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SPEAKING OF SURVIVOR...

Sean Rector, the 30-year-old teacher from Harlem, New York, became the latest contestant voted off Survivor: Marquesas Thursday night. "I just know that, through it all, it's been a blast," he said after learning his fate. "I am just a humble young man trying to find my way through the world. God bless America." The ultimate Survivor will be crowned during Sunday night's two-hour finale (8 pm/ET). But the secret is already out: Rosie O'Donnell — who will emcee Sunday's live Survivor reunion (10 pm/ET) — announced on her talk show today that she has already seen the final episode and knows who wins. read more

ROSIE'S BIG NIGHT

Exiting talk show host Rosie O'Donnell received some very nice parting gifts Friday night: A pair of Daytime Emmy Awards. O'Donnell won her sixth Emmy for outstanding talk show host and her program, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, was named best talk show for the fifth time. Elsewhere, ABC's resurgent soap One Life to Live was named best daytime drama for the first time in its 34 year history. To view the winners list, click here. TV Guide Online's Soaps section will have complete coverage of the 29th Daytime Emmys on Monday. read more

BOX OFFICE WARS

Final numbers aren't in yet, but Star Wars: Episode II &#150 Attack of the Clones grossed an estimated $6-$8 million at the box office from midnight screenings on Wednesday. In related news, Hayden Christensen (aka Anakin Skywalker) is in talks to star in the film Shattered Glass, the true story of a whiz-kid journalist who was later exposed as a fraud. read more

SENATOR SPRINGSTEEN?

Turns out, Bruce Springsteen was not born to run for office. Despite the efforts of political consultant Doug Friedline to get the Boss elected as New Jersey's next U.S. senator, Springsteen says he has no desire to enter the political fray. Paraphrasing Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's classic rebuff at the 1884 GOP convention, he cracked: "If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve." read more

THE NEXT SPIELBERG?

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst — a skateboarding fanatic since the late '70s — has signed on to direct Lords of Dogtown, a feature that takes an extreme look at the birth of the teenage skateboarding revolution, Variety reports. Although Durst has directed numerous music videos, this will be his first stab at helming a feature film. Shooting begins this summer in California. read more

CONGRATULATIONS!

Friends delivered another season-ending twist Thursday night — and we're not referring to Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) giving birth to little Emma. During the final minutes of the hour-long episode, the new mom accepted Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) inadvertent marriage proposal. Not surprisingly, the finale scored a spectacular 23.6 rating and 35 share — clobbering the penultimate episode of Survivor: Marquesas. As a result, CBS will rebroadcast last night's Survivor on Saturday at 8 pm/ET. read more

FALLEN ANGEL

James Cameron probably isn't feeling like the King of the World today: Fox has axed his second-year sci-fi drama Dark Angel. The Oscar-winning filmmaker isn't holding out hope that he'll get a chance to tie up the show's loose ends in a two-hour telepic next season. "I doubt it, quite frankly," he tells TV Guide Online. "I think these decisions are made on a very mercenary basis. I think that once they've decided that they've got to put their money elsewhere, they'll put their money elsewhere. Which is too bad, because I think that we have a loyal fan base." The new Joss Whedon-produced space western Firefly will take over Jessica Alba's Friday night timeslot. Other Fox casualties include read more

RECORD ROUND-UP

Musiq's Juslisen entered the Billboard album chart at No. 1 with 260,000 copies sold. Celine Dion's New Day Has Come jumped four places to No. 2, followed by the debut of Lauryn Hill's MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. read more

Friends Co-Star Dishes and Tells


Jennifer Aniston's rep for being one of Hollywood's sweetest, most down-to-earth actresses apparently is no joke. According to Eddie McClintock, who appears in tonight's one-hour Friends season finale as Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) new flame, not even childbirth can turn Mrs. Brad Pitt into a brat.

"She really went out of her way to be nice to me," he tells TV Guide Online. "Even though we didn't work together, she made a point of coming over and saying 'Hi.' She'd actually say, 'Hi Eddie,' which was a big thing because that means she remembers. She took time enough to remember my name instead of just, 'Oh, there's that gu read more

FRIENDS FOREVER?

David Letterman made a surprise appearance at CBS's upfront presentation Wednesday to poke fun at his network and his so-called rivalry with CBS chief Les Moonves. "We're all excited to find out what this year's Wolf Lake will be," Letterman cracked. A taped segment showed Moonves washing Letterman's car and holding cue cards on the Late Show set. (Despite all the silliness, it was clear these two will never be friends.) Meanwhile, based on clips of CBS's new fall shows, Monday night sitcom Still Standing (starring The Full Monty's Mark Addy) looks to be a winner, while Sunday night comedy Bram and Alice — which is being paired with a relocated read more

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