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"Borat" scuttles Pam/Kid Rock marriage? Spears' literary criticism. Plus: Heath and Michelle set to marry?

Published November 28, 2006 2:30PM (EST)

Morning Briefing:
The brief Pam/Kid Rock marriage ends with "Borat"? Celebrity blogs and national news organizations alike carried headlines Monday announcing that Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock have filed for divorce after only four months of marriage. (For those keeping score, that's one month per wedding celebration the couple had.) Tuesday morning, though, Page Six reports on the catalyst of the split: Borat. Claiming that Rock's temper problems are the underlying reason for the divorce, a source tells Page Six about a scene that took place a few weeks ago when Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer hosted a "Borat" screening at his Beverly Hills home. Rock, who hadn't yet seen the film, was upset by the scene in which Anderson is almost kidnapped by Sacha Baron Cohen's character and, according to the source, "started screaming at Pam, saying she had humiliated herself and telling her, 'You're nothing but a whore! You're a slut! How could you do that movie?' in front of everyone. It was very embarrassing." (TMZ, Page Six, New York Daily News)

Britney's literary legacy up for auction: At an upcoming auction of celebrity memorabilia, Christie's will try to sell off a charming junior-high paper by Britney Spears on Sophocles' "Antigone." (The auction house's Web site gives the item an estimated value of $500-$700). She gets good comments on her organization but points taken away for poor penmanship and spelling mistakes like "Their [There] was a roomer [rumor] about her burying her bother ..." Overall grade: 88. (ONTD, Christie's)

Heath Ledger was reportedly spotted picking up a marriage license on Monday in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lives with Michelle Williams and their daughter, Matilda Rose. (DListed) ... Page Six reports that Owen Wilson is about to ask Kate Hudson to marry him -- he was seen ring shopping with his mom last week. (Hollywood Wiretap) ... Network news channels are now reportedly vying to land an interview with O.J. Simpson in the wake of the "If I Did It" debacle. A source tells Rush & Molloy, "They're dangling first-class airfare, an hour live-to-tape special and major personalities to do the interview." (Rush & Molloy) ... ABC News online is trying to answer some of the most pressing questions of the day: "Not so long ago, when a society woman flashed a hint of leg from beneath her petticoat, onlookers gasped. Today, when Britney Spears displays her private parts to the paparazzi, the world points and laughs. Spears is the latest star to give people a glimpse of what's usually covered up, a trend that asks the question: What value, if any, does culture place on modesty today?" (ABC News) ... Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope" stays atop this week's New York Times nonfiction bestsellers list, while "Cross," by James Patterson, is No. 1 on the fiction list. (New York Times)

Money Quote:
Nicole Kidman, once again the subject of pregnancy speculation, on having more children: "I'd like to be a mum again. I always thought I'd live on a Fijian island. I love the idea of being in a sarong, with hair down to my bum and kids following me around." (FemaleFirst)

Turn On:
On Wednesday, the new tomboy comedy "My Boys" (TBS, 10 p.m. EST) and wedding sitcom "Big Day" (ABC, 9 p.m. EST) both debut, and "American Gangster" (BET, 10 p.m. EST) -- a new series that profiles African-American crime figures -- launches with an episode devoted to Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EST): University of Colorado football player Katie Hnida
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Jimmy Carter
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST): George Clooney, the Decemberists
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST): Lucy Liu, Bob Saget, Snoop Dogg
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST): Jude Law, Kristen Wiig, Brian Setzer Orchestra
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST): William H. Macy, Jeri Ryan, Isabel Allende
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST): Wilmer Valderrama, Michael Irvin, Chris Daughtry
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST): Tom Waits
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST): Nora Ephron

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By Scott Lamb

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