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SPRINGER IN SOUTH AFRICA

Jerry Springer's trashy talkfest is one of Africa's most popular programs — so they're giving him more TV air time! Starting in November, Jerry Springer Saturday Night will air on South Africa's M-Net channel, which is broadcast to 40 African nations via satellite. Springer — who's also a late-night TV host in England — will have a monologue, celeb interviews and a live audience. "I'm lucky for a guy with no talent," he told The Associated Press. "It's like, how the hell did all this happen to me?" Don't rub it in, Jer. read more

TRAGEDY HALTS THE WHO TOUR

The Who bassist John Entwistle died in Las Vegas on Thursday. The news comes as quite a shock, especially since the legendary band was set to launch their national tour in Vegas today. The 57-year-old rocker — whose cause of death still is under investigation — is best known as the raucous band's most mellow member. read more

RIVER PATROL

Clint Eastwood will direct Sean Penn and possibly Kevin Bacon in the big screen drama Mystic River, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Based on Dennis Lehane's novel, Mystic tells the story of three childhood friends who become linked in a murder investigation. read more

Knoxville Previews Jackass: The Movie


If you thought daredevil Johnny Knoxville was out of his freakin' mind on MTV's Jackass, just wait until Jackass: The Movie arrives in theaters later this summer. "It's the show times 10," he tells TV Guide Online with a grin. "We got an R rating and we took full advantage of it."

Knoxville — facing heat after several teens injured themselves while trying to mimic his Jackass pranks — abruptly ended the MTV series last year. "Washington came down on MTV and then it trickled down to us," he recalls. "Near the end, there were only, like, six people working in the office. I was like, 'This is not what I intended.' I wanted to quit the show while it was still funny."

As a result of Jackass's sudden death, Knoxville was left with a backlog of stunts — many of which were incorporated into the big-scre read more

GET WELL SOON

Rosemary Clooney has suffered a cancer relapse. The 74-year-old singer is undergoing lung cancer treatment at home. "She's comfortable, and she's surrounded by her family," her spokeswoman told USA Today. read more

HIS (ADOPTED) HOMETOWN

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform live on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, N.J., on NBC's Today show July 30. Springsteen will sing several songs from The Rising, his first studio album with E Street in 18 years. Katie Couric and Matt Lauer will anchor that day's entire show from Springsteen's adopted hometown. Speaking of Couric, major props go to the Today hostess for more than holding her own Wednesday opposite conservative hellraiser Ann Coulter. read more

HE WENT TO EXTREMES

As expected, Billy Joel checked out of a Connecticut substance abuse and psychiatric hospital Wednesday after a 10-day stay for reported alcohol abuse. He tells People magazine that he entered the facility as a Father's Day present to Alexa, his 16-year-old daughter with ex-wife Christie Brinkley. "I told my daughter I recognized I was having a problem," he said, adding that he was depressed because an upper respiratory infection forced him to pull out of his recent concert tour with Elton John. "I've been touring for 30 years and only had to cancel a handful of shows in my life, so I took this really hard." read more

SHOW OF SUPPORT

Eminem's new disc spent another week at the top of the nation's album chart. With sales of 381,000 copies (bringing its total to 3.3 million), The Eminem Show ranked No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week. Papa Roach's Lovehatetragedy debuted in second with 136,000 units sold. read more

SHE LEFT CHARMED FOR THIS?

The Sci Fi Channel has tapped bad girl Shannen Doherty (Charmed, Beverly Hills, 90210) to host a new hidden-camera reality show titled Scare Tactics. Described as a sci-fi version of Candid Camera, Scare Tactics will secretly film pranks inspired by sci-fi movies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sci Fi plans to launch the show in October. Again we ask: Doherty left Charmed for this? read more

Shoot Out Hit Man Opens Fire on Hollywood


Marlon Brando? Check. Warren Beatty? Check. Fidel Castro? Check. Yep, multi-media mogul Peter Guber takes aim at all of these big guns — and then some — in Shoot Out: Surviving Fame and Misfortune in Hollywood, the Tinseltown page-turner that he co-wrote with Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart. Yet he isn't worried in the least that a thin-skinned celebrity might take a swing at him. How come? It helps, we're sure, that as former CEO of Sony Pictures and founder of Mandalay Entertainment, he's one of the most powerful producers in showbiz, a living legend who has filled cineplexes with such hits as read more

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