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News 02/24/2007

In reality TV news: Amy Krebs, a 22-year-old from Federal Way, WA; Nicole Tranquillo, a 20-year-old student from Philadelphia, PA; the barefoot Paul Kim, a 25-year-old pool maintenance technician from Saratoga, CA; and Rudy Cardenas, a 28-year-old from North Hollywood, CA, were the first four singers who went home on FOX's "American Idol 6" Thursday after receiving the lowest number of votes from viewers. Also on Thursday, Sylvia Kwan, a 52-year-old architect from Ross, CA, was voted off the island on CBS's "Survivor: Fiji." Finally on Thursday, Joshua Stevens, a 28-year-old from Churchville, IA, on USA's "Nashville Star 5," leaving Angela Hacker, a 29-year-old mother from Florence, AL, her brother Zac Hacker, a 23-year-old from Florence, AL, as well as David St. Romain, a 28-year-old from Baton Rouge, LA, to win in next week's season finale.

Amanda Peet and her husband, David Benioff, welcomed their first child Tuesday, a six-pound, 10-ounce baby girl named Frances Pen, Peet's rep confirmed to "E! News." "Amanda and her daughter are resting comfortably," the rep said.

Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Diana Ross, Martina McBride, and Jon Bon Jovi are among the stars scheduled to make guest appearances on this season of "American Idol."

News 02/22/2007

In reality TV news: Felicia Bushman, the 38-year-old owner of Felicia Bushman Interior Designs from L.A., was eliminated Wednesday on Bravo's "Top Design."

Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin ruled Thursday that Richard Milstein, the guardian ad litem of Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter, Dannielynn, should get custody of the former Playmate's body, but recommended Smith be buried next to her son, Daniel, in the Bahamas. The judge's recommendation aligns with the wishes of Howard K. Stern, but goes against those of Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, who had argued her daughter should be buried in her home state of Texas. It was not immediately clear what Milstein would do. Stern testified Wednesday that he had been entirely financially dependent on Anna Nicole Smith since 2002, when he split with a former law partner to work exclusively for the former Playmate. Stern admitted that Smith paid the $950 rent on his apartment and gave him an allowance for items like shoes. He also revealed that his retired parents are currently covering his legal fees. Meanwhile, Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin set a Friday morning deadline for a ruling in the court battle over Anna Nicole Smith's remains after the chief county medical examiner warned that the body was decomposing faster than expected and that any hope for a public viewing was slipping away.

The sun finally set on "The O.C." Thursday night after four seasons. The once-hot FOX drama was officially axed last month due to consistently dwindling ratings.

Donald Trump filed paperwork to build a wedding chapel on his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, with an eye to later convert the structure into a mausoleum for himself and his family, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

NBC is reportedly in talks with Jimmy Fallon about signing the former "SNL" star to a holding deal that would make him a prime candidate to take over Conan O'Brien's "Late Night" hosting gig when O'Brien steps into Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" spot in 2009, according to the New York Times.

Prince Harry is expected to be deployed to Iraq this spring, the British Ministry of Defense said Thursday. The 22-year-old prince, who is third in line to the throne, could become the first royal to see combat since his uncle, Prince Andrew, fought in the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982. The Ministry of Defense has said previously that the prince...a second lieutenant...could be kept out of situations where his high-profile presence might jeopardize his fellow soldiers.

News 02/21/2007

A Florida medical examiner warned Tuesday that Anna Nicole Smith's remains are decomposing more quickly than expected, endangering any hope for a public viewing. A judge is expected to rule on where the former model should be buried by Friday. Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, who wants her daughter buried in Texas, was due to return to the stand Wednesday. Howard K. Stern testified earlier in the week that Smith wanted to be buried next to her son in the Bahamas.

ABC is developing a "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off centered on Kate Walsh's character, neonatal surgeon Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, according to the Wall Street Journal. A two-hour pilot of the new series is expected to air in May.

Heather Mills will take a break from her divorce battle in order to join the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" with the goal of proving that her disability doesn't affect her moves on the dance floor. Other season four contestants include Billy Ray Cyrus, Ian Ziering, Vincent Pastore, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey, Joey Fatone, Leeza Gibbons, boxer Laila Ali, Olympic short-track medalist Apolo Anton Ohno, and basketball Hall of Famer Clyde "The Glide" Drexler. The show kicks off with a two-hour premiere on March 19.

The top 12 guys performed on Tuesday's "American Idol," with Phil Stacey and Blake Lewis earning the most positive response from the judges, while Sanjaya Malakar's performance received the most criticism. The top 12 girls are getting the chance to showcase their vocals on Wednesday. On Thursday, the four singers with the least votes will be going home. "Idol" season three winner Fantasia scheduled to appear on Thursday's elimination episode. Meanwhile, "Idol" producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have been named executive producers of the 59th Annual Emmy Awards, taking place in Los Angeles on Sept. 16.

"Bachelorette" stars Trista and Ryan Sutter expecting their first child together this summer, People reports. The couple married in a televised special 2003 after falling in love during the 2002 season of the matchmaking reality show.

Kim Kardashian filing an invasion of privacy lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment to block the DVD release of Kim Kardashian Superstar, a sex tape she made with her then-boyfriend, "Moesha" actor Ray J. The fashion designer and Paris Hilton pal is asking for unspecified damages and a court order barring the adult-film distributor, which purchased the tape from an undisclosed third party for a reported $1 million, from using her name and likeness "in any manner for any purpose."

Marcia Cross and her husband, Tom Mahoney, welcomed fraternal twin girls named Eden and Savannah on Tuesday in Los Angeles, People reports. The babies are the first children for the couple, who were married in June 2006.

News 02/20/2007

In reality TV news: Formerly dating couple (from Season 3) John Vito Pietanza, a 32-year-old trader from New York, NY, and Jill Aquilino, a 29-year-old product controller from New York, NY, was the first team to be "Philiminated" Sunday on CBS's "The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars." Also on Sunday, Juliana Hansen, a 23-year-old office temp from Los Angeles, CA, and Jason Celaya, a 31-year-old teacher from Foster City, CA, were eliminated on NBC's "Grease: You're the One That I Want." Third on Sunday, Kinetic Team member Aimee Trottier, a 32-year-old surgical sales rep from Chicago, IL, was fired on NBC's "The Apprentice 6: Los Angeles." Finally on Sunday, "Webster" star Emmanuel Lewis was eliminated on VH1's "The Surreal Life: Fame Games." On Monday, Jeb Middlebrook, a.k.a. Jus Rhyme, a 27-year-old rapper and college student pursuing his PhD in Ethnic Studies at USC from Los Angeles, was told to "step off" on VH1's "ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show," leaving "King of the 'Burbs" John Brown and the shiny-grilled $hamrock as the only white rappers left to compete in next week's season finale.

Nicole Richie pled not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence stemming from her Dec. 11 arrest on the Ventura (134) Freeway in Burbank, after she was allegedly spotted driving her black SUV the wrong direction in the carpool lane. At the time of her arrest, Richie reportedly told police she had taken Vicodin and smoked pot. A pretrial hearing in the case was set for April 2.

Donald Trump and Vince McMahon will square off in a "Battle of the Billionaires" at Wrestlemania 23 on April 1, with each mogul picking a wrestler to represent him in the ring. Whoever chooses the losing wrestler will have his head shaved after the match.

Satellite radio networks Sirius and XM have announced a $13 billion merger of equals, in a move that makes Howard Stern (a Sirius talent) and Oprah Winfrey (who has her own XM channel) coworkers of sorts.

Bahamas Immigration Minister Shane Gibson resigned his position Sunday amid controversy over pictures of him embracing Anna Nicole Smith on a bed that were published by the Tribune of Nassau last week. Gibson, who had already been criticized for allegedly fast-tracking Smith's residency permit, continued to maintain he had done nothing wrong, even while offering his resignation. Meanwhile, Howard K. Stern testified in a Florida courtroom Tuesday that Smith, whom he called his "best friend, lover [and] the mother of my daughter," wanted to be buried in the Bahamas beside her son, Daniel. Also, at a hearing in the Dannielynn paternity battle, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge asked a Florida coroner to allow for a DNA sample to be taken from the former model's remains.

"Skating with Celebrities" champs Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler welcomed a baby boy named Magnus, People reports. It's the first child for Swanson and the third for Eisler, who has two children from a prior marriage.

Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro are officially single again after their divorce was finalized on Tuesday. The couple, whose marriage was chronicled in the MTV series "'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave," separated in July and Electra filed for divorce less than one month later.

A judge has ruled that O.J. Simpson's royalties from past work in TV, film, and commercials should go directly to the family of Ron Goldman, but rejected the family's bid to collect Simpson's earnings from future projects.

Spike Lee was named a winner of the annual George Polk Awards Tuesday for "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," his HBO documentary about life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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