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Cruise and South Park; Princess Di Photos; Movie Reviews; Technology Addiction

Aired July 14, 2006 - 19:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, CNN HOST: The outrage over new photos of Princess Di`s final moments. And Oprah answers the shocking question, is she gay?
I`m A.J. Hammer, in New York. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.

On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, the take-no-prisoners battle between Tom Cruise and "South Park." Tonight, "South Park`s" creators speak out for the very first time since trashing Tom. But if you think they`re backing down, wait till you hear what they told us.

Plus, Tom`s baby, Suri, startling new information about the battle to get the first picture of Suri. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with the $1 million baby photo fight to the finish.

Also, high tech habits that could be hazardous to your health. Cell phones, e-mail, the Internet. It`s the new addiction that could ruin your career, your marriage and your life. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates this frightening digital dependence.

Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer, in New York. Welcome to the weekend.

And Tom Cruise, look out. The "South Park" guys who created Cartman and company have got something to say about you, and they are telling it to us, and they`re not being shy. For the very first time, the brains behind one of the most outrageous and controversial comedies on TV are speaking out about why they trapped Tom Cruise in a closet.


(voice-over): This summer on the big screen in "Mission Impossible III it`s Cruise versus Hoffman. But on the small screen, it`s been Cruise versus Cartman.

The battle between Cruise and "South Park" over reports that he may have used his clout to squash an Emmy-nominated episode that made fun of him and his faith in the Church of Scientology made news all over, and now for the first time "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are talking about the controversy with SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

TREY PARKER, "SOUTH PARK" CREATOR: Tom Cruise has done more for "South Park" than anyone, I think, in the world.

HAMMER: More of what they had to say in a moment, but first, let`s do a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT rewind.

In the "South Park" episode titled "Trapped in the Closet," this cartoon Cruise gets upset and locks himself in the closet of a boy he believes to be the reincarnation of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Dad, Tom Cruise won`t come out of the closet.

As you could imagine, "South Park" had all kinds of fun with the closet thing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Cruise, come out of the closet.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Please come out of the closet.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Tom, it`s Nicole. I`m not going to think any differently of you. Katie is not going to think any differently of you. You don`t need to be in that closet any more, Tom.

HAMMER: You get the point.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cruisers then took the frozen alien bodies to our planet, Earth.

HAMMER: The episode also took some shots at Scientologists.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What`s better than telling people a stupid story and having them believe you? Having them pay you.

HAMMER: But right before the release of Tom Cruise`s "Mission Impossible III," Comedy Central mysteriously scrapped plans to reair the episode. That set off suspicion that Tom Cruise used his clout to have the episode yanked.

Let`s follow the logos. Comedy Central is owned by Viacom, which owns Paramount, the studio that was releasing Cruise`s "Mission Impossible III." That was just too much of a coincidence for some people.

MARY MURPHY, TV GUIDE: We have a big, huge corporate battle, the warring corporate battle between the two factions of the corporation. And Tom Cruise won.

HAMMER: Viacom and Comedy Central deny they were trying to appease the movie`s super star, but "South Park`s" creators tell SHOWBIZ TONIGHT they heard otherwise.

PARKER: Some things we were told and from what was going on at the time, absolutely nothing else makes sense.

MATT STONE, "SOUTH PARK" CREATOR: We read it on the Internet with everyone else.

PARKER: And then there were all the inside sources from Viacom saying this is what happened. You know, so it was pretty obvious to us.

HAMMER: But Trey and Matt have no hard feelings. Comedy Central now says it will rerun the Tom Cruise episode, and it`s just been nominated for an Emmy award.

PARKER: We`d love to sit here and whine about it and say "We`ve been censored," because, you know, if you do that enough, like Michael Moore, it makes you look really cool. But it`s really like a publicist couldn`t have orchestrated this any better for us. You know what I mean? It`s like it`s been phenomenal. Tom Cruise has done more for "South Park" than anyone I think in the world.

HAMMER: Tom Cruise`s camp tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT they have no comment on the matter. Unlike the controversy over his antics with fiancee Katie Holmes, Cruise`s alleged "South Park" beef may actually be important.

MURPHY: I think everybody should stay out of his personal business, but this became a matter of free speech, 1st Amendment, and it took on a whole other realm of controversy. Is a celebrity allowed to pull an episode of a show that`s controversial? I don`t think so.

HAMMER: Maybe, but as far as this cruise versus "South Park" battle goes, we`re seeing who has the last word.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m not scared of you.


HAMMER: It is so funny. If you haven`t had a chance to see the whole thing, you get that opportunity when the "Trapped in the Closet" episode reairs next week on Comedy Central.

Well, like father, like daughter. Tom Cruise`s baby, Suri, is stirring up a bit of a battle just like her dad. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT got everyone out there talking when we first asked the question where is Suri? And since then, everybody`s been buzzing about little baby Cruise and how much magazines will pay for that got-to-have first photo. Let the bidding begin.

Joining me now is Harvey Levin, managing editor of, who`s gotten some inside information on this. Harvey joining me from Glendale, California.

All right, Harv, so, Brad and Angelina, as we know, sold their photos of their baby, baby Shiloh, to "People" magazine reportedly for about $4 million. That money is going to charity.

I know you had the chance to speak with all the top magazines. You did your digging. What are you hearing about how much the magazines are willing to pay for that first coveted photo of Suri?

HARVEY LEVIN, TMZ.COM: Well, here`s what we`re hearing. We contacted five of the big magazines likely to start bidding, and the only one who thinks that Suri would actually fetch more than Shiloh is "OK!" magazine. "OK!" seems to think it`s going to get between $4 million and $5 million, just because of the mystery that was created. The others think it will get less, and one reason is they think that it`s just transparent that Tom Cruise has manipulated this situation, so the source says at one of the magazines, and that people kind of resent it even though they`re curious.

And there are other people who say, you know, the reason why Suri is interesting, it`s more of a freak factor than it is this beautiful, romantic couple that just had a baby, as with Angelina and Brad. So they`re thinking it`s probably going to get $2 million, $3 million. So there`s kind of a wide gap between those theories.

HAMMER: So people are actually frustrated or angry with Tom Cruise, Tom and Katie, because they`ve been withholding the baby?

LEVIN: Well, one of the theories is that people believe that Tom Cruise is manipulating the situation, that there is some reason he`s not taking Suri out, and they think this is kind of a publicity ploy, and they think it`s backfiring.

But, again, that`s just one theory, A.J. I mean, my feeling is that, now people are saying does Suri really exist. I think that picture is like a smoking gun, and they usually go for more money. So my bed is it`s going to go for a lot of cash.

HAMMER: Well, and there`s a time factor to pay attention to here that seems crucial to me. "Us" weekly has a countdown clock actually on their Web site, they have one in their magazine. Are you actually hearing though that as more time passes that photo will be more valuable?

LEVIN: It`s got to be. I mean, it just has to be, because the longer the time passes, the more people are starting to wonder, you know, wait a minute, this kid is going to get bar mitzvahed or something and nobody will have seen this kid -- well, bat mitzvahed.

But, I mean, at a point you`re saying when are we going to see this kid, does the kid really exist, and I think that actual picture, everybody is going to scrutinize it. Is it a beautiful baby? Is it not a beautiful baby? Is it a real baby? You know, what features does the baby have? Does it have Tom Cruise`s features? I think it`s going to go for a lot of dough.

HAMMER: And the question is, where is that dough going to go once they get the dough, because as I mentioned, you know, Brad and Angelina donated the $4.1 million they got for baby Shiloh`s photo to charity. So does that kind of put Tom and Katie in a position of having to donate the money?

LEVIN: Absolutely. I mean, if they take a posed picture of this baby and sell it, there is no way in the world that they could possibly pocket the cash, so they`re going to have to give it away. That`s another factor in how much money this baby picture could get, because I think there is a big difference -- and this is what one of the sources in one of the magazines told me too -- a big difference between giving it to African orphanages and Scientology.

HAMMER: I was going to say, what if they say the money is going to go to Scientology? Do you think that could actually impact the amount of money they`ll get for the photo?

LEVIN: Absolutely.

HAMMER: Really?

LEVIN: Absolutely, because I think whoever buys it, they`re going to look like they`re endorsing whatever organization the money is going to, so I don`t know that anybody wants that moniker.

HAMMER: Harvey Levin from, we are going to have to wait and see what happens. Appreciate you joining us. Have a good weekend.

LEVIN: Bye, A.J.

HAMMER: Well, it is Friday, but we`ve got plenty more SHOWBIZ TONIGHT coming your way because we`re on seven nights a week now. That`s right, you can find TV`s most provocative entertainment news show on your weekends, so please join us Saturday and Sunday night, 11:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 Pacific, for more SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Well, coming up, Oprah answers the shocking question, is she gay. We`ve got that next. We`ve also got this.


BRAD PITT, ACTOR: I think it`s just people. I mean, we`re just talking about people helping people, and it`s that simple.


HAMMER: Brad Pitt heads to New Orleans. He`s taking up another cause. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has the details still to come.

Also, the outrage over new photos of Princess Di`s final moments, the unlikely group that`s banding together to protest the sick pictures of Lady Di dying in the tragic car crash that killed her nearly nine years ago.

First, here is tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly" Great American Pop Culture Quiz. "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" received an Oscar nomination for what back in the year 2000? Was it Best Original Song, Best New Animated Film, Best Short Film, Animated or Best Writing? Hang out, we`re coming right back with the answer.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for Friday night will be right back.


HAMMER: Once again, tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly" Great American Pop Culture Quiz. "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" received an Oscar nomination for what back in the year 2000? Was it Best Original Song, Best New Animated Film, Best Short Film, Animated or Best Writing?

"South Park" was awarded "Best Original Song" for "Blame Canada," which we could not play on television. The Answer is D.

Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, as we get into the weekend. We are TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

It`s time now for another story that just made us say that`s ridiculous. Now, I`m sure at one time you might have made a bet with someone that you said you would do something when pigs fly. Well, they might be cashing in on that bet because there`s a new movie coming out called "Snakes on a Plane," and we`re thinking there might be a new movie coming out called "Snouts on a Plane" too.

"Snouts on a Plane," right guys?

Anyway, these swine are about to fly high. They are heading from Miami to Medellin, Colombia to mate. Yes, that`s right, they`re flying, in that plane. Get this, they`re flying first class, for porkers, of course. Talk about coffee, tea of piggy, pigs going posh to pucker up, that`s ridiculous. Yes, it is.

Oprah is finally putting to rest years of rumors that have been floating around that she is gay. In a shocking no-holds-barred interview in the August issue of her own magazine, she says she understands why people think she is in a secret gay relationship with her gal pal Gayle King, but Winfrey insists she walks a straight line.

"I understand why people think we`re gay. There isn`t a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. How else can you explain the level of intimacy where someone always loves you, always respects you, admires you? The truth is, if we were gay, we would tell you because there`s nothing wrong with being gay."

You can read more, including how the rumors affected Gayle King`s dating life in "O." It will land on newsstands July 18.

Outrage tonight over a new picture of dying Princess Diana. Prince William and Prince Harry both say they`re deeply saddened that an Italian magazine actually printed a picture of their mother as she lay dying in the wreckage of the Parish car crash that killed her nearly nine years ago. And as you can imagine, it`s not just the princes who are upset. Even the British tabloids, who are certainly known for going over the top, are outraged as well.

Rob Chilton works for the U.S. edition of Britain`s "OK!" magazine. Rob joins us now. We appreciate you being here, Rob.

ROB CHILTON, "OK!": no problem.

HAMMER: You`ve seen this photo. We have chosen not to show it here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It`s not a gory photo. Describe for me exactly what people see in it.

CHILTON: It`s not gory at all. There`s no blood. There is no visible injury to Diana. She is kind of in the backseat, her head is slightly slumped to one side. She looks like she`s asleep. Her eyes are shut. You can see the blonde hair. There is a guy trying to administer some kind of medical aid to her sort of in the foreground, but it`s not a picture that`s going to sort of make you stand back.

HAMMER: Nonetheless, it is the final moments of her life, which is probably the most shocking aspect of the photo, and the outrageous thing here to me is the fact that these tabloids are upset about the fact that that picture ran.

As I mentioned, you know, the tabloids are certainly known for going over the top and getting a little crazy with things. What are the papers saying?

CHILTON: Well, the biggest selling newspaper in the U.K., the "Sun," ran ab ig story saying that this Italian magazine was totally in the wrong to print these pictures. It was outrageous. How dare they. It`s disgusting. However, that newspaper printed the same picture. They put a white square over Diana`s face.

So, to me, that`s kind of hypocritical.

HAMMER: Does that make it OK if they`re going to block out a little bit but complain about somebody else running the whole thing?

CHILTON: People will see beyond the white square and picture Diana`s face there and the affect is the same. They`re still running that picture, yet criticizing the Italian magazine for doing exactly the same thing.

HAMMER: Anybody else saying anything else with similar outrage?

CHILTON: Every newspaper in Britain has gone to town on this today. The headlines are pretty strong. They`re very angry at this. So, I think the British public are so fond of Diana, still, almost seven years after her death, that any kind of attack on Diana is rejected very strongly by the British public.

HAMMER: But at the same time, there are certainly people who do want to see the photo and because it is not, as you mentioned, a particularly gory photo, it`s really just a moment caught in time, does that make it OK?

CHILTON: People are curious. I was talking to people in my office today and it was kind of a 50/50 split, actually. Some people said they really wanted to see the picture, they were curious. And the other half said no, they don`t want to see it. They thought it was disrespectful and just a bit too grisly, a bit too gruesome.

So, I don`t know, it`s a really difficult ethical question.

HAMMER: What do you think?

CHILTON: Well, magazine editors are paid to sell magazines, so this guy, this editor of the Italian magazine, maybe his boss was breathing down his neck that day and he thought, right, I`ve got to sell some magazines. If I put this picture in the magazine, it will sell copies.

HAMMER: And to that point, the editor used these words. He called the picture touching and tender. Which to me is taking it a little bit too far, because he does want to sell magazines, clearly.

CHILTON: Yes, that`s rubbish. It`s not a touching or tender photograph, and I think he`s being very disingenuous there because, you know, he`s a magazine editor. He wants to sell magazines. There`s no way that this picture is a touching tribute to Diana. It`s a sensational picture that people want to see. That`s the only reason he`s put it in his magazine.

HAMMER: And the fact is, regardless of what people say they think about it, they`re selling these magazines, aren`t they?

CHILTON: I`ll be curious to see how many magazines they do sell on top of their regular sales, because I`ve got a feeling it will attract an awful lot of attention and that will boost sales.

HAMMER: It is amazing.

Rob Chilton, thanks for joining us, I appreciate you being with us here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

We`d like to hear from you on the subject. It is a big question, our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day: the new death photo, was it OK to show Princess Di`s dying moments? Let us know what you think by voting at You can also e-mail us if you have more to say at

Remember, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can now be seen seven nights a week, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show has arrived on your weekend, so make sure you tune in to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Saturday and Sunday in addition to every weeknight at 11:00 Eastern, 8:00 Pacific.

More legal problems for Naomi Campbell. Another employee says the supermodel slugged her. You`re not going to believe what her alleged weapon of choice was this time.

Plus, Brad Pitt goes south. The new daddy is in New Orleans and he`s taking up yet another cause. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT will tell you what he`s up to. That`s coming up.

We`ve also got this.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`ll sometimes find myself talking on the phone and using my Blackberry, and then you loose total train of thought because you can`t remember who you`re talking to or who you`re e-mailing.


HAMMER: High tech habits that could be hazardous to your health. Cell phones, e-mail, the Internet, they could ruin your life. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates this frightening digital dependence.


HAMMER: Monday, are celebrities using their so-called new bodies to sell? Janet Jackson lost 60 pounds. She`s not alone. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates star power, is it all in the body. That`s Monday.

It is time now for the SHOWBIZ GUIDE. Tonight in "People`s" "Picks and Pans," new movies, a trio of comedies. Owen Wilson in "You, Me and Dupree," Jay Mohr and Ed Burns in "The Groomsmen," and a dark comedy with Alec Baldwin in "Mini`s First Time."

Joining us here in New York, "People" magazine film critic Leah Rozen.

Let`s get to the laughs, if there really are any laughs. "You, Me and Dupree," Owen Wilson, first time really up front in a movie.

LEAH ROZEN, "PEOPLE": You`re talking about his nude scene? If you`ve seen the commercial, you`ve seen the laughs. Most of the laughs in this movie are already in the commercial. This is one of those films you want to like and you keep going why isn`t it better while you`re watching it. It`s just all over the place. Can`t decide, is it a gross-out comedy? Is it a character comedy? And it all seems to go on for a very long time.

HAMMER: So, people going looking for "Wedding Crashers," this ain`t it.

ROZEN: It ain`t "Wedding Crashers." Owen Wilson, though, is always a plus in any movie.

HAMMER: Let`s move on then to "The Groomsmen" with Ed Burns, one of my favorite actors.

ROZEN: Yeah, I`m glad for -- good for you. That will make him happy. Not only is Ed Burns an actor, but he`s a writer and a director. He wrote this, he directed it. This is a movie about a bunch of guys getting together for the Ed Burns character, who is about to be married, it`s sort of this long weekend they spent rehashing old times.

The movie`s a rehash, though. You have seen this movie so many times. A great movie makes everything new again. This one just feels like a movie you`ve already seen 40 times in the movie theatre and on television.

HAMMER: Well, all right then. Let`s move on.

ROZEN: Sorry!

HAMMER: . and see if we can get anything out of you for "Mini`s First Time," Alec Baldwin and Owen Wilson`s brother, Luke, appearing in this film.

ROZEN: Yes, he`s got a small role. This is a film about Nikki Reed, the young woman who was in 13. In this, she plays an 18-year-old, this really amoral 18-year-old in Los Angeles. Her mom is a drunk, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, her stepfather, played by Alec Baldwin, she begins an affair with him. And then it sort of turns into film noir. They`re plotting something nasty.

You`re always ahead of the movie. You know where it`s going. So this feels like one of those sort of smaller films, you know, good for everyone for doing it. There`s some nice acting. But in the end, if I saw it on DVD I`d be just as happy.

HAMMER: So, Leah, what you`re saying is if I want to go out to the movies this weekend, go see.

ROZEN: I`m saying go see "Devil Wears Prada".

HAMMER: . "Pirates of the Caribbean" again.

ROZEN: . go see "Superman." "Devil Wears Prada," "Superman," go see a documentary called "Who Killed the Electric Car."

HAMMER: Leah Rozen from "People" magazine, thank you as always, and I appreciate your candor.

And as always, for more "Picks and Pans" you can pick up your copy of "People" magazine. You`ll find it on newsstands now. She calls it like she sees it.

Mr. T is getting a major makeover, plus his very controversial words about Hurricane Katrina and other celebrities, plus Brad Pitt goes south. The new daddy is in New Orleans and taking up a new cause. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is going to tell you what he`s up to coming up.

We will also have this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whether it`s personal or business, you just can`t stop. You have to keep in touch.


HAMMER: High tech habits that could actually be hazardous to your health. Is it you? Cell phones, e-mail, the Internet, they actually could ruin your life, believe it or not. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates this frightening digital dependence coming up.

Stay with us. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is coming right back.


HAMMER: Welcome back to "Showbiz Tonight" or Friday night. It is 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

Tonight, does it sound like you? Do you have the cell phone? Are you always on the e-mail? Are you checking the Internet all the time? You got your Blackberry. Are you just obsessed with being connected? Well, maybe you are so obsessed that perhaps it`s ruining your life and you don`t even realize it. We`re going to investigate that coming up in just a few moments.

Plus, you`re not going to believe the accusations flying against supermodel Naomi Campbell by members of her staff, because now someone else has come forward. We`ve got those wild accusations and this alleged weapon that relates to our technology segment that she may have used. We`ll tell you what that is coming up, as well.

But first tonight, Brad Pitt wants to rebuild Louisiana and he wants you to help. "Showbiz Tonight" cameras were right there in New Orleans as the actor and new dad visited the area today to spread the word about his design contest, which is aimed at bringing affordable housing to people who lived in areas that were ruined by Hurricane Katrina. In a press conference today, Pitt says watching the devastation unfold frustrated him by how little was being done to help those in need.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) BRAD PITT, ACTOR: It`s a bit shocking. It`s a bit disturbing. The people have not received the money yet and that`s the fact. Ostensibly, it`s on its way, but it`s not there yet and people are caught in this limbo.

People who want to reclaim their communities are caught in this limbo of not knowing will they receive enough restitution to even rebuild or to get their house to meet FEMA standards. Will the schools be there? Will the hospitals be there? Are their neighbors going to be there? Are their communities still going to be there? So there`s a lot of limbo.


HAMMER: As far as the rebuilding goes, Pitt wants to start with the historic ninth ward. Pitt`s a busy man these days. He just signed on to his first film project since having baby Shiloh. He`s going to be working with his girlfriend, Angelina Jolie. Angelina is going to play the role of Marianne Pearl, widow of "Wall Street Journal" reporter Daniel Pearl, who, of course, was murdered in Pakistan four years ago. And this is Angelina`s first live-action movie role since giving birth to her and Brad`s baby. The movie is being produced by Brad`s production company, called "Plan B," which he originally founded with his then wife, Jennifer Aniston.

Well, there`s a shocker tonight from another star making things happen in New Orleans. Talking about Mister T. Tonight, he says he is shedding forever all that gold he wears, his signature style gold. He told TV critics in Hollywood that after witnessing the destruction from Hurricane Katrina, he just couldn`t bear to wear the gold.

But that`s not all. "T" rails against the stars that make daytrips to the Gulf Coast. He says, quote, "I saw some I call `sorry celebrities.` They`ll go down there and hook up with the people to take a photo-op. I said, `How disgusting.` If you`re not going to go down there with a check and a hammer and a nail to help the people, don`t go down there." I did my best.

Saying it like it is, Mr. T, always. By the way, Mr. T, whose real name is Lawrence Tero, stars in "I Pity the Fool", which makes its debut in October on "TV Land." It`s a show where "T" dispenses advice to viewers who are struggling with life`s problems.

We here at "Showbiz Tonight" love Mister T.

And in tonight`s "Showbiz Showcase," "Running with Scissors." The acclaimed novel is now being turned into a movie starring academy award winner Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Evan Rachel Woods. Bening plays an unstable mother who is married to an alcoholic, played by Baldwin. Their son is shocked to learn his mother is giving him up for adoption to her therapist. And we`ve got your first look. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) AUGUSTIN BURROWS: My name is Augustin Burrows.

UNKNOWN CHILD: I polish my allowance.

UNKNOWN MALE: But why? Augustin, why?

UNKNOWN CHILD: Because I like shiny things.

UNKNOWN MALE: I really don`t see myself in you at all.

UNKNOWN CHILD: I`m more like my mom.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Your mother was meant to be a very famous woman.

UNKNOWN MALE: My father just didn`t understand my mother and me.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: 4:30, I have a reading.

UNKNOWN MALE: I got stuck in traffic.

UNKOWN FEMALE: You`re trying to sabotage me.


UNKNOWN MALE: I`m unhappy.

UNKNOWN MALE: I need to see both of you and Deirdre on a regular and disciplined basis, for five hours a day.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: I`m available, Dr. Finch.

UNKNOWN MALE: Five hours a day? I can`t do that. I have to work.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: See, I told you, I`m married to a narcissist.

UNKNOWN MALE: He`s leaving.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Just you and me baby, come here. I failed as a wife and a mother.

UNKNOWN MALE: Yes, you have.

UNKNOWN MALE: Where do I begin to tell the story of how my mother left me?

UNKNOWN MALE: Your mother is in a state of crisis.

UNKNOWN MALE: What is this?

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Adoption papers. Dr. Finch has agreed to become your legal guardian.

UNKNOWN MALE: You`re giving me away to your shrink?

UNKNOWN MALE: Dr. Finch is sort of an unusual shrink.

UNKNOWN MALE: Would you like some of these?

UNKNOWN MALE: What are they?

UNKOWN MALE: Just got some samples in the mail. So I don`t know.

UNKNOWN MALE: Words cannot describe these people.

UNKNOWN MALE: Just a little kibble.

UNKNOWN MALE: It`s for dogs.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Well, I guess you`re afraid to try new things, Augustin.

UNKNOWN MALE: Dr. Finch has two daughters. Of the daughters, Hope is by far Finch`s favorite. I know this because --

UNKNOWN MALE: Hope, you are by far my favorite daughter.

UNKNOWN MALE: And then there`s Natalie.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Are you ready?


UNKNOWN FEMALE: To play doctor.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: What are you guys doing?

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Electroshock therapy.


UNKNOWN MALE: This fall.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: You`ve been spending a lot of time at the Finch`s house.

UNKNOWN MALE: Are there other options I`m not aware of?

UNKNOWN MALE: Based on the personal memoir, "Running with Scissors," a film by Ryan Murphy.

UNKNOWN MALE: I haven`t had a drink in three years.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Oh, excuse me, could you get him a medal?

UNKNOWN MALE: Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Even Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh and Joseph Cross as Augustin Burrows.

UNKNOWN MALE: The ceiling was crushing us.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: So we made a skylight.

UNKNOWN MALE: I think it brings a much-needed sense of humor to the kitchen.

UNKNOWN MALE: "Running with Scissors."

HAMMER: "Running with Scissors," another film produced by Brad Pitt`s production company, "Plan B," and as the deep voice in the trailer said, it will be out coming this fall.

Well, we want to remind you that "Showbiz Tonight" is now on seven nights a week. That`s right. We are bringing TV`s most provocative entertainment news show to your weekends. I think I`m going to do the rest of the show like this. What do you guys think? Good idea? No, bad idea.

Be sure to tune in to "Showbiz Tonight" Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 Pacific. It`s Friday night, just feeling a little goofy.

Well, there are more volatile accusations being leveled at supermodel Naomi Campbell. Wait until you hear what she`s up to and the alleged weapon that she`s using. The sordid details of an alleged run-in with yet another former assistant. On the way.

Also tonight, fighting Internet predators. My Space is a wildly popular social Web site. It has been a target for criminals.

Just ahead, we`re going to tell you how My Space is using star power to keep kids safe online.

We`ll also have this.


UNKNOWN FEMALE: I`ll sometimes find myself talking on the phone and using my Blackberry and then you lose total train of thought because you can`t remember who you`re talking to or who you`re e-mailing.

UNKNOWN MALE: It just gets crazy sometimes, obsession with connection. Could your high tech habits actually be hazardous to your health? Cell phones, e-mail, the Internet, the Blackberries.

The Internet, "Showbiz Tonight" investigates this overwhelming digital dependence. Coming up in a few.

Right now, let`s get into a "Showbiz Tonight" birthday shout-out. It`s a chance to give fans the opportunity to wish their favorite stars a happy birthday.

And tonight, let`s send one out to "Lost" star Matthew Fox. He`s celebrating his 40th birthday today.

UNKNOWN FEMALES: Hi, we`re Shelly and Shelly from Norman, Oklahoma, and we`d like to wish Matthew Fox a happy birthday.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Happy birthday, Matthew.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Woo hoo, we love you on "Lost."


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 just made us say "that`s ridiculous." And this is the story of a woman who apparently didn`t listen in kindergarten. You know, you only dial 911 if it`s really important. Listen to this.


911 OPERATOR: Do you need fire, medical or police?

UNKNOWN FEMALE: No, ma`am, I don`t. I don`t have an emergency. Two police officers just left my house just now. Can I get their names, please?

911 OPERATOR: Was it.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: Just have the music turned down. He`s (inaudible) how long. I just want to know his name. Honey, I`m just going to be honest with you, OK. I just thought he was cute. I`m 45 years old and I`d like to meet him again. But I don`t know how to go about doing that without calling 911.

I know this is not absolutely in any way, shape or form an emergency. But if you would give the officers my phone number and ask them to come back.


HAMMER: Yikes. The Oregon woman did get a date -- in court, on charges of 911 misuse. That`s her mug shot right there. By the way, the cop originally went over to Lorna`s house on a noise complaint. She should have just kept quiet.

And tonight, some might reach out and call her a dialing dingbat. That`s ridiculous.

I`ll tell you something else that can be ridiculous. How obsessed some of us can be with the Internet, with e-mail, with cell phones, and who knows what else.

I`m going to let you in on a little secret. Well, not so secret to the people I work with. I`m a bit of a poster child for tech obsession and I know I`m not alone.

So what`s the deal? Could all this be bad for us? Well, that`s what "Showbiz Tonight" is investigating tonight.

A lot of people can definitely relate to Carrie Bradshaw`s meltdown in a "Sex in the City" episode when her computer goes kaput.


CARRIE BRADSHAW, SEX IN THE CITY: Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Come back. What is this? Why is this happening?

HAMMER: And no doubt, there are those who can relate to using technology for some, well, questionable behavior, like this classic scene in the movie "American Pie."

UNKNOWN MALE: Ah, here she is.

UNKNOWN MALE: Did I miss anything?

UNKNOWN MALE: No. You are just in time.

UNKNOWN MALE: God bless the Internet.

HAMMER: But have we become a nation too obsessed with all that technology has to offer and, like this scenario in "American idol," too plugged in?

UNKNOWN MALE: Here we are with Cingular Wireless. You can text the word "vote" to 5712.

HAMMER: It can be overwhelming. Cell phones, e-mail, the Internet, and for some people, it becomes almost an addiction.

UNKNOWN MALE: Whether it`s personal or business, just you can`t stop. You just have to keep in touch.

UNKNOWN FEMALE: I sometimes find myself talking on the phone and using my Blackberry. And then you lose total train of thought because you can`t remember who you are talking to or who you are e-mailing.

UNKNOWN MALE: Multi-task, doing three things. It`s not a problem.

HAMMER: So the question is, is this stuff really a problem or is it just the way we live today? Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of the "Discovery" health channel`s "Strictly Dr. Drew," joining us from Hollywood.

Nice to see you, as always, Dr. Drew.


HAMMER: So I hate to throw the word "addiction" around lightly, but it kind of seems like it would apply, at least to me. Is it too strong a word, you know, using too many gadgets at once?

DR. DREW: Perhaps you`re an addict, but let`s talk about that off the air.

But the fact is that we use the word "addiction" and we really mean somebody cannot stop doing something. And when it comes to electronic media, the addictive behaviors really solely pertain to gambling, where people are sort of getting involved with gambling online, and, also, pornographic indiscretions and things online.

And these are things that people do get into and they sort of get into a fugue state, where they`re sort of dissociated from the world and get off into these fantasy worlds. But that`s not everybody and that`s really not what we`re talking about tonight. We`re really talking about the fact that we multi-task so much that we could be walking down the street with -- I just heard from one of the interns here at CNN -- our Crackberries, and walk out in the middle of the street and not know we`re there and really our safety could be impaired by these distractions, among other things. Not to mention the fact that, yes, we`re multitasking, but we tend to multitask even in our homes to the point where it detract from our interpersonal relationships and even our childrearing.

HAMMER: So talk to me more specifically about what kind of dangers we`re facing if, you know, we`re sitting on the couch, we`ve got the laptop out, we`ve got the Crackberry, for lack of a better term, out, cell phone in.

DR. DREW: I like that one.

HAMMER: Cell phone in the other hand. There really are dangers here, as you say.

DR. DREW: Well, there`s obviously repetitive use injury, we`ve been saying, ever since the computer came around. And it`s not as though we`re seeing people in the psychiatric hospitals and the clinical setting with sort of excessive use of electronic media.

But use your imagination for a second. If we took a group of animals, other primates, and stimulated them excessively with multiple kind of mediums, would we be surprised that they might behave a little different? They might be over-stimulated. They might be over-aroused.

And the thing that concerns me the most is it really does get in the way of our relationships. I know my wife, I hope she`s not listening tonight, but she gets on the phone when she`s with our kids and our kids, you know, could be say things to her that are important. She`s on the telephone. She`s got her Crackberry there and it can distract.

We don`t focus on the interpersonal context as much as we should.


DR. DREW: And research has shown that the kinds of relationships we maintain through electronic media have nothing in common with flesh media. They`re not nearly as restorative and as healthy.

HAMMER: And to be clear, we hope your wife is watching tonight. But you mention being over-stimulated. With that, then, does there come the risk of going through withdrawal?

DR. DREW: Well, I suppose. I mean, have you ever had withdrawal? You say you`re addicted.

I`ll tell you what we get is we get a certain amount anxiety when we start to disconnect. We feel like we should be in this aroused state and there may be some sort of neurobiological correlates to that.

But the fact is it`s really just the anxiety about not being connected the way we`re used to being connected and we have a sense that we need to be or we should be, and I`m not sure that`s really the case. The fact is that if we really need to be in a relationship with somebody, even our boss, we may be connect with all day in multiple media, nothing replaces the flesh interaction, the interpersonal interaction, because there`s all kinds of things we use in our brain, our right brain, our emotional brain, in terms of our interaction with other people that you merely cannot read through the electronic media.

HAMMER: Real quickly, Dr. Drew. Technology certainly is not going away. It`s only going to pile on. So is this just going to get worse?

DR. DREW: So far, it looks like it`s going to go that way. We better learn to deal with it, bottom line.

HAMMER: Dr. Drew Pinsky, go home to your wife or send her a message and say you`re on your way home. We appreciate you joining us tonight.

DR. DREW: Thank you.

HAMMER: Dr. Drew is the host of the "Strictly Dr. Drew" show, making its premier July 25 on the "Discovery" health channel.

Well, the underside of the Internet is certainly when sicko child predators reach out to young kids online. You probably won`t believe me if I told you that one in every five kids is sexually solicited. It`s absolutely true and, actually, a good thing out of this,, arguably, the most popular Web site among teenagers, is trying to turn around its image as a lurking ground.

Kicked off a new safety campaign which features "24`s" Kiefer Sutherland, making sure kids are kept safe. Sutherland shot a public service announcement for My Space and "Showbiz Tonight" has it for you.


KIEFER SUTHERLAND: On TV, Jack Bauer has 24 hours to make the world safe. In real life, it only takes a few minutes to do the same for our kids. To protect them, you don`t need the latest state-of-the-art technology. You just need a few simple tips. Don`t let them run into trouble on the Internet. Use common sense.

HAMMER: Glad they are doing something about this. planning on spending millions of dollars of ad money on this particular campaign.

Well, let`s get a check of tonight`s hot headlines. Yet another member of supermodel Naomi Campbell`s staff says she was on the receiving end of a Blackberry. And you`re going to love this. This third employee to make an accusation says Campbell beat with her with a Blackberry after a piece of luggage was late and, after throwing a fit in Morocco, tore up the assistant`s passport, threw it into the swimming pool, stranding her in Morocco with a whopping hotel bill. There`s no word from Campbell.

"Showbiz Tonight" has learned Christie Brinkley has bought a new house for herself. Brinkley separated from husband number four, Peter Cooke, earlier this week. And now, "Showbiz Tonight" has learned she`s purchased a smaller house near the mansion that she`s had on the very fashionable east end of New York`s Long Island.

Jessica Simpson could be singing only to you and she could be making history. Let me explain this. Beginning next week, fans get to choose from a list of 500 names and then immediately download a song that contains three personalized shout-outs.

Now, this is the first time in history anyone`s ever done a song like that. I did check. A.J., not on the list.

Those are tonight`s hot headlines.

Well, last night we asked you to vote online on our "Showbiz Tonight" question of the day. We were asking, "multiple marriages: do stars take marriage seriously?"

As you`re about to see, very one-sided, 6 percent of you say yes, 94 percent of you say, no, stars do not take marriage seriously.

Among the e-mails we received, one from Brian from Florida, who writes, "I feel that celebrities make a mockery of marriage. They look at it as if it was a passing affair."

And while we are on the subject of marriage, first he crashed weddings. Now he is crashing on the couch. "Wedding Crasher" star Owen Wilson is in a new movie called "You, Me and Dupree," in theaters this weekend. All about a guy who moves in with his best friend after he and his wife got married, but he just won`t leave. Funny thing is when Owen stopped by to sit on our couch and chat with me, he said this kind of happened in real life with Woody Harrelson.


OWEN WILSON, ACTOR: Woody and his family were nice enough to invite me over to Hawaii for the weekend and I ended up staying about four weeks. And Woody and I had a great time, but I think, you know, by about week three, I think that his wife was, you know, who was very patient, great lady, kind of -- she was like, "So do you need a ride to the airport?"

HAMMER: Yeah, if you are going to do that, though, it may as well be, number one, in Hawaii, and with Woody Harrelson, who couldn`t be a cooler, more laid-back kind of guy.

WILSON: Yeah, yeah, and I don`t know even what we did in that four weeks. I don`t know that we accomplished a whole lot.

HAMMER: And that`s just the point.

WILSON: That was the point. I don`t know how productive we were, but.

HAMMER: It was a good time.

WILSON: Yeah, we played shuffleboard with Don Nelson, coach of the Mavericks. Poker. Swam a lot in the ocean. Yeah, it was kind of like a real Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn life there for about a month.


HAMMER: Yeah, shuffleboard with Don Nelson, can`t beat that. "You, Me and Dupree" is in theaters everywhere right now.

Well, we want to remind that "Showbiz Tonight" can now be seen seven nights a week. That`s right. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show has arrived on your weekends.

So join us, won`t you, for "Showbiz Tonight" on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the rest of the week at 11:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 Pacific.

"Showbiz Tonight" for a Friday night coming right back.


HAMMER: Welcome back to "Showbiz Tonight," TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. It`s time now for the "Entertainment Weekly Must List." Five things "E.W." says you just got to check out.

First, they want you to grab a copy of the DVD of "Showtime`s" trippiest series, "Weeds," starring Mary-Louise Parker. She plays a pot- peddling soccer mom in the series.

Next, "E.W." says to check out the number one album in the country, Johnny Cash`s new album, "American Five, A 100 Highways." For fans of "the man in black," critics are raving about the album that was made two years after his death.

And then go to That`s where you can watch the never aired pilot of "Nobody`s Watching." It`s a comedy about two schmoes who land a network sitcom. Very, very funny.

Also, "E.W." says you should check out the Oscar-winning film, "Tsotsi" It`s now on DVD, a stunning movie about a young South African man who is looking for redemption.

Finally, "E.W." recommends you check out "Bangkok Tattoo." It`s by John Burdett. "E.W." says you will absolutely lose yourself in Thailand`s underworld. They`re also saying this is a perfect book to bring along to the beach.

And for more on the "must list," just grab your copy of "Entertainment Weekly." It`s on newsstands now.

Major controversy tonight about the release of some of the photos from the night Diana died. So we`ve been asking you to vote on our "Showbiz Tonight" question of the day.

New death photo. Was it OK to show Princess Di`s dying moment? is where you vote or e-mail us at Your e-mails on Monday.

Time to find out what is coming up on "Showbiz Tonight" next week. Here`s your "Showbiz" marquee.


HAMMER: So are celebrities using their so-called new bodies to sell? Janet Jackson lost 60 pounds. She is not alone. "Showbiz Tonight" investigates star power. Is it all in the body?

"Showbiz Tonight" also has details of the makeover TV`s new queen of network news will be getting. The countdown to Katie Couric, next week on "Showbiz Tonight."

That`s it for "Showbiz Tonight." Back here tomorrow night for "Showbiz Tonight" this weekend.

I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. Thanks for watching. Stay tuned for the latest from CNN Headline News.