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News 03/23/2007

The Broward County, Florida Medical Examiner's Office is planning to reveal Anna Nicole Smith's autopsy results in a Monday morning press conference, officials said Thursday. The findings are expected to finally bring some resolution to the ongoing investigation into Smith's death on Feb. 8. Tune into "E! News" for live coverage, 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT. Meanwhile, a German businessman has purchased two diaries and a couple of small receipts belonging to Anna Nicole Smith on eBay for the bargain price of more than $600,000, seller Thomas Riccio confirmed to "E! News." The avid fan of the late Playmate has chosen to remain anonymous. Also, the official inquest into the cause of Daniel Smith's death due to proceed in the Bahamas Monday, People reports. Howard K. Stern is expected to be the star witness in the case, which will review the 20-year-old's sudden passing in September, just three days after the birth of his sister, Dannielynn. Larry Birkhead has trademarked the phrase "Good Night My Sweet Anna Baby," the words he claims Smith used to make him say to her before bed every night, for use in books, movies, TV programs, online endeavors, and theater productions. Birkhead's former attorney, Debra Opri, claims she advised him to trademark the phrase in order to "protect himself." From what, exactly, remains unclear. Finally, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt got a DNA test in a Los Angeles lab Friday in the hopes of proving that he is Dannielynn's true father, tmz.com reports. The self-proclaimed prince took the action despite the fact he has not been ordered by the court to provide a sample and does not have a sample of the child's DNA with which to compare his results.

Naomi Campbell completed her court-ordered community service Friday, after spending five days toiling in a Manhattan sanitation garage as punishment for hurling a cell phone at her maid's head over a missing pair of jeans. The supermodel exited the facility dressed in an ankle-length gown and stilettos and hopped into a silver Rolls Royce to be chauffeured away.

Rehabbed beauty queen Miss USA Tara Conner turned over her tiara to a new pageant princess Friday night, putting an end to a scandal-plagued reign that almost saw her title revoked.

Nicky Hilton has canceled the Saturday runway show for her Chick line of clothing at Fashion Week Miami, citing "personal issues" and "apologiz[ing] profusely," according to a statement from her spokesman. Hilton is reportedly planning to reschedule the show within the next month in Miami Beach.

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has taken foie gras off the menu at his chain of eateries as part of a new initiative to fight animal cruelty. In addition, the restaurants will only serve eggs from cage-free chickens, veal from roaming calves, and lobsters that have been removed from ocean traps quickly in order to avoid crowded holding tanks.

News 03/22/2007

In reality TV news: Stephanie Edwards, a 19-year-old from Savannah, GA, got the boot on Wednesday's "American Idol 6" on FOX, with Chris Richardson joining her in the bottom two. Meanwhile, Sanjaya Malakar made it through yet another round, thanks, no doubt, to the combined voting efforts of his teenie bopper fan base and anti-"Idol" Website votefortheworst.com. Gwen Stefani is set to mentor the top 10 Idol contestants for next week's pop theme and to perform "The Sweet Escape" with Akon on Wednesday's results show. Despite displaying a newfound fondness for Haley Scarnato, Simon Cowell told OK! magazine that he believes the battle for this year's "American Idol 6" title is between LaKisha Jones and Melinda Doolittle. Also on Wednesday, Ravu tribe member Anthony Robinson, a 32-year-old expert witness locater from Compton, CA, was voted off the island on CBS's "Survivor: Fiji." Third on Wednesday, Felicia Campbell, a 19-year-old sales associate from Houston, TX, was eliminated on the CW's "America's Next Top Model 8." Finally on Wednesday, Michael Adams, the 23-year-old owner of Michael Adams Interiors from New York City, NY, was eliminated on Bravo's "Top Design."

The Broward County, Florida Medical Examiner's Office are planning to reveal Anna Nicole Smith's autopsy results in a Monday morning press conference, officials said Thursday. The findings expected to finally bring some resolution to the ongoing investigation into Smith's death on Feb. 8.

Gisele B√ľndchen is denying reports that she is pregnant with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's child. "I'm 26 years old, for Christ's sake! Why would I have a baby now?" the model said on Spanish TV show Corazon de Primavera. The denial comes after Brady's former flame, Bridget Moynahan, announced last month that she was more than three months pregnant with his baby.

Activist groups sued Viacom Thursday, charging Comedy Central's parent company with improperly demanding that YouTube remove a parody of "The Colbert Report" from the video-sharing site. Though the video in question contained clips from the show, the groups contending the footage was protected under "fair use" provisions of copyright law.

NBC Universal and News Corp. are joining forces with several Internet companies Thursday to distribute TV shows online in an attempt to wage competitive war against YouTube and better control their own programming.

Erstwhile "Laverne & Shirley" stars Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams are reuniting to star as themselves in a new scripted comedy for TV Land. A pilot, featuring the twosome living together at Marshall's home, is scheduled to begin shooting next month, per Television Week.

"Desperate Housewives'" hunky gardener, Jesse Metcalfe, has checked himself into an undisclosed rehab facility to "deal with alcohol issues," his rep confirmed to the New York Post. The move comes after the actor's recent drunken exploits became gossip column fodder.

News 03/21/2007

In reality TV news: Jaime, a 21-year-old production assistant/singer/dancer from New York, NY, was eliminated Tuesday on the CW's "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll."

Late Night with David Letterman personality Calvert DeForest, a.k.a. the bespectacled Larry "Bud" Melman, passed away Monday at a Long Island hospital after a long illness. He was 85. DeForest first appeared on Letterman's show in 1982 when it was on NBC.

Regis Philbin is back home after spending five days in the hospital following heart bypass surgery, Kelly Ripa said Wednesday on "Live with Regis and Kelly." The chatfest host is expected to spend the next five weeks recovering, but may call into Friday's show if he feels up to it, Ripa said.

Nicole Richie has been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, after being hospitalized for dehydration earlier this month, People reports. "In her ongoing effort to focus on her well-being, Nicole has recently been diagnosed with hypoglycemia," her rep told the magazine. "[She] is taking steps to manage it."

Howard K. Stern reportedly took six-month-old Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern to a doctor's office in the Bahamas to undergo DNA testing, as was ordered Tuesday by Justice Stephen Isaacs, while also opting to appeal the ruling. The mouth swab taken from Dannielynn and a DNA sample submitted by Larry Birkhead are said to be on their way to a lab in Columbus, Ohio.

ABC has given early pickups to 14 shows for the 2007-08, ranging from the "duh" such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives" to the "huh" ("The Bachelor," season 11?) Other sure things this fall include "Lost," "Ugly Betty," "Dancing with the Stars," "Brothers & Sisters," "Men in Trees," and "Boston Legal." No sitcoms made the grade just yet.

Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife, Beth, were honored by Hawaii lawmakers for their efforts to get crooks off the street. Ironically, Chapman is still facing charges himself for the allegedly illegal arrest of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in 2003. Before becoming a bounty hunter, the reality TV star was in a biker gang and served five years in prison for being an accessory to murder.

George Foreman is joining ABC's "American Inventor" as a judge for the second season, the show's producers said Tuesday. Meanwhile, NBC is declining to comment on reports that Sharon Osbourne will replace Brandy as a judge on "America's Got Talent."

FOX has given "Prison Break" an early pickup order for the third season, the network announced Wednesday. While most plot details remain closely guarded, series creator Paul Scheuring told the Hollywood Reporter that many characters could find themselves back in prison, possibly in Panama.

News 03/20/2007

A Bahamian judge has ordered a DNA test on Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter, Dannielynn, to establish paternity, marking a victory for Larry Birkhead, who has long claimed to be the baby's father and has been demanding the test for months. "I feel great," Birkhead told reporters, as he left the hearing. "It's been a good day in court for me." A Los Angeles judge delayed a hearing Tuesday on whether to include Howard K. Stern in Birkhead's paternity case, pending the outcome of the court hearing in the Bahamas, because the Los Angeles hearing will become moot. Birkhead was not in court in Los Angeles Tuesday, but his former attorney, Debra Opri, was, as Birkhead apparently has yet to sign a form releasing her from her duties, though the two parted ways last week.

MTV's "Total Request Live" is now only partly live, as the network has started taping two broadcasts a week in an effort to save money. So far this year, the show has been averaging 351,000 viewers a day, per Nielsen Media Research, down from an all-time high of 757,000 viewers a day in 1999.

Ellen DeGeneres has signed a licensing deal with American Greetings Corp. to develop a signature line of greeting cards showcasing her trademark wit. The Ellen-branded cards are due to make their debut in stores this summer.

"Desperate Housewives" star James Denton became one of the new owners of the Fullerton Flyers minor league baseball team, the organization announced Tuesday.

Nearly 22 million viewers tuned in for the live two-hour premiere of the fourth season of "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday, easily winning the night for ABC and marking the ballroom competition's biggest debut to date. Meanwhile, Heather Mills' artificial leg proved to be no problem when "Dancing with the Stars" kicked off Monday night. Mills receiving mostly positive feedback from the judges, with Bruno Tonioli crediting her for having "more guts than Rambo." Joey Fatone received the night's highest marks, earning a score of 24 out of a possible 30, while Billy Ray Cyrus earned the lowest score of 13.

In a new posting to her online diary, Pamela Anderson stated that she has no interest in bringing any more men into her family's life, though she continues to work on a friendship with Tommy Lee for the sake of their children. Anderson is also mourning the recent death of her 17-year-old dog, Star, calling his loss "one of the hardest days I've experienced."

Naomi Campbell is continuing to take a stylish approach to community service, showing up for her second day on the job in tight jeans, a fur coat, a fedora, and oversized sunglasses, with her work boots slung over her shoulder. The supermodel began her five-day sentence of pushing a broom in a New York sanitation garage on Monday.

News 03/19/2007

In reality TV news: Derek Keeling, a.k.a. "Wholesome Danny," a 26-year-old design consultant from Charleston, WV, and Allie Schultz, a.k.a. "Baby Sandy," a 19-year-old ballroom dance studio clerk from Nashville, TN, were both eliminated Sunday on NBC's "Grease: You're the One that I Want." Also on Sunday, Muna Heaven, a 28-year-old family law litigator from Matawan, NJ, was fired on NBC's "The Apprentice 6: Los Angeles." Finally on Sunday, Austin Powers star Verne Troyer was eliminated on VH1's "The Surreal Life: Fame Games."

Filming on a movie about the life and death of Anna Nicole Smith is due to commence in Los Angeles early next month, CNN reports. Nasser Entertainment is currently in the process of casting the lead role for the film, which could be released as early as June. Meanwhile, Florida Judge Lawrence Korda, who heard evidence in the Smith paternity battle, was busted for smoking marijuana in a park and charged with possessing an illegal substance, TMZ reports. The judge was not arrested, but was given a notice to appear in court at a later date.

Naomi Campbell began her court-ordered community service Monday at Manhattan District 3 Garage, Pier 36, where she is scheduled to spend the next five days mopping and pushing a broom as punishment for tossing a cell phone at her maid over a missing pair of jeans.

Kevin James and his wife, Steffiana De La Cruz, are expecting their second child...another girl...this summer, People reports. The couple already has an 18-month-old daughter named Sienna-Marie.

YouTube is sponsoring a new awards show honoring the likes of LonelyGirl15, OK Go, and other viral sensations, the Website announced Monday. Winners of the YouTube Video Awards, which will recognize the best user-created videos of 2006 in seven categories, will be revealed Sunday.

Tori Spelling is enjoying life as a new mom, judging by a new posting on her MySpace page. "It's been the most amazing week and experience of my life," she wrote, after delivering son Liam last week. "Mommihood ROCKS!" Meanwhile, Spelling's new reality series, "Tori & Dean: Inn Love," will premiere Tuesday on Oxygen.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has canceled a "Dukes of Hazzard"-themed appearance by John Schneider and Tom Wopat, two of the show's original stars, because some in the community were offended by the use of Confederate flag imagery in the performance. Schneider called the decision to cancel the appearance, which had been scheduled for July 14, "narrow-minded" and a "huge shock."

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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