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Matt Lauer's Pricey Pecs

8/23/2006 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The shirtless bod of Matt Lauer fetches more money than Matthew McConaughey's rippling chest -- or so the bidding on a recent photo of the "Today" show host proves.

The paparazzi pic of a well-sculpted Lauer frolicking in the surf with daughter Romy in Southampton, NY last Thursday triggered a bidding war. A day later, the first day the snap hit the market, the price was $5,000.

TMZ is also told that several tabloids that will hit stands Thursday scooped up the picture for a princely sum -- so you'll be able to see Lauer in all his glory at the supermarket checkout line tomorrow. By contrast, that other Matt -- McConaughey -- is legendary for his Adonis-like physique, but his shirtless pics typically fetch between $250-$1000 apiece.

Call it a lesson in scarcity value: It's not that the 36-year-old McConaughey is any less of a physical specimen, but when was the last time you saw a picture of Matt M. with his shirt actually on?

Man Takes Star House Tour and Sees Suri Cruise

TMZ has spoken to a man who got a lot more than he bargained for when he passed Tom Cruise's home on a Hollywood star tour.

The story was first told Tuesday on the popular "Kevin & Bean Show" on KROQ radio in Los Angeles. The man, who asked to be identified only as "Frank," and his girlfriend were visiting the girlfriend's brother and sister-in-law, who live two blocks from Cruise's Beverly Hills home, and went on a tour of some local stars' homes.

When they arrived at Cruise's house, one of them hit the buzzer on the security gate, and -- much to their surprise -- it opened. They started driving up the driveway and the first security guard waved them on. They couldn't turn around because the driveway was narrow, so they drove to the top.

When they arrived at the top, they saw Katie Holmes holding -- you guessed it -- the ever-elusive Suri in her arms. Frank says he and his companions were no more than five feet from the baby, and he tells TMZ that Suri looked "cute" and "perfectly normal." Tom, meanwhile, was playing with two older children (presumably Isabella, 13, and Conor, 11) on the lawn. Cruise may have a little more time on his hands to frolic in the grass with his kids, now that he no longer works for Paramount Pictures.

At that point, security descended on the stunned quartet in the car. The guards demanded to see copies of their driver's licenses, but Frank's sister-in-law refused to show identification and demanded the right to leave. Frank says that security held them for about half an hour, and then ordered them to leave the compound.

Beyoncé's $3 Million Wedding Blow-Out

As befits a true superdiva, Beyoncé Knowles is sparing no expense when it comes to her late November wedding to rap mogul Jay-Z.

According to a report in this week's Star (via MSNBC), Beyoncé will be shelling out $3 million for the bash on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, a tenth of which -- $300,000 – will be allotted for the Beluga caviar alone. Other culinary delights wil include lobster and Italian truffles, and Dom Perignon – not, of course, Cristal, which her fiancé has boycotted.

The Star also reports that Beyoncé's famously micromanaging father Matthew initially was skeptical about the nuptials, but has now given the union his blessing. What's more, Oprah and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will be among the guests.

Superman Not Gay, But En-gay-ged

Brandon Routh – the latest actor to don Superman's cape and tights – has gotten engaged to his girlfriend, actress Courtney Ford, according to People. The couple have been dating for three years, and will be co-starring in an upcoming short film called "Denial." The wedding will be sometime next fall. Routh proposed to Ford earlier this month with a ring from L.A. jeweler Neil Lane.

Routh and Ford met well before Brandon was a big movie star – in fact, he was tending bar at the rehearsal dinner for Courtney's brother's wedding when they were first introduced. Routh has referred to Ford as his personal kryptonite. "She brings me to my knees," he has said.

Goodie Bag: Gisele is Loaded, Lance & Reichen Don't Like Their Digs, Beck Gets Fans to Design Album Cover, and Willie Nelson Stumps for Wild Horses

Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and ex-squeeze of Leonardo DiCaprio, is filthy rich in addition to being remarkably beautiful. According to Forbes, she made $30 million last year, making her the highest-paid walking mannequin in the business. And she's already signed three more big deals with international clients ... It was good enough for Scarlett Johansson and Lydia Hearst, but Lance Bass and Reichen Lehmkuhl didn't like their lodgings at the trendy Stereo House in the Hamptons last weekend before their polo-match-hosting gig, so they ditched and went to a local meteorologist's house instead, says Page Six ... Beck is enlisting his fans' help in designing the artwork for his latest album cover. "The Information," out October 3, will come with a blank cover and stickers that fans can apply; a contest judged by Beck himself will help decide the final cover ... Willie Nelson is protesting the slaughter of wild horses in the US for consumption of their meat abroad. He says he has owned several wild horses, and is supporting a rally in Washington, D.C., for a bill scheduled for a vote on Sept. 7 that would end such slaughter.

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Still would rather take Matthew. Yummy.

2961 days ago


Matt Lauer looks hot and he's a lot smarter and not so full of himself!

2961 days ago


Nobody is going to comment on the fake Suri sighting? Alien encounters are SO 1970's!!

2961 days ago


Suri Cruise signs letter of intent with Paramount.>

2961 days ago


I don't like Matt. He is not cute at all. He is too hairy;I wonder if his wife has hairon her chest too.


2961 days ago


It's sounds a little too concidential. The friends they were visiting were neighbors. Come on!
Why did they ring the buzzer.
I imagine the baby is great and normal and healthy, but why all the fuss? Who cares?

2961 days ago


Whoever it is that thinks Matt Lauer is not "full of himself" hasn't taken in the Today show lately. The man is a pompous, arrogant jackass who treats others with the umost lack of mutual respect. Meet him in person and his air will immediately turn you off. He is not a nice or pleasant man.

2961 days ago

spin sycle    

sorry, i don't buy the 'we just waltzed in and saw suri' story. sounds like crap to me.

2961 days ago



Do humans have to destroy EVERYTHING! Didn't anybody see Disney's Pochohantas. Americans just aren't happy until everything is used up: trees, water, ozone layer, Paris Hilton. THEN they get the bright idea to conserve. Come on people. It's not like the meat is being used abroad in a country full of starving people. That would make too much sense.

2961 days ago


Matthew McConaughey w/o a shirt--always a pleasure to look at.

Matt Lauer shirtless and being a loving dad--even better.

Cruise losing the Paramount connection--hahahaha!!! serves him right

Baby Suri...seen again--who really cares? I'm sure the baby is lovely; however, the 'hide the baby' game is old news.

2961 days ago


Hey you have met and socialized with Matt Lauer! Give me a break...he is not anything like what you have described. He does an excellent job on the Today Show and he is very respectful to the guests. He is just very intelligent and a excellent interviewer with very explicit questions which is what interviewing guests is all about.

2961 days ago


Matt Lauer... mmmmm ... I'd hit that.

2961 days ago


Matt Lauer is looking good! Who would have known? I like him on the Today show and I think he is very respectful to his guest. Glad Katie is gone!

MM--I'm am so tired of reading about him and Lance. He is good looking but very full of himself. Maybe he needs a new girlfriend.

Tom, gets what he deserves! Who cares about his baby, I think he is gay!

2961 days ago


How likely is it that these clowns could have come that close to the cruise family with all that security? Its bad enough people will do anything to get on tv and now we have to deal with reality radio??? I weep for the future!

2961 days ago


Rhedde, I'm with ya. Don' let the man bring you down!

2961 days ago
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