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Naomi`s Arrest; K-Fed`s Spending Habits; Paris-Britney Sitcom Smackdown; Reality Check for Dina Lohan`s Reality show; Pot Named After Tom Cruise; Babies for Obama

Aired April 4, 2008 - 23:00:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: Yoko Ono has some advice for Paul McCartney`s ex- wife. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
BROOKE ANDERSON, CO-HOST: And you know you`re a major star when you get some marijuana is named after you. But Tom Cruise is not amused. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.

HAMMER: On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, did the supermodel become super bad again? Tonight, the brand new startling arrest of Naomi Campbell. Did she really flip out at an airport? Talk about flying the unfriendly skies. Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT presents Naomi Campbell`s high-flying freak-out.

The Paris/Britney sitcom, smackdown. Paris, following in Britney`s sitcom footsteps. But who`s a better guest star? Look out Emmy committee, Paris and Britney are on the scene on the small screen. And making us say, are you kidding me?

Plus, Dina dissed. Is Dina Lohan exploiting Lindsay and her little sister. Tonight, your overwhelming response.


Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer, broadcasting tonight and every night from New York City.

ANDERSON: Hi, there, everyone. I`m Brooke Anderson coming to you from Hollywood.

HAMMER: And tonight, the Tom Cruise pot deal. No, we`re not in the least bit implying Tom Cruise has anything to do with buying or using pot. But we can tell you that some pot smokers may actually be going ga-ga over a brand of marijuana with Cruise`s name on it. This is a story that made us say, are you kidding me? And it`s coming up.

ANDERSON: But first, how Naomi Campbell was planning on flying high and how it led to her getting arrested. Tonight, the super bad supermodel is accused of losing her legendary temper as she was boarding an airplane all over a piece of luggage. Not good, considering Naomi is already carrying a lot of baggage.


(voice over): She`s brutalized assistants, tormented her fellow models and done unspeakable things with cell phones. And now, Naomi Campbell allegedly is taking her tantrumistic ways to the air. Campbell is free on bail in London after being arrested for allegedly throwing a hissy fit and attacking police on an airplane.

JO PIAZZA, "NEW YORK DAILY NEWS": She`s moved on from attacking assistants and she`s attacking police officers.

ANDERSON: It`s like a horror movie villain who just keeps coming back. It`s "Naomi Strikes, Part 4: Terror In The Skies." Naomi`s latest episode occurred at London`s Heathrow Airport on board a British Airways jet about to take off for Los Angeles. Jo Piazza of the "New York Daily News" donned her "Naomi Hit Me" t-shirt to tell SHOWBIZ TONIGHT how this former runway model allegedly terrorized Heathrow`s runway.

PIAZZA: She was in first class. And British Airways told her, "Oh, my gosh! We`re so sorry. We can`t locate your luggage. We have no idea where it is." She was so unhappy that she started verbally abusing the flight staff.

ANDERSON: When police got on board to break up the spat, Naomi reportedly spat on an officer. The cops then outfitted the model with a stylish yet functional accessory.

Campbell`s spokesman tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "So far as we are aware BA have still failed to offer any explanation as to why her bag went missing at Terminal 5."

JULIA ALLISON, "STAR" MAGAZINE: We`ve all seen people get upset about lost luggage. How many times have you seen someone actually get handcuffed and taken away?

ANDERSON: This alleged air rage incident comes just over a year after Naomi, dressed to the nines, finished a community service sentence in New York for her last outburst - throwing a cell phone at her maid over a missing pair of jeans. In fact, over the years, Naomi`s greatest alleged hits include cell phone-tossing, bashing with a Blackberry, hitting, slapping, punching, wall-slamming and threatening to throw someone out of a moving car.

ALLISON: There should be a sign on Naomi Campbell that says, "Please stay at least 15 feet away from both cell phone throwing distance and spitting," now.

ANDERSON: British Airways reportedly is considering banning Naomi from future flights. But even if they do, if Naomi`s history is any indication, somewhere, sometime, the continuing "Naomi Strikes Back" saga will have another sequel.


HAMMER: You know, it`s really gotten to the point that it`s not even surprising to hear about Naomi losing it anymore. In fact, I`ve got to say, I`d be a little disappointed if she didn`t blow off steam every once in a while.

Joining me tonight from New York, Marvet Britto of the Britto Agency. Also in New York, Lisa Bloom, host of "In Session" on Tru TV. Marvet, Lisa, thank you for joining us tonight.

We all know how difficult and frustrating air travel can be at times. They lost her bag. I sympathize with her. But, Lisa, you know, security being the way it is, you would think Naomi, world traveler, would know you do not carry on like this in an airplane or in airport these days. It`s pretty serious business.

LISA BLOOM, HOST, "IN SESSION": And speaking of carry on, A.J., by the way, somehow, she got three carry-on bags on that flight. I don`t know how she did that.

HAMMER: What`s that about?

BLOOM: They only let me take one. They only let me take on. All right. They lost her bag. Naomi is acting like a toddler having a temper tantrum. She needs to learn to use her words to express herself without the saliva, without the fists, without the weapons. Is that so hard?

HAMMER: It shouldn`t be. It really shouldn`t be. And she`s gotten in trouble for her behavior in the past. But none of her wild behaviors actually hurt Naomi professionally. I mean she`s been appearing in commercials lately for SoBe Life Water. She made fun of her temper, a little self-effacing ad she did for Dunkin Donuts. Marvet, let me ask you, it`s kind of working for her, isn`t it?

MARVET BRITTO, FOUNDER, BRITTO AGENCY: It seems to be working for her. But Naomi`s bad behavior - the real issue is she`s seriously dealing with some deep-rooted pain. She`s still working but the caliber of work is questionable. Do you really want to represent brands that are really mocking your bad behavior when you could be representing brands that are really in line with the equity you`ve built as a global model?

HAMMER: So in other words, you really think it is hurting her, bottom line?

BRITTO: Absolutely. Absolutely.

HAMMER: Interesting.

BRITTO: Absolutely. She`s not representing the brands that other models of her caliber are representing because she`s soiled based on her bad behavior. No one wants to associate the equity of their brands with Naomi`s brand. It`s not good business.

HAMMER: Well, then, you`ve got to wonder what`s going to happen now. Lisa, where could this go? I mean, obviously, she`s going to face some kind of punishment. There will be repercussions. How bad could it get? Could she actually have trouble getting work in the U.S.? You know, she may have trouble getting a visa.

BLOOM: She can go to jail in England. They take airport security just as seriously as we do. And guess what? You don`t get to punch airport security in Britain, just like you can`t do that here. You can`t spit at them. You can`t scream and yell. That`s why she was ejected from that plane, causing a lot of inconvenience to all the other passengers who had to wait over an hour while all her luggage was extricated from the plane.

I mean this is serious. And she`s had community service in the past. That didn`t work. So it`s time to get serious, I think, with Naomi Campbell. And I wouldn`t be surprised if the British authorities did just that.

HAMMER: Community service and anger management classes. And yes, you said they didn`t work. So from a professional standpoint, Marvet, if Naomi was your client, would you be on the phone with her right about now yelling at her and asking her what she was thinking?

BRITTO: Absolutely. I wouldn`t really be on the phone yelling at her because I think what she may have lacked in the past is truth. Someone needs to tell her the truth about the mistakes that she`s made and she needs to speak publicly about how she plans on fixing them.

We have never heard from Naomi. There`s a laundry list of things she`s done, but yet not one time has she come forward and said, "I`m sorry. This is what I did. I accept responsibility for it," and more importantly why she did it. We`ve yet to hear from her.

HAMMER: So, Lisa, the best thing for her might be to lock her up and toss away the key for a while.

BLOOM: Well, I was going to contact her, it would be by phone. I wouldn`t want to be in the (UNINTELLIGIBLE).


BLOOM: So I think that makes some sense. The only statement we`ve heard from her is her being upset about the lost bag. It clearly shows that she does not get it.

It`s not about a little problem she had in her life. We all have those problems, Naomi. It`s the way she handles it, blowing up into these huge episodes and now assaulting airport security. This is very serious legal business.

HAMMER: Well, I do think we`re going to see some fallout on her part. Marvet Britto, Lisa Bloom, I do appreciate you both being here tonight. And I want you to know you can now watch video reports from SHOWBIZ TONIGHT anytime you`d like. You can call them up on our Web site which you`ll find at

ANDERSON: And now, we want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day - "Naomi Campbell Arrested Again: If convicted, should she go to jail?" Vote E-mail us - there`s the address

How would you like to take a look at Kevin Federline`s checkbook? All right. You are not going to believe what this guy is spending his money on, or should I say, Britney`s money. We have an inside look at the major bucks K-Fed is drop everywhere from strip clubs to recording studios. That`s next.

HAMMER: Also, you know, Paris Hilton - she is such a renaissance woman. I mean she`s a sex tape entrepreneur. She`s jail bird, red carpet walker, bad dancer and now, sitcom star. But here`s what I want to know - did Paris top Britney Spears` glorious sitcom performance? And one more thing, are you kidding me? We have that coming up.

We will also this -




ANDERSON: Just adorable. The littlest constituents weigh in on the presidential race. Babies saying, "Obama!" Come on. How much cuter could it possibly get. You`ve got to stick around for this. That is straight ahead on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.



ANDERSON: That was Kevin Federline`s commercial for Nationwide Insurance. And we have now learned how much he made doing it. You will not believe it.

Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Tonight, for the very first time, we are learning the until-now secrets of how K-Fed is spending ex- wife, Britney Spears` money.

Joining me tonight in Hollywood, Carlos Diaz, correspondent for the TV show, "Extra." And in New York, Janelle Snowden, VH1`s news and red carpet correspondent.

Carlos, Janelle, the information here comes from just-released court documents and there are some real doozies in here. For example, K-Fed left a $2,000 tip at a strip club, Scores, for a bill that was only $365. Carlos, should he be embarrassed by this? Is it just outrageous?

CARLOS DIAZ, CORRESPONDENT, "EXTRA": That`s a lot to spend at Scores. I mean it`s only a sports bar. Gee, wait a minute. Actually, I`ve been to Scores before in Las Vegas for journalistic purposes and I can tell you nothing cost $365 at Scores. I don`t know what he`s putting that on, but $2,000 as a tip? Are you kidding me? And then he has the gall to say, "Can Britney pay my legal fees, because I`m poor?" I`m not buying it.

ANDERSON: Yes, it`s astonishing. And Carlos, I could have gone without knowing you are intimately familiar with Scores but -


DIAZ: Journalistically.

ANDERSON: There you go.

DIAZ: Journalistically.


ANDERSON: I`ve got it. All right. We`re also getting fascinating insight into K-Fed`s musical career or should we say lack of musical career. The court documents reveal he spent $74,000 trying to revise his career but only made $9,800 doing it. Janelle, is it time for him to give it up?

SNOWDEN: You know, I`m not anybody to be a dream-killer but after a while, you know you just have to say, "Maybe I should try my hand at something new." Another dream, perhaps. This one might not be working for you, but I think it might be time to just kind of hang it up. And you know, you`re not making a bad living with the child support payments.

ANDERSON: Very true. Maybe look into other occupations. And you know, while he only made $9,800 from his music for that Nationwide Insurance commercial he did that we just showed you, he made $377,000. Carlos, should he just stick to commercials?

DIAZ: Well, you can only, you know, ride that pony so many times of making fun of yourself. That`s over half his income from last year, that one commercial. He made $540,000 last year and spent $800,000 last year. So I think maybe he needs a new accountant. That`s all I`m saying here.

ANDERSON: Yes, it sounds like poor money management. And by the way, Janelle, you mentioned child support, living off that. We learned that Britney is giving him $15,000 a month in child support. But he`s actually paying out more than $18,000 in child support to Shar Jackson for his two children with her. Janelle, he does have to keep working here, doesn`t he?

SNOWDEN: He definitely does. I mean not to make light of the situation, he does have a lot of kids to support and everybody with kids definitely needs a job to be able to manage them. But certainly there are lots of fathers all over the world that are getting by with far less and doing a great job at it.

So while I think that, yes, he needs money and he needs to figure out a new way to make it up, whether it`s the commercials or whatever his next dream gig is, he`s got to do something because otherwise, it`s just a revolving door. As soon as Britney`s money goes in, Shar`s goes out. So, you know, there`s got to be some kind of give-and-take. I don`t know, but it`s not seeming like things are adding up to me.

ANDERSON: Yes. I`ve got to have a balance there. No question about it. Kevin Federline, according to the court documents, is one big spender. Carlos Diaz, Janelle Snowden, thank you both. Good to see you.

And remember for the latest breaking Britney Spears news and video, check out the Britney Drama section of our Web site. We`re always posting new stuff for you to watch. That`s at

HAMMER: I`ve got to tell you, we love stirring things up here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. But here`s one that really touched a nerve. Is Lindsay Lohan`s mom, Dina, exploiting her daughters? Man, we got a huge response to this. That is coming up.

ANDERSON: Also, I know people laugh at Paris a lot. But at least this time, she is on a sitcom. But I want to know, did she do better than Britney Spears? Is a Paris/Britney sitcom smackdown, straight ahead.

HAMMER: And look at this. You can now roll up Tom Cruise and smoke him. That`s right. Marijuana is being sold called "Tom Cruise Purple." I`ve got to tell you, Tom is not laughing, to be blunt. But will there be a joint investigation or is this just a token effort - you know, a half-baked idea. And are you kidding me? That`s coming up.


ANDERSON: Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you that there is absolute outrage from our viewers over Lindsay Lohan`s mom, Dina, putting her 14- year-old kid in a reality show with her.

Back tonight in Hollywood, Carlos Diaz, correspondent for the TV show, "Extra." In New York, Janelle Snowden, VH1`s news and red carpet correspondent. Janelle, Carlos, thanks for hanging out with us.

And you know, we know Dina Lohan will be starring in a new reality show with her daughter Ali and has been slammed for doing that given all that`s happened to Lindsay.

So we asked our question of the day - "Dina Lohan`s Reality Show: Is she exploiting her daughters?" Guys, this may be our most lopsided vote ever. Ninety-eight percent said yes, two percent said no. Janelle, does it surprise you?

SNOWDEN: Not at all. I mean I think Americans aren`t that stupid. I`m sure a lot of the people that chiming in are parents like, did we not learn from Lindsay`s mistakes.

It`s pretty obvious to a lot of people that Dina seems pretty self- interested. I mean, even as Lindsay`s manager, when she`s on the red carpet with her, she`s not really playing the background. She`s very much in the forefront, even asking to be interviewed herself, and then sometimes being a special correspondent, you know, for some of the entertainment news magazine.

So is this really about like, you know, getting the Ali some shine, the 14-year-old, or is this more about her? Like - I can`t agree with exploiting the kids. I think Americans are in agreement with that. Come on, like, do we not learn from our mistakes? She seems to be of the philosophy that it`s like, "If at first you don`t succeed, try, try again." But in this case, when raising kids, maybe you want to set that one aside, OK?

ANDERSON: Right. Yes. Well, we are flooded with E-mails, Janelle, including this from Drew Cummings in Parkland, Florida. He writes, "This Ali Lohan/Dina Lohan matter is really upsetting. I seriously believe that either the District Attorney or Child Protective Services should intervene and consider protective measures for this child, whose mother is obviously not looking out for her daughter`s best interest."

But Tally from Jupiter, Florida writes, "Dina is doing a good job raising her children. They don`t come with instructions. They need to grow up (including making their own decisions and mistakes). I know my children would be thrilled to have their own reality show. I know I`ll watch the show with my teenagers."

Carlos, whose side are you on?

ANDERSON: I`ve not agreed with a lot of things that Dina Lohan has done in the past. But let me ask you a question, if you`re a doctor and your child wants to be a doctor, wouldn`t you like, try to like, you know, use your influence to help that child out?

ANDERSON: You can`t compare the two, Carlos.

DIAZ: No. Hold on. Hold on. Ali he`s come out and said that she wants to be a celebrity. Ali is not being forced to do this. She said it`s a thrill to be asked for your autograph. She wants this and so Dina is facilitating.

Believe me, there are some of the things Dina`s done on the red carpet I`ve been like, are you kidding me? I`m not apologizing. I`m giving you a different point of view. She`s using her influence to give her daughter what her daughter wants.

ANDERSON: All right. We have to end it there.


ANDERSON: I`m sorry, I do have to step in. We`re out of time. We have to remember, she is only 14 years old - Ali Lohan. Carlos Diaz, Janelle Snowden, thank you both.

HAMMER: Let`s think about Paris Hilton`s resume for just a second. You got the sex tape entrepreneur. She was a jailbird, a red-carpet walker, bad dancer and now, sitcom star. Here`s what I want to know - did Paris top Britney Spears` brilliantly moving sitcom performance? Oh yes, and one more thing, are you kidding me? That`s coming up next.

ANDERSON: Also, ever heard of Tom Cruise Purple? Yes, I had neither. Apparently, it`s a kind of marijuana. Are you kidding me?

Also this -







HAMMER: OK, my cute-o-meter is going crazy right now. Even babies are excited about the presidential elections. We`ve got babies, cute babies saying, "Obama," coming up. Come on, how can you resist that?


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. Here are some more stories that are new right now.

Britney Spears may be coming back to "how I Met Your Mother." An executive producer of the sitcom says he is open to having Britney back on for another cameo. He says he thought Britney was great in her guest starring role and he was very proud of that particular episode.

ANDERSON: Well, Kathleen Turner has to pay up and say she`s sorry for making things up about her "Peggy Sue Got Married" co-star, Nicholas Cage. Listen to this - in her autobiography, Turner says Cage was arrested for drunk driving and for - this is a particularly weird one - stealing a Chihuahua. Well, lawyers sued saying that wasn`t true and a court agreed.

And Yoko Ono is speaking out about Heather Mills` divorce from Paul McCartney. Yoko says it`s not easy for a woman to be associated with the Beatles. Of course, she should know, having been married to John Lennon. And in an interview, Yoko says all Beatle wives suffer but they endure. And she advises Heather Mills to do her best and try to survive.

ANDERSON: OK. Look out, Emmy Awards. Paris Hilton is on the scene. I know, people laugh at Paris a lot. But at least this time, it`s for a sitcom. But did she do better than Britney Spears? It`s a Paris/Britney sitcom smackdown, coming up.

HAMMER: Also, you can now roll up Tom Cruise and smoke him. That`s right. Marijuana is being sold called "Tom Cruise Purple." But you know, Tom`s not laughing to be blunt. Will there be a joint investigation or is this just a token effort - you know, a half-baked idea? Oh, yes, and are you kidding me?

We`ve also got this -




ANDERSON: The littlest constituents weigh in on the presidential race. Babies saying "Obama." Come on. How much cuter could it possibly get? You`ve got to stick around for this. Coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

HAMMER: But first, you can stay on top of the most provocative entertainment news by checking out our daily SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsletter. All you have to do it is head on over to Click on the "sign up for newsletter" link at the bottom of the page. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is coming straight back.


HAMMER: On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, the Paris/Britney sitcom smackdown. In this corner, Britney Spears as a ditzy receptionist. In this corner, Paris Hilton as herself. Now, that is the comedic situation. Look out, Emmy Awards, it`s Paris and Britney lighting up the small screen.

Tom Cruise is smoking - or actually people are smoking Tom Cruise. Marijuana being sold as Tom Cruise Purple. But is Tom seeing red? Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s joint investigation that can only lead to one conclusion - are you kidding me?


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It is 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer, broadcasting tonight and every night from New York City.

ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson, coming to you tonight from Hollywood. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

HAMMER: All right. Look out. Tonight, three outrageous stories that are just making us say, are you kidding me? Famously hot-tempered hottie, Naomi Campbell, on the attack again, arrested after allegedly punching and spitting at a cop at London`s Heathrow airport. Are you kidding me?

Paris Hilton flexes her acting chops again, playing, get this, herself on an episode of NBC`s "My Name is Earl," as if we don`t have enough Paris already. Are you kidding me?

And Tom Cruise is burning mad about some new pot bearing his name and face. And listen to what they call it - Tom Cruise Purple. Are you kidding me?

Joining me tonight from New York, host of "In Session," Lisa Bloom. In Hollywood tonight, founder of Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, Howard Bragman. In Miami tonight, the Miami editor of "In Touch Weekly," Michael Cohen. Let`s dig in, gang.

Of course, we know the anger management challenge - Naomi Campbell now accused of spitting at and punching a cop in London`s Heathrow airport.

Now think about this. It was only a year ago that Naomi had just completed her community service in New York for attacking her assistant. Lisa, let me start with you. Are you kidding me? Do you think Naomi was maybe just celebrating her - I don`t know - her one-year anniversary?

BLOOM: Well, you know, it`s like drug abuse doesn`t always have to escalate. Throwing Blackberries at her assistant - that`s not good enough. Now, she`s going to go after airport cops. I mean, think about it. What`s the stupidest thing that you could possibly do in an airport? Attack an airport cop? Are you kidding me? I mean she`s out of control.

HAMMER: Absolutely. You know, talk about throwing the Blackberry at her assistant. Her attacks that she`s been accused of - attacking her own employees - that goes back as far as the year 2000.

I couldn`t help as I was reading the newspapers this morning, but noticing the different ways that Naomi has been referred to in this case, in print and online. I`d like you to take a look at some of these particular banners here. Beautiful bruiser, mean model, furious fashion icon, volatile vixen, hot-tempered hottie. Great alliteration there. Michael Cohen, what`s your favorite?

MICHAEL COHEN, MIAMI EDITOR, "IN TOUCH WEEKLY": I just think she`s a freak. I mean she throws things. She carries on. It`s unbelievable. "Meanie Naomi" is really the best one.

But really, of them, the "volatile vixen." And the scary part of anybody like that is that you never know when you`re going to freak. And she is a scary person to be around.

HAMMER: You`ve got to watch out. I mean whoever that guy is walking down the street with her right now, I`m worried for him. And that already happened. What do you think, Howard? Those were some pretty great headlines there.

HOWARD BRAGMAN, FOUNDER, FIFTEEN MINUTES PUBLIC RELATIONS: Well, you know, I actually had the pleasure, I think - that`s the word you use of representing Ms. Campbell. And I think our engagement lasted about two hours. I took her to court with the cell phone.

And she`s a real diva. I want to choose my own, which is the "devilish diva." And she is - when we showed up, I picked her up in a car to go to court and it was Naomi, full, hair, makeup and she brought Steven Klein the fashion photographer. Only a diva would do that, OK?

HAMMER: Howard, I always wondered where that scar on the side of your head came from.


You always have the makeup cover up. All right, now we know. I want to move on to the next story that made us say, are you kidding me?

Paris Hilton sitcom star. Yes, it`s true. Paris took a, shall we call it, one-dimensional turn as a star on "My Name is Earl" on Thursday night, not playing herself but really doing what we all hope she would do and uttering that line she`s perfected over the years. Let`s take a look, shall we?



UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: It wouldn`t be morning in the Hickey household without fresh-cooked bacon from Paris.


UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: Don`t be silly, Paris Hilton.



HAMMER: And the crowd goes wild. Lisa Bloom, I don`t know about you, but for me, I`m not sure which is more ridiculous, her acting or the thought of Paris there cooking near an open flame?

BLOOM: I want you to know how to prepare for the show. I watched the entire segment, as painful as it was.

HAMMER: Oh, good.

BLOOM: She says that same line, "That`s hot," over and over again. Now, look, to be fair, she does a good job. She memorized both words of her line, A.J.

HAMMER: Wow, it`s impressive. And I think she just really had to meet the bar which was raised by Britney Spears, of course. Because Paris appearing on this particular show coming a week after Britney was on "How I Met Your Mother."

Michael Cohen, I`m going to put you on the spot here. I want you to imagine - here we are, it`s Emmy Time. You`ve got to vote for Britney or Paris. You don`t have any other choices. Who`s your choice and why?

COHEN: You know, this whole thing is so ridiculous with her. The funny part is she`s so self-obsessed and so in oblivion that really I feel like the producers and writers of the show were actually making a mockery of her.

And so I would give her the award because she would think it was good acting but actually, again, it would be making a mockery of her. And really, that`s what that segment for me is about.

HAMMER: Oh, so really - you did believe she was taking it seriously?

COHEN: Yes, I think she was taking it seriously and the whole world is laughing. So you might as well give her an award for taking herself seriously.

HAMMER: All right. We only have one other Emmy voter on this particular panel. Howard Bragman, that would be you. I need your choice, sir.

BRAGMAN: You know, she did something amazing. She made Britney Spears look like Meryl Streep in acting. Britney is getting the award, OK?

BLOOM: Britney was good.

HAMMER: Hey, our only time is - we`ll let chime in since we got your pick.

BLOOM: Hello, Britney was good. Paris was terrible. I don`t think it`s even a close call. Britney can actually act a little bit.

HAMMER: All right. In the smackdown of this particular Emmy category, I guess it`s going to Britney Spears. Lisa Bloom, Howard Bragman, Michael Cohen, this has been fun. But you can`t go anywhere because I have one more truly unbelievable story. This one involves Tom Cruise and pot. And it`s another story that has me saying, are you kidding me?

But first, here`s what I need you to do. Sound off on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. It`s on Naomi Campbell. She was arrested again. "If convicted, should she go to jail?" Let us know what you think. If you have more to say, well, want to hear from you on our E-mail, which is

ANDERSON: That Tom Cruise pot story A.J. mentioned really is something else. And I am in no way implying that Tom Cruise is going to pot either physically or literally.

But listen to this. There are people who are smoking ganja that has Tom`s name attached to it. Something smells funny here if you know what I mean. That`s next and so is this -







HAMMER: Oh, baby, Obama. I know the presidential race between Barack and Hillary has a lot of people all riled up. But babies, too? Come on. See and hear for yourself, coming up.

And can we put the next video up - hold on just a second. Those guys look like - Could it be? Yes, the New Kids on The Block. What the heck are they still doing around? Hey, what`s old is new again when SHOWBIZ TONIGHT comes right back.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York with yet another story that is just making us say, are you kidding me?

All right. How do you like Tom Cruise pot? I`m not kidding you. Once again, in New York, host of "In Session," Lisa Bloom. In Hollywood tonight, founder of Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, Howard Bragman. In Miami, editor of "In Touch Weekly," Michael Cohen.

All right. So these medical marijuana - or shall we call them joints, in northern California are reportedly selling a brand by the name of Tom Cruise Purple which happens to feature a picture of Tom Cruise laughing hysterically.

Now, Howard - and I`m not starting with you for any particular reason, the obvious question is, do you think this stuff makes you jump on couches like Tom did on "Oprah?"

BRAGMAN: I think it makes you mellow out on a couch and want to eat potato chips. I don`t think you`re going to be doing much jumping. I think you`re going to chill and watch a movie and be pretty happy.

HAMMER: All right.

BLOOM: How does he know that?

HAMMER: I don`t know. But you know -

BRAGMAN: I read a lot of books.

HAMMER: Tom Cruise has that winning smile. He always looks like he`s a happy guy, whatever the heck is going on there. I`m just wondering why Tom Cruise? I mean, there are a lot of self-proclaimed potheads in Hollywood. So why not something like Snoop Dog Red - I wrote a couple down here - (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Green or Willie Nelson Yellow? This is just what I came up with; the list could go on. But, Michael, Tom Cruise Purple?

COHEN: Actually, my question is, why would you want to put your lips on anything called Tom Cruise?


COHEN: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) I mean if you were to like - if you were to say the obvious, it`s not funny, like saying Tom Cruise is funny, it`s (UNINTELLIGIBLE) obvious, you know. Always like the one out. Tom Cruise is funny because it just is.

HAMMER: Everybody`s laughing around here tonight. Now, Lisa, you`ve got to believe, knowing his history, Tom Cruise and his lawyers are going to be looking into this thing.


HAMMER: But here`s my question, could anybody really get in trouble for naming weed after Tom Cruise?

BLOOM: You know, if his lawyers sue over this, I`m going to wonder what they`ve been smoking. Nobody really thinks that Tom Cruise is endorsing this particular kind of marijuana. Why don`t celebrities occasionally just laugh - just laugh at things? This is obviously supposed to be a joke. There`s a picture of him laughing on it. He`s clearly not making any money off of it. He`s not endorsing it. I say, just let it go.

HAMMER: It`s a case that would hold no boiling water in court. I mean no water in court.

BLOOM: Ouch.

HAMMER: All right. I don`t know where that came from at all. Now, Howard, I was just thinking and maybe you can sound-off on this. Some other names came to mind, "Vanilla Sky," "Eyes Wide Shut." I mean they could have perhaps used those instead. I don`t know - just not as snappy as Tom Cruise Purple.

BRAGMAN: You know, I`m not sure what the right name is. But I can tell you Tom and his lawyers do not have a sense of humor. And messing with Tom Cruise`s image is risky business, OK?

HAMMER: Yes. Michael - and try to keep puns out of your answer, please.


You`ve been covering Tom Cruise for a long time. I mean, you know, he`s not sitting around like we are saying, are you kidding me, if he`s hearing about this, is he?

COHEN: No, it`s well-known in the industry you don`t mess with Tom Cruise. And so, that`s all I can say. I`m sure his lawyers are on this like white on rice. But I`m sure he`s actually not as affected by it as his lawyers are. And once again, it`s a great way to keep him in the news.

BLOOM: But you know what, A.J., wouldn`t it explain some of Tom Cruise`s behavior that jumping on the couch with Oprah, that attacking Matt Lauer if he had been smoking something? I mean, otherwise, what is the explanation for some his behavior?

HAMMER: Nobody is suggesting he`s done anything of that kind.

COHEN: He`s an actor.

BRAGMAN: The lawyers are going to be after us.

HAMMER: Howard Bragman - yes - Michael Cohen, I think all for being here.

And by the way, we did reach out to Tom Cruise`s attorneys. Here`s what they had to say. "We haven`t seen the product, so we can`t comment on whether or not it`s true. Tom does not allow his name and likeness to be used to sell products. And as you can imagine, if he were to do an endorsement, this would hardly be his first choice." So there you go.

And we want you to know that you can now watch video reports from SHOWBIZ TONIGHT anytime on our Web site. You`ll find them at

ANDERSON: Well, Heather Mills is judging the Miss USA pageant next weekend. But tonight, we have a different kind of pageant to tell you about. Did you see this? It`s the Arab world`s answer to the Westminster dog show. More than 10,000 camels came to the United Arab Emirates for the first annual international camel beauty contest.

Judges look at the curvature of ears, the size of nose relative to the face and of course, the ever important fullness of the hump. And get this, the prize money, $10 million.

HAMMER: Hold on. I don`t know if I heard you correctly. Did you just say ever important fullness of the hump, Brooke?

ANDERSON: I did. It`s critical in that contest, A.J., but I will be making no further commentary.

ABRAMS: Well, we appreciate that. Hey, did you see this?




HAMMER: Oh, baby, Obama. Baby is for Obama. It`s all over the Internet, too. Has the world, as I`ve known it, gone just totally wacky? Is this a bad episode of "south Park?" I`ll let you know, coming up next.

ANDERSON: And there they are again. They look just like the New Kids on the Block. And we have to ask again, what the heck are they still doing around? Are they going to call themselves it is old kids on the block? The mystery solved with SHOWBIZ TONIGHT comes right back.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. Tonight, a new political phenomenon, babies for Obama. Yes, Barack Obama has not only won the hearts of many voters, but also their little ones. Here`s CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): It used to be that candidates were the ones kissing babies. But these days, babies are kissing back and even talking back.


MOOS: Home videos of babies for Obama have become a genre on the Web.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you vote for Hillary or for Obama?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`ve got a crush on -


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who do you want to be president, Ella?

ELLA: Barack Obama.


MOOS: Lest you think we don`t care about babies for Hillary?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Put your both of your feet in the air if you will vote for Hillary no matter what. No maybe, not (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

MOOS: And there are kiddies for McCain.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do we like Hillary?






MOOS: But the overwhelming number of babies, parroting a preference, are saying -





UNIDENTIFIED MALE: McCain, Hillary. Obama.


MOOS: Now, either parents are beating Obama into their kids or there`s something about that word -


MOOS: Speech development expert Professor Harriett Klein says "ba" and "ma" are two of the easiest sounds for children learning to talk.

(on camera): It`s a child-friendly word - "Obama." PROF. HARRIET KLEIN, SPEECH DEVELOPMENT EXPERT: Yes. It`s like just repeating syllables as children do. You know, they`ll say da-da-da-da.

MOOS (voice over): He`s not quite two, and Tyler Robinson is already an Internet hit.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Tyler, say Hillary. Say Hillary.



MOOS (on camera): Your son sounds possessed.

(voice over): Tyler`s dad says the family is split between Obama and Hillary.

(on camera): You never sat with him and said, "Obama, Obama, Obama."

TYLER`S FATHER: No, we never made a point of drilling it into him.

MOOS (voice over): Dad thinks Tyler keeps repeating the word because he likes all the attention it gets him.


MOOS: Reporter: it`s ironic that after all the talk of Obama`s name being a political liability, it goes over big with the youth vote.

(on camera): The word "Obama" is very similar to babbling.

KLEIN: To the babbling sound, ba, ba, ba, ba.

MOOS (voice over): Linguistically, the next best thing to momma.




HAMMER: Great name blending. That was CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Well, here`s something that I thought I would never see again - the New Kids on the Block, together once again. I don`t know what we should call them this time around, though. The Older Kids on the Block, the Grown-Up Kids On The Block and just why are they together again? This is a pre-MP3 flashback. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is coming right back.

But first, you need to know that you can watch SHOWBIZ TONIGHT anytime by downloading our podcast which is totally free. You`ll find the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT podcast on our website, You can also download it on iTunes.


ANDERSON: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. OK. It`s time now for "Making It Work." Now, this is where we look at the secrets of successful romance in Hollywood.

Tonight, John Krasinski - you know and love him as Jim from "The Office." Now he`s co-starring in George Clooney`s new movie, "Leatherheads." SHOWBIZ TONIGHT sat down with John and got his take on the formula for relationship success.


JOHN KRASINSKI: I`m pretty adamant about communication. That`s the biggest thing in a relationship. I mean not only, you know, what the dos and don`ts are, and what you like, and what you don`t like, and being honest with each other. But, you know, just not letting little things get in the way like - I always say going to dinner was one of the hardest things when you`re dating like, "Where do you want to go?" "I don`t know." "Where do you want to go?" "I don`t know." It`s like relationships end that night.


ANDERSON: So true. You can see John Krasinski alongside George Clooney and Renee Zellweger in "Leatherheads." It`s in theaters now.

HAMMER: Well, it is the worst-kept secret in the music business but now it`s official. My crew is very excited. The New Kids on the Block are back. That`s right. The guys who are hanging tough with the right stuff that made the girls go crazy in the early `90s. Yes, they`re back in action. And on the "Today" show, it was billed as a mystery band reunion, although the rumors really have been flying around for months. And 15 years later, the new kids are still being met with squeals from the crowd.


JOHN MCINTYRE, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK MEMBER: These are the kind of fans we have that stay out in the cold and rain like it`s a beautiful sunny day. So it`s a nice reminder how special what we had and what we can have.


HAMMER: I`ve got to tell you, I used to work with them a lot. All good guys. The New Kids have this new record coming out this summer. Everybody`s excited about it. And a tour is planned for the fall.

ANDERSON: Oh, that takes me back, A.J.

OK, on Thursday, we told you about Dina Lohan putting Lindsay`s little sister, 14-year-old Ali, in a reality show. And we asked you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. It was this - "Dina Lohan`s Reality Show: Is she exploiting her daughters?"

We got an overwhelming response and the results are among the most one-sided we have ever received. Take a look - 98 percent of you say yes; only two percent say no. Here are some of the E-mails -

Sandra from Kentucky writes, "Dina is the worst kind of mother. She is trying to stay young, and she will exploit her daughters to do it."

Hannah from Texas said, "As long as she lives vicariously through her children, they will never have a chance to be children."

HAMMER: Well said. And that is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. We thank you for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Hey, remember, you can always catch SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on the 11:00s - 11:00 p.m. Eastern, 11:00 p.m. Pacific; in the morning, 11:00 a.m. Eastern.