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Vanessa Ferlito — whose all-too-brief stint as Kiefer Sutherland's love interest on 24 this season had me wondering "Who's that girl and why isn't she a bigger star?" — has been cast as the female lead on CSI: New York. As reported here Monday, Gary Sinise is in talks to headline the third installment of CBS's killer forensics franchise. If you ask me, the pot just got a whole lot sweeter. read more


Boxer-turned-actor Robert Pastorelli, best known for his role as Murphy Brown's dawdling house painter Eldin, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills home on Monday. He was 49. A cause of death was not immediately known, but drug paraphernalia was reportedly found at the scene. Post-Murphy, Pastorelli starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom Double Rush. read more


An Oklahoma woman shot and killed her spouse on Feb. 24, when the couple argued over an episode of The Montel Williams Show about abusive husbands. Yes, really. Here's what happened: Teri Lynn and Cecil Carver of Rose, Okla., were reportedly smoking marijuana and watching TV in bed. She commented that he resembled the men on Montel. Cecil then hit Teri Lynn, fetched a handgun and fired a shot into their bed's headboard to express his displeasure at being called a violent partner. They struggled over the gun, and Cecil took a fatal bullet in the chest. Mrs. Carver hasn't been charged with a crime, however, since local police decided all evidence points to accidental death. read more


"That was editing... I mean, come on. I'm an educated woman; I know what that saying means." — Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth disputing a scene from NBC's The Apprentice in which she accused a teammate of uttering a racial slur for saying, "That's like the pot calling the kettle black." For more of my exclusive interview with Omarosa, click here. read more


Jerry Seinfeld postponed a sold-out comedy show in Spartanburg, S.C., over the weekend to be with his 1-year-old son, Julian, who was hospitalized in New York after an accidental fall. "Julian is at home and is doing very well," Seinfeld's rep said in a statement. "Jerry's tour will continue this weekend as scheduled." read more

The Power of Intention So, basically,...

The Power of Intention
So, basically, you can have what you want in life. But only if you really, really intend to get it. Blah, blah, tapping into energy, blah. That's about all I got from this PBS special because I could only stand 13 minutes. I mean, I know people pay good money to hear Dr. Wayne Dyer talk, but dang. [Me channeling my inner Chandler Bing] Could this self-help guru be any more boring?

Yes, Dear
OK. I missed the first half of this show (Blame Dyer!). But somehow Jimmy managed to get onto Big Brother. And he was doing pretty well until Greg tried to "save" him from being ousted and got him kicked out of the house instead. But that's not what got me. My real deal with this episode — a funny repeat. But hey it's new to me! — is that it doubled as a blatant infomercial for Big Brother. Not only was it taped on the Big Brother set (which happens to be on the same lot as Yes, Dea read more


The body of 62-year-old actor-writer Spalding Gray, who disappeared from his Manhattan apartment two months ago, was pulled out of New York's East River on Sunday. The cause of death was still under investigation. Gray — who was probably best known for his Obie-winning monologue, Swimming to Cambodia — had suffered from depression in recent years. read more


Newly anointed Oscar winner Annie Lennox is teaming up with Sting and a surprise guest for the Sacred Love Tour, which kicks off June 27 in Philadelphia. Christina Aguilera, meanwhile, is embarking on a 29-city tour beginning May 13 in Seattle and ending July 3 in Detroit. Her special guest? Someone named Chingy. Geez, I'm getting old. read more


In a major victory for crappy singers everywhere, American Idol misfit William Hung has officially signed a record deal with Fuse Music Network and Koch Records. The 21-year-old Hong Kong native's debut CD, featuring his signature tune "She Bangs" as well as a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man," is due in stores on April 6. The disc will also include a 40-minute DVD with behind-the-scenes footage from his studio recording sessions and fan questions and answers. "He may not be the next American Idol," says Fuse president Marc Juris, "but he is definitely a star and inspiration to everyone who sings in the shower." That noise you hear is Simon Cowell imploding. read more


Actor Paul Winfield, who earned an Oscar nod in 1972 for his role in the original Sounder, died Sunday in Los Angeles of a heart attack. He was 62. Winfield won an Emmy in 1992 for his guest-star turn as a judge on Picket Fences. His last role was in the 2003 TV remake of Sounder. read more

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