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|In reality TV news: Ravu tribe member James "Rocky" Reid, a 28-year-old bartender from Los Angeles, CA, was voted off the island Thursday on CBS's "Survivor: Fiji."
Former "Family Ties" star Brian Bonsall, 25, was arrested Wednesday in Colorado on suspicion of domestic violence Wednesday after his live-in girlfriend told police that he poured an alcoholic beverage on her while she was sleeping and then put her in a chokehold when she tried to leave. Bonsall is currently in jail in lieu of $5,000 bail and is
expected to be formally charged Tuesday with assault and false imprisonment.
The inquest into the death of Daniel Smith was put on hold again Thursday, following a legal challenge by Howard K. Stern's lawyer demanding that proceedings be halted until the jurors submit to a questionnaire gauging any potential bias. It remains unclear how long the trial will be delayed, though jurors have been ordered to report back to court on Apr. 11.
CMT announced Thursday it will no longer broadcast the Miss America Pageant, leaving the 86-year-old beauty competition without a network for the second time in three years. The network's move comes on the heels of NBC's decision to renew its broadcast agreement with the Miss Universe Organization through 2010.
Ellen DeGeneres is looking to unload her four-acre Montecito, California estate for the bargain price of $24 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. The talk show host purchased the property six months ago for the significantly lower price of $15.75 million.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles are calling for Paris Hilton's probation in a reckless driving case to be revoked, a move that could result in a jail term of up to 90 days for the hotel heiress. The decision comes after Hilton was ticketed last month for driving with a suspended license...a consequence of her arrest in September. Hilton pleaded no contest to
alcohol-related reckless driving in January and was sentenced to 36 months' probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines.
Candy Spelling told People that "it feels great" to be reunited with her daughter, Tori, after months or even years of feuding. "There's nothing more binding than family," the Spelling matriarch said.
|In reality TV news: FOX's "American Idol 6" showed Chris Sligh, a 28-year-old from Greenville, SC, the door Wednesday, after his rendition of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" proved less than magical. Also on Wednesday, Diana O'Connell, a 21-year-old college student from Garfield, NJ who was one of two "plus-sized" models in the competition, was the
fifth finalist eliminated on the CW's "America's Next Top Model 8." Finally on Wednesday, was eliminated on Bravo's "Top Design."
Tori Spelling's brother, Randy, told the Associated Press that he and his sister received the same inheritance from their father, Aaron Spelling, and that reports about Tori being stiffed due to her volatile relationship with her mother are simply not true. "It's not like my dad would give me one thing and Tori another," Randy said. "...[N]othing was
changed in the will."
A Bahamian judge stated he is close to resolving a legal issue that stalled the inquest into the death of Daniel Smith, Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son, shortly after it began on Tuesday. Court proceedings are expected to resume after the judge rules on a confidential motion during a closed session Thursday.
Donald Trump is staying in the beauty pageant business for at least three more years after re-upping his deal with NBC to broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe competition through 2010, the network said Wednesday. Miss Teen USA, on the other hand, will be dropped from the airwaves after its summer 2007 broadcast.
Al Gore will receive an honorary International Emmy award at a Nov. 19 ceremony in New York in recognition of his role in launching the interactive Current TV channel.
On the heels of FOX's announcement of its plans to expand the "American Idol 6" results show to an hour for three episodes, beginning Apr. 11, ABC is moving its new pregnancy comedy, "Notes from the Underbelly," from 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, so as not to have to compete with the talent competition.
2,332—the number of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as of Thursday, when "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf gets set in stone. 17—the number of season the original "L&O" has been on the air. 3—the number of spin-offs it has inspired. 700—the total number of episodes the "L&O" franchise has aired to date.
Lisa Rinna will guest-star on the upcoming season of "Entourage" as the sexpot ex-girlfriend of Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), Us Weekly reports.
|In reality TV news: Czech-born former Sports Illustrated covergirl and ex-Miss USA Paulina Porizkova and her partner, Alec Mazo, became the first couple eliminated from the fourth season of "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday. Though Porzikova racked up more points from the judges than Billy Ray Cyrus and Clyde Drexler, she received fewer votes from viewers.
Also on Tuesday, Sisely Treasure, a 25-year-old singer/dancer/actress/dance instructor and a former member of house band The Cooler Kids from Los Angeles, CA, was eliminated on the CW's "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll."
Oprah Winfrey has recruited the creators of "The Amazing Race" to executive produce her upcoming reality project, "Oprah Winfrey's The Big Give," which is expected to premiere on ABC later this year, Variety reports. In keeping with Winfrey's altruistic tendencies, contestants on the show will be given money and challenged to use it in the
most resourceful ways possible to help others.
Turns out Ashley Ferl, the now infamous "crying girl" from last week's "American Idol 6," has a history of losing it in the presence of "Idol" contestants. While attending a dress rehearsal for the show last year, she spotted Mikalah Gordon...her favorite contestant from season four...and began screaming until an usher agreed to take her over to
meet the singer, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 13-year-old superfan also once dyed her hair gray in support of Taylor Hicks and has attended at least 10 "Idol" concerts in the last five years.
Jason Alexander has signed on to guest star in an upcoming ABC cop comedy pilot, playing an internal affairs superintendent charged with tracking down the "bad apples," per the Hollywood Reporter.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is honoring Mark Burnett with its first Innovation in Television Award in recognition of his work in the reality genre. Burnett will pick up the award at the 28th annual College Television Awards Gala on Saturday.
|The inquest into Daniel Smith's death stalled Tuesday before the court even had a chance to pick a jury after a lawyer for Anna Nicole Smith's estate asked the judge to consider a motion relating to "the impaneling of a jury to act on this inquiry." Spectators and reporters were ordered to leave while involved parties
discussed the matter in a closed session. The inquest not expected to resume before Thursday.
E! Online's Marc Malkin has learned exclusively that Oliver Hudson and wife Erinn Bartlett are expecting their first child together. The actor duo tied the knot last June in a beachside ceremony in Mexico.
Bindi Irwin's Discovery Kids show, "Bindi: The Jungle Girl," will premiere June 9, the day after the airing of an Animal Planet special titled "My Daddy The Croc Hunter," based on the eight-year-old animal enthusiast's recollections of her relationship with her father, Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray last summer.
Heather Locklear has landed the title role in "See Jayne Run," a new ABC comedy pilot about a woman balancing a stressful career with the demands of being a parent, per the Hollywood Reporter.
A group of concerned citizens in Martha Stewart's hometown of Katonah, New York are vowing to do whatever it takes to block the homemaking maven from securing a trademark on the town's name for use in her various business ventures. An attorney for Stewart pointed out that place names are frequently trademarked to sell products, giving
Nantucket Nectars and Philadelphia Cream Cheese as examples.
Ex-"Laguna Beach" star Jessica Smith was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after she allegedly caused a serious crash on the Santa Ana freeway, tmz.com reports. Smith's bail was set at $100,000 and she was due in court Wednesday morning.
Donatella Versace has revealed that her 20-year-old daughter, Allegra, is undergoing treatment for anorexia, after battling the disease for "many years." Versace confirmed the news in response to media reports and Internet speculation about her daughter's gaunt appearance.
MTV has announced that "Punk'd" is officially over...and this time, they mean it. Ashton Kutcher previously pretended to pull the plug on the show in December 2003, but back it came in April 2004. The upcoming eighth season will feature pranks pulled on Hilary Swank, Magic Johnson, and Evangeline Lilly, among others, and will
debut in a back-to-back marathon on Apr. 7.
Jennifer Hudson and Patti LaBelle stole the show at the 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Monday, where Hudson presented LaBelle with the Excellence in Media Award and the duo performed an a cappella rendition of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen." "Project Runway" won Outstanding Reality Program and Rosie O'Donnell's "All
Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise" won Outstanding Documentary.
In reality TV news: Viewers chose Max Crumm, a 21-year-old gym receptionist from Phoenix, AZ, and Laura Osnes, a 20-year-old actress from Eagan, MN, to play Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski in the upcoming Broadway revival of Grease during Sunday's finale of NBC's "Grease: You're The One That I Want." Also on Sunday, Kinetic team member Angela
Ruggiero, a 26-year-old 3-time Olympic ice hockey player from Oyster Bay, NY, was fired on NBC's "The Apprentice 6: Los Angeles." Third on Sunday, married Palm City, FL parents Teri, a 53-year-old homemaker, and Ian Pollack, a 54-year-old private investigator/retired police lieutenant, were the fifth team "Philiminated" from CBS's "The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars." Finally
on Sunday, "Baywatch" actress Traci Bingham defeated rapper Rob "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle, rapper Sandra "Pepa" Denton, and porn star Ron Jeremy to win VH1's "The Surreal Life: Fame Games."
Anna Nicole Smith died as the result of an accidental overdose caused by combining a number of prescription medications with a powerful sleeping drug, Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper said Monday. A blood infection and flu symptoms were listed as contributory causes. Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said officials were satisfied no criminal
elements came into play. Meanwhile, the official inquest into the cause of Daniel Smith's death is 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.
Heather Mills told Ryan Seacrest that she visited an online gambling site to place a bet on the odds of her artificial leg falling off on "Dancing with the Stars," and put her money on it staying attached. "If it just comes flying off, it'll be entertaining," Mills said Monday on KIIS FM.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will honor "Inside the Actors Studio" host James Lipton with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Creative Arts and Entertainment Emmys on June 14.
All news gathered from E! Online and other sources