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News 02/11/2007

In reality TV news: Ravu tribe member Jessica deBen, a 27-year-old fashion stylist from Los Angeles, CA, was the first contestant voted off the island Thursday on the premiere of CBS's "Survivor: Fiji." Melissa McNulty, a 28-year-old talent manager from Los Angeles, would have been the twentieth castaway but dropped out and returned home the night before the show began because of panic attacks. Because of the timing and lack of alternates, her spot could not be replaced. Also on Thursday, the five finalists still competing on USA's "Nashville Star 5" were supposed to be reduced to four after Thursday night's episode...but due to "technical difficulties" experienced during last week's voting period...all five were declared safe from elimination.

Chief Medical examiner Joshua Perper declared the autopsy findings inconclusive and said definitive results as to the cause and manner of Anna Nicole Smith's death will take three to five weeks pending further tests. Perper said that small amounts of blood were found in Smith's stomach that he needs to "verify microscopically." He also made "subtle findings" in the heart and gastrointestinal tract that he will further investigate. Mild trauma in the form of bruising was also found on Smith's back, caused by a fall she took earlier in the week. Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said that Smith's death did not appear to be a result of foul play and that the force found nothing on hotel surveillance tapes to indicate a crime had occurred. He did confirm that prescription medications were found in Smith's hotel room. A Los Angeles judge has refused to order an emergency DNA test on the body of Anna Nicole Smith stemming from the paternity suit filed by Larry Birkhead. Smith's body has been ordered to be preserved pending another hearing Feb. 20. Also, Prince Frederick von Anhalt, the 59-year-old ex-husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor, told the Associated Press that he had a decade-long affair with Smith and that it's possible he could be the much-disputed father of her five-month-old daughter, Dannielynn, saying he was with Smith as recently as September. He also claims he will file a lawsuit if custody is handed to Birkhead or Howard K. Stern. Birkhead posted a tribute to Smith on his Website Friday, calling her "my sweet potato," and added that "we loved, we laughed, we shared a connection that couldn't be broken, regardless of the challenges. I loved her in life and I will love her long after." TMZ reported that Stern was questioned by Seminole Police Thursday night about the death of Smith. It's unknown whether Stern was in the hotel room when Smith passed away, though authorities said he was very cooperative. Less than 24 hours after the death of Smith, the late blond bombshell's mother, Vergie Arthur, popped up on "Good Morning America," hypothesizing that her daughter "had too many drugs, just like [her son] Danny. I tried to warn her about drugs and the people she hung around with. She didn't listen." Meanwhile, Illegal Aliens, the campy comedy Smith completed work on in 2005 and the final film she will appear in, set for release this April.

Cartoon Network head Jim Samples resigned from his post Friday in the wake of a botched marketing stunt for "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" that set off a series of bomb scares in Boston.

News 02/08/2007

Anna Nicole Smith was declared dead by Florida authorities Thursday afternoon after collapsing in her room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Her exact time and cause of death is unknown. She is survived by her five-month-old daughter, Dannielynn Hope, and her partner Howard K. Stern. Smith's death comes just five months after her son, Daniel, passed away from a reported overdose. Smith's daughter Dannielynn was reportedly not in Florida at the time of her mother's passing. People reports that the baby is currently being cared for in the Bahamas.

"I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and loved ones during this difficult time."--Hugh Hefner

"We always thought Anna Nicole was a perfect fit for PETA because, just like us, she not only hated cruelty to animals and loved her dog but also couldn't be ignored, and no matter what people thought of her, they always had an opinion, one way or another...It is a tragedy when anyone passes away before their time, but with Anna Nicole, animals have lost a true hero and PETA has lost a good friend. We will miss her."--PETA spokesman Michael McGraw

In reality TV news: Geek Niels Hoven, a 25-year-old student majoring in Electrical Engineering at University of California from Berkeley, CA, and beauty Jennylee Berns, a 22-year-old U.F.C. Ring Girl from Sherman Oaks, CA, were both eliminated Wednesday on the CW's "Beauty and the Geek 3." Also on Wednesday, John Gray, the 40-year-old owner of Gray Consulting, Inc. from Chicago, IL, was eliminated on Bravo's "Top Design."

A Los Angeles judge has banned O.J. Simpson from spending any of the $1 million advance he reportedly received for his ill-fated tell-all book and TV special, "If I Did It," stemming from a lawsuit filed by the family of Ron Goldman.

Disney's SoapNet has paid out more than $30 million for the exclusive cable TV rights to both "The O.C." and "One Tree Hill," ponying up roughly $175,000 per episode. The shows begin airing on the cable network April. 9.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has ordered Anna Nicole Smith to submit her daughter to a DNA paternity test by Feb.21, stemming from a paternity suit filed by onetime paparazzo Larry Birkhead.

Britain's Press Complaints Commission upheld Elle MacPherson's beef with Hello! magazine, claiming the tabloid violated her privacy by publishing photos of the bikini-clad model with her children taken from a private beach. The magazine's editor has offered an apology to MacPherson and agreed not to reuse the photos.

Miss USA Tara Conner kicked off her reign of eternal servitude to Donald Trump by appearing in ads for his $40 million New York catering facility, Trump on the Ocean, as part of the real estate mogul's plan to revamp her image.

News 02/07/2007

"American Idol" contestant Akron Watson, who was granted a golden ticket to Hollywood in last night's San Antonio auditions though his fake smack-talking cousin did not, has been uninvited from competing in the quarter-finals after telling producers he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in 2003, per Pegasus News. Also, reports are surfacing that fellow San Antonio "AI" auditioner and affected face-maker Ashlyn Carr was arrested for pouring sugar in her ex-boyfriend's gas tank while attending Sam Houston State University. The Sugar Land native is still set to compete in Hollywood.

"Lost" castaway Harold Perrineau has signed on star in the new CBS drama pilot "Demons," per the Hollywood Reporter, centering on a priest-psychologist who performs exorcisms.

News 02/06/2007

In reality TV news: Bobby Sullivan, a.k.a. Sullee, a 21-year-old from Boston, MA, quit the show, and Jon Wertz, a.k.a. Jon Boy, a 25-year-old from Reedville, VA, was eliminated Monday on VH1's "ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show."

Former "Married...With Children" star David Faustino has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, Andrea Elmer Faustino. The couple, who separated last May, according to court documents, were married without children.

News 02/05/2007

Roughly 90 million viewers tuned in to CBS Sunday to watch Oprah and Dave make eyes and Kevin Federline flip fries. And, in between that, to watch the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears. The figures made the game the third most-watched program in history, behind the series finale of "M*A*S*H" and the 1995 Super Bowl.

Turner Broadcasting and Interference Inc. have agreed to pony up $2 million to Boston-based government agencies stemming from last week's botched "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" ad campaign in which blinking electronic signs sparked citywide bomb scares.

Jeff Zucker, NBC's head of prime-time programming, is expected to succeed Bob Wright as the CEO of NBC Universal later this week, per Los Angeles Times.

E! Online's Marc Malkin reported that Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott attended a baby shower in the with-child star's honor Saturday with guests Jennie Garth and Loni Anderson, but not, conspicuously, Spelling's own mother Candy. The festivities were filmed for the couple's upcoming reality show, "Tori & Dean: Inn Love."

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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