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SHE'S SO PERKY

It seems Sharon Stone's basic instinct is to be one demanding little diva. According a document posted on TheSmokingGun.com, the actress requires the following perks while filming a movie: Pilates equipment, armed bodyguards, a chauffeured car piloted by a nonsmoking driver, three nannies, two assistants, cell phones, pagers and a deluxe motor home with air-conditioning, heating, bed, private bathroom, shower, TV, VCR, refrigerator, telephone, stove, couch, stereo and cellular fax machine. One item conspicuously missing from Stone's must-have list: underwear. read more

DOGS' BEST FRIEND

Since Angel was canceled, David Boreanaz's career has gone to the dogs — literally. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has recruited the actor to appear in a new public-service campaign urging pet owners not to chain their four-legged family members in the backyard. The ads will break in September after sunset. read more

BE OUR GUEST (STARS)

Ice princess Michelle Kwan and Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp are the first two MVPs to sign up for The Simpsons' post-Super Bowl episode. read more

WILL SHE WEAR WHITE?

Beverly Hills, 90210 grads Shannen Doherty, Gabrielle Carteris and Luke Perry won't be at former costar Tori Spelling's wedding to actor-writer Charlie Shanian, which is rumored to be taking place this weekend in Malibu, Calif. Why? According to USA Today, they weren't invited. "I love Tori, but we don't hang out," says Carteris. "I haven't seen her, but I hear [Charlie's] a nice guy." So, who will be there? Tiffani Thiessen, Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley and read more

SOMETHING WILD

C'mon, you knew it had to happen eventually: The makers of Girls Gone Wild — those popular videos of female flashers on spring break — are giving equal time to male exhibitionists. Three classy-sounding new titles called Guys Gone Wild, Guys Gone Wild: Spring Break and Guys Gone Wild: Frat Boys will be available on DVD and video July 13. Yippee! read more

Pepsi SmashYou know how covers...

Pepsi Smash You know how covers of popular songs can really suck sometimes? I'm thrilled to report that that is so not the case with 311's cover of the Cure's "Love Song." The band, which has been around for more than 10 years (a fact that ironically makes me feel just as old as I normally do watching this show) infuses just enough of their trademark ska-punk-funk into their version without making it painfully unrecognizable to fans of the original. But the true treat of the night was not Destiny's Child wannabes-but-never-will-bes Mis-Teeq, oddball rockers the Killers or even emo poster band Dashboard Confessional (whose "Vindicated" seems to be the current anthem of their female fans — me included; I'm not that old). It was the fact that not only did virtual unknown Texas rockers Los Lonely Boys rattle the rafters with their first song, but that viewers actually recognized true musical talent and chose the read more

SHORT CUTS

Time Warner has started a bidding war with Sony over MGM, offering approximately $5 billion to acquire the famed Hollywood movie studio... Bill Clinton's record-breaking memoir, My Life, has officially sold 1 million copies... The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that Fred Durst is blameless for a paramedic's mosh-pit injuries at a 2000 Limp Bizkit concert. read more

END OF AN ERA

Legendary Method actor Marlon Brando died Thursday of undisclosed causes at an L.A. hospital. He was 80 years old. The two-time Oscar winner was best known for his stunning performances in A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and The Godfather. Brando's last film role was in 2001's The Score. Offscreen, the Omaha, Nebraska, native was known as a "difficult" personality, to put it mildly. Back in 1973, for example, he infamously refused his Godfather Oscar in protest of Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans. True fans can't help but think of Brando's role as a motorcycle punk in The Wild One. When asked what he's rebelling against, Brando replied: "Whattaya got?" Here's to you, Marlon. read more

STILL ON-AIR

Twentieth Television has picked up Ryan Seacrest's option to host a second season of the syndicated On-Air With Ryan Seacrest. But strangely enough, the deal only applies to Seacrest and not the show itself. Long story short: I'm confused. read more

COPYCAT CAUGHT

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday at a Los Angeles theater after he was caught taping Spider-Man 2 with a camcorder. Under a new anti-piracy program instituted by the MPAA, the projectionist who spotted the culprit is eligible for a $500 reward and a pack of Twizzlers. read more

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