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ELECTRA REVEALS RODMAN SECRETS

Carmen Electra says her pet name for ex-hubby Dennis Rodman is "Little Choo-Choo" and that she likes to tease the former basketball star mercilessly about his bad-boy behavior. "I have all these little names for him," she tells The Toronto Sun, "but he's mad because all his friends found out and now they tease him. But he is so Little Choo-Choo — he is! He is a little baby." read more

DARVA'S ONLINE AUCTION

Meanwhile, former Multimillionaire bride Darva Conger is auctioning her diamond wedding ring (3.37 carats) and brand new 2000 Isuzu Trooper LS on web site BuyBidWin.com. Each is valued at $35,000 and proceeds will be donated to Easter Seals and United Cerebral Palsy Fund. The auctions run through July 15. read more

ROCKWELL SLAMS EX-WIFE

Rick Rockwell says the late sideshow geek Elephant Man is more appealing to him than Playboy-posing ex-wife Darva Conger. In a tell-all interview with DailyRadar.com, Rockwell says he had been warned against choosing Conger as his wife by Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire host Jay Thomas. "He came backstage when I had to narrow it down to five finalists and said, 'Anybody but the platinum blonde.' And I said, 'What?' He really wouldn't give me a definitive answer as to why he was saying that." read more

EMINEM'S WIFE IN REPORTED SUICIDE ATTEMPT

The wife of popular rapper Eminem attempted suicide Friday night at the couple's home in suburban Detroit, according to The Detroit Free Press. Police would not release the victim's name but Interscope Records spokesman Dennis Dennehy confirmed to the paper it was 25-year-old Kim Mathers who was transported to a hospital and later released. Meanwhile, Eminem is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and assault with a deadly weapon. — Rich Brown read more

ESPN TO MAKE MOVIES

ESPN plans to develop original sports-themed movies, including a Billy Crystal project based on the life of veteran sportscaster Dick Schaap. Schaap currently hosts The Sports Reporters for the cable network. read more

FREAKS AND GEEKS LIVES ON

Freaks and Geeks, the critically acclaimed but low-rated series canceled after just one season on NBC, will live on in reruns on Fox Family Channel. The cable network has picked up all 18 episodes of the teen drama, including three that never aired. Watch for its Fox Family debut on Aug. 29. read more

BIG BROTHER RATINGS DROP

The second episode of CBS reality series Big Brother scored an 8.2 rating Thursday night, trailing closely behind NBC's Friends rerun in the 8 pm/ET slot. On the bright side: Brother's rating was 39 percent higher than last week's CBS rerun of Diagnosis Murder. On the dark side: Thursday night's viewership for the much-hyped Brother fell 39 percent from Wednesday night's debut episode. read more

DAN RATHER IN COURT

Veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather has been selected to serve as a juror in a Manhattan civil court case involving Citicorp. "I think that it's an important privilege, as well as a responsibility for every citizen," he told the New York Post after being picked from the jury pool on Thursday. read more

SPIKE LEE SLAMS PATRIOT

Director Spike Lee called Mel Gibson's Revolutionary War epic The Patriot "a complete whitewashing of history" in an angry letter to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. "For three hours, The Patriot dodged around, skirted about or completely ignored slavery," wrote Lee. "The Patriot is pure, blatant American Hollywood propaganda. While holding myself back from shouting at the screen, I kept wondering 'Where are the slaves? Who's picking the cotton?' " read more

ROSIE PEREZ'S MOM DYING OF AIDS

Rosie Perez's mom, 60-year-old Lydia, revealed to the New York Daily News that she is suffering from AIDS and that her actress daughter refuses to return her phone calls. "Please tell her I'm dying and I just want to see her one more time," says Lydia, who is living in a NYC public housing project. The actress issued a statement through her publicist: "As a strong AIDS activist, I have pleaded with my mother to accept my assistance through whatever connections I have within the AIDS community and medical community; she has refused it. I have also offered her financial assistance, which was accepted. While it is accurate to say she is not the woman who raised me and we are somewhat estranged, I have always wished for her the best help and continue to offer my support." read more

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