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The Ellen DeGeneres Show launches with a bang on Sept. 8. Jennifer Aniston is the first celeb guest to grace Ellen's couch. Macy Gray will also be on hand to sing something off her new album, The Trouble with Being Myself. The day after that, Ellen does an hour with guest Justin Timberlake. Geez, couldn't she land any names? read more


David Letterman will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his move to CBS on tonight's Late Show. According toThe Hollywood Reporter, a special Top 10 list will count down the good things about his decade at the Eye. At No. 8, "No matter how many years you're at the network, you'll never be as old as the 60 Minutes guys." An hourlong prime-time special is in the works for February to commemorate Letterman's 22 years in the business. read more


Speaking of Cameron Diaz, did you know she's the best-paid film actress? According to the latest book of Guinness World Records, the Charlie's Angels booty-shaker rakes in the most dough with $40 million a year. Adam Sandler was named the best-paid actor, earning $47 million in 2001 alone. read more


Tough-guy actor Charles Bronson, best known for the popular Death Wish film franchise, died of pneumonia on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81. According to reports, Bronson had Alzheimer's disease and had been hospitalized since suffering organ failure in early August. read more


The Los Angeles-based photographer charged with attempted extortion of Cameron Diaz plead innocent in court on Thursday. To refresh your memory, shutterbug John Rutter is accused of trying to squeeze over $3 million out of the actress by threatening to sell long-lost topless photos. He's due back in court Sept. 10 for a preliminary hearing, and remains jailed until then, unless he coughs up $250,000 bail. read more


Fox News's Greta Van Susteren will be a judge at the Miss America pageant on Sept. 20... Omar Sharif will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival... Alias re-runs could be coming to Spike TV or FX soon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both of the male-oriented networks are interested in tapping into Jennifer Garner's fan base. read more


Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay and Beyonc&#233 Knowles were the big winners at last night's 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Elliott's "Work It" was named video of the year and best hip-hop video, while Timberlake, Coldplay and Knowles won three moon men apiece. For the real winners and losers at Thursday's 20th anniversary VMA telecast, click here. And for red carpet scoop, click here. read more


Actor-turned-California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger once engaged in a group sex act with a woman and several fellow bodybuilders, according to a 25-year-old interview that has been regurgitated on the Internet. In the August 1977 issue of Oui magazine, the Terminator admitted to smoking "grass and hash," hanging out with "entertainers, hookers and bar owners," and participating in an orgy at Gold's Gym in Venice Beach, Calif. The entire, XXX-rated story can be found at, but I suggest you proceed directly to the bottom of page 2 — that's where all the naughty stuff is. read more

Will Walberg Give in to Temptation?

Now that Fox is finally bringing back Temptation Island (tonight at 9 ET), we want dirt, we want dish, we want scoop — and, by God, host Mark L. Walberg is going to give it to us. At least that's our fool-proof plan as we begin our interview with the host of the skank-o-rama that makes Paradise Hotel look like Disneyland. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes apparent that the armchair psychiatrist has other ideas.

TV Guide Online: Since Island nearly fell off the map during its second season, should we expect any big changes this time around?
Mark L. Walberg:
The way we reveal vote-offs and date selections and things like that might be a little different, but the biggest difference is the personalities [of the couples involved]. Each season, our show is as unique as the couples' problems and choices.

TVGO: Bummer — I was hoping for a clothing-optional episode. Tell me about playing the island's pseud read more

Pottymouthed Actor's Up in Smoke

Profane trash talk comes as naturally to Next Friday star Mike Epps as breathing. So co-starring in the gospel-infused movie The Fighting Temptations (opening Sept. 19) proved quite challenging for him.

"This is the first movie that I've been in that I haven't cursed," Epps admits. "In all the other movies I've been in, I've cursed a hundred miles an hour.

"I can remember the first scene that I was in," he adds. "I must have said 'M.F.' three times before [Temptations director] Jonathan Lynn had to stop me and say, 'This ain't that movie, Mike.' I was like, 'Okay, let me get the vocab right.'"

While filming his next project, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (due out in 2004), Epps got right back into his bad habits. "They wrote a read more

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