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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's original "culture expert" is suing the show's producers for breach of contract. According to the New York Post, Blair Boone — who was fired after two episodes and replaced with Jai Rodriguez — claims that he should have been paid $105,000 for a year's worth of shows. Speaking of Queer Eye, was I the only one bored by last night's episode? read more


Janet Jackson has signed on to portray Lena Horne in ABC's upcoming musical-biopic on the singer-actress, Variety reports. Michael's sis is expected to record new takes on Horne's classic songs, including her signature tune "Stormy Weather." Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the folks behind Chicago — will produce the two-hour TV-movie. read more


Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez will tie the knot on Sept. 14 in Santa Barbara, Calif., — at least that's what the New York Daily News is reporting. The couple's divorce, meanwhile, will take place on Sept. 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court. read more


You know the economy is in the toilet when Justin Timberlake takes a job at McDonald's. Actually, the pop star's not flipping burgers — he's been hired to star in a global advertising campaign. Terms of his undoubtedly lucrative contract are undisclosed, but we do know he'll sing in TV commercials worldwide, and McDonald's will sponsor his upcoming 35-country tour. read more

Vanessa Williams: Boomtown's New Bombshell!

This fall, Vanessa Williams joins NBC's Boomtown for 10 episodes as policewoman Katherine Pierce. And here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine: The ex-Miss America shares a same-sex smooch with Rebecca DeMornay, who will be recurring as lesbian jewel thief Sabrina. So does that mean Katherine's gay, straight or just a little bicurious, perhaps?

We're sworn to secrecy, so you'll have to watch and see! Surprisingly, Williams wasn't even aware of any sapphic seduction plot when she came aboard. "The show appealed to me," the 40-year-old actress says. "I signed on, not even knowing what I was going to do and what my character was. So I put myself right in the heat of things, and I trusted [executive producers Graham Yost and Jon Avnet] to do what they do best, which is make exciting television."

You'll note Ms. Williams no longer requires an "L" initial in her credits. She once had to use it bec read more

Rain Pryor: A Class Act

Rain Pryor is proud to be a sublebrity. She is, of course, the daughter of comedian Richard Pryor. And, at 34, the actress still is best known for playing tomboy T.J. Jones on Head of the Class as a teenager. ("That's the only thing I'm known for!" she says, laughing out loud.) In her life, she's faced dysfunctional relatives, racism, drug and alcohol addiction, relationship angst and more. But Rain won't go away. Instead, the half-black, half-Jewish spitfire has bundled all her woes into a one woman show, Fried Chicken &#038 Latkas. L.A. is buzzin' about it; celebs seen rolling in the aisles have included Kim Coles, Andy Dick, Camryn Manheim and Carl Reiner. Here, Pryor tells TV Guide Online why she's baring her soul for a showbiz comeback.

TV Guide Online: What led to this one-woman show?
I really wanted to write a book that was positive about my life, but I was turned down by every boo read more

Freaks and Geeks: The Next Generation

Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig is developing a new comedy series for HBO about four twentysomething friends — three guys and a girl (no pizza place) — dealing with sex and dating from a distinctly nerdy point of view. Think of it as his attempt to educate Hollywood about the complexities of the male species.

"Guys in their 20s in movies and on TV always wanna get laid, and that was not my experience," the self-proclaimed geek tells TV Guide Online. "We were looking for the great girlfriend, who could then make a wife. I wanted to portray that and get away from the ugly side of male mating."

Of the four central characters, "three work at a mall and a fourth guy secretly works in an adult book store on the outskirts of town," explains Feig. "What it enables them to do is meet in the food court all of the time, which is very Freaks and Geeksy in a way. I just love how people kind of talk when they're eating together.

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Topher Grace has signed a new deal with That '70s Show that will pay him more than $250,000 an episode next season. That puts the actor on par with what co-star Ashton Kutcher will be making. read more


Although there's been no official confirmation, Beatle scion Stella McCartney allegedly married publisher Alasdhair Willis on Saturday on a remote Scottish island. Among the celebs in attendance: The fashion designer's famous father Paul, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Madonna and model Kate Moss. read more


Illusionist David Blaine performed his best stunt yet over the weekend: He left the British media bloody speechless. At a London press conference Monday, Blaine appeared to cut off his ear with a pocket knife after a reporter asked whether he could show off any new tricks. He left the room holding a handkerchief to his ear and later returned covered in blood. (Why doesn't this happen at any of the press conferences I go to???) The point of all this? Publicity for Blaine's Sept. 5 stunt, in which he'll be suspended in a clear box by the River Thames in London for 44 days. read more

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