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Let's Get This Party Started: Top Stories for Monday 06/26/06

6/26/2006 8:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

One of celebdom's abiding mysteries – why have we not seen a picture of Suri Cruise? – may have at least one, plainly financial, explanation: None of the big glossies was willing to pay enough for pictures of the newborn.



According to a report this morning by Fox News' Roger Friedman, the photo agency WireImage was offered a chance to take pictures of the infant child of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes just after birth. And, as eventually happened with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's child Shiloh, the agency conducted an auction with PEOPLE, Us Weekly, Star, and other celebrity magazines to decide who would have the privilege of running the exclusive snaps.

Unlike Shiloh, however, whose pictures garnered a reported $4 million from PEOPLE, the bidding for little Suri topped out at $3 million, which her parents decided wasn't enough to go ahead with the shoot. And now, according to a source at one of the magazines, Suri's price – despite the speculation and curiosity – has gone down, now that she's all of three months old.

"Shiloh was the whole deal," the source tells Friedman, referring to the Jolie-Pitt offspring. "We won't see a baby like that for a while."

Demi Unabashed About Plastic Surgery

Demi Moore doesn't look like a 43-year-old woman – and she intends to keep it that way. The actress and wife of 28-year-old Ashton Kutcher tells the London Mirror (via MSNBC) that she doesn't have any qualms about getting the odd nip or tuck – or both – to keep her looking, oh, about her husband's age.

"It's been a challenging few years, being the age I am, with so much focus on how I look," says Moore. "I'm not 20. Not 30. But I'm certainly different from what most people feel someone in her 40s should be." What's more, she says, "I have no problem with enhancing one's looks or fixing something that's changed." Demi also tells the Mirror she may have gone a little far a few years back when she started going for the super-buff look.

On a more romantic note, Moore says that Kutcher is her "soul mate" and that when they met, she "didn't just come with baggage – I had trunks!"

Costello and Krall Expecting

Musicians Elvis Costello and Diana Krall announced Sunday that they are expecting their first child in December, according to a spokesman for the rock-jazz romantic duo. The baby's birth should come just about as the Grammy-winning couple celebrates its third wedding anniversary.

Costello, 51, is on tour with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, with whom he recently recorded an album, "The River in Reverse." The 41-year-old Krall is planning to release a new album in September.

Pellicano Case In Question

The federal investigation of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano is stalling, and with a dearth of new indictments and overall progress on the case, there are signs that the big targets that investigators hoped to nab might not be forthcoming.

According to a detailed report in this morning's Los Angeles Times, government code-breakers have been slow in decrypting audio files belonging to Pellicano that are an important part of the investigation because agencies are occupied with other matters like counter-terrorism. What's more, uncertainty about the strength of the case is being fuelled by the fact that prosecutors have not yet sought an indictment against entertainment lawyer Bert Fields, the highest-profile Hollywood figure to acknowledge that he is a subject of the investigation, and other major players.

Federal authorities say that the investigation is "continuing" and that, as the FBI Assistant Director who runs the LA division puts it, "it's not for us to puff up or deflate something."

Eisner Gets Back Into Kids' Market

As befits a man who spent the best years of his professional life running the studio best known for Mickey Mouse and Ariel the Mermaid, former Disney chief Michael Eisner is returning to the children's sector by buying a company that teaches kids math and spelling using college athletics.

Confused? Imagine the kids: Team Baby Entertainment makes DVDs that use official footage of a given university's sports teams – Michigan, Texas, and Notre Dame among them – to help children learn basic educational concepts. Eisner, who recently made an investment in Internet TV broadcaster Veoh Networks, is using his Tornante Company to buy stakes in various businesses, and Team Baby is just the latest.

Eisner is certainly hoping that his business decisions fare somewhat better than his CNBC talk show: the latest episode attracted only 70,000 viewers overall, according to Nielsen ratings.

Dan Abrams "Close To Figuring Out" What He Wants to Do at MSNBC

The announcement that Dan Abrams would be made the general manager of MSNBC was greeted with "shock and awe," according to a colleague. "People were just stunned."

A couple weeks on, according to a look inside the network and its choice by Bill Carter in today's New York Times, the selection of Abrams and Phil Griffin to replace Rick Kaplan represents less a shocking, but still significant, change in the network's approach. While Abrams denied that an overhaul was coming, he does want more breaking news coverage during the channel's daytime hours and less talking heads during primetime. As the president of NBC News, Steve Capus, puts it, "Prime time is the focus. That's where the money is."

According to Abrams, the network will try to build on the momentum that Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews have brought to the network, while making the daytime programming on the channel "more urgent" and less "newscasty."
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me    

Come on. Have you forgotten. First Suri has to be sent back to her home planet to be raised by her real parents until such time that the earth is in peril and then she will make her triumphant return in a crystalized capsule of some sort. She will then be raised by Tom and Kate until she is about 18 and capable of controlling her powers. She will come out of hiding and (guided by her trusty muse and champion Shiloh) fly around the earth squashing evil and cleaning up behind the effects of global warming and nuclear war.....or do i have my imaginary characters confused?

2937 days ago
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eileen    

I don't think I'm alone when I say I wouldn't pay an extra 10 cents to see pictures of Suri!! All the hype before her birth was sickening enough!! I really don't nderstand all the hush hush after her birth. They made the world part of everything in their lives up until she was born!! Now she's a big secret! Really it should have been the other way around. We could have done without all the dipping and kissing pictures and all the belly button shots. TOM AND KATIE I HOPE YOUR BABY IS HAPPY AND HEALTHY, BUT I DON'T CARE IF I EVER SEE HER!!

2937 days ago
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someone    

I totally agree with you Eileen, Im not all that interested in seeing Suri, I didn't pay the extra money for the mag that shiloh was in, I wouldn't do it for Suri...And I also hope she is heathy, if she actually exists..

2937 days ago
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murphey    

Maybe they're keeping her out of the public eye because it's another Scientology ritual like silent birthing. Or maybe Tom finally noticed all of the backlash he was getting from his overexposure concerning his relationship with Katie and doesn't want any of that to come down on his baby.

2937 days ago
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Sylvia    

I thought the reason Crazy Cruise didn't want his suppose baby Suri posted was because of Scientiology rule.

It seems all this comes down to MONEY. How lame can people be.

2937 days ago
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Anna    

they didnt want the world to see their baby because they didnt get more than 3 million not because they want privacy. Im with the rest of you, i wouldnt pay a penny to see pictures of their baby, if there is even one. Tom is a nut case and Katie is on her way to being one too...

whew

2937 days ago
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Helldorado    

Tom doesn't want baby Sardine exposed to the media because he knows the guys from South Park are going to rip on the whole thing.

2937 days ago
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Lance K.    

I don't know why I find this funny, but I do

2937 days ago
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Lance K.    

Okay, I'll admit it. I really thought that there was not a real baby. I thought that is one reason why the stretch mark pictures came out afterwards I couldn't figure out where a photographer would have to be to get that angle so I just thought it was Tom doing was of his elaborate image things. Use makeup for the stretch marks to show like SEE SHE WAS PREGNANT. I also thought that maybe they used a surrogate and they were waiting for the surrogate to give birth

2937 days ago
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Krissy    

I think all of you guys are mean. She's a baby. Regardless of who her parents are, Suri is an innocent baby. You should be ashamed!

2937 days ago
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Cyndee Rigdon    

I also do NOT understand the obsession with TomKat and Suri.
They had a kid, SO WHAT? I have 3! People have kids every day, even crazy people! I just don't get it. Tom is ugly, insane, and well, INSANE....and he conned some poor sweet girl next door into reproducing with him...it's SAD, not interesting!
That being said, I love reading these comments they are HILARIOUS!
-Cyndee

2937 days ago
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Lance K.    

I do want to say if there is a baby which there probably is I do wish them all the best. It seems that a lot of children born to celebrities will have a bullseye on them

2937 days ago
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Anna    

so yesterday.... so yesterday...

Tom Cruise is really gay
Baby Suri is just a silly game
Katie did it for the fame
Now she is a C+ Star
You can find Tom down at the gay bar
I think Baby suri is an Alien
Went on her mothership to the Scientologiost's Den


okay Im done being a third grader

but i do think he is really gay i wish someone would soak him again with some water


hahahah

2937 days ago
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MARIE    

I think maybe the whole Suri baby is a fake. Come on! Nobody has seen the baby. Its a Scientiology make believe baby! Check your head Cruise

2937 days ago
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Margaret E. Edwards    

About Demi I am curious of how she might have gone too far with the buff look a few years back. She is looking great. Thanks

2937 days ago
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