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SEE DICK PLEAD

Andy Dick pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor marijuana-possession charge. The Less than Perfect star was arrested on May 2 after he was caught lighting a joint at a musical festival in California. Just the one? read more

Pepsi SmashI have always thought...

Pepsi Smash I have always thought that Alicia Keys was the real deal, a true artist overshadowed in the media by manufactured moppets like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson unfortunately lumped into the category of adolescent instrument-playing singer-songwriters along with Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton (Vanessa who? Exactly.) And while I loved, loved, loved her first song, I couldn't help but wince during her second number, when she left the piano and tried to channel her inner Beyonce by getting bootylicious while quoting Outkast ("Shake it like a Polaroid"). Anyone who's been unfortunate enough to go dancing with me knows that I'm certainly no J.Lo (hell, I'm not even Jennifer Grey), but was I the only one who thought that at one point she looked like she was standing on an exposed electrical wire?

Come to Papa And the Seinfeld curse, er, connection continues. Pa read more

FAREWELL

Thousands of fans lined up Thursday to pay their last respects to late soul icon Ray Charles, whose open casket was on view at the Los Angeles Convention Center. His funeral is set for today and is expected to draw such celebs as Stevie Wonder, B.B. King and Willie Nelson. read more

THEM'S FIGHTIN' WORDS

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest reportedly told a Singapore newspaper that judge Simon Cowell is "arrogant," "pompous" and says things that are "too harsh." And if you thought that was shocking, he went on to say the sky is blue and the Earth is round. read more

IT'S YOUR TURN, JEN

A rep for Jennifer Aniston is denying rumors that the former Friends star is expecting her first child with hubby Brad Pitt. "She's not pregnant," her spokesman tells USA Today. Well, why the heck not? This is getting ridiculous. read more

LIGHTS, CAMERA, OUSTED

There's been a major on-camera shake-up at Access Hollywood. The good news? Grating co-anchor Pat O'Brien is out. The bad news? He's being replaced by the equally grating Billy Bush. O'Brien, whose last day is Friday, apparently couldn't come to terms on a new contract. The former CBS sportscaster won't be off the airwaves for long though: He's reportedly in talks with Paramount to host the upcoming Entertainment Tonight spinoff The Insider. Meanwhile, Bush will be paired with current co-anchor Nancy O'Dell, who's more scary than grating. read more

SHE HAD IT COMING

A Beverly Hills woman pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking T-Mobile pitchwoman Catherine Zeta-Jones. Dawnette Knight, who was arrested June 3, was arraigned last week on one count of stalking and 25 counts of making "terrorist threats." She's being held on $1 million bail. Zeta-Jones' rep says the actress and her family are "greatly relieved that the suspect is in custody." read more

Larry Hagman: "I'm Not Dead"

Let's clear something up: Larry Hagman is not dead. For months, rumors have been circulating that the actor, who had a liver transplant in 1995, has passed away. Or is dying. Or needs another liver transplant. We caught up with the former Dallas bad boy at his swank Santa Monica pad. And trust us, he's very much alive.

TV Guide Online: With the first and second seasons of Dallas due out on DVD August 24 and a reunion special filming this fall, you sure are busy for a dead guy.
Larry Hagman:
Henry Winkler called me up a couple of months ago [about producing the reunion]. I think Charlene Tilton came up with the idea: a Dallas retrospective. We're going to show stuff from the show and stuff from behind the scenes. I shot thousands of feet of Super 8 on the set.

TVGO: How did all these death rumors get started?
Hagman:
I had a bad patch in December. Turns out it was some kind of E. coli bacteria that crosse read more

IT'S OVER

Somewhere The Bachelor's bug-eyed viper Trash, er, Trish, is cackling gleefully. The word's out that New York Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer has "mutually" split with his Chosen One, 22-year-old law student Jessica Bowlin. "We simply realized that, individually, our next steps take us in different directions," Jesse tells tonight's Extra. In other words, despite Jesse's offer of a first-class, one-way ticket to NYC, Jessica decided to stay in California to finish school — and no, not at Western International University. read more

MARTHA'S GOT STYLE

Reruns of Martha Stewart Living will begin airing on Style Network later this month. As previously announced, the show will go on hiatus in September while Stewart squares away her legal woes. read more

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