Today's News: Our Take


Comedian Rosie O'Donnell is demanding the National Enquirer retract a recent story that claimed she and girlfriend Kelli Carpenter were thisclose to breaking up. "Printing that I am 310 pounds is one thing," O'Donnell said. "Printing that my partner and our newborn daughter have left is another. I will not tolerate such a hurtful and slanderous lie. We are a happy family with two mothers and four children." The ex-talk show host is also considering filing a lawsuit. read more


Miramax will re-release George Clooney's little-seen directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind on Aug. 1. This time around, studio execs will try a new marketing approach: They'll pay people to see it. read more


CNN's embedded correspondent, neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, was called on to perform emergency surgery Thursday on a 2-year-old Iraqi boy wounded at a U.S. Marine checkpoint south of Baghdad. Sadly, the boy later died. read more


Believe it or not, one of the first people Nicole Kidman called after winning her Oscar last month was ex-hubby Tom Cruise. "It was so important for me to talk to [our son] Connor and yes, to Tom," she tells People. "We have very different lives now, but as I've said to Tom, I will be there for him for the rest of his life." Or as long as she keeps winning more awards than him. read more


Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for American Idol's Julia DeMato. If you missed the Q&A, click here. Also, if you haven't already done so, please read my Seven Silly Questions for Cookie Monster, which was posted today. In my opinion, there's no better way to start a weekend than with a little Cookie! read more

Eddie Griffin: Tap Dancing Action Hero?

In Eddie Griffin's concert film Dysfunktional Family (opening Friday), he recalls how an unconventional upbringing in Kansas City, Mo., inspired his career in comedy. As for the rest of his development as an entertainer, this Undercover Brother credits the black men who paved the way before him. That's why he was eager to fill Sammy Davis Jr.'s shoes for the upcoming biopic Yes I Can.

"The reason the story of Sammy Davis Jr. has to be told is that he was the cat who knocked down the doors," Griffin says, mimicking the Rat Packer's suave tone. "If there wasn't a Sammy, there would be no Michael Jackson. There would be no read more


Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, married Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon on March 25 in a private ceremony in the Caribbean. This is the first marriage for both. read more


Motown star Edwin Starr, best known for his 1970 hit "War," died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at his home in England. He was 61. read more


After that whole Joe Millionaire faux finale debacle, we should have expected this much from Fox. On last night's American Idol results show, viewers spent an entire hour waiting to see which contestant would be the next to get the hook, only to discover at the very last minute that no one was getting voted off. (I missed the first half-hour of The Bachelor for nothing!) Due to the unexpected elimination of Corey Clark earlier this week, host Ryan Seacrest — who will likely get a slap on the wrist for his in-very-poor-taste Manhole crack — announced that "a decision has been made" not to eliminate anyone. That was good news for Trenyce and Carmen Rasmusen, who were the bottom two vote-getters. But they enter next week's show at a disadvantage: The votes received this week will be added to next Tuesday night's tally. read more


The cable news wars are heating up. On Wednesday, Fox News aired a promo that took a shot at MSNBC for its connection to embattled war correspondent Peter Arnett. The clip showed Arnett's controversial interview on Iraqi TV, with the following narration: "He spoke out against America's armed forces. He said America's war against terrorism has failed. He even vilified America's leadership and worked for MSNBC. Ask yourself: Is this 'America's news channel?'" Fox reportedly ran the spot after MSNBC refused to correct information on its crawl about Fox's own scandal-ridden correspondent, Geraldo Rivera — who left Iraq after drawing a map in the sand indicating troop movement and location. My take? The world was a much nicer place when CNN was the only game in town. read more

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