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8/8/2006 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The knives in the ongoing fight between Tori Spelling and her mom Candy just got a whole lot sharper.

According to reports this morning, Candy is cutting Tori out of two planned television tributes to her late husband, and Tori's dad, Aaron Spelling. And Tori is none too happy about it.



One of the tributes to the legendary TV producer, an ABC special, was to be hosted and executive-produced by Tori but has been killed completely by Candy, says a People magazine source. "All of [Aaron's] stars had signed on and some interviews had already been taped . . . But Candy wouldn't release the clips of his shows because Tori was involved in the project."

Candy's rep confirms that the show won't go on, but says that Candy "didn't feel the timing was right . . . since the Emmys were doing a big tribute to her husband around the same time." Speaking of the Emmys, Tori reportedly lashed out at her mother at a barbecue over the weekend, , calling her a "b**ch," says Lloyd Grove, because Candy is also trying to bar her from the Emmys and the tribute to her dad there.

Tori's rep says the rant was misunderstood, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmy-bestowing body) says a Spelling celebration has yet to be finalized.

Brinkley Gets What She Wants – 'Cause It's Hers

Peter Cook's lawyer has said that his estranged wife Christie Brinkley "can have whatever she wants" should they eventually split up, but sources say that Christie would get the "lioness' share" of the couple's assets anyway.

"Christie brought most of the money into the marriage," confides one source in the New York Daily News. She was, according to the source, the principal investor in the pair's Hamptons properties, and that their prenup entitles Christie to most of their assets.

Separately, the other woman in all of this is no shrinking violet, as e-mails that Diana Bianchi's Southampton High School classmates might release could reveal. The now 19-year-old vixen, according to a source, "had a thing for some of the school's jocks and she made it clear in these e-mails that she didn't want other girls going near them." Bianchi's lawyer says, "We're not going to respond to all her high school friends."

Hef Doing Just Fine After Stroke Report

After a newspaper report that he was in ill health – or that he had in fact suffered a stroke – Playboy founder Hugh Hefner insisted on Monday that he was feeling just fine. "I've never felt better," said the 80-year-old publishing magnate. "We had a lingerie party Saturday night and I went up a little early because Holly [one of Hef's girlfriends] had a cold. I am in very good health."

Hefner hosted his annual "Midsummer Night's Dream" party at the Playboy Mansion Saturday night, welcoming Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Johnny Knoxville, and Jimmy Kimmel, amongst other guests, to his cozy confines, according to a Playboy rep. And the next night, Hef hosted a movie screening.

Dixie Chicks Cancelling Dates Due to Poor Sales

Country-rock trio the Dixie Chicks have ditched several concert dates on their "Accidents & Accusations" tour after slow ticket sales, but have added several others to, as they put it, "accommodate demand."

Kansas City, Houston, Memphis, and Knoxville, Tennessee, are amongst the cities that have been removed from the original schedule. Other cities' dates, like Nashville, LA, and Denver, have been postponed. Some DJs and music-industry insiders are saying that the Chicks' changing musical style has alienated some of its country fans, and that the new album, as one radio station manager in Indiana put it, hasn't "had that big of an impact around here." And yet other radio folk say that the damage from the group's criticism of President Bush and the war in Iraq hasn't yet been fully repaired.

The band counters that their album spent several weeks at the top of the country albums chart and has already gone platinum.

Goodie Bag: Bono and Steve Martin Are Neighbors, Ebert Has Surgery, Baldwin To Play Director on "The Sopranos."


New York magazine has published a controversial and – it says – accurate map of where stars live in New York City, and the map shows how the confines of Manhattan can make for some strange celeb bed- (or, at least, block-) fellows. . . Film critic Roger Ebert, on the mend from cancer surgery, had a minor surgical procedure Sunday to repair a blood vessel that burst near the site of his original surgery for a recurrence of salivary cancer. Ebert will soon begin physical therapy . . . Daniel Baldwin will play the director of the horror-gangster film that Christufuh (Michael Imperioli) so badly wants to get made on "The Sopranos." Baldwin was recently involved in an automobile accident in Los Angeles.

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61.

kieth f.    

another great example of people with more money than brains will say and do most anything

2998 days ago
62.

laurie    

Gee Hugh, do you really think the younger chicks like you for your body? Thye are using you, like you use them...sounds like a great relationship!

2998 days ago
63.

Diane    

All involved are dealing with grief. A major loss in their lives. Please get Tori some help. She has been insecure and may blow all events at this time, out of proportion as if all the world, including mom, has done something to her. There should be no sense of entitlement but rather an deep appreciation of the large life before and during her life that he shared with the world and the products he created in the business. Just sit back keep some self respect and let your father be honored. Create your own portrait of dad. Write a book. Wait and later in a clear headed non-vindictive way withour anger that only reflects on your character... deliver a sweet portrait of your father as you wish. The world will always be anxious and interested in Aaron Spelling. Don't let your emotions put you in an unfavorable light.

2998 days ago
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dena ann    

i think candy speling is a greedy b^*%h no matter what her mother thinks about her tori is entitled and i dont believe her father would see things the same way her mother is

2998 days ago
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janice oehl    

Tory Spelling don't fight with your mother.She is odviously gelous of you and a small person.You grieve over your father as you should and the gods what ever yours may be will take care of the rest.I have been there only financially on a minute scale.remember you have your fathers blood and be beautiful.poised and sweet to the mother you will win hands down .YOU ARE YOUR FATHERS DAUGHTERBY BLOD sincerely janice oehl

2998 days ago
66.

Virginia K.    

Who does that old fart Hefner think he is kidding. He prob. cannot even take
Viagra. What a jerk.

2998 days ago
67.

Letcastillo    

It's amazing how MONEY makes you go crazy. Candy should allow her daughter to celebrate, morn her father's achievements and death. There is nothing worse that a family falling apart because of someone's death. It should bring them closer together. Take out the money element from thisfight and they would have nothing to fight about.

2998 days ago
68.

Barbi    

Regarding Hef, he never got over his last wife. So now he keeps two spares just in case. I don't think any of them is particularly attractive. Fake boobs and blonde hair do not beauty make.

2998 days ago
69.

Crick    

The Dixie Chicks ticket sales are down....."how sweet it is"!

2998 days ago
70.

Rosie    

Right on Patricia Kelly,those are my sentiment exactly.spare the Rod and spoil the child. Sincerely R.J

2998 days ago
71.

Ellen    

Shame on the "mother" of a "child" who just lost her father. Money is a fued best accomplished after the grieving is done. Let your daughter be, and let her be at any and all functions that have to do with her father. That is what anyone who calls themselves a "MOTHER" would do. It took 2 to create the child. Let her grieve in her own way. Sorry if it does not conform to your standards. We all grieve in our own way. AND...if she did call you a "B-TCH", it is seeming well deserved.

2998 days ago
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samatha miller    

Don't any of the Spelling heirs know that this kind of thing should be kept private. So Candy is ugly, and tried to live her life vicariosly through Tori aka horse face. When Tori decided to stand up to the old whore, she got mad. If Tori is going to be bummed out of her share, what the hell, I'll take it. As for the Emmys, horseface has more right to be there, than the old whore. After all, it was her daddy that kept sticking her in his shows, even though she couldn't act. You know, when you think about it, the whole family is ugly. Maybe Aaron should have stayed married to Carolyn Jones.

2998 days ago
73.

Cany / Tori    

I think they both need to grow up....
They are both b*tchs!

2998 days ago
74.

Kellye    

Tori should be making an updated version of Mommy Dearest. Her mom seems really self centered to me. My mom always took the side of my boyfriends when I broke up with them, but she always came around, back to me in about a week. Sounds like her mom wanted her ex-husband! I feel sorry for Tori.

2998 days ago
75.

KATRINA    

OK, YES... LETS FEEL BAD FOR THE RICH KID....PLEASE ... WITH OUT HER DAD SHE'S JUST AFFRAID SHE WILL NEVER GET ON T.V. AGAIN!
SHE STUNK AS AN ACTRESS,BUT I DO THINK SHES INTITLED TO BE INVOLVED WITH HER DADS TRIBUTE.
NOW WHEN ARE THEY SPLITTING UP ALLLLL THAT FILTHY MONEY?
PLASTIC BRAINS ANYONE?

2998 days ago
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