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Sienna Miller makes nice with "Shitsburgh." McCartney "livid" about trespassers. Plus: Mark Wahlberg, pro golfer?


Salon Staff
October 9, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Don't mess with Pittsburgh: Sienna Miller is in damage-control mode after making a series of nasty comments about Pittsburgh in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Miller, whose father is from nearby Meadville, Pa., is apparently less than smitten with Steeltown, having dubbed it "Shitsburgh." But after the Pittsburgh media picked up the story, Miller issued a statement claiming that her words were "taken out of context." Miller then appeared on a local newscast alongside the city's mayor to offer further apologies. (Perez Hilton, Rolling Stone, TMZ)

Health troubles for Farrah Fawcett: A spokesperson for former "Charlie's Angels" star Farrah Fawcett has confirmed the National Enquirer's claims that the 59-year-old actress is undergoing cancer treatment. Speaking through a statement released to the press, Fawcett said that she is "determined to bite the bullet and fight the fight while going through the next six weeks of cutting edge, state-of-the-art treatment" and that she "should be able to return to [her] life as it was before." (National Enquirer, BBC)

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Trouble at Junior's Farm: Sir Paul McCartney is reportedly "livid" after an American couple videotaped themselves trespassing on the grounds of his English country estate. The shaky footage -- available in two clips on YouTube -- features a woman's voice saying, "We are going to be in so much trouble" as she videotapes a man in shorts and a baseball cap walk down the gravel path of an impressive-looking property. The second clip shows footage of a green field accompanied by the distant sound of singing and guitar playing -- which the the couple claims is the cute Beatle himself. A source close to McCartney says the intrusion came at a particularly bad time for the musician, as his divorce from Heather Mills is "giving him enough stress." (The Daily Mirror)

Also:
A British photographer is threatening to sue Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, alleging that he was manhandled by the couple's bodyguard while taking pictures of the two outside their hotel in India. (Sky News) ... "The Departed" opened at No. 1 over the weekend, earning $27 million and giving director Martin Scorsese his biggest-ever opening. (The Hollywood Reporter) ... The new Twyla Tharp/Bob Dylan musical, "The Times They Are a-Changin'," is purported to be a financial disaster. An insider claims the show, scheduled to open in New York on Oct. 26, could lose as much as $10 million. (Fox News) ... 16-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes, an Oscar nominee for 2003's "The Whale Rider," has announced that she is pregnant with her 19-year-old boyfriend's child. (Yahoo News) ... Tape broker David Hans Schmidt has negotiated a deal with the porn site ClubRedLight.com to release Dustin "Screech" Diamond's sex tape. Oh, happy day. (New York Daily News) ... New York Daily News gossip Lloyd Grove -- the man who once banned Paris Hilton from his column, the Lowdown -- has penned his last dispatch for the paper: "This [gossip] stuff is not for sissies, not for the faint of heart," Grove told the New York Times." (N.Y. Times)

Money Quote:
Mark Wahlberg on his post-Hollywood career plans: "I want to play professional golf. I ain't Tiger Woods, you know? But I like the game a lot." (People)

Turn On:
It's the season premiere of "What About Brian" (ABC, 10 p.m. EDT) and the series premiere of "Off the Leash" -- a look inside a pet talent agency (Lifetime, 8 p.m. EDT). Also, Sara Gilbert of "Roseanne" fame sits in on "The Class" (CBS, 8:30 p.m. EDT), while "American Experience: Eyes on the Prize" looks at the civil rights movement (PBS, 9 p.m. EDT).

On the Talk Shows:
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): An appreciation of R.W. Apple Jr.
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Robin Williams, Sam Moore, "Survivor: Cook Islands" castaway J.P. Calderon
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Tina Fey, Annika Sorenstam, Fergie
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): John Lithgow, Lewis Black, Gomez
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Emmitt Smith, Kristin Chenoweth
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Dane Cook, Emilie de Ravin, the Killers
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): James Baker
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Randy Newman

-- David Marchese

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