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Paris Hilton's X-rated leading man made good on his threat to take legal action against the hotel heiress over the whole sex tape fiasco. On Wednesday, Richard Salomon filed a $10 million slander lawsuit against Hilton, her parents and publicist Siri Garber, claiming they have waged a "cold, calculated and malicious campaign" to portray him as "a rapist." Solomon maintains in the suit that Hilton "posed and preened" during the video — and even said "hi" to the camera. She also answers her cell phone at one point. So I've heard. read more


A 14-year-old girl is suing Maury Povich and his talk show for $25 million claiming she was raped by a limo driver shortly after an appearance on Povich's program in 2001. The girl — who travelled to New York to tape an "Out of Control Teens" segment of The Maury Povich Show — was apparently still under the show's travel arrangements when the alleged attack occurred. read more


Country crooner Wynonna Judd has got a right to sing the blues. A Nashville cop stopped the 39-year-old star on Thursday for driving 47 in a 30 miles per hour zone. That's when Judd, whom the cop described as "cooperative and pleasant," failed a field sobriety test. She was then arrested, charged with DUI and released on $500 bail. She probably needed a ride home, though, since her Land Rover was impounded. Dang it! read more


MGM is producing a big-screen spoof of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises titled Henry Bates and the Sorcerer's Balls, Variety reports. The film is being written by David Morgasen, James R. Stein and Timothy Stack, who collaborated on Howard Stern's FX series Son of the Beach. read more


Miss Independent is setting her sights on a new, loftier title: Miss Universe! American Idol's inaugural champ, Kelly Clarkson, will compete against 10 of her international counterparts in World Idol, a two-part special airing the evenings of Christmas and New Year's Day on Fox. The singers will perform for 11 judges, one from each participating country. Producers have yet to decide which U.S. judge — Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul or Randy Jackson — will be invited to participate. But just to be safe, Abdul is learning how to say "You were amazing" in German, French, Polish and Icelandic. read more

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Friends Joey finally gets to display the acting chops that keep him on Days of Our Lives when he hilariously talks himself out of a corner during a run-in with Chandler and Monica's adoption agent (Maria Patillo), a young woman he never called after a date. Although she is probably known for her role on Providence, I remember Patillo from the late great Partners, which starred current comeback kids Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) and Tate Donovan (The O.C.).

Threat Matrix Something about Russian operatives, American double agents and contagion-carrying currency. Maybe it's a plug for the new $20 bills.

Old Navy Commercial Lil' Kim is their new spokesmodel? Because sometimes it's just too damn cold for only pasties and a G-string.

Survivor: Pearl Islands I still have not tired of seeing Rupert repeatedly win challenges. Too bad we all know thos read more


Toby Keith's latest CD, Shock'n Y'all, entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with 585,000 copies sold — a career best for the singer. Sarah McLachlan's Afterglow debuted at No. 2 with sales of 361,000 units. read more

Eloise Seeks "Bookings"

Sofia Vassilieva will go down in TV-history books as the little girl who made it big playing the beloved storybook moppet of Eloise at the Plaza and its sequel, Eloise at Christmastime (airing November 22 at 8 pm/ET on ABC). But instead of resting on her laurels, the precocious 11-year-old has come up with a novel idea of her own: She wants to bring to life other famous fictional characters.

"Even though I'm a little old for it, one of my favorite books is Lizzie Logan, Second Banana," she tells TV Guide Online, adding, for those of us who have gone through puberty, "There's two basic characters in it. I think Lizzie Logan is somewhere around 14, but the other character is 6, and I play a lot of 6-year-olds.

"I've also read Helen Keller four times," she continues. "I don't think I'd like to be Helen Keller, though. I'll play anything, but I like being in co read more


Actress Dorothy Fay Ritter, the mother of late actor John Ritter, died Nov. 5 of natural causes. She was 88. Ritter starred opposite late hubby Tex Ritter in a number of B-movie Westerns, including 1939's Rollin' Westward and 1940's Rainbow Over the Range. read more


That Farscape press conference we told you about yesterday, during which producers were going to "announce an exciting new development in the campaign to continue" the franchise, has been postponed, a rep for the Jim Henson Company confirms. But never fear, 'Scapers. Sources tell me the media event will be rescheduled for sometime next week. (And trust me, it'll be well worth the wait.) read more

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