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Britney births a boy. A Baldwin prays for Tom Cruise's soul. Plus: Dixie Chick calls Bush a "dumb fuck."


Salon Staff
September 13, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Boy for Brit: Britney Spears gave birth to baby boy early Tuesday morning, just two days shy of No. 1 baby Sean Preston's first birthday. She delivered the as-yet unnamed boy -- though last week Lowdown wrote that he'd be given the moniker Jailynn, a mash-up of her parents' names, Jamie and Lynn -- just before 2 a.m. via C-section. A source tells National Enquirer that Spears had been hoping to hold out until Sept. 14 so both her boys could share a birthday, "but Kevin put his foot down. He didn't want the kids to have the same birthday." (National Enquirer, Lowdown)

Born-again Baldwin: Pegged to the forthcoming release of Stephen Baldwin's book "The Unusual Suspect: My Calling to the New Hardcore Movement of Faith," Radar has a long interview with the born-again actor in which he discusses his get-hip approach to God. (For related reading, check out Salon editor Lauren Sandler's piece about the evangelical youth movement here.) Baldwin is apparently totally unfamiliar with the seven deadly sins and can name only six of the Ten Commandments -- but his riff on Tom Cruise is not to be missed. "On the Hollywood list of people I pray for often, Tom Cruise is probably No. 1. All I have to say to Tom is, God bless ya, I hope you're having fun. But I'd love through Radar magazine to throw a gauntlet down to Mr. Cruise. I'd love to break bread with him and pray with him, and I'd love for the Holy Spirit of God to reveal the truth to him," Baldwin says. "Seriously though, can you put us together? Can we get a little sushi together? I'd like to give him a spicy Jesus roll." (Radar)

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Son's death a mystery again: The mystery surrounding the sad, sad death of Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, in the Bahamas hasn't gotten any clearer with the coroner's autopsy. Following a newspaper report on Monday that said Daniel died of a massive heart attack, the coroner in Nassau on Tuesday would only say that the autopsy showed the 20-year-old died of "unnatural causes." Smith was in Nassau to give birth. Her doctor told reporters that "mother and baby are presently doing well," but authorities have said they will not release her son's body for burial until their investigation is complete. (E! Online)

Also:
Enigmatic Internet video phenomenon Lonelygirl15 has finally been identified -- on Wednesday the New York Times named her as Jessica Rose, a 20-something actress who lives in New Zealand and Los Angeles and is a graduate of the New York Film Academy. (N.Y. Times) ... "Girls Gone Wild" producer Joe Francis pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to ensure all of the "performers" in his videos were over 18. He now owes $2.1 million in fines. (Variety) ... David Hasselhoff, speaking to reporters in the U.K. on Tuesday about his new autobiography, "Making Waves," says that sparks flew between him and Princess Diana when they met: "She was smitten with me since I was so tall. I was smitten with her since she was so tall. But she was married and so was I. I probably would have gone after her if circumstances had been different." (Life Style Extra) ... Princess Di's butler Paul Burrell, however, says in his new book that she dreamed of becoming the first lady to an American president: "When the princess traveled to New York ... she usually visited ... a special someone who led her to fantasize about the idea that it might be possible for Diana, Princess of Wales, to become the First Lady." (N.Y. Daily News) ... While "CSI: New York" was filming an episode about the discovery of a mummified body on Tuesday, an actual mummified body was discovered in the L.A. building it was using as the set. (People)

Money Quote:
Lead singer Natalie Maines, in the forthcoming documentary "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing," after watching a clip of President Bush talk about freedom: "What a dumb fuck." (TMZ)

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Turn On:
It's the season finales of both "Rock Star: Supernova" (CBS, 8 p.m. EDT) and "Blade: The Series" (Spike, 10 p.m. EDT), while "Dateline" (NBC, 9 p.m. EDT) features ex-teacher Debra Lafave talking about her relationship with a 14-year-old student and ABC presents the chatfest special "Jimmy Kimmel Live's All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (10 p.m. EDT).

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Former President Jimmy Carter
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Norm MacDonald
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Matthew Perry, Daryl Peebles, Outkast
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan, John Mayer
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Virginia Madsen, Jason Ritter, Matt Baetz
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Diane Lane, Chris Elliott
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Ed Gillespie
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Ken Jennings

-- Scott Lamb

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