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Ashton's Punk'd Secret Revealed!

When Punk'd prankster Ashton Kutcher made his That '70s Show cast mate, Wilmer Valderrama, think that his new hot rod had been totalled, we thought he was ruthless. But, it turns out, he was merely righteous! "The reason that happened," the Butterfly Effect leading man explains, "is because I got to work [at the Fox hitcom] one day, and these two clowns [Valderrama and Topher Grace] had stolen all my furniture out of my dressing room and hid it in the closets.

"I called up security," he continues, "and had them come. We were going to call the cops [before the jig was up]. So [slaughtering what appeared to be Valderrama's car] was just payback."

Despite the no-holds-barred trickery behind the scenes of That '70s Show, Kutcher insists that he isn't out to one-up his costars professionally. The idea that, as Demi Moore's high-profile steady and Hollywood's newest matinee idol, he has somehow moved beyond the sco read more


Citing irreconcilable differences, Grammy-winning songstress Natalie Cole has filed for divorce from hubby Kenneth Dupree after two years of marriage. This was Cole's third marriage. read more

Survivor's Tina: ''I Don't Hate Jerri!''

Survivor: The Australian Outback champ Tina Wesson may have outlasted the competition Down Under, but her big victory proved an even bigger handicap on Survivor: All-Stars. The 42-year-old mother of two was the first to have her torch snuffed Sunday night.

"It is one of those things where if I was there one day or the full 39, I was going to get the most out of it," Wesson tells TV Guide Online. "I had a great time. Of course, I wish it was longer. But as soon as I was asked [to participate], I was like, 'I'm going to have this big target on me, but if you are willing to pay for a trip to Panama, I'm in.'

"When I saw who was on my team I went, 'Oh, boy, I am in trouble,'" she continues. "I knew immediately that I would be the first to go."

But contrary to Jerri's assertion in the premiere, Wesson was not upset to find the Outback vamp among her All-Star tribe mates. "I do n read more


CBS, which is on high alert following Janet Jackson's Super Bowl striptease, will air Sunday's Grammy Awards on a five-minute delay to "safeguard against any unexpected and inappropriate content." But despite rumors, both Jackson and her partner in crime, Justin Timberlake, are still scheduled to appear. But the pair could still be bumped if CBS' probe finds that the pair intended to act like boobs. Speaking of breastgate fallout, for the first time ever, ABC will impose a five-second delay at this year's Oscar telecast so that obscene material — like a best picture win for Seabiscuit — can be edited out. Meanwhile, America Online, which sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show, is reportedly seeking at least a partial refund of its $7.5 million investment. read more


Heather Locklear has signed on to star in an NBC drama pilot set behind-the-scenes of a major U.S. airport. Boomtown's Neal McDonough, meanwhile, is headed back to the Peacock with a leading role in the network's untitled medical mystery pilot. read more


The History Channel is coming under fire for a documentary it aired in November that implicates President Lyndon Johnson in the assasination of JFK. Critics of The Guilty Men — which include MPAA president Jack Valenti, LBJ's widow, Lady Bird, and former presidents Ford and Carter — are demanding that The History Channel investigate the film's accusations and air a rebuttal. "I thought it was [as] obscene as you can get," Valenti, a former special assistant to Johnson, vented to the New York Post. "It was so riddled with surmise." read more


Drew Barrymore received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame Tuesday... A memorial service for Keiko the killer whale will be held Feb. 20 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where the 6-ton Free Willy star lived from 1996 to 1998. Keiko died Dec. 12 of pneumonia... Former 24 damsel in distress Sarah Wynter is joining the cast of USA Network's The Dead Zone in a recurring role, according to The Hollywood Reporter... Lifetime is reviving the classic game show Queen for a Day... Alias genius J.J. Abrams has inked a new seven-figure deal to keep his production company — Bad Robot Television — at Disney-owned Touchstone TV, Variety reports. read more


The legal team for accused murderer Robert Blake said in court Tuesday that they could make a "compelling case" that Marlon Brando's son, Christian, killed Blake's wife. Unfortunately, the judge presiding over Blake's upcoming trial said the defense couldn't call a witness that would have backed up that claim. Bummer. read more


NBC has been touting Friday's wedding-themed Ed as the show's "final" episode — and for once it seems the Peacock's promo department is telling it like it is. "It's been a terrific run, but the odds are this is its final season," NBC entertainment president Jeff Zucker tells TV Guide Online. Although Zucker adds there's a small chance the 4-year-old dramedy could return next season — "We're going to leave ourselves a little flexibility for when we put the schedule together in May" — he confirms that the show's actors have been given the green light to pursue other work. Translation: Fork. Stick. Done. read more


American Idol judge Randy Jackson was among the 89 million people who saw Janet Jackson's nipple — and he doesn't see what all the fuss is about. "The music business is always crazy and wild and unpredictable, that's why we love it," he tells TV Guide Online. "I think it was great. I think people are making too much of a boob." Filmmaker Spike Lee begs to differ. Speaking at a Kent State University event Tuesday night, Lee criticized Jackson's peep show as a "new low" of attention-getting antics by entertainers. read more

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