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Pop singer Mandy Moore is in talks to star in a remake of the 1959 film A Summer Place... UPN is benching its low-rated spooker Haunted for November sweeps. read more

THE FUR IS FLYING!

The staff of the now-defunct Rosie magazine are flinging koosh balls at their ex-boss, Rosie O'Donnell. In the new issue of Vanity Fair, Rosie employees portray the so-called "Queen of Nice" as a tyrant prone to angry outbursts. She allegedly once accused a staffer of lying, and said: "You know what happens to liars? They get cancer." Sadly, this particular worker was a breast cancer survivor. O'Donnell denies the accusation. read more

SEX TALK

Don't give up on Sex just yet. Despite Cynthia Nixon's recent remark that Sex and the City's upcoming sixth season would be its last, an HBO spokesperson tells TV Guide Online that "no decision has been made on the future of the series." Yeah, we had a hunch. read more

ARRANGED MARRIAGE

Uberproducer Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue, L.A. Law) is climbing into bed with HBO to create a new drama series centered around one New York City couple. Marriage, which is slated to premiere in 2004, takes place entirely in the bedroom, bathroom and closet of the couple's apartment. What, the kitchen is off limits? read more

JAM MASTER LAID TO REST

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and producer Russell Simmons were among the hip-hop stars who turned out Tuesday for the funeral of Run-DMC member Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell in Queens, N.Y. Thousands of fans also came out to pay their respects. The 37-year-old DJ was shot to death Oct. 30 at his Queens recording studio. read more

GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL?

A jury on Tuesday found Winona Ryder guilty of grand theft and vandalism stemming from a December 2001 arrest in which she was accused of stealing $5,500 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was acquitted on a burglary charge. The 30-year-old actress was in court when the verdict was read aloud at 11:45 am/PT. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 6. Experts predict she'll avoid jail time and get probation instead. read more

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"They've said I'm gay, they've said everyone's gay. I personally don't believe in doing huge lawsuits about that stuff. Tom does. That's what he wants to do, that's what he's going to do. You do not tell Tom what to do. That's it. Simple. He is a force to be reckoned with." — Nicole Kidman discussing her ex-husband in December's Vanity Fair. read more

FOX ON FIRE

The better-late-than-never Halloween episode of The Simpsons attracted nearly 17 million viewers on Sunday and helped Fox win the night among young adults. Compared to last year's season premiere, Bart and Co. were up 14 percent. Fellow returning comedies King of the Hill and Malcolm in the Middle also performed well, with 13 million and 12.2 million viewers respectively. read more

Survivor's Shii Ann Reveals Crush!


Survivor: Thailand's latest evictee, Shii Ann Huang, maintains that her status as a minority put her at a distinct disadvantage during her 21 days on Koh Tarutao. But surprisingly, the 28-year-old brassy exec recruiter says the fact that she was the reality show's first Asian-American female was the least of her obstacles.

"I'm a New Yorker... and that was the biggest cultural difference," she tells TV Guide Online, noting that the majority of her Sook Jai tribemates hailed from the South. "I've been living in New York for seven years now, and we're known to be outspoken and assertive and we don't like to take things lying down."

Of course, Huang's brazen tactics — specifically, her ill-fated attempt to form an alliance with rival tribe Chuay Gahn — ultimately cost her the $1 million booty. But as the Taiwanese native points out, the knowledge that she shattered a few stereotypes was reward read more

TALK ABOUT LOYALTY

It pays to be a member of the David E. Kelley club. The prolific producer has tapped actress Chyler Leigh — one of the three stars of his short-lived Fox series girls club — to join the cast of his ABC legal drama The Practice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll play a young associate working at a new firm launched by Lindsay (Kelli Williams). read more

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