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IT'S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!

Good triumphed over evil on last night's thrilling Amazing Race finale, as married parents Chip and Kim beat out dating psychos Colin and Christie for the $1 million jackpot. By the way, the runners-up got engaged on this morning's Early Show. (For a full analysis of why that's a really bad idea, read today's Watercooler column.) And what about Christian models Brandon and Nicole? Turns out, the Lord wanted them to finish third. read more

FIRED UP

Ungracious loser Donald Trump is furious that Emmy voters picked The Amazing Race for outstanding reality/competition program instead of The Apprentice. "I think I was robbed," he ranted on last night's Access Hollywood. "Everybody in that room thought The Apprentice was going to win and, as you know, the viewership was down for the Emmys. I really feel like they lost credibility." The Trumpster dissed Race — which also won the newly created reality category last year — calling it "an okay show that doesn't do nearly the ratings [The Apprentice does], and that doesn't have the acclaim." Talk about sour grapes! read more

NOBODY CARES

Looks like the Primetime Emmys aren't the only annual TV institution suffering from lagging interest. Only 9.8 million viewers tuned in to see Miss Alabama Deidre Downs crowned Miss America 2005 on ABC Saturday night. That's 500,000 fewer than last year's lackluster Nielsen turnout. read more

SAVE THE DATE

A federal judge has issued Martha Stewart a most welcome invitation: Surrender for imprisonment by Oct. 8. While it may not sound all that appealing, it does accommodate the domestic guru's request to begin serving her five months behind bars ASAP, just to get it over with. According to Reuters, the judge also planned to recommend that she be incarcerated in either Danbury, Conn. (Martha's preference) or Coleman, Fla. read more

IN MEMORIAM

"Skin flick" filmmaker Russ Meyer died on Sept. 18 from complications of pneumonia. He was 82 years old. The prince of pneumatic pinups helped spawn the nudie genre with such films as his debut feature, The Immoral Mr. Teas; Vixen; and his 1966 cult classic, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! He directed Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which was co-written by film critic Roger Ebert, and spent most of his later years penning his cheeky autobiography, The Breast of Russ Meyer. read more

DUST IN THE WIND

According to news reports, the ashes of Marlon Brando have been spread in Tahiti and Death Valley. The legendary actor died of lung failure on July 1 at the age of 80. read more

CRIME SPREE

Jerry Bruckheimer, the muscle behind Cold Case, Without a Trace and the CSI franchise, is bringing crime to the 'burbs. CBS has greenlit a pilot for his new drama American Crime, Variety reports. The series would feature a female prosecutor cleaning up crime in a midwestern suburb. read more

IS IT OVER NOW?

Somewhere, Les Moonves is seething. The FCC has fined 20 CBS stations $27,500 each — that's a grand total of $550,000, just to save you the math — for violating indecency rules by airing Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl, Reuters reports. Now let's all stop being such boobs about this and get on with our lives, shall we? (Tee hee) read more

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK

MC Hammer has been tapped to perform at VH1's Hip-Hop Honors, a tribute to groundbreaking hip-hop artists. The old-school rapper joins Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Law & Order: SVU's Ice-T and others for the inaugural performance. Honorees Krs-One, Sugar Hill Gang, Run DMC and the late Tupac Shakur will be recognized in the special, set to air Oct. 12. read more

WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE...

Boston Legal's William Shatner has landed in Capt. James T. Kirk's home town of Riverside, Iowa, to shoot several scenes of the indie feature Invasion, Iowa. The former commander of the USS Enterprise is holding auditions to fill four small parts in the low-budget sci-fi flick, which he penned with his Star Trek costar Leonard Nimoy. read more

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