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PARTY PLANNER

We know what The Practice's Dylan McDermott will be doing on his summer hiatus. According to Variety, the actor will portray nightclub impresario Peter Gatien in the film Party Monster, the true story of party promoter and convicted murderer Michael Alig. Macaulay Culkin plays the title role. read more

BAD THINGS

Tonya Harding apparently is still celebrating her victory over Paula Jones on Fox's Celebrity Boxing. The former ice villain was cited for drunken driving early Saturday after she crashed her pickup into a ditch outside of Portland, Ore. read more

GOODBYE SPENSER

Tom Selleck, Tony Danza and Joan Van Ark were among the celebrity mourners who gathered to remember Robert Urich at a North Hollywood memorial service on Friday. Urich died of cancer last week at the age of 55. read more

MORE JENNY

Talk show host Jenny Jones won't be joining Sally Jessy Raphael next season on the unemployment line. Despite rumors that the ax was imminent, Jenny Jones will return in the fall for a 12th season. read more

ROSIE OUTLOOK

CBS has tapped reality TV's No. 1 fan, Rosie O'Donnell, to host Survivor: Marquesas &#150 The Reunion. The special airs live from New York's Central Park on Sunday, May 19, immediately following the two-hour finale. read more

ONCE... AGAIN?

Once and Again actor Billy Campbell is confirming rumors that his acclaimed ABC series may return in the fall for a fourth season — despite the fact that last Monday's episode was billed by the network as the show's series finale. Campbell's leading lady, Sela Ward, broke the news to him last week. "She called and said, 'Have you heard? It's not definite that we're cancelled,'" he tells TV Guide Online. "Apparently, on the same day that they cancelled us, [ABC] called the studio and said, 'Don't knock down the sets, don't release the actors, and why don't you work us up a tentative budget for a Year Four.' I don't know what to think... They can't even kill us with dignity." Responds an ABC rep: "Once and Again has had its series finale on ABC." read more

BOX OFFICE KING

The Rock body-slammed the box office competition over the weekend as his popcorn flick, The Scorpion King, debuted at No. 1 with $36.2 million. The Mummy prequel set a record for the best opening weekend in April, besting the $27.8 debut of The Matrix in 1999. Last weekend's top grosser, Changing Lanes, slipped to No. 2 with a still-potent $11.1 million. Sandra Bullock's stinky thriller Murder by Numbers was pretty much DOA, taking in $9.5 million for third place. Rounding out the top five was The Rookie (No. 4 with $6.3 million) and Panic Room (No. 5 with $6.2 million). read more

NO LOVE

Courtney Love really must be p---ed off now. Nirvana bandmembers Krist Novoselic and David Grohl want Kurt Cobain's widow to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to see if she's mentally incompetent. The duo's lawyer cites Love's decision to block the release of "You Know You're Right," a song recorded before Cobain's 1994 suicide, as an indication of her incompetence. "This Nirvana music should be out there for the fans," attorney Kelly Corr said. "She's fighting that... We think a rational person in her position would say, 'Yes, let's get the music out.'" read more

Ethan Hawke's Oscar Mystery


The morning after this year's Oscar ceremony, a hungover Ethan Hawke awoke to a baffling surprise. No one cared about his defeat in the race for best supporting actor, nor his reaction to Training Day co-star Denzel Washington's victory. Everyone — even close friends — was too busy quizzing him, "Did you get into a fight with Will Smith?"

A month later, he's still explaining that the bruise-like mark viewers saw on his cheek was unrelated to the Ali star's vanishing act. "My only contact with Will Smith that night was that he offered me a plate of shrimp," Hawke tells TV Guide Online. "Literally, the whole thing is a complete read more

Ben Kingsley's Triumph


It didn't take much arm-twisting for Ben Kingsley to star in Clare Peploe's gender-bending romantic comedy Triumph of Love. He plays crotchety 18th-century philosopher Hemocrates, who's anti-women and decidedly anti-love — that is, until tricky co-star Mira Sorvino seduces him. Hemocrates falls hard, which is what made Kingsley fall in love with the part.

"Coming from the theater, I thought, 'Do I really want to do another play on film?'" he tells TV Guide Online. "[But] the script read beautifully and I really liked my character very much. He was very empowered, and then he loses all his power, then gets it back by learning something."

Naturally, the Oscar read more

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