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News 09/02/2007

In reality TV news: Amber Siyavus, a.k.a. "Waa-mber" (because of her tendency to tear up at the drop of a hat), a 27-year-old cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, NV, became the eighth houseguest evicted Thursday night from CBS's "Big Brother 8." Also on Thursday, Dan Williams, a.k.a. Parthenon, a 28-year-old college department head from Orlando, FL, was eliminated on the Sci-Fi Channel's "Who Wants to Be a Superhero? 2."

"E! News" anchor Giuliana DePandi has tied the knot with inaugural "Apprentice" Bill Rancic in a fairy tale ceremony in Anacapri, Italy, just after 5 p.m. local time Saturday at the more than five-century-old Santa Sophia Church. More than 180 guests showed up for the ceremony, which included a rendition of "Ave Maria" from DePandi's opera singer brother and portions of the service read in both Italian and English.

The 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death was marked Friday with a somber memorial service organized by her sons. ''To us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world," Prince Harry said in a eulogy, while a tear ran down his brother's cheek. Outside, admirers from around the world heaped bouquets, letters and portraits by the gates of her former home. Prince Charles' current wife, Camilla, did not attend the service, after stating earlier in the week that she thought her presence might be a distraction.

Kate Walsh tied the knot with her movie exec fiancé of just four months, Alex Young, in a sunset ceremony at California's Ojai Presbyterian Church, in the resort town just north of Los Angeles. "Grey's Anatomy" costars Katherine Heigl, Sara Ramirez and Chandra Wilson all showed up to bear witness to the vow swap, as did "Grey's" and "Private Practice" creator Shonda Rhimes.

After weeks of speculation, ABC finally confirmed Thursday that Victoria Beckham will appear as herself in an episode of "Ugly Betty" this season. The erstwhile Posh Spice plays a celebrity bridesmaid in an appearance to be filmed this fall.

NBC has decided against renewing its contract with Apple to sell downloads of its TV shows on iTunes after the companies were unable to reach an agreement on pricing, per the New York Times. The move won't have an immediate impact, as the network's current two-year deal extends through December. Among the most popular NBC shows currently sold through iTunes are "Heroes," "The Office," and "Battlestar Galactica."

News 08/30/2007

In reality TV news: Ralph Harris Jr. from Valley Village, CA, was the sixth finalist eliminated Wednesday from NBC's "Last Comic Standing 5."

Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Kyra Sedgwick are among the presenters for the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, taking place Sept. 16 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. Ryan Seacrest will serve as host of the festivities.

David Letterman will make a rare appearance on daytime television next month as a guest on his former rival Oprah Winfrey's talk show. The "Late Show" host will tape his appearance on Sept. 10, Winfrey's production company announced Wednesday. It's the next step in a reconciliation that began with Winfrey guesting on Letterman's show in 2005, where she told him, "I want you to know, it's really over, whatever you thought was happening."

News 08/29/2007

In reality TV news: Ben Fagan, a 23-year-old musician from Charleston, SC, was crowned the winner of CBS's cancelled "Pirate Master" Tuesday. The series finale premiered online on CBS Innertube.

Hulk Hogan's son, Nick Bollea, has spoken up for the first time since his Sunday car crash, asking people to "focus your prayers" on his friend, John Graziano, who remains hospitalized after the crash. "I want to thank everyone who has sent their support to me," the 17-year-old reality star said in a posting on his MySpace page. Meanwhile, a woman who witnessed the crash said that Bollea was racing another car moments before he lost control of the vehicle. Police so far have said only that excessive speed contributed to the crash.

Wayne Newton, Jennie Garth, Marie Osmond, and Mel B are among the dozen celebrities preparing to show off their best moves on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars," ABC announced Wednesday. The show returns Sept. 24.

Katie Couric is due to depart Wednesday for Iraq and Syria and will anchor the "CBS Evening News" from Baghdad next Tuesday and Wednesday, then from Damascus on Thursday and Friday. The newswoman's trip comes in anticipation of a crucial military report on the progress of the American effort.

Jason Alexander will make a guest appearance on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" in the upcoming season, a CBS spokesperson confirmed to "E! News."

Matt LeBlanc has been sued by his former business manager, who alleges the actor owes her at least $1 million in commission from his earnings from "Friends" and its spin-off, "Joey." In her lawsuit, Camille Cerio cites a 1994 letter in which LeBlanc agreed to pay her 15 percent of his earnings from "Friends Like Us' [the original title] and subsequent jobs derived henceforth." She contends she was entitled to receive commission for as long as LeBlanc received income from the shows, but that the payments stopped in 2000.

"Laguna Beach" bad boy Jason Wahler is engaged to his college tennis player girlfriend, Katja Decker-Sadowski, People reports. The 20-year-old reality star popped the question to his 19-year-old gal-pal Saturday in front of a group of friends that included his former flame, Lauren Conrad. No wedding date has been set. Wahler is due to put in an appearance on "The Hills" Sept. 10 and is also set to appear on MTV's "Celebrity Rap Superstar."

News 08/28/2007

In reality TV news: Will, a 26-year-old, 6'2", 470 pound retail clerk and competitive eater who resides in Brooklyn, NY, was eliminated Monday on ABC's "Fat March." Also on Monday, Scott, a 26-year-old laboratory manager, was eliminated on VH1's "The Pick-Up Artist."

Jennifer Esposito and Bradley Cooper signed dissolution of marriage papers Friday, court records show, after Esposito filed for divorce on May 1. The couple's split is due to become final Nov. 10; financial terms were determined by a prenup, the details of which remained sealed.

Jennifer Lopez is developing "The Amigas Sweet 15 Club," a new TV series about five Miami teens who run a Quinceañera party-planning business, per the Hollywood Reporter. The planned half-hour comedy is based on an original idea by Jane Startz, who produced the film and TV series based on The Baby-Sitters Club books.

"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have re-upped their Comedy Central contract to the tune of $75 million, securing the animated series' future on the network through 2011. The new deal also gives the duo 50 percent of the ad profits on digital platforms but not on television. "Three more years of 'South Park' will give us the opportunity to offend that many more people," Stone said. "And since Trey and I are in charge of the digital side of 'South Park,' we can offend people on their cell phones, game consoles, and computers too."

Heather Locklear will be reunited with her former off-screen fling David Spade when she guest stars in two episodes of CBS's comedy "Rules of Engagement" this fall. Locklear will play Barbara, the sister of Audrey (Megyn Price), who comes to town to visit and announces her seemingly perfect marriage may be over, then further shocks her sister by agreeing to go on a date with Russell (Spade.) The series' second season kicks off Sept. 24.

"The View" kicks off its 11th season Sept. 4, with the addition of Whoopi Goldberg as the new moderator. Danny DeVito will be the chatfest's first guest.

"Saturday Night Live's Best of '06/'07" DVD will be sold exclusively at Starbucks, starting Tuesday.

Jeff Fahey (The Lawnmower Man, Grindhouse) is joining "Lost" in an as-yet unrevealed role, Entertainment Weekly reports. Fahey is the fifth new cast member to sign on to the island drama in recent weeks.

Eliza Dushku has signed a development deal with FOX, which aired her short-lived supernatural drama "Tru Calling." The pact was said to be in the mid- to high-six figures, per the Hollywood Reporter.

News 08/27/2007

Hulk Hogan's son, Nick Bollea, was seriously injured in a car crash Sunday night after losing control of his vehicle while driving at a high rate of speed down State Route 60 in Clearwater, Florida, police said. The 17-year-old "Hogan Knows Best" star and a male passenger were extricated from the car by paramedics and airlifted to an area hospital. Bollea was released Monday, while his passenger, 22-year-old John Graziano remained hospitalized in critical condition.

"E! News" has learned exclusively that Oliver Hudson...older brother to Kate and star of the new CBS series "Rules of Engagement"...and wife Erinn Bartlett welcomed the arrival of their first child, a son named Wilder, on Aug. 23. The tyke was born a few weeks early. "I'm so tired but I'm on a high. I want to take it in all of it," Hudson said.

Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, said Sunday she would not be attending Friday's memorial service for Princess Diana, amid criticism that her presence would be inappropriate. Princes William and Harry had invited their stepmother to the service and she had initially accepted, before deciding her attendance "could divert attention from the purpose of the occasion, which is to focus on the life and service of Diana."

Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik, percussionist Sheila E., and Aussie TV personality Ian "Dicko" Dickson have been tapped as the judges for FOX's "American Idol" spin-off, "The Next Great American Band." Dominic Bowden, host of "New Zealand Idol," will serve as the host of the new reality competition, premiering Oct. 19.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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