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Last night's Amazing Race turned out to be the second of three pre-determined non-elimination rounds. That was good news for David and Jeff, who finished the current leg of the game in last place and avoided getting the boot. And there was another surprise awaiting the best friends at the Pit Stop mat in Seoul: Siegfried (sans Roy) had temporarily replaced Phil Keoghan as host! read more


Warner Bros. is developing a film based on Japanese animated import (and Kids' WB smash) Yu-Gi-Oh. read more


Nicole Kidman won a libel suit Thursday against London's Daily Mail newspaper, which suggested that she had an affair with Cold Mountain co-star Jude Law, causing the collapse of his marriage to actress Sadie Frost. A judge ordered the tabloid to issue a public apology and pay "substantial" damages to the Oscar winner. read more


Adrian Pasdar (Profit) is joining the cast of CBS's Judging Amy in the recurring role of Doug McClaren, an ADA who first encounters Amy in her courtroom while trying a capital murder case. He'll turn up in the Sept. 23 season premiere. read more


Arnold Schwarzenegger will formally announce whether he plans to run for governor of California on Wednesday's Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The buzz is Mr. Terminator will bow out of the race. read more


American Idol is about to get lei-d. For the first time, Fox's talent show will hold auditions in Hawaii. The tryouts are slated to take place in late September at Aloha Stadium, with finals held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in front of judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Oh yeah, Paula will probably be there too. read more

Will 24's Loon-a-chick Return?

Laura Harris has the look of an angel and a knack for devilish roles. Remember The Faculty? That was Harris as the teen-killing alien. And 24's good girl gone bad — the one who tried to nuke Los Angeles? Yep, that was Harris, too. These days, the 26-year-old Canadian transplant to L.A. shines as a sex-obsessed grim reaper on Dead Like Me, Showtime's odd new dramedy (Fridays at 10 pm/ET). Welcome to her dark side.

TV Guide Online: What's up with you and these sinister parts?
I think [casting agents] love the surprise factor. Whenever I read for parts, they bring in all these blond, innocent-looking creatures. Then they ask us to be evil.

TVGO: So you're a good bad girl?
I guess so.

TVGO: What's the last law you broke?
(Long pau read more


Nearly 500,000 people turned out in Toronto Wednesday for a special Rolling Stones-headlined concert meant to jump-start the city's SARS-ravaged economy. Dan Aykroyd hosted the event, which also featured performances by Justin Timberlake and AC/DC. read more

Ringo Starr Rocks GMA

Beatle legend Ringo Starr will bring the latest incarnation of his All-Starr Band to Good Morning America tomorrow, and here's a sneak peak of what fans can expect: Plenty of No. 1 songs. This year, the iconic drummer's Band — which kicked off a U.S. tour on July 26 — boasts such hitmakers as Squeeze's Paul Carrack, Men at Work's Colin Hay, Sheila E, John Waite and Mark Rivera.

"We are the best 1-800 band in the world," Starr quips. "We've got your hits. That's what it takes to be in the All-Starr Band."

Among the chart-toppin' singles that could get some play on the road: Carrack's "Tempted," Waite's "Missing You" or Hay's "Who Can It Be Now?" In addition, the Beatle classic "Yellow Submarine" is a shoo-in read more

Harlemm Goes Hollywood

Those who would have us believe that cheaters never prosper have obviously never heard of Harlemm Lee. To make it to the finals in NBC's summer talent contest, the eager Fame seeker shaved nearly a decade off his age. What's more, if the pocket-sized powerhouse had it all to do over, he just might do the same thing!

"At [the initial] audition, Debbie Allen gave us, like, 10 seconds to sing, and before that, it was, 'Okay, I need your name and age,'" the 35-year-old tells TV Guide Online. "So, with hundreds of people there, the majority of whom were, like, 16, I really felt that if I said I was over 30, ears were going to just shut off. So I took the risk, thinking that was what I needed to do to [make the cut]."

There's no arguing with success, we suppose. Besides, despite stiff competition from heartthrob-in-the-making Alex Boyd and wholesome read more

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