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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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cpatton    

GOOD FOR WILLIE NELSON------- -END THE SLAUGHTER OF ALL HORSES FOR THE YUKS OVERSEAS TO EAT!!! IF U GO ONE LINE TO SEE HOW THESE WONDERFUL HORSES OF ALL BREEDS --ARE SLAUGHTERED ---YOU WILL NEVER WANT A WILD MUSTANG OR ANY OTHER BREED TO MEET THIS HORRIBE HORRIBLE END!!!--THE WILD HORSES MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS WHY CANT THE GOVERNMENT--LOBBIESTS FOR $$$ DO THE SAME--PROTEST --PROTEST --PROTEST--

2931 days ago
92.

Calico    

OK. Matt L is not hairy. Whoever you are, you have not seen hairy. Hairy is normal. Not hairy means that the hairless are waxing their chest or wherever. So to each his own. And to say Matt's wife might have hair. That is one of the dumbest comments. Why would her chest be hairy because her husband's was? Could you just not think of anything more clever to say. Matt L is MUCH more sexy than Matt C because Matt L seems to be able to make a commitment to a woman & family.

2931 days ago
93.

JLM    

There is nothing wrong with a man with hair on his chest. Not all men can be smooth as a babies behind. And remember ladies each of us are attracted to different types of men, with or with out hair!! But now, if you can braid it then you might want to think about waxing!!! But I think that Matt is a nice looking man, but wish his hair was longer on his head.

2931 days ago
94.

Pam    

Matt Lauer is sexy! I love hairy chests! Don't knock it ladies, until you've tried it. Once you have a hairy man, the hairless look like boys!

2931 days ago
95.

Derek    

Matt Lauer looks better than all those egotistical shaved & waxed from head to toe Hollywood Trash!

2931 days ago
96.

G LaFevers    

I look just as good, but no one is taking pictures of me, thank God.

2931 days ago
97.

Denise    

The best thing about Matts photo is not his handsome looks and great physique, but instead the Dad in him..... It appears Matt knows what is important in this lifetime and that sets him far above many celebrities....

2931 days ago
98.

Anna Antonio    

I just love MM, but Matt, their is no comparison..Matt you just look terrific...you also look fabulous on your show. The first thing I look at in a man is his suit and how he looks in that suit and you sure do look fabulous. You could be model. My vote is for you.

2931 days ago
99.

dickiek    

Give me a break. Some of these guys have another body morphed to their head. They all will be suffering flab and wrinkles in later years. Get to the real person and don't worry about the freaken looks.

2931 days ago
100.

annette    

BOTH MATTS ARE HOT!!! I LIKE A HAIRY CHEST.......HE DOESN`T EVEN KNOW HE IS YUMMY.

2931 days ago
101.

MissTLC    

Willie Nelson is the man! Save the wild horses and all horses from slaughter!

2931 days ago
102.

Nancy Korondan    

Tom, Katie, & Suri are old news. They're just in need of some new publicity. They are getting boring.

2931 days ago
103.

Pat Cuomo    

Mat L. is just too good to be true. Matt M. without a shirt is in a paper everyday and besides he creeps me out!

2931 days ago
104.

Shantelle    

To all posters who can't wait to come online and say something rude and ugly about somebody you don't even know, GET A LIFE! and most importantly GET YOUR EYES CHECKED! There is absolutely nothing beastly or scary about Matt Lauer. The man looks good,damn good.

2931 days ago
105.

Randy    

Matt L. does have a great chest and love the hair. but what I'm even more interested in is what's running down his upper leg on that one side. I don't think that's a big flower....I guess it's true what they say about men with big noses. LOL

2931 days ago
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