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The Cruise/Holmes castle wedding. Villagers turn on "Borat." Plus: K-Fed looking to peddle sex tape?

Scott Lamb
November 13, 2006 7:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Their big, fat Italian wedding: Next weekend marks the long-doubted nuptials for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and the Daily News says the wedding's taking place in Italy. The couple is reportedly tying the knot at the 16th century Castello Odescalchi, which overlooks Lake Bracciano, northwest of Rome. The local mayor has cast doubt on whether the marriage will be legally binding, saying, "On an Italian level, there are papers and documents that we certainly don't have." But the couple's flack tells the News, "All of the proper and necessary arrangements are being made to assure the legality of the marriage." (N.Y. Daily News)

It takes a village to sue Borat: The Daily Mail is reporting that the villagers who appear in "Borat" -- in the film, they portray Borat's neighbors in Kazakhstan, but the actual village is in Romania -- are outraged over their portrayal in the movie, and may band together to sue "Borat's" producers. "They claim film-makers lied to them about the true nature of the project," writes the paper, "which they believed would be a documentary about their hardship, rather than a comedy mocking their poverty and isolation." Nicu Tudorache, who has only one arm and who was featured briefly in the film, tells the Daily Mail: "Someone from the council said these Americans need a man with no arm for some scenes. I said yes but I never imagined the whole country, or even the whole world, will see me in the cinemas ridiculed in this way. This is disgusting." (Daily Mail)


Britney's biggest video yet? The newest rumor in the Britney Spears/Kevin Federline split is that Federline is holding the couple's alleged sex tape over his soon-to-be-ex's head, demanding a better settlement. The U.K.'s News of the World -- which also reports that Spears dumped her hubby after catching him with another woman -- writes, "Dumped husband Kevin Federline has been touting the four-hour tape for sale and has already been offered" $50 million for the video. A source tells the tab, "Kevin has told Britney she should comply with his demands otherwise the whole world will see her having sex, which will be devastating." (News of the World)

On-again, off-again couple Jude Law and Sienna Miller have called it quits, a source tells People: "They have definitely come to the end of the road. They tried to make it work but it failed." (People) ... Kylie Minogue staged her first concert since recovering from breast cancer in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday -- she hasn't performed since she was first diagnosed in May 2005. (Reuters) ... Taking in $29 million, "Borat" managed to stay the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend for the second week in a row. (Hollywood Reporter) ... Cultural critic Camille Paglia tells the London Times about her roots as a thinker: "I was born an Aries, under the warrior sign of Mars. That explains nearly everything," she says. "As a child, I was mad for archeology. It remains my template for seeing the world." (Times Online) ... Singer Justin Timberlake and producer Timbaland are both working with Duran Duran for the '80s group's forthcoming new album. (BBC) ... Google's video service is facing its first copyright infringement lawsuit over part of a 2004 French documentary that was posted briefly on Google Video. (Reuters via Los Angeles Times)

Money Quote:
David Gest on the celebrity he'd most like to meet: "I'd like to meet David Gest, because he's either the weirdest person in the world or the most fascinating." (The Mirror)

Turn On:
On Monday, new episodes of "Prison Break" (Fox, 8 p.m. EST) and "Heroes" (NBC, 9 p.m. EST), "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 10 p.m. EST) airs the second half of a two-part episode featuring guest star John Goodman and "Monday Night Football" (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. EST) presents Tampa Bay at Carolina.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EST): Judge Judy
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Martin Short
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST): Robin Williams, Rich Little, George Jones
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST): Sharon Stone, Patricia Arquette, Vince Gill
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST): Barbara Walters, Dax Shepard, Los Lobos
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST): Hugh Laurie, Spike Feresten, OK Go
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST): Pamela Anderson, Chi McBride, Brent Simon
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST): Tina Fey
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST): Dan Rather

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