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ONE-HIT WONDERS

William Shatner, have you no shame? The Star Trek ham will host VH1's weeklong special, 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders, airing May 6-10 from 10-11 pm/ET. The list of pop hits from long-since-pooped stars includes the infectious, irritating "Macarena" by Los Del Rios (No. 1), Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" (No. 7), Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me with Science" (No. 20) and Tag Team's "Whoomp! There It Is" (No. 97). read more

DIAPER IN THE DARK

Icelandic singer Björk — who played a tragic single mom in Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark — expects her second child in September. The baby's father is her American beau, Matthew Barney. Hopefully, she'll select her maternity wear with care since that Oscar swan-dress scandal! read more

SHORT CUTS

In honor of the Sept. 11 tragedy's one-year anniversary, the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards will air one week early this year, on Aug. 29 at 8 pm/ET. Jack Black and Sarah Michelle Gellar will co-host... Angel's David Boreanaz and his wife, actress Jaime Bergman, welcomed a baby boy, Jaden Rayne, into the world early Wednesday, Entertainment Tonight reports. read more

D'OH! DARN MISQUOTES!

Alright, don't have a cow, man. Despite reports, The Simpsons is not headed for TV's graveyard. Series creator Matt Groening says a Financial Times story that suggested the cartoon was on its way out "misquoted" him. "I don't want anyone to think I am predicting the demise of The Simpsons," he told Reuters. "They will live on with new adventures for years to come. As long as there are things to make fun of, we will be around." read more

THE BILL CLINTON SHOW?

Former President Bill Clinton is engaged in preliminary discussions with NBC to host his own talk show, the Los Angeles Times reports. The paper says Clinton is demanding $50 million a year and has aspirations "of becoming the next Oprah Winfrey." read more

D'OH!

Okay, go ahead and have a cow, man: The Simpsons's days may be numbered! "I think we are closer to winding it up," the show's creator, Matt Groening, told the Financial Times. "It becomes increasingly difficult as the years go by to keep on not only surprising the audience, but surprising ourselves." read more

SWEATSHOP SCANDAL

Shakira is speaking out about allegations that the clothing line she models for, Delia's, engages in unfair labor practices. "I would never knowingly wear any clothes or support any company who produced clothing with alleged wage and labor violations," the singer said in a statement. read more

Steve Zahn's Clueless Confession


Actor Steve Zahn is best known for his slow speech pattern and benevolent, slightly-stoned gaze. In flicks from Out of Sight to Saving Silverman, he often plays the clueless sidekick on the lookout for a good time. Currently, the loveable goof appears in Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls as a hard-partying musician who's, yep, on the lookout for a good time. He admits the fella reminds him of himself when he first began acting.

"I was this kind of naive guy who was just having a great time in New York," Zahn tells TV Guide Online, "and that was really all I cared about. Being naive was a very good tool, and I still try to keep that. You do things for the right reason — because they're fun. The more you know, the more y read more

Woody Scares George Hamilton


George Hamilton may be in his fifth decade of movie-making, but that didn't stop the 62-year-old actor from getting nervous on the set of Woody Allen's latest film, Hollywood Ending (opening Friday). The tanned thesp says that Allen — notorious for not letting castmembers read his scripts in advance and for giving little to no feedback on their performances — kept him in the dark most of the time.

"I didn't really know what my character was about until part-way through the movie," Hamilton says of his role as a hovering studio exec. "He would never tell me if I was doing it the right way, only if I was doing it wrong. I thought, either [Allen] is the most brilliant man, or one of the biggest scams in Hollywood — and I love it either way."

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ALPHABET SCOOP

Steven M. Bornstein has stepped down as president of ABC. Bornstein, who has held the position for a year, plans to pursue other interests. "Steve was instrumental in the development of numerous cable and online businesses, and played key roles in the enormous success of ESPN and the successful launch of the ABC Family Channel," said Disney president Robert A. Iger. "We appreciate all that he has done for ESPN, ABC Family and ABC and wish him well." read more

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