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July 02, 2005

Brooke Shields sounds off against Cruise's tirade

Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's Today show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child.

"I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression," she wrote in an op-ed piece published yesterday in The New York Times.

Cruise had criticized the actress for taking the drugs, and became particularly passionate about the issue in an interview on Today last week.

"You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do," Cruise told Matt Lauer. He went on to say depression could be treated with exercise and vitamins. Shields called those remarks "a disservice to mothers everywhere."

"If any good can come of Mr. Cruise's ridiculous rant, let's hope that it gives much-needed attention to a serious disease," she wrote.

`Worlds' has big first day

Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise's sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds raked in about $21.3 million at the domestic box office on its opening day, according to studio estimates released Thursday.

Spielberg's update of the H.G. Wells' classic about invaders from outer space earned about $34.6 million worldwide when it debuted Wednesday, Paramount Pictures said.

The haul marked the most-successful first day for a Cruise movie, the studio said.

Jackson keeping a low profile

Michael Jackson remained out of sight yesterday during his post-trial vacation in Manama, Bahrain, to the dismay of fans desperate for the King of Pop to greet the Bahraini public.

"What could be better than seeing Michael Jackson in real life? He's a living legend," Mohammed Ebrahim, 17, said as he shopped for music videos at a mall.

The news spread even though state-run television and radio have made no mention of Jackson's presence on the island state. His location is unknown - part of a promise by Bahrain's royal family to give the eccentric star the seclusion he craves.

Idol runner-up weds

Bo Bice didn't win the fourth season of American Idol, but he did win his girlfriend's hand in marriage - and the No. 1 spot on next week's Billboard hot singles sales chart.

The American Idol runner-up wed Caroline Fisher in Helena, Ala., Bice's publicist, Roger Widynowski, confirmed to the Associated Press on Thursday.

The couple, who have been together for almost two years, exchanged vows at New Hope Presbyterian Church on June 15 and their marriage certificate was granted Thursday in Shelby County, according to a report in People magazine.

Bice's "Inside Your Heaven" single replaces Idol winner Carrie Underwood's version of the same song at No. 1 on next week's Billboard singles sales chart, a first in the history of the sales chart, RCA Records said Thursday.

Brando script breaks record

Marlon Brando's annotated script from 1972's The Godfather brought more than $300,000 in an auction of the star's memorabilia that netted a total of $2.3 million.

The script fetched more than 20 times its estimated auction price of $10,000 to $15,000. It was the largest amount paid for any single item at Thursday's auction, and the highest amount ever paid for a film script, according to Christie's New York.

"I feel humbled by collectors and fans who have spent so freely to own a piece of my father's heritage and history," Miko Brando, one of the star's children, said in a statement.

The previous record for a film script was $244,500 for Clark Gable's copy of Gone With the Wind in 1996.

Elizabeth files for divorce

Shannon Elizabeth, who played a sexy foreign exchange student in American Pie, has filed for divorce from her husband of three years, according to court papers.

Elizabeth, 31, had been separated from actor Joseph D. Reitman since early March. She filed for divorce Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have no children.

She played a Czech student in 1999's American Pie and its 2001 sequel, American Pie 2. Her screen credits also include Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Scary Movie. She now stars in the UPN comedy Cuts.

Reitman, 37, has appeared in the films Drop Dead Sexy, Choices and Bum Runner.

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