Let's Get This Party Started: Top Stories for Wednesday 06/21/06

6/21/2006 9:38 AM PDT

Let's Get This Party Started: Top Stories for Wednesday 06/21/06

It was a busy – and feisty – night for Lindsay Lohan last Friday in New York. The freckled phenom not only mixed it up with Paris Hilton, she got into it with P. Diddy and his posse as well.

Plus Angelina, Mariah, and other top stories.

Lindsay Takes On Paris – and P. Diddy


It was a busy – and feisty – night for Lindsay Lohan last Friday in New York. The freckled phenom not only mixed it up with Paris Hilton, she got into it with P. Diddy and his posse as well.

According to Rush & Molloy, during an impromptu private concert given by Prince at the downtown celeb-boite Butter, Lohan spotted Hilton and followed her into the bathroom to continue their ongoing feud concerning one-time Hilton paramour Stavros Niarchos. When she came back, Diddy and his people had slipped into her booth, which Lohan apparently joked about – a gesture that Diddy didn't receive too kindly.

"He didn't realize she was joking," says R&M's source, "and he then yelled at her and told her to get out," at which point a Diddy bodyguard had her forcibly removed. A member of Diddy's group remembers it differently in Page Six: "Lindsay was being so loud and obnoxious. His security became concerned and came over to escort her away." Regardless, Lohan left the club and moved on later to Bungalow 8, where her entourage and Hilton's gang had yet another stare-down.

Hilton's rep Elliot Mintz tells R&M that "Paris was in the ladies room [at Butter] applying her makeup when Lindsay knocked on the door. But there was no battle. Paris has nothing negative to say about Lindsay."

Angelina Calls Her Income "Stupid," Is "Popular" in Prisons

Angelina Jolie's first interview on American soil since the birth of her child Shiloh Nouvel turned out to be the television equivalent of a cold shower and a warm bath – a rather unpleasant experience at first (hearing the plight of African refugees) that then sent you into a rather deep slumber (sitting through two hours of said plight).

The televised conversation last night between Jolie and CNN's Anderson Cooper in an LA hotel provided, in tone and topic, a remarkable contrast to the previous week's sensational "Dateline" interview between Britney Spears and Matt Lauer. Besides telling Cooper that she gives a third of what she called her "stupid" income to refugees and their causes and that a tattoo on the small of her back that reads "Know Your Rights" attracts attention from prison inmates, Jolie revealed little else about her career, life with Brad, and the birth of her child.

Madonna Cackles With Delight At Mariah's Misfortune

Mariah Carey once said that she grew up listening to the songs of Madonna, which apparently irked the Material Girl, given that Carey is only 11 years younger than she is.

Madonna still holds a grudge: According to Rush & Molloy, Madge was preparing to go onstage during a tour stop in Chicago when she was told that Carey had to cancel three tour dates on account of low ticket sales. "Madonna laughed hysterically," said a source. "She has been asking her tour promoters to E-mail her Mariah's numbers!"

What's more, Madonna is taking a somewhat sadistic pleasure in hearing that Carey was miffed that "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson said that he'd been "inspired" by Madonna's LA show. The elder pop queen's rep says there's no feud: "She has no negative feelings toward Mariah." Mariah's rep adds that a few cities were cancelled so that she could "add shows in larger cities."

Katie's Departure No Worry for "Today"

NBC's "Today" show is doing just fine, even after the departure of longtime co-host Katie Couric. According to recent Nielsen data, "Today" is beating rival "Good Morning America" on ABC by an average of 1.3 million viewers in the two weeks following Couric's last show on May 31.

In fact, the show's margin of victory over "GMA" was actually skinnier during Couric's last week on the air. Of course, it didn't exactly hurt to have well-hyped interviews with Ann Coulter and Britney Spears last week. Plus, "GMA" has been in no small amount of turmoil with the departure of Charles Gibson to the "World News Tonight" anchor desk and his replacement by a rotation of B-teamers.

Still, the total viewership for "Today" post-Couric is at its lowest since Christmas, reflecting mostly the shrinking of the audience in the summertime.

Klum and Seal Expecting

The supermodel Heidi Klum and her singer husband Seal are expecting their third child, according to Us Weekly. The couple also has a son, Henry, who is 9 months old, and a daughter from Klum's previous marriage.

The "Project Runway" host is "just starting to show," according to an Us source, though her gravid condition hasn't been particularly evident in her recent appearances at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards and else. "She's in a really good place. She loves being a mom," says the source.

"Miami Vice" A Major Bomb?

Weeks before its release, the buzz on "Miami Vice," director Michael Mann's remake of his Eighties TV series, isn't good, according to Fox News' Roger Friedman. The flick, despite the pedigree of its helmer and the two stars – Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx – appears to be "a good-looking empty shell of a movie," says Friedman.

The film is costing $125 million, according to an insider, and might be as much as $150 million. "Michael still has time to fix it, but not much," says a source, referring to the film's July 28 opening. "But he would have to pull off a miracle to make it work."

Farrell is hoping for the miracle – Friedman notes that his last several films ("The New World," "Alexander," "SWAT," among them) have been notable duds.