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BROTHER'S GOT A SECRET!

Another skeleton has turned up in one of the closets inside CBS's Big Brother compound, and it belongs to 27-year-old housemate William Collins. According to the New York Daily News, Collins — who last night was one of two contestants nominated to be booted out — is a follower of noted hatemonger Khalid Abdul Muhammad. This revelation comes a day after it was revealed that another housemate, George, shot and killed a man while on a hunting trip 12 years ago. read more

A SCARY DEAL

NBC has landed television rights to the surprise summer sleeper hit, Scary Movie. The Keenan Ivory Wayans-directed comedy — which grossed a record-busting $42.3 million during its opening weekend — will debut on the small screen in 2003. read more

MORE BROTHER TROUBLE

As if Big Brother wasn't keeping CBS's PR department busy enough, last night's live installment at one point featured the 10 contestants sitting around dissing the Tiffany Network. It all started when one housemate asked what "reporter" Julie Chen's role on the series was. When another explained that she worked on the struggling Early Show, someone asked: "Is that local or national?" Moments later, a member was overheard saying that he never watches CBS. Ouch. read more

SMITS GOES TO WAR

Former NYPD Blue star Jimmy Smits has joined the cast of the next Star Wars prequel, due out in summer 2002, Reuters reports. Smits will play Sen. Bail Organa of Alderaan, the foster father of Princess Leia. read more

OSCAR WINNER IN ORDER

NBC's durable crime drama Law & Order is undergoing yet another cast change. Dianne Wiest — who won supporting actress Oscars for her roles in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway — has inked a deal to play the new district attorney, replacing Steven Hill, the show's last original cast member. Hill's character reportedly will be voted out of office next season. read more

LATER TODAY BITES THE DUST

NBC will say ta-ta Aug. 11 to low-rated gabfest Later Today after about a year of telecasts. USA Today reports that one of the show's three anchors, former Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson, might resurface on NBC's soon-to-be-expanded Today. read more

SURVIVOR'S KILLER RATINGS

Wednesday night's Survivor grabbed a whopping 16.0 rating, its best in the Nielsen overnight category. The latest installment of the reality game show pummelled the competition on NBC (Dateline, 6.5), ABC (Two Guys and a Girl, 4.2, and Norm, 3.4) and Fox (The Simpsons, 4.4, and Family Guy, 3.9). read more

BAD TIMES FOR J.J.

Former Good Times star Jimmie "J.J." Walker swerved into the path of another car while driving in New Jersey on Tuesday, resulting in minor injuries to the other driver and a passenger, says USA Today. Walker, 53, was cited for failure to maintain his lane. read more

BARRYMORE & GREEN TO WED

Actress Drew Barrymore has announced her engagement to MTV sociopath Tom Green. This will be marriage No. 2 for Barrymore, 25, whose 1994 union with Jeremy Thomas ended in divorce after one year. It'll be the first time down the aisle for wacky Green. The couple has not yet set a wedding date. read more

ROCK LEGENDS SQUABBLE

Aging rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard have barely said a word to each other on their current Legends of Rock 'n' Roll Tour, according to London's Express. "You've never seen three men hate each other so much," one unnamed source told the newspaper. read more

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