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The Cruise-Holmes wedding. "Borat" lawsuit launches. Plus: Kramer's racist tirade, caught on tape.

Scott Lamb
November 20, 2006 7:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
TomKat ties the knot: Though they legally got married last week in Los Angeles, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes staged an elaborate wedding in Italy over the weekend, complete with a rented castle, Giorgio Armani and fireworks. The photos give you some idea of the scale, but the ceremony's couch-jumping moment was an everlasting kiss, which Armani told reporters went on for so long that guests began to yell "Stop, stop!" (Star, TMZ, the Standard)

"Borat" suit launches: Lawyers representing the villagers of Glod, Romania, say they'll be filing three lawsuits against the makers of "Borat" in New York, Florida and Germany, asking not just for damages -- they're seeking over $30 million for the way they were portrayed in the film -- but also that the film be edited to cast them in a better light. The lawyer heading the villagers' suit, Edward D. Fagan, who's known for winning a case that forced Swiss banks to pay $1.25 billion to Holocaust victims in the 1990s, said he hopes to "teach Hollywood a very expensive lesson." "This case is not about money but about dignity," said Fagan in New York. "The producers need to pay because they deprived the villagers of Glod of their essential right to choose." (Los Angeles Times)


Britney plays the single life: Britney Spears was in Las Vegas over the weekend in continued celebration of her newly single life. Ostensibly in town to get some recording done, she also hit the casinos -- where she won $10,000 at a blackjack table -- and started her first post-Kevin Federline man rumors with an evening of partying spent with "Saved by the Bell"/"Dancing With the Stars" actor Mario Lopez. (People)

Kramer's tirade: Michael Richards, the actor best known for playing Kramer on "Seinfeld," performed at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood on Friday, and at one point exploded into a racist tirade against two audience members he felt were heckling him. After yelling "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass," Richards went on to scream racial epithets as the men left, and from the video, most of the audience got up to leave as well. An audience member caught what happened on tape -- you can watch the video here. (TMZ)

Nine Fox affiliates across the country have said they will not be airing the O.J. Simpson "If I Did It" interview. "After careful consideration regarding the nature of the show," said the manager of a station in Green Bay, Wis., "we determined that this programming was not serving the local public interest." (Associated Press) ... Universal Music Group is suing the social-networking site, claiming the site encourages the illegal sharing of downloads and music videos, and is seeking damages of up to $150,000 per song or video posted to the site. (Associated Press) ... The animated "Happy Feet" looks to have won this weekend's box office with an estimated debut of $42.3 million (numbers weren't final as of Monday morning), just edging out the new James Bond film, "Casino Royale," which took in $40.6 million. (Variety) ... They announced a separation in August, but now rocker Chris Robinson is filing for divorce from Kate Hudson after six years of marriage -- he cites "irreconcilable differences" in the split and is seeking joint custody of their 2-year-old son, Ryder. (E! Online) ... Former "X-Files" star Gillian Anderson gave birth to a baby boy on Nov. 1, her managers now announce. (People) ... Keira Knightley is reportedly set to marry her boyfriend, actor Rupert Friend, next year, announcing the news to friends this weekend at a party in London thrown by Lindsay Lohan. (News of the World)

Turn On:
On Monday night, there are new episodes of "Heroes" (NBC, 9 p.m. EST), "Prison Break" (Fox, 8 p.m. EST) and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 10 p.m. EST), plus the 1973 classic "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (ABC, 8 p.m. EST), followed by the new "He's a Bully, Charlie Brown" (8:30 p.m. EST).

On the Talk Shows:
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Brian Williams
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST): Jerry Seinfeld, DJ Shadow and Q-Tip
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST): Demi Moore, Ron Livingston, Chris Cornell
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST): Rachel Weisz, Masi Oka, Army of Anyone
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST): Christian Slater, Sue Johanson, Driveblind
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST): Diddy, Tony Hawk (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST): Jerry Seinfeld (repeat)
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST): Dean Kamen (repeat)

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