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Farrah`s Fight; Paparazzi Pounced; Paris & Nicole Make Up?; Stars Staying Together

Aired October 9, 2006 - 23:00:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: Could it possibly be? Have Paris and Nicole reached a truce?
I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

BROOKE ANDERSON, CO-HOST: And longstanding couples in Hollywood, how they make it work.

I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.


HAMMER (voice over): On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Farrah`s fight for her life. Farrah Fawcett reveals she is battling a serious illness, but is it cancer?

Tonight, the former "Charlie`s Angels" star reveals what`s helping her through this tough time. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with the latest development on Farrah`s courageous struggle.

A Brangelina brawl. Tonight, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie`s security guard attacked a photographer, and it`s all caught on tape.

Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with the startling tape and the inside story on Brad and Angie`s misadventure in India.


HAMMER: Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: Hi there, everyone. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

And Farrah Fawcett is literally in the fight of her life.

HAMMER: That`s right, Brooke.

Right now, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you that the woman who will always be known as one of "Charlie`s Angels" has a very serious illness. But the question tonight, just how serious and what is Farrah doing to beat it?

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT goes looking for answers.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Actress Farrah Fawcett was recently diagnosed with cancer.

HAMMER (voice over): Farrah Fawcett`s private battle is now public. The blonde superstar who became a TV icon in the 1970s TV show "Charlie`s Angels"...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE, "CHARLIE`S ANGELS": And what denomination are you, little lady?


HAMMER: ... is now facing a scary health crisis.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT brings you the very latest on Farrah`s fight and how her fellow former angels are rallying around her.

Plus, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT brings you the very first Hollywood reaction to Farrah`s illness.

SANDRA BULLOCK, SUPPORTING FARRAH FAWCETT: She`s a strong woman. She`s going to be fine.

HAMMER: "The National Enquirer" first broke the story of Farrah Fawcett`s illness. "The Enquirer" says Fawcett has been diagnosed with cancer of the lower intestines. Fawcett and her camp are not confirming she has cancer. All her representatives will tell SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is that she has a "fast-grown tumor".

Celebrity publicist Howard Bragman tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT he is not surprised that they are avoiding the word "cancer".

HOWARD BRAGMAN, CELEBRITY PUBLICIST: It takes time for all of us to absorb what`s happening when we get a bad diagnosis. And a celebrity may not have come to their own reality that they have a terminal disease or they have a very serious disease, and they may not want to confront it that way. And also, a lot of them don`t want the stigma that`s associated with different diseases.

HAMMER: Fawcett herself is vowing to beat this. After reports of her illness began to spread, Fawcett finely released a statement to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT saying, "I am resolutely strong and I am determined to bite the bullet and fight the fight while going through the next six weeks of cutting edge, state-of-the-art treatment. I should be able to return to my life as it was before at the end of my treatment."

JACLYN SMITH, ACTRESS, "CHARLIE`S ANGELS": I`m a pretty good listener.

HAMMER: And one of Farrah`s fellow angels is coming to her side. Jaclyn Smith tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Farrah is facing this like everything else in her life -- with strength, courage, and a very positive attitude. Fortunately her prognosis is excellent and she is going to be fine."

Fawcett is just the latest celebrity to wrestle with an agonizing decision, when to go public with an illness. Sheryl Crow, who survived a bout with breast cancer, tells Larry King that, after her diagnosis, her first impulse was to say nothing.

LARRY KING, HOST, "LARRY KING LIVE": You didn`t talk about it for a while, right?

SHERYL CROW, SINGER: I didn`t. And I needed to get through -- I needed to get through the experience and I needed to own the experience. I needed to not go out and share it with the world. I needed for it to be mine.

BRAGMAN: First of all, a celebrity wants to tell their family first if they have a very serious medical condition, and sometimes they have to get their ducks in a row and tell their children, their parents, their siblings, their -- the people in their family. And they certainly have a right to do that. And then all of a sudden you get a call from a tabloid and it says, well, your client has so and so and we`re going to release it, and then they have a very short window to do that.

HAMMER: But as personal and painful as an experience like Fawcett`s can be, sharing it could do some good.

DR. TED GANSLER, AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: I think a celebrity`s openness in speaking about their cancer can have great benefit to the public health and awareness about cancer and the public attitudes about cancer.

HAMMER: Dr. Ted Gansler of the American Cancer Society tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that celebrities like Katie Couric, who led a successful effort to promote colon cancer awareness after the disease claimed her husband`s life, can do a lot of good from sharing their own personal experiences with cancer.

And Dr. Gansler says when sick celebrities go public, they can get something in return -- support from their fans.

GANSLER: Getting emotional support can have a very positive role in keeping a positive attitude in your ability to continue with the challenging regimen of treatment.

HAMMER: It appears that Fawcett is getting that support. Her former beau, Ryan O`Neal, is reportedly by her side through this ordeal. And Hollywood stars like Sigourney Weaver are coming to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT to express their support for Fawcett.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER, ACTRESS: We send out our love and support to her. And I`ve met so many amazing women who have survived cancer. And she will get a lot of support.


HAMMER: A truly tough battle is ahead. We wish Farrah Fawcettt all the best.

And in just a few moments on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, we`re going to be bringing you the inspirational stories of some other celebrities who have been where Farrah is and have won their own battles with cancer.

ANDERSON: Tonight, caught on tape. What happened when one of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie`s bodyguards in India told a photographer not to take a picture and was ignored? Here`s what happened. Take a look.

Ooh, yikes. One newspaper quotes the photographer as claiming the bodyguard threatened to kill him. Two other photographers say they were also threatened by the same guard.

Now, after that happened, Brad and Angelina tried to go out for a rickshaw ride with their 5-year-old son Maddox and were swarmed by the paparazzi. They are in India to shoot scenes for "A Mighty Heart," in which Jolie plays the widow of murdered "Wall Street Journal" reporter Daniel Pearl.

HAMMER: Wow, what a difference from when they were in Namibia to have their baby. At that time they were shielded by the government there. But here`s what we`re wondering. Brad and Angelina, truly one of the world`s most famous couples, they go out with one of their kids and they get into a rickshaw in a very public, very crowded street. What did they expect, to be ignored?

Joining us tonight from Glendale, California, Harvey Levin, a guy we love to talk about this stuff to and with, Harvey Levin, managing editor of

All right, Harvey. I`m a little confused here. So let`s take it one step at a time.

We`ve got to start out with the security guard who looks a little over zealous, looks a little excitable to begin with. Can you think of any way that his attack on the photographer could have been justified?

HARVEY LEVIN, MANAGING EDITOR, TMZ.COM: Well, I`ve got to tell you, A.J., I`ve looked at this tape a couple of times, and to my eye this does not look like provocation whatsoever. According to the photographer, he was a guest at the hotel, he wasn`t really doing anything. You watch him as the security guard just goes off on him. And to me it just seems like a case of assault.

HAMMER: You`ve got to imagine that Brad and Angelina are pretty particular about who they are hiring to be their force, if they need force, out there because obviously it reflects on them and affects their reputation.

LEVIN: It absolutely does. And it`s a tough situation, too, because realize this, that if a photographer accosted Angelina and Brad, then the security guard would be in a heap of trouble. So this is a delicate balance, where you`re trying to protect these huge stars and at the same time not cross the line with the photographers who are trying to get the shot.

HAMMER: And back to my point, Harvey, of what were they expecting? You know, they are out in public, they`re surrounded by photographers after going out with 5-year-old Maddox. That always brings us back to the question of do they have a right to be left alone or does it just come with the territory when you are a mega star as they are?

LEVIN: Well, you know, I mean, look, they were inconspicuous in a rickshaw, so...


LEVIN: I mean, look, it`s who they are. It`s true. I mean, they give up a certain amount of privacy because of who they are.

And, you know, it`s kind of whiny for anybody to say, oh, I really didn`t expect this. Well, of course you expected it. When you become a big star, that`s what happens in America. and in the world. And they are not particularly whiny people, so I think they do kind of thing that it goes with the territory. I think the people around them are the ones who have to understand that a certain amount of intrusion is just standard operating procedure.

HAMMER: Let`s move on to another story now. And I want you to listen closely, Harvey. Maybe you can hear it. It`s the sound of tears from tabloid editors everywhere over news that a feud has possibly ended that has helped sell who knows how many millions of their magazines.

Could it possibly be that "Simple Life" stars Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie have kissed and made up? What happened here?

LEVIN: Well, I think the headline is that Nicole Richie may have eaten a steak last night. Forget about Paris. She went to Dan Tana`s...

HAMMER: And your cameras were there.

LEVIN: And our cameras were there. I mean, they showed up together at around 11:30 at night at this famous steakhouse in west Hollywood. And they shared a meal and came outside, and they were friendly with each other.

They Blackberry`d together, as friends often do. And it seems like, from what I`ve heard, actually -- and I have heard from people connect with them -- that at least for now the feud is over.

HAMMER: Our troubles in North Korea far from offer, but at least this one is being handled.

Quickly, Harvey -- and I`ve heard a lot of rumors about what actually started this feud in the first place, but what do you -- what do you know as the truth here?

LEVIN: Well, you know, the conventional wisdom on this -- that sounds like an oxymoron, doesn`t it -- the conventional wisdom is that Nicole was watching Paris on "Saturday Night Live" with a group of friends, and rather than watching the show, she popped the sex tape in, the Paris Hilton sex tape.

So that`s at least the story that`s going around. But she would not have been the first person to watch that tape, A.J. And the bottom line is it seems like they have buried the hatchet.

HAMMER: Oh, let`s hope so.

Harvey Levin, managing editor of, we appreciate your help on this matter of importance.

LEVIN: Bye, A.J.

HAMMER: And now that the crush of the paparazzi is something that`s quite familiar to Brad and Angelina, you are not going to want to miss a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT special report coming up a bit later. It`s on the extreme lengths the paparazzi are going to to get that money shot of Brad and Angelina. It`s "Chasing Angelina," a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT special report. It`s on the way at 31 past the hour.

ANDERSON: On that note, we want to hear what you think about all of it. It is our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." Stars out with their kids: Should the paparazzi leave them alone?

Go to Send us an e-mail,

HAMMER: Well, there`s a whole lot left of Ruben Studdard. Coming up, the "American Idol" winner speaks out for the very first time about his dramatic weight loss.

We`ll also have this...


BULLOCK: Once you try to make it look like something that it`s not, and you try to be the perfect couple, no one is the perfect couple. The world isn`t perfect. So don`t -- don`t -- it`s not going to work.


ANDERSON: Hollywood couples who are making it work. Coming up, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT gets the secrets of stars who have staying power.

HAMMER: Plus, exactly how charming does a snake charmer have to be to make out with more than a dozen king cobras? You will find out the answer next on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

It`s time now for a story that made us say, "That`s ridiculous!"

We`re talking about a snake charmer who is not just charming the snakes, he is getting to first base with them. You heard me correctly.

In Thailand, this guy kissed 19 poisonous king cobras because he was trying to set a world record. Well, the snakes were released on to a stage, and that`s where he got to smooching them one after the other.

Now, he urged everybody not to try this at home. I do not think that`s a problem. He says he has been bitten by snakes several times, but we still have to say a cobra-kissing snake charmer, now "That`s ridiculous!"

ANDERSON: Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with the secrets to staying together in Hollywood. Now, I know it seems like we`re always telling you about the big breakups in Hollywood, the splits, the divorces. So here`s what we wanted to know: what about all the success stories?

You know, it`s not all divorce court out there. And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is here to tell you why.


ANDERSON (voice over): The year was 1988, and there must have been something in the air for lasting love in Hollywood. It`s when Kevin Bacon married Kyra Sedgwick, Michael J. Fox wed actress Tracy Pollen, and Tom Hanks tied the knot with Rita Wilson. And after 18 years, all of them are still going strong.

And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you, it ain`t easy staying married in Hollywood.

JULIE JORDAN, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: To say there`s a lot of temptation in Hollywood is an understatement. They`re around the most beautiful people in the world. You know, they are doing love scenes with just pretty attractive people. So it`s hard because the schedule keeps them apart. But if these couples can manage to stay together, then that`s a feat in itself.

ANDERSON: And it`s a feat accomplished by country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, who got married more than 10 years ago. They have three daughters and tell CNN`s Larry King their secret: strong southern values.

FAITH HILL, SINGER: The cards are kind of all stacked against us in that way, but that fear went away when I got to know Tim and his desire for a family and a foundation like we grew -- both of us grew up with.

ROB LOWE, ACTOR: Marriage is tough.

ANDERSON: Rob Lowe tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that you have to work at marriage. He married makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff 15 years ago just after recovering from a very public sex tape scandal.

LOWE: And I have no answers. You know, it`s up and down, and it`s wonderful, and it`s a struggle, and it`s all these things that we all know. You know? But I love it, and if I had an answer I would bottle it and sell it and I`d retire.

ANDERSON: Sandra Bullock has her own ideas. She has only been married about a year now to "Monster Garage" host Jesse James. She tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT her secret is doing what feels right.

BULLOCK: Once you try to make it look like something that it`s not, and you try to be the perfect couple, no one`s the perfect couple. The world isn`t perfect. So don`t -- don`t -- it`s not going to work. You know, just -- I think people forget that we`re supposed to enjoy this lifetime.

ANDERSON: The answer to long-lasting relationships is not always marriage.

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have never married but they have made it work for some 18 years. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together for 23 years. They never tied the knot either.

GOLDIE HAWN, ACTRESS: I like being his girlfriend. I like that notion. I think it`s sexy. And I do think that it`s a way of saying, you know what? I don`t own you.


ANDERSON: Sometimes leaving Hollywood helps keep relationships strong. Paul Newman is a great example of that. He and his wife Joanne Woodward live in Westport, Connecticut. They have been married since 1958.

HAMMER: While some stars have their own secrets for staying together a long time, there are lessons to be learned from how they do it that can actually even help your marriage.

So pay close attention, because with me tonight in New York, clinical psychologist, radio talk show host, Dr. Judy Kuriansky.

Now, Dr. Judy, you and I have sat right here talking about the challenges in Hollywood and how difficult it can be in that community break marriages apart and break relationships apart. So this is nice to be talking about the other side.

DR. JUDY KURIANSKY, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: Isn`t that wonderful, A.J.? It is great. And some of them...

HAMMER: It does -- it does work.

KURIANSKY: Some of them really have some really good tips, as we just heard. I talk about the three Ts that I think make those couples in Hollywood work. You`ve got time together. So Courteney Cox and David Arquette, they are really quite opposite.

HAMMER: Good example.

KURIANSKY: So how do they make it work? They spend time together. You hear about them on the beach with little Coco, enjoying their time together, even starting a business together so that they do have that time together. So that`s one T.

HAMMER: Well, let me ask you, time together about a different couple, because you take somebody, also a T, Tom Hanks, who, he and his wife, Rita Wilson, you know, have made it work. Yet, he is at the top of the A list. He travels all year around and he is away for months at a time.

How can he pull that off? I imagine trust is a huge part.

KURIANSKY: Thank you. I love them because they do fit that second T for trust.

You never hear about them straying. You never hear about affairs. And you know how affairs absolutely rip the couple apart. And so trust is really key, and they`re good for trust.

And the third T I would say is the "two of us," instead of "me, me, me." We`ve talked before about how that narcissim breaks couples apart in Hollywood, certainly, and also in real life. So if you stay with the "two of us,"

Marc Anthony is a good example of that. Look what he has done with J. Lo. He has really gotten her into the Latin music events and the "two of us together". They appear together, they sing together, they do CDs together. That twosome is keeping them together.

HAMMER: And that`s a good example to bring up here, because we used to see Jennifer Lopez running around with this person or marrying that person. When she got together with Ben Affleck and then split up with Ben Affleck, I was thinking, all right, she just can`t keep a relationship together at all. She gets together kind of quietly with Marc Anthony and they are able to make it happen, and I think much to everybody`s surprise.

KURIANSKY: Exactly. And she stepped out of a bit of the limelight for just her and into the limelight of him being number one, which also can help.

You mentioned Ben Affleck. He is a good example, too, because with Jennifer Garner now, they don`t live in Hollywood. So they get a chance to have a real life. And there are a couple of other good couples, examples of that, too.

You`ve got Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, who re living on their ranch, and it`s not in Hollywood.

HAMMER: So that`s really...

KURIANSKY: And Julia Roberts and Danny Moder. They went to have their -- she wanted to have her twins in -- you know, in New Mexico. And Demi is in Utah. So you live in a real place, on a ranch, and you get a chance at a real life.

HAMMER: And in those instances it seems like a real case of adjusting your priorities and putting them where they should be -- family rather than Hollywood.

KURIANSKY: That`s another good -- a good tip about it, because you have somebody like -- Jamie Lee Curtis just announced that she is not going to act again. She`s going to write her children`s books and pay attention to her family. And even Gwyneth Paltrow, even though she`s back in the movies, there was a period of time where she said, "My child and family is number one." So...

HAMMER: And she has kept it that way and has made it work.


HAMMER: Dr. Judy Kuriansky, always good to see you. And nice to talk about the upside of marriage in Hollywood.

ANDERSON: Michael J. Fox speaks out. The actor makes a rare appearance as he battles Parkinson`s Disease. We`re going to tell you what he had to say coming up.

HAMMER: Plus, stars fighting cancer and winning. We`re going to hear what the stars have to say about going head to head with the disease while in the public eye.

We`ll also have this...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A couple of the guys were doing the stakeout at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt`s house in Malibu, and apparently Jolie is on the move.


ANDERSON: "Chasing Angelina." The paparazzi are swarming Brad and Angie in India. Coming up, we`ll look at the extremes photographers go to to get their shots of Angelina and other A-listers.


ANDERSON: Michael J. Fox is on the campaign trail pushing for stem cell research. The actor was in Missouri at a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill, who has made support for stem cell research a key part of her campaign.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson`s Disease in 1991, went public in 1998, and has been an advocate and activist since then.


MICHAEL J. FOX, ACTOR: We all know what we`re talking about. We`re talking about using cells from in vitro fertilization. Hundreds of thousands of cells are being destroyed all the time. They serve no purpose at all unless we can use them to save lives, extend lives, and to really change the world.

And I think that`s, we all know, as pro-life as it gets. And so we`re excited about that.


ANDERSON: What an amazing person he is. Fox`s Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson`s Research is the largest research funder of Parkinson`s research outside of the federal government.

HAMMER: So what`s it like to have a fight with a disease while in the public eye? Michael J. Fox with Parkinson`s, and now Farrah Fawcettt. And, of course, they are not the only ones.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT talks to stars who have fought cancer. Their own words coming up.

ANDERSON: Plus, there is a whole lot less of Ruben Studdard. Coming up, the "American Idol" winner speaks out for the very first time about his dramatic weight loss.

We`re also going to have this...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The 405 is right here. The 10 is going to be right here. And she`s like right here, on the 10.


HAMMER: "Chasing Angelina". The paparazzi are swarming Brad and Angie in India. Coming up, a dramatic look at the extremes photographers go to get their shots of Angelina and other A-listers. It`s a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT special report.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for Monday night. It is 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

A.J., "American Idol" Season 2 champion Ruben Studdard has made some massive changes - and I do mean massive changes in his life. The guy has lost 100 pounds. Coming up, he`s going to talk about this dramatic weight loss.

HAMMER: And the weight is still coming off on this guy.

Also, Brooke, as we reported earlier, Farrah Fawcett has revealed that she has a tumor that she is fighting. It is reported to be cancer. And that makes her the latest in a long list of celebrities that have endured public battles with life-threatening diseases. Well, coming up, we`re going to be hearing from celebrities themselves on the dynamic of dealing with such a private matter in the public eye. We often see it, and it`s always courageous.

ANDERSON: I`m sure it can`t be easy, A.J.

But first, as SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has been telling you, one of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie`s bodyguards joked a photographer over the weekend.




ANDERSON: Woah. The security guy confronted the paparazzo, who was taking pictures of the stars outside their hotel in India.

Well, we`re not saying it`s OK to get physical with anyone. But since they`ve arrived in India, Brad and Angelina have been swarmed by the paparazzi. They couldn`t even take their 5-year-old son, Maddox, out for a ride in a rickshaw without it turning into a zoo.

Now this is a total 180 from when Angelina gave birth to Baby Shiloh in Namibia in May. Officials there pretty much put the country under lockdown for the couple.

Well, catching A-list celebrities on film is a high-stakes and sometimes dangerous cat-and-mouse game. Come along as "CNN PRESENTS" takes us for a wild ride - an inside look at how the paparazzi chases Angelina Jolie.

Here`s CNN`s Kyra Phillips for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


BEN: A couple of the guys were doing the stake-out at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt`s house in Malibu. And apparently Jolie is on the move.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The hunt is on.

BEN: I`m going to get on the 405 and go 405 south. Are you still south PCH?

PHILLIPS: The prey: red-hot actress Angelina Jolie.

BEN: Copy that. Just keep me updated.

PHILLIPS: Ben, a 26-year-old photographer, works for one of the biggest paparazzi agencies in Hollywood, Bauer-Griffin. He`s asked us not to use his last name.

BEN: Nothing. There`s absolutely nothing. I`m coming behind you. No cops anywhere.

The 405 is right here. The 10`s going to be right here. And she`s, like, right here on the 10 going this way.

I`m trying to catch up as fast as I can. Give me your location. Did you pass West Channel yet? Copy that.

PHILLIPS: Ben is coordinating with two other paparazzi from his agency hot on Angelina`s tail. He finally catches up.

BEN: There she is. There she is.

PHILLIPS.but he`s on the wrong side of the freeway.

BEN: There`s other competition right there.

Copy that, I just saw you guys go by. That`s funny.

PHILLIPS: Paparazzi aren`t the only ones desperately seeking Angelina.

BONNIE FULLER, COLUMNIST, "STAR" MAGAZINE: She`s not fitting into her clothes?

BEN: She`s not fitting into her clothes.

FULLER: That happens.

BEN: She hates her body, she hates, you know, the hormones raging. She`s very uncomfortable.

PHILLIPS: "Star" magazine`s Bonnie Fuller is chasing down any salacious tidbit on the actress, her Hollywood hunk boyfriend, and the girl next door he left behind.

FULLER: I like this. Jennifer`s turning to hypnosis...

BEN: Yes.

FULLER: ... therapy to get over Brad?

BEN: Yes. We will be working on that.

FULLER: That`s fabulous.

I mean, how can you not be nosey about people that are fascinating to look at as a Jen, a Brad and an Angelina? How could you not?

PHILLIPS: And Mark Lisanti, the blogger behind the Internet gossip site, is snarking about official word that Angelina is pregnant.

MARK LISANTI, BLOGGER, DEFAMER.COM: Once you get a publicist`s real name on something, you know, it then becomes reality and we can all rejoice and start knitting the baby booties.

PHILLIPS: Over at "People" magazine, managing editor Larry Hackett is thrilled about the prospect of getting exclusive pictures of Brad and Angelina`s new baby.

LARRY HACKETT, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: We were telephoned by officials from Getty on Friday, June 2 I guess it was, to be ready that weekend, that they thought it might be coming very soon. And then on Saturday afternoon, I was telephoned by one of the Getty executives to be on hand that evening at their offices in Lower Manhattan to have a viewing of the photographs and to make a bid. And it was very exciting.

PHILLIPS: The proud parents of Baby Shiloh had been holed up in Namibia to avoid the paparazzi. But all the privacy in the world didn`t stop the press from battling over the first pictures of the most famous baby in the world.

In the end, "People" made the winning bid. The magazine won`t say how much it paid for the exclusive photos, but reports but the figure at more than $4 million. The enormous sum will go to charity.

HACKETT: If there was a war, we on. We paid a substantial amount of money. There`s no secret about that. I`m not going to divulge what we paid, because it doesn`t serve any purpose for me either right now or in the future to talk about the amount of money that gets spent on photographs.


PHILLIPS: The Brangelina saga is just one of the real-life soaps feeding the public`s growing obsession with celebrities.

TED CASABLANCA, COLUMNIST, E! ENTERTAINMENT: The personal lives of -- of Hollywood celebrities these days, it really is the best reality TV show out there.

MICHAEL LEVINE, PUBLICIST: It`s not a fascination. It`s long, long since past fascination. We are celebrity drenched and obsessed.

ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: I wouldn`t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.

PHILLIPS: So obsessed that you can hardly change the channel without landing on one of the many entertainment news shows.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Paris Hilton on parade.

PHILLIPS: And the number of star-studded magazines has exploded.

There are at least six celebrity weeklies on the newsstands now, with a combined circulation of more than 8.5 million. And while traditional news magazines are losing readers, the circulation of celebrity magazines is soaring.

PETER CASTRO, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: That`s when I realized, this is a whole different game. And it`s a really ruthless one.

PHILLIPS: Add to that mix, a new media outlet: Internet gossip blogs.

ALLAN MAYER, DAMAGE CONTROL SPECIALIST, SITRICK AND COMPANY: Things happen faster. A piece of gossip gets out into - into the world, and -- and within literally hours, it`s everywhere.

PHILLIPS: Is celebrity coverage spinning out of control?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Gentlemen. Hey, hey, hey. Hey!

KEN SUNSHINE, PUBLICIST: We`ve never had so much media that it seems to be desirous of printing or covering every possible aspect of so- called celebrities` lives. I think the world`s gone a little crazy.

PHILLIPS: The HBO cult hit "Entourage" is capitalizing on the public`s fascination with celebrities` inner-most lives. The TV comedy features an aspiring young actor and the pack of friends and Hollywood power players surrounding him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The paparazzis are out tonight, aight? Check on the tits on the girls from "EXTRA!"

DOUG ELLIN, "ENTOURAGE" CREATER: Everything about all these characters in the show is sort of taken from somewhere in real life. So almost none of it is pure fiction.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You want to hug it out?

ELLIN: No, not really.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let`s hug it out, bitch. Let`s hug it out.

ELLIN: They are based on a lot of different people.

PHILLIPS: People like publicists and power brokers hired to control one of the most precious commodities in Hollywood: access to the stars.


ANDERSON: Everybody should just hug it out and get along.

That was CNN`s Kyra Phillips for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

HAMMER: I thought you were going to use the b-word for a second there, Brooke.

Well, the paparazzi mobbed "Desperate Housewives" stars Eva Longoria and her boyfriend, Tony Parker, in France. They were there for the launch of his video game. He even got his very own statue for a wax museum.

Now Tony plays basketball for the San Antonio Spurs. He grew up in France, and when a reporter asked him about the rumors that he and Longoria had split, Tony said that he didn`t want to talk about it. But we got to figure that if your girlfriend travels thousands of miles to see your wax figure unveiled, you`re probably still dating.

ANDERSON: Or at least planning to work it out maybe.

In tonight`s "SHOWBIZ Showcase," "Nights at the Museum," starring Ben Stiller as a security guard at a museum of natural history. Sounds like a pretty quiet gig, right? Well, not when the stuff on display decides to come life. Dick Van Dyke is in this one, too, and Robin Williams comes to the rescue.

Here`s your first look.


BEN STILLER, ACTOR: I`m Larry Daly (ph). I`ve got a job interview with Cecil Frederick (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Let me point you in the right direction.


Ah, Teddy Roosevelt.


STILLER: He was our fourth president, right?


STILLER: Twenty-sixth.

DICK VAN DYKE, ACTOR: This is the kid who wants to be the new night guard.

MICKEY ROONEY, ACTOR: He looks like a weirdy.

VAN DYKE: I`ll give you a little tour.

This is the diorama room.

STILLER: I remember these little guys.

VAN DYKE: On the left, your Attila the Hun.

And this is the hall of African mammals.

STILLER: That`s cute.

VAN DYKE: He`s quite a little ball of fun, aren`t you, Dexter (ph)?

It can get a little spooky around here at night, so you might want to put a few lights on. And the most important thing of all to remember: don`t let anything in or out.




STILLER: Everything in this museum comes to life at night.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Freakin` awesome.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is a museum. I cannot tolerate you starting chaos.




OWEN WILSON, ACTOR: Fire up the iron horse, boys.


WILSON: For crying out loud.

STILLER: Come to work with me tonight. You won`t be disappointed.




STILLER: This is so not worth $11.50 an hour.


ANDERSON: "Night at the Museum" hits theaters December 22.

HAMMER: All right. Here`s an important question: would you name your baby after a TV network? I didn`t think so. But there are some people out there who did. Just wait till those kids get to kindergarten.

"That`s Ridiculous!," and that`s next.

ANDERSON: Also, an "American Idol" winner`s battle to lose weight. Up next, Ruben Studdard is back. His dramatic struggle to shed the pounds.

Plus, we`ve also got this:




HAMMER: As awful and gross as former Congressman Mark Foley`s messages to teenage pages are, some people out there are actually finding humor in it all. It`s next, in the "Foley Follies."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stand by to your break. Roll the break, and effect black.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Camera 3, music under. Stand by, A.J. Open his mike, pre-set Camera 1. Dissolve. Go.

HAMMER: And welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

It`s time now for another story that made us say "That`s Ridiculous!"

Now you`ve probably heard of the saying "I want my MTV!" It led a whole generation. Well, there are actually people out there that want their EPSN so badly they`d name their own flesh and blood after the cable sports station.

A couple in Biloxi, Mississippi just named their son "ESPN Montana." The scary thing is, they`re not alone. Apparently there are three other kids named "ESPN" as well.

And - and Brooke, I guess the kid`s just happy that their parents are not obsessed with the Discovery Health Network.

ANDERSON: I guess not.

HAMMER: Or Noggin.

ANDERSON: I`m thinking maybe the mother was still in a fog from child birth. I - I can`t imagine allowing this to happen. But it did. And "Montana," after the football legend Joe Montana.

HAMMER: Well, we would have also been a bad choice, I have to say.

But naming your kid after ESPN? Come on. "That`s Ridiculous!"

Well, as disturbing as former Congressman Mark Foley`s e-mails to congressional pages are, yes, there are people out there that are finding some humor in his online sex scandal, and even looking to make a quick off of it.

Here`s CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with the "Foley Follies."


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Ah, for the days when a page was something you turned, not something that turns someone on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (SINGING): Foley, everything unholy.

MOOS: But the scandal has given political jokesters lots of material.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (SINGING): A 16-year-old boy, he`d be your sexual toy.

MOOS: There are songs, there are puns about it being time for the GOP to ex-Foley-ate. And there are games, like Help Hastert Hide the Perv, where you move the House speaker around in an effort to hide Mark Foley`s interactions with Congressional pages.

We`re accustomed to police tip lines, but now we have.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A page tip line. There`s a hotline set up for anyone with leads concerning Mark Foley.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you for calling the tip line for the United States House of Representatives. If you have information regarding former Congressman Mark Foley and.

MOOS (on camera): They must be getting tons of crank calls, you know, can you help me, I lost my page.

(voice-over): The anti-Bush forces are having a field day, even as the president delivers another speech on.


MOOS: There`s a T-shirt for sale: "Please, leave the children behind." It`s one of a few dozen on the Web. One features Foley`s most famous alleged instant message quote -- move over Austin Powers:


MOOS: For more on the page scandal, you can look on the editorial cartoon page. Never accept candy or a ride from a strange Republican congressman.

"The New York Post" showed gay former Governor Jim McGreevey saying, Look on the bright side Foley, you`ll have a best-selling book.

Note the picture of the Village People on the wall.


MOOS: The Village People make for popular parody. This one topped the charts on the Huffington Post.


MOOS: Gone are the innocent days when if you wanted a congressional page.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Anything else you want, just snap for a page.

MOOS: Just snap, instead of sending a lurid e-mail.



HAMMER: That was CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Well, the Velvet Teddy Bear is back. But there`s a lot less to cuddle up with, if you`re so inclined.

You remember Ruben Studdard, of course. He was the Season 2 winner of "American Idol." He beat out Clay Aiken that particular season. Ruben earned that teddy bear because of his silky, smooth voice and large size. Well, extra-large size.

But since then, there was a lot of talk about Ruben`s health. He weighed in at more than 400 pounds at one point.

Ruben stopped by the "Today" show this morning to show off his new album, and his dramatic 100-pound weight loss.


RUBEN STUDDARD, SINGER: The working out was never an issue. You know, I - I - I went to college on a football scholarship. So that was never, you know, a problem for me.

But we`re from Alabama, and we love to eat. So I had to - you know, I had to basically change my thinking as it pertains to the foods that I, you know, wanted to eat. And, you know, I actually went there - and, you know, they put me on, like, a 1,200-to-1,500-calorie diet a day.

And at first when I got there, I thought it was going to pretty difficult. But it ended up being pretty easy. I call it, like, a five-star luxury camp. Because everything is - they have, like, great chefs.

MEREDITH VEIRIA, "TODAY" SHOW: And you`re now a vegetarian, is that right?

STUDDARD: Yes, I am. Like, maybe a week - maybe two weeks after I left there, I just decided I really wanted to try to clean up my temple and, you know, try vegetarianism for awhile. So it`s been working.


HAMMER: Excellent to hear he`s been taking all the right steps. Ruben`s CD, "The Return," hits stores on October 17.

We told you earlier about the shocking Farrah Fawcett news: she`s got cancer, reportedly intestinal cancer. Her publicist tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT she`s undergoing treatment, and that the 59-year-old "Charlie`s Angels" star should be able to return to work - she`ll be able to recover.

When stars have spoken out about their personal battles, their stories of fear and courage can help inspire others who are struggling with deadly illness. So in honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT looks at some of the celebrities who have beaten cancer.


MELISSA ETHERIDGE, SINGER: You don`t feel cancer. You don`t - I didn`t feel sick. I felt a little run down. But - no, you don`t - cancer`s (INAUDIBLE). That`s what`s so crazy about it; it`s just kind of silently in there inside you. And - and then you realize, Oh my God, it`s been there for so long, because it takes years for tumors to grow.

SUZANNE SOMERS, ENTERTAINER: Cancer`s a year out of your life, no matter what choices you make. It`s a - it`s a year. And it`s a long year. And it`s a hard year. And you don`t feel good during that year.

I also found that cancer was very lonely.

DIAHANN CARROLL, ENTERTAINER: I was surprised to learn that there are so many - there are millions of women who believe that as they age, they are no longer candidates for breast cancer. That`s absolutely the opposite of what is correct.

I thought, too, that the - your - your problem diminish. They don`t. They excel.

SHERYL CROW, SINGER: You know, it`s the first thing that happens when they tell you you have cancer. You - you know so little about it, especially if you`re someone like me, who - I have always been helping - in fact, I brag all the time about, I never have a sore throat; I`ll never cancel a gig. And suddenly I have this - this diagnosis that is completely foreign to me. And I just - I did what everybody else does, and dug into the Internet and tried to educate myself as to what I was looking at.


ANDERSON: Certainly those initial feelings, misconceptions and the range of powerful emotions are felt by many dealing with the deadly disease. But thankfully, Melissa Etheridge, Suzanne Somers, Diahann Carroll and Sheryl Crow are all doing fine - a sentiment we sincerely wish for Farrah Fawcett in her brave fight.

HAMMER: Well, on Friday, we were dealing with a hot-button issue, and we were asking you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day," about the new movie that`s causing a ton of controversy because it shows a fictional scene of the president getting shot and killed.

This is the question: "President Assassination Movie: Should `Death of a President` be banned from theaters?" And here`s how the vote went: 33 percent of you said, "yes it should"; 67 percent of you said, "No, it shouldn`t."

A lot of e-mails came in, too. Here are a couple that we got.

We heard from Lucas in California, and like a lot of people, he took the free-speech road. He said: "No, it shouldn`t. It is such a ridiculous question. If they ban a movie because it offends people, what`s next?"

But Sean from Arkansas is very opposed to the film. "The movie should be banned," says Sean, "from theaters across the country. Whoever made that film should be put in prison."

And Sean, in some communist nations, that`s exactly what would happen.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for Monday night`s coming right back.


ANDERSON: We`ve been asking you to vote on tonight`s SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." And it is this: "Stars Out With Their Kids: Should the paparazzi leave them alone?" Keep voting at Send us an e-mail - there`s the address: We`re going to read some of your thoughts tomorrow.

HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

Let`s find out what`s coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Tomorrow, "America`s Most Wanted" host John Walsh is going to join us. We`ll talk to him about the scary stuff that`s going on with kids and online sex scandals: Mark Foley, "Dateline"`s "To Catch a Predator." John Walsh on how to keep kids safe on the Internet, tomorrow.

Also tomorrow, Mr. T. He was big on helping others out on "The A- Team," and now he`s giving out self-help advice in a new reality show. Mr. T: the new Dr. Phil? I pity the fool who doesn`t watch SHOWBIZ TONIGHT tomorrow.

Sorry, I had to do that.

That`s it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Thanks for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: Have a great night, everybody. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

Glenn Beck is coming up next, right after the latest headlines from CNN Headline News.

HAMMER: Pity the fool.


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