom you believe, the current Us Weekly cover story is either a huge coup or an enormous black eye for the celeb mag. "Vince Proposes!" claims to have the inside story of how Vince Vaughn asked Jennifer Aniston to marry him, including details like a source saying "Vince almost cries whenever he tells the story of the proposal." The problem is, Aniston's rep says the story is totally wrong. "She has no ring, there was no proposal and they are not engaged. I could not be more clear about this," Stephen Huvane told Page Six. Us Weekly is standing by the story, though, and posted a list on its blog of other Huvane denials that have turned out to be true, like saying that Aniston and Brad Pitt weren't engaged back in 1999 and 2000 (they wed in July 2000) and that the couple was "fine" two weeks before they announced their divorce in January 2005. (Defamer, Us Online, Page Six)

Wallace returns from retirement: Mike Wallace is back on "60 Minutes" this week after scoring a rare interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Wallace officially retired last March after nearly 40 years on the show, which Ahmadinejad remembered halfway through their talk: "I thought you had retired." Parts of the interview will air on Thursday, with the full version following on Sunday. (Reuters)

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A Kilmer in middle age: We're not really sure what to make of the pictures of a, um, portlier Val Kilmer that have been making the Internet rounds lately -- perhaps the trick of a Photoshop genius? Kilmer's rep insists his client is in great shape: "Anybody can take an unflattering photo of a human being," he told Page Six. "It's a mean-spirited thing to do." (Perez Hilton, Defamer, Page Six)

Also:
After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams "found himself drinking again," says a publicist, and has gone into rehab. (Reuters) ... Rumor has it that L.A.'s ritzy Chateau Marmont is weighing the idea of banning Lindsay Lohan from the premises. "They are trying to kick her out," a source tells Page Six. "It is very disruptive with all of her friends coming in and out and her late nights." A hotel rep counters, "Not true." (Page Six) ... Jann Wenner, 50 percent owner of Us Weekly, has just bought the other 50 percent share from Disney for a reported $300 million -- Disney invested just $40 million when Us went from monthly to weekly back in 2001. (WWD) ... Jay-Z announced Wednesday that as part of his current world tour, he'll be filming a documentary about the fresh-water crisis facing developing nations. (E! Online) ... Paul McCartney has just hired the same lawyer who represented Prince Charles during his divorce from Princess Diana 10 years ago; Heather Mills McCartney has hired the lawyer who handled Diana's side of the case. (BBC) ... Sony, the company behind "Talladega Nights," "Click" and "The Da Vinci Code," was the first film studio to pass $1 billion in box office receipts this year on Tuesday; close behind is Disney's "Buena Vista" with $999.9 million. (Hollywood Reporter)

Money Quote:
Gwyneth Paltrow on the paparazzi trends and Nicole Richie: "I just hope the whole paparazzi thing continues in the way it's been going, which is with less interest in people like Nicole Richie -- who I think is an excellent dresser, by the way. She's my favorite. She's supercute." (Harper's Bazaar)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
"I Wanna Be a Soap Star" (SOAPnet, 11 p.m. EDT), "Making the Band" (MTV, 9 p.m. EDT) and "House of Boateng" (Sundance, 9 p.m. EDT) all have their season finales. Also, Rosario Dawson narrates 2005's "God Sleeps in Rwanda" (Cinemax, 7 p.m. EDT), a docu-short that follows the lives of Rwandan women after the 1994 genocide.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Joan Collins and Linda Evans
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Spike Lee, Tony Kushner
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Uma Thurman, Morgan Spurlock, egg-catchers Brad Freeman and Patrick Breault (repeat)
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Kevin Nealon, Kristen Bell, Panic Channel
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Matt Dillon, Jonah Hill, Guster
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Christina Milian, Andy Garcia
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Sandra Oh, Jewel (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Eli Pariser

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