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More than 24 million viewers watched 25-year-old professional canoodler/coattail-rider Amber Brkich win Survivor: All-Stars last night. In addition to a cool $1 million, the Outback grad also won a marriage proposal (and some serious bling) from runner-up/boyfriend Robfather Mariano during the live reunion show. But the big twist of the night was Jeff Probst's announcement that a second $1-million check would be presented to viewers' favorite All-Star Thursday in prime time. Head to to cast your vote. As Big Tom would say, "Don't be stupid, stupid" — vote for Rupert! read more


More good news for Hugh Jackman: The Aussie heartthrob earned a Tony nod for Best Actor in a Musical this morning for his work in The Boy from Oz. Jackman's competition includes Hunter Foster (Little Shop of Horrors), Alfred Molina (Fiddler on the Roof), Euan Morton (Taboo) and John Tartaglia (Avenue Q). The Wizard of Oz fantasy Wicked nabbed a field-best 10 nominations, while Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins scored seven. Four shows followed with six nods apiece: Avenue Q, Caroline, or Change, Fiddler on the Roof and Henry IV. read more


Real World: Miami alum Dan Renzi was arrested last week for pulling a Pee-wee Herman inside a Kansas City porn theater. According to The, the 29-year-old aspiring model was charged with indecent conduct after undercover cops spotted him pleasuring himself during a movie. Renzi is the second Real Worlder to get nabbed on a sex-related charge in the past three months. David Broom, a grad of the New Orleans edition, was busted in February for patronizing a $10 Chicago prostitute. read more

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Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: All-Stars Reunion SAS: C'mon, now. Did anyone ever really doubt that Rob and Amber were going to be the Final 2? The obvious big question of the night was whether Jenna L. or Rupert was going to be the third one standing (literally, on two posts in a pond), although, in my mind at least, Jenna was the obvious choice to take third place. It was way too risky to let Rupert into the Final 3. He could easily have won the immunity that Jenna carelessly lost — although not as infuriatingly stupidly as Amber — and our "gentle giant" would have taken the money and run. (Run, Rupert, run!)

What was more interesting (and I say that with only the tiniest bit of sarcasm) was the final Immunity Challenge standoff between Rob and Amber. Amber beseeched Rob to let her have immunity and he told her to work for it: "Let's fight it out anyway... You're gonna have to beat me." And for read more


Ricky Martin's former manager has filed a $63.5-million lawsuit against the 32-year-old "Livin' La Vida Loca" crooner for breach of contract. Angelo Medina claims Martin failed to live up to terms agreed upon when they parted ways in September. read more


David Letterman will test out a new sweeps stunt when he tapes next Friday's Late Show at 4 am/ET instead of in the usual late afternoon. "We thought it would be cool, just something different to try," says exec producer Rob Burnett. "We've been doing the show for so long that anytime you can come up with something new it makes it interesting for us." No celeb guests have been lined up yet. read more

Joan Rivers Wants You!

Back in January, QVC launched their annual Host Search, scouring America for folks with the gift of gab. Who better to tell us all about it than jewelry and cosmetics hawker Joan Rivers, a 14-year vet of the home-shopping channel? At QVC's recent auditions in Rhode Island, Rivers sat down with TV Guide Online to dish the fine art of TV salesmanship, among other wacky things.

TV Guide Online: As a comic, how important is your sense of humor when selling something on TV?
Joan Rivers:
Everything is about humor with me. You've got to laugh at everything. It's very important. But you also have to understand that a lot of people don't know you're making a joke, so you don't make a joke about your products.

TVGO: You're an infamous fashion critic. Do you really think people should be judged by their looks?
It's all about looks. Anyone that says it's not is a liar. [But] what they want [at QVC], as opposed to, say, a movie star, is a real read more


The New York Friars Club has dropped the R-bomb on Donald Trump, tapping the Apprentice star to be the sacrificial lamb at its annual roast on Oct. 15. read more


The WB has made its first new series pickup for the fall, ordering 13 episodes of Jack & Bobby, a drama about two high-school-aged brothers — one of whom will grow up to become one of the greatest U.S. Presidents of all time. But a network rep insists that the project is "not about the Kennedys." Right, and Tarzan is still "on hiatus." read more


Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who called last Friday's controversial Nightline tribute to fallen U.S. troops a politically motivated ratings stunt, is launching a counteroffensive. Wallace, a former ABC staffer, says he will do a special segment on Fox News Sunday highlighting U.S. accomplishments in Iraq. So, take that Teddy! read more

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