Angelina Jolie arrived last night in Vietnam, where she plans to adopt a 3-year-old boy. Airport security officials said Jolie was whisked into a car and driven away. The actress was expected to attend an adoption ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City this morning, according to adoption officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the matter. After she receives the child, Jolie will meet with US consular officials, who will review the documents. Jolie could bring the child home by the weekend, officials said. Jolie filed adoption papers as a single parent, because she and her partner, Brad Pitt, are not married. They have three children. (AP)
Another 'American Idol' hopeful axedBrandon Rogers, the other backup singer with "American Idol" aspirations, was booted from the show last night after forgetting the words to "You Can't Hurry Love." The much bigger surprise? Sanjaya Malakar, so uncannily safe for so many weeks, was next in line for elimination. It could be that the boy with the crazy tresses and the just-past-a-whisper singing voice is in trouble, after all. Perhaps the tweens have coalesced behind some other candidate. Indeed, quite a few contestants who should be on thinnish ice survived Diana Ross Week unscathed. Haley Scarnato flubbed the words to "Missing You" on Tuesday, but her tearful apology might have saved her. (It also could have been her low-cut dress.) Chris Sligh didn't suffer for his alt-rock arrangement of "Endless Love." And Gina Glocksen managed to shout her way through "Love Child" and please the masses, anyway. At least Brandon got to take part in a Diana Ross medley before he bowed out. And he had a front-row seat when Miss Diana took the stage to croon "I Love You More Today than Yesterday." The judges cheered dutifully. But let's be honest, dawg: It was a little pitchy, yo. -- JOANNA WEISS
Barker eyes 18th Daytime EmmySoon-to-retire game-show host Bob Barker has a chance to win his 18th Daytime Emmy. The host of "The Price Is Right" received a nomination for best game-show host yesterday, while the CBS soap opera "Guiding Light" captured a leading 17 nominations. CBS soap "As the World Turns," got 16. New "Today" host Meredith Vieira was nominated for hosting the syndicated "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." (AP)
Lohan's father out of prisonThe estranged father of actress Lindsay Lohan has been released from a New York state prison after serving almost two years for driving while intoxicated and other charges. Michael Lohan said now that he is a free man, he wants to repair his unsteady relationship with his 20-year-old daughter. "I'm going to wait, and when she sees I'm walking the walk, I'm hopeful she'll open the door," he told Newsday. (AP)
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