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|In reality TV news: Meg Allison, a 25-year-old from Chicago, IL, was eliminated Thursday on USA's "Nashville Star 5."
Farrah Fawcett celebrated her 60th birthday Friday, with the announcement that she is cancer-free after four months of "tremendously aggressive treatment." The former "Charlie's Angels" star revealed that she was suffering from intestinal cancer in October.
A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed against O.J. Simpson over the reported $1 million advance he received for his ill-fated book and TV special, "If I Did It, Here's How It Happened." The family of Ron Goldman intends to pursue their case in state court, while Simpson no doubt intends to pursue his search for the real killer.
Boston city officials are vowing to make Turner Broadcasting pay for the chaos caused by an "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" publicity campaign gone wrong, with Mayor Tom Menino stating that the network's apology was not sufficient. Light-boxes promoting the show caused a bomb scare Wednesday after they were found in 10 locations around the city. Cartoon Network
is claiming the boxes were in place in numerous cities for weeks but only caused a commotion in Boston.
A federal judge has ordered a preliminary injunction prohibiting the creator of parisexposed.com from peddling Paris Hilton's likeness or any of her possessions containing personal information or depicting her in racy situations, i.e., medical records, credit card bills, address books, and sex tapes. The heiress sued the site's purveyor Monday for invasion of
privacy and copyright infringement.
Coley Laffoon filed for divorce from Anne Heche in L.A. Superior Court Thursday. The TV cameraman cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Per court documents, Lafoon is seeking spousal support from the "Men in Trees" star, and has asked for joint custody of their five-year-old son, Homer. The couple announced Jan. 24 that they had
Viacom, the parent company of MTV and Comedy Central, is demanding that all of its videos be yanked from YouTube, per the Wall Street Journal. The conglomerate is reportedly considering creating its own video-sharing site to rival the Google-owned venture.
Johnny Knoxville's rep confirmed to Us Weekly that the "Jackass" star has separated from his wife, Melanie, whom he married in 1995. The couple has a 10-year-old daughter, Madison. No word on whether they plan to divorce.
Vincent "Don Vito" Margera, the uncle of "Viva la Bam" star Bam Margera, has been ordered to stand trial on felony charges that he groped three young girls at an MTV promotional appearance in Colorado. During a preliminary hearing Thursday, prosecutors presented statements from two 12-year-old girls and one 14-year-old girl alleging that Margera had
fondled them, along with pictures from their camera phones documenting the encounter. Margera is scheduled to be arraigned Mar. 5. Meanwhile, Bam and fiancée Missy Rothstein are taking a chance and are starring in the unscripted MTV series "Bam's Unholy Union," which is chronicling all the preparations leading up to the couple's Big Day.
|In reality TV news: Ilan Hall, a 24-year-old line cook from New York, NY, was named the winner of Bravo's "Top Chef 2" on Wednesday night, besting the culinary skills of 26-year-old Marcel Vigneron. Also on Wednesday, geek Mario Muscar, a 29-year-old writer who owns over 25,000 comics from Shadyside, OH, and beauty
Nadia Underwood, a sorority girl who is also a model and a bartender from Chicago, IL, were eliminated on the CW's "Beauty and the Geek 3." Finally on Wednesday, Heather Ashton, a 36-year-old assistant designer and project manager at Mary McDonald Inc. from L.A., and Lisa Turner, the 48-year-old owner of Interior Obsession from L.A., were the first two
designers eliminated on the series premiere of Bravo's "Top Design."
Patrick Dempsey and wife Jillian welcomed twin sons, Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick Dempsey, Thursday in Los Angeles, People reports. The couple also have a four-year-old daughter, Taula.
Hawaii woman is suing Duane "Dog" Chapman, claiming a member of his "Dog the Bounty Hunter" team threw her down the stairs and broke her back while apprehending her boyfriend during a taping of their unscripted A&E series.
David Letterman will mark 25 years in late-night television on Thursday's "Late Show." Bill Murray, who was Letterman's first guest on "Late Night" on Feb. 1, 1982, and the first guest on his first "Late Show" broadcast on Aug. 30, 1993, is putting in an appearance in honor of the occasion.
Paris Hilton's pal Kim Kardashian has confirmed to E!'s "Daily 10" that she made sex tapes with her ex-boyfriend Ray J, but is denying they are for sale.
Al Franken is running for the U.S. Senate from Minnesota in 2008, after announcing this week he would be leaving his show on Air America Radio Feb. 14.
The CW has revealed the latest crop of students, bartenders, and sales associates hoping for their big break in the eighth cycle of "America's Next Top Model." Contestants include Jaslene, an online college admissions advisor from Chicago; Kathlyn, a hairstylist from Brooklyn; and Renee, a stay-at-home-mom from Maui.
CBS has picked up "Big Brother" for an eighth installment to be broadcast this summer. The last season ended with Mike "Boogie" Malin triumphing over "Big Brother 7: All Stars" after 71 days in the house, a victory good for $500,000.
NBC is reviving "Last Comic Standing" with new host Bill Bellamy. The unscripted series is scheduled to resume its search for the next breakout comedian this summer.
|The California Highway Patrol submitted its investigation into Nicole Richie's DUI arrest to prosecutors Wednesday to determine if charges should be filed against the "Simple Life" star for allegedly driving the wrong way on the Ventura Freeway in Burbank, California last month. Richie admitted to taking Vicodin and smoking marijuana prior to her arrest,
The Beverly Hills Police Department have recommended that former "Prison Break" star Lane Garrison be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving in connection with the December car crash that killed one of his passengers, 17-year-old Vahagn Setian.
Courtney Love told Us Weekly that "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe called her office last week to find out if she would be interested in sitting in as a judge on the talent contest. The rocker called the idea "weird but brilliant." A rep for Love stated there is "no truth whatsoever" to reports that the rocker
might take a turn as an "Idol" judge. Meanwhile, Lythgoe issued a statement denying that he ever called Love and claims there are no plans to replace any of the judges.
Miss USA Tara Conner admitted that she has tried cocaine in an interview with the "Today" show scheduled to air Thursday, telling Matt Lauer that it was a relief to come clean about it. "The more that I get it off my chest, the better I feel about myself," the reformed beauty queen said, according to an excerpt from the New York Post.
Isaiah Washington is scheduled to return to the "Grey's Anatomy" set as early as Thursday, People magazine reports. The actor announced last week he was entering counseling to seek help for behavioral issues after using a gay slur and was notably absent from the SAG Awards last weekend, where the show was honored in the drama category.
Food & Wine magazine is denying that it spoiled the end of "Top Chef" after a congratulatory profile of finalist Ilan Hall popped up on its Website Monday, proclaiming him the winner. On Tuesday, the magazine posted profiles of both Hall and fellow finalist Marcel Vigneron, claiming that the victory pieces were written ahead of Wednesday's
finale so as to be prepared for any outcome. Word of the apparent snafu was first reported by the Eater LA blog.
Just 2.4 million people tuned into CMT Monday to watch Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson be crowned the new Miss America, a decrease from the 3.1 million who watched the pageant in 2006.
Electronic devices with blinking lights found planted at bridges and other spots in Boston created a bomb scare in the city Wednesday before they were determined to be part of a publicity campaign for the Cartoon Network's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." Turner Broadcasting has apologized for the misunderstanding.
|In reality TV news: Chuck Baker, a.k.a. 100 Proof, a 28-year-old from Blue Mound, TX, was told to "step off" Monday on VH1's "ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show."
"Weeds" star Kevin Nealon and wife Susan Yeagley welcomed their first child together, son Gable Ness Nealon, Monday night in Santa Monica. "Mom, Dad and baby are all happy and healthy," a rep for the actor said.
John Gray, the mayor of Oshawa, Canada, was forced to declare his own
birthday...March 20...to be Stephen Colbert Day in his city, after losing a hockey bet to the fake newsman.
Andrew Lloyd Webber will appear as a guest judge on the Feb. 11 episode of "Grease: You're the One that I Want," NBC announced Tuesday. The composer is slated to offer his opinion on the last 12 hopefuls vying to play Sandy and Danny in the upcoming Broadway revival of Grease.
Paris Hilton is filing a federal lawsuit against the Website parisexposed.com, which promises users access to personal photos, diaries, videos, and other possessions belonging to the heiress...all for the low monthly fee of $39.97. The items found their way online after Hilton neglected to pay the rent on a L.A. storage locker where she
had stashed her things when she was between homes. She alleges in her suit that defendants Nabil and Nabila Haniss paid $2,775 for the contents of the storage unit and sold the items for $10 million to Bardia Persa, who created the site.
Aspiring Broadway star Lauren Nelson was crowned Miss America Monday night, making it the second year in a row a beauty queen from Oklahoma has won the title. Nelson is planning to promote protecting children online as her pet cause over the course of her yearlong reign.
Donny Osmond has signed on as host of the upcoming ABC series "The Great American Dream Vote," featuring eight contestants who reveal a lifelong dream to a studio audience and explain why they think it should be fulfilled, per the Hollywood Reporter. The contestants then compete to remain in the running, until all but two
finalists have been eliminated, at which point viewers vote from home on which dream should be made into a reality.
|In reality TV news: Kinetic Corporation team member Marisa DeMato, a 28-year-old attorney from Wellington, FL, was fired during Sunday's broadcast of the fourth episode of NBC's "The Apprentice: Los Angeles." Also on Sunday, although Austin Powers' Verne Troyer lost the "Back to Reality" game, Red Sonja's
Brigitte Nielsen decided to swap places with Verne and volunteer to be the second celebrity eliminated (after New Kids on the Block member Jordan Knight voluntarily quit during the first episode) on VH1's "The Surreal Life: Fame Games."
Reformed Miss USA Tara Conner will sit down with NBC News for her first post-rehab interview, scheduled to air Feb. 3, in which she said she "would not change my past, because it gave me my future." As for what that future may hold, the beauty queen is reportedly in talks to pose for
Sandra Bullock's husband, "Monster Garage" star Jesse James, has agreed to pay $271,250 to settle violations of California state air regulations by motorcycles he sold at his West Coast Choppers shop in Long Beach.
After his recent outburst at the Golden Globes, Isaiah Washington was "not available" to attend Sunday's SAG Awards, a spokesperson for the actor told "E! News." The "Grey's Anatomy" star announced earlier this week that he was entering counseling for his behavioral issues. Meanwhile, both an ABC spokesperson and T.R. Knight's
personal rep are denying reports that the actor is considering leaving "Grey's Anatomy" as the result of the controversy caused by Washington's repeated use of a gay slur.
CBS has canceled celebs-turned-law-enforcement reality series "Armed & Famous" after only four episodes due to lackluster ratings.
"Ugly Betty" star Ashley Jensen eloped with her longtime boyfriend, Terence Beesley, last week in Big Sur, California, People reports.
Kimberly Dozier paid her first visit to CBS News headquarters Monday since she was injured last May in Iraq in a car bombing that killed her crew. The correspondent stated that it was "overwhelming" to be back, according to cbsnews.com.
The cast of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show," including Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Georgia Engel, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, and Betty White, reunited at the 13th Annual SAG Awards Sunday to present the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
All news gathered from E! Online and other sources