Tom Cruise Goes on the Defensive
  • Tom Cruise says he wasn't replaced by Angelina Jolie in Edward A. Salt: she was only offered the role after he turned it down. And he also claims he's the one who bowed out of starring in the next Mission Impossible flick. Meanwhile, his producing partner Paula Wagner has stepped down from her job as CEO of United Artists. [MSNBC, R&M, E!]
  • Now that she's a mom, Nicole Richie is trying to clean up her image by starting up a children's charity. But boyfriend Joel doesn't seem too interested in jumping on the maturity bandwagon: he was photographed partying with Mary-Kate Olsen on the Good Charlotte tour bus. [R&M, The Sun]
  • Michelle Williams is so obsessed with avoiding paparazzi that she makes her bodyguard walk around the block to make sure there aren't any photographers nearby when she wants to leave the house. [Page Six]
  • Want to see Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky's wedding tattoos? He got a B on his ring finger, and she got an H on her wrist. [PH]
  • Madonna's spokesperson Liz Rosenberg is denying rumors the pop star is adopting another child from Malawi. [NYDN]
  • Someone paid $30,000 for the domain name AshleyDupre.com. [R&M]
  • Party planner David Monn threw a giant part for his birthday in the Hamptons, complete with a 26-piece band and Chinese pagodas. [Page Six]
  • Ashley Olsen and boyfriend Justin Bartha must still be together, since they were spotted making out at Serafina. [Page Six]
  • Sad news for Brett Ratner and Vince Vaughn: Hugh Hefner is pulling the plug on all those wild Playboy parties at the mansion in an effort to cut costs. [Fox]
  • Details about Scarlett Johansson's upcoming wedding to Ryan Reynolds: The couple might just have a small civil ceremony with Scarlett's brother as their only witness. [OK!]
  • Oh, yes, the good ol' days. Ernest Borgnine says he remembers when "he could eat Chinese food and go to a whorehouse for just $2." [Page Six]
  • Kevin Federline reportedly has the hots for Brittny Gastineau but she isn't interested. [Page Six]
  • Pamela Anderson may be dating a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family. [E!]