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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Brawl at Brangelina's

Bodyguards for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt clashed violently with two camouflaged paparazzi who managed to sneak onto the grounds of the Hollywood couple's chateau in southern France on Thursday, French police say.

Photographer Luc Goursolas told the Associated Press that he was punched, kicked and hit with a walkie-talkie, sustaining a head wound that required three stitches. Tony Webb, the Jolie-Pitt family's head of security, said Goursolas went "berserk" without provocation and denied that his guards punched the photographer, saying that Jolie and Pitt feel besieged and may be forced to move if their privacy is not respected. He said local police are not taking the problem seriously enough.

Goursolas said he wasn't on the Jolie-Pitts' 1,235-acre property but in woods nearby when the guards found him. "The forest belongs to everyone," he said. His colleague Marianne Saint-Arroman confirmed that they were wearing khaki and camouflage to avoid being seen in the woods. Webb, however, said the paparazzi were on the property, about 600 yards from the house.

Screech, Now a Scribe

"Saved by the Bell" fans, rejoice: Actor Dustin Diamond, known best as Samuel "Screech" Powers in the hit '80s high-school-themed sitcom, has inked a deal with Gotham Books to write a behind-the-scenes tell-all, assisted by ghostwriter Alan Goldsher.

But don't expect an idyllic walk down memory lane. New York magazine reports that "Behind the Bell" will detail "sexual escapades among cast members, drug use and hard-core partying." (Gosh, what would Mr. Belding say?)

Hitting Back at Novak

Former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, onetime undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, are the latest to throw their two cents into the news about columnist Robert Novak's hit-and-run incident. (On Wednesday, a bicyclist flagged Novak down after watching him hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk, something Novak told an AP reporter he didn't realize he had done. The 86-year-old accident victim, Don Clifford Liljenquist, was taken to George Washington University Medical Center with minor injuries, including a dislocated shoulder.)

"Once again Novak has demonstrated his callous disregard for the rights of others, as well as his chronic inability to accept responsibility for his actions," the couple told Thinkprogress.org, alluding to Novak's identification of Plame as a CIA operative in a 2003 column. "We have long argued that responsible adults should take Novak's typewriter away. The time has arrived for them to also take away the keys to his Corvette."

Diplomatic Blues

That was Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez onstage at Madam's Organ Thursday night, rallying bargoers to hear former Hungarian ambassador to the United States AndrĂ¡s Simonyi's band, Coalition of the Willing. Madam's Organ owner Bill Duggan reports that the show, a fundraiser to help offset hospital bills racked up recently by blues guitarist Bobby Parker, raised about $7,000. Parker also performed with the band.

End Notes

Engaged: "Enchanted" star Amy Adams, 33, and longtime beau Darren Legallo, 34, USA Today reports. Adams and Legallo met in an acting class in 2001 and started dating a year later.

Married: Luke Campbell (former frontman of controversial rap act 2 Live Crew), 47, and girlfriend of two years Kristin Thompson, 27. People reports that 300 guests attended the ceremony in Dallas last Saturday. And, in what's becoming increasingly normal these days, the nuptials were filmed for an episode of the couple's upcoming VH1 reality TV show, "Luke's Parental Advisory."

Born: A son, via surrogate, to actress Marissa Jaret Winokur and husband Judah Miller, a comedy writer, on Tuesday. Winokur, 35, who survived cervical cancer and had a hysterectomy seven years ago, and Miller assisted with the birth.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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