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Faith Hill's live TV faux pas. Judge tosses Britney sex-tape suit. Plus: Snoop Dogg arrested.

Published November 7, 2006 2:30PM (EST)

Morning Briefing:
Faith Hill's CMA gaffe: Brooks & Dunn were the big winners at Monday night's 40th annual Country Music Awards, picking up the prizes for best single, best duo and best video, and an absent Keith Urban won for best male vocalist. But one of the most interesting moments of the night came from a nonwinner: As presenters announced Carrie Underwood's award for female vocalist of the year, the cameras showed fellow nominee Faith Hill prematurely raise her arms in celebration, then yell "What?!" when she realizes she just lost to an "American Idol" winner -- see the video here. (Associated Press, YouTube via Perez Hilton)

Britney loses sex-tape suit: A judge in Los Angeles has dismissed Britney Spears' defamation lawsuit against Us Weekly, saying Spears has no basis to claim the magazine's story about her making a sex tape with husband Kevin Federline hurt her reputation. Us has stood by the piece, titled, "Brit & Kev: Secret Sex Tape? New parents have a new worry: racy footage from 2004." The judge claimed the article didn't qualify as defamatory because Spears has "put her modern sexuality squarely, and profitably, before the public eye." (TMZ, Reuters)

It didn't have the hype of "Borat," but Pedro Almodóvar's "Volver" picked up Oscar steam for lead actress Penélope Cruz and pretty good numbers with its limited-release debut over the weekend -- appearing in just five theaters, in New York and L.A., the movie made over $200,000. (Fox 411) ... Rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested on Monday and charged with felony possession of a deadly weapon, stemming from an incident last month when airport authorities in California discovered a collapsible baton in his carry-on bag. (Associated Press) ... Hilary Duff's stalker, 18-year-old Maksim Myaskovskiy -- against whom Duff had sought a restraining order -- was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday after making criminal threats against the pop star's life. (Associated Press) ... Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years, Malaak Compton-Rock. (Daily Dish) ... On Tuesday, the New York Times tries to get to the bottom of what's going on with this season of "Gilmore Girls," writing, "the show that made a virtue of brittleness has become almost moony." (New York Times)

Money Quote:
Fashion guru Tom Ford, speaking about the elections, takes a stand: "Hopefully, we can find someone who can restore the luster we once had, because I think George Bush, at least for me ... Well, let's just leave it at that. I'm not going to do a Dixie Chicks moment." (N.Y. Daily News)

Turn On:
While the major networks will be devoting a lot of airtime to coverage of the elections, there's plenty of nonpolitical fare to be had Tuesday night: "The Street" (BBC, 9 p.m. EST) has its season finale, "Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In" (Bravo, 10 p.m. EST) is the comic's first TV special in over a decade, and Peter Bogdanovich presents an updated version of the documentary about his favorite director, "Directed by John Ford" (TCM, 8 p.m. EST).

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EST): Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama and more
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST): Tina Fey, radio show hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, the Killers (repeat)
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST): Courtney Love, Brad Garrett, OK Go
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST): Halle Berry, Anderson Cooper, Peeping Tom (repeat)
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST): Maria Bello, Derek Luke, Robin Thicke
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST): Robin Williams, Rod Stewart (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST): Election Night live show with Dan Rather
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST): Election Night live show with Warren Beatty (via phone), Rep. Robert Wexler (via satellite), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (via satellite)

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