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Reese and Ryan split. Jolie mulls lawsuit of her own. Plus: Redstone says Cruise "turned off all women."

Published October 31, 2006 7:30PM (EST)

Morning Briefing:
Splitsville for Reese and Ryan: In a public statement released through their rep on Monday, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe announced they're divorcing after seven years of marriage: "We are saddened to announce that Reese and Ryan have decided to formally separate. They remain committed to their family." They have two children, a 7-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. The New York Daily News reports that Witherspoon and Phillippe were spotted fighting recently at the New York premiere of "Flags of Our Fathers," Phillippe's new movie. (N.Y. Daily News)

Jolie to sue, too? A day after news that Brad Pitt may be suing E, one of Angelina Jolie's advisors says Jolie may be suing the head of a Cambodian development group, who the actress claims stole from her donations. On Monday, Mounh Sarath, director of Cambodian Vision in Development, said that Jolie had reneged on her promises to fund the group, but on Tuesday Jolie's camp says she stopped funding it because Sarath was misappropriating money. "We are considering filing a lawsuit to recover the hundreds of thousands of dollars that is missing and which he was responsible for," said a Jolie advisor. (Associated Press via Yahoo News)

Streisand hit with Coke: During a performance in Miami on Monday night, an angry fan threw a drink at Barbra Streisand during the same Bush-mocking segment of her show that has caused a stir in the past. A few minutes later, another fan was escorted out of the performance by security while yelling at Streisand. (Miami Herald)

At a charity ball in Los Angeles this weekend, Whitney Houston reappeared in public for the first time since she filed for divorce from Bobby Brown, and she was looking good on the red carpet. "She's back, and she's the greatest," said her friend Quincy Jones. (N.Y. Daily News) ... Michael Jackson says he's been collaborating with Black Eyed Peas member for a number of tracks on Jackson's upcoming album, to be released next year. (Associated Press) ... MySpace has announced it will start using digital audio fingerprinting in an effort to stop its users from uploading copyrighted music to the site. (Associated Press) ... Continuing a trend over the last year and a half, newspaper circulation for major city papers is down drastically in the last six months. (Editor & Publisher)

Money Quote:
Viacom chief Sumner Redstone on why he listened to his wife's advice to have Paramount drop Tom Cruise: "Paula, like women everywhere, had come to hate him. The truth of the matter is, I did listen to her ... His behavior was entirely unacceptable to Paula and to the rest of the world. He just didn't turn one [woman] off. He turned off all women, and a lot of men." (Vanity Fair via Page Six)

Turn On:
On Tuesday night, "House" (Fox, 9 p.m. EDT) returns from hiatus, Liza Minnelli makes a cameo on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 9 p.m. EDT), and, to celebrate Halloween, Criss Angel Mindfreak (A&E, 10 p.m. EDT) holds a special celebrity séance.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Bush impersonator Steve Bridges
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): A look at the philosophy that created Warren Buffett's wealth
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Rachel Weisz, Mr. T, Morningwood
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Roseanne Barr, Sharon Osbourne, Marilyn Manson
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Special All-Skeleton Episode
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Carrie Fisher, Todd Oliver, Alice Cooper
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Kathy Griffin, Meat Loaf
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): John Mueller
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Tim Robbins

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By Scott Lamb

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