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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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2980 days ago


Why would folks pay $5,000 for a photo of Matt Lauer?!?!? I wouldn't pay $.05 - it's not that news worthy...except to little old ladies turning 100.

2980 days ago

Ingrid McCall    

My opinion Matt Lauer is a real hunk, he has just
the right amount of chest hair and physic and looks
like the number 1 Dad to me, keep it up Matt, a fan.

2980 days ago


These comments about Matt Lauer being hairy are so funny. Better not
get old or you'll have to get laser hair treatments, your hairy days are on the way. Young Matt is shaven no doubt.

Cruise is old news, he's gotten a bit too weird for me, seems like an abusive relationship happening there. All about control, control, control.

2980 days ago


Matt is gorgeous! If his wife doesn't want him...I'll take him!

2980 days ago


Matt L. is nice, and I wouldn't necessarily kick him out of my bed. BUT, Matthew Mc is just damn hot. When you see the pictures side by side, Matthew has the total package. The lines of his physique are on the total better defined and in proportion. Matt L. doesn't have the shoulders and chest to balance out the abs.

2980 days ago


Come on guys, Matthew M. is not that attractive. A man that does that much self-grooming has got to be an ass! I'm sure HE thinks he's more attractive than anyone else does!

2980 days ago


Beyonce and Jay Z:
Can you imagine how many poor blacks suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina could be helped by the $300K being spent on just the caviar alone?? How about boycotting such unnecessary opulence and *really* helping the black communities, instead of your diatribe against Cristal.

2980 days ago


You people are idiots to say Matt Lauer is not sexy or too hairy. He's a very attractive man. So Yummy to look at him shirtless!

2980 days ago


I think people should stop commenting unless they know how to spell the actual words they use to comment. How can we take someone seriously who can't spell?
Anyway, I think it is grotesque and crazy how people would rather comment on an invisible baby (who has been invisible for some time now), or on whether hairless-matt or yeti-matt looks better at the beach than on the slaughter of wild horses; it is a cruel un-American thing to do and I applaud Willie Nelson. He's got his mind on something larger than selecting a new home in the Hamptons.

2980 days ago

Donna Mercer    

I am going to say what I feel everyone is thinking but not saying. I feel for Katie...and I won't say Suri does not exist, BUT, I do think that something is just not right! Birth defect, releationship problems, media bait, whatever; Tom, if you really were what you crave us, the commeners, to percieve you to be, be a man. Not just a media craved hog!!!!!!!!

2980 days ago


Matt Lauer Can Put His Shoes Under My Bed Anytime.

2980 days ago


Tom Cruise is so "yesterday." Paramount was wise to drop him. Hopefully his baby is healthy. Other than that, who cares??????????

2980 days ago


Matt Lauer is a sexy man...his hairy chest & ripped body is a bonus & a good father??!!
icing on the cake my friends..........I am a lesbian, not blind....I KNOW a sexy man when I see one:)

2980 days ago


Matthew M... always a pleasure to look at. & watching him during interviews being himself, always brings a smile to my face, come on, this guy rubs feet too........That dashing smile...mmmmmm : )

Matt L..... give this man props when due...Look at his physique! How many men do you know his age that are in such ImPECCable shape??? be honest now...He looks phenominal...Playing with his daugher, only adds to his sexiness.

Baby Suri.... Leave the scientologist Tom alone, what should happen, is, the offeres stop coming in to nab that photo opp. He is holding out for the highest bid & I find that discugting, trying to pimp out ur baby!!. I met him in person & if you wan't to call someone pompus & arrogant, thats ur man...... Go jump on another sofa Tom... such a phoney... I will be VERY surprised if he ever marries Katie. When he does break down to pimp out for the photo session, before the staggering amounts of cash offered has substantially dwindled, lets take a moment and think how wonderful it would be if they donated it all to the Katrina Fund....... Oprah herself can clean up that entire area without a dent in her bank account, don't even get me started,,(sorry, Tom/Sofa/money, made me think of her......... u know what, if EVERY celebrity donated One Million dollars, I think in 3 months time it would be all fixed up,,Let Donald Trump head the team, he knows how to get things done....

2980 days ago
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