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BROKEBACK DISCO

On Monday Elton John set the gay-rights movement back to the era when he was considered cool. How? He and his (we can only assume long-suffering) boyfriend David Furnish celebrated their wedding (which took place earlier today) with a star-studded — and scantily clad stud-starring — Western-themed bachelor party in London. Hey, wait a minute — this is why Boy George didn't have to go to court? read more

The O.C. So it's another Chrismukkah...

The O.C.So it's another Chrismukkah for the folks at The O.C. But apparently it's spawned a child that goes by the name Chrismukkah Bar Mitzvakkah. Ryan's the honoree of this newly formed rite of passage. I don't know about you but I always get a wee bit uncomfortable for Ryan when he has to partake in group fun like getting up in front of Newport's elite and giving a speech. And just how many times can the word "Chrismukkah" be uttered in one show? Apparently 3,743,686 times, and that's not including the 23 times it appears in this column. Flashdance's Michael Nouri is back as Summer's dad; he makes a connection of sorts with Julie Cooper and explains what happened to Summer's mom. The show may have touched a bit on this before, I don't really remember. But at least we got read more

WRITHE AND WRONG

The Peacock doesn't love Pamela Anderson. The Elton John concert special that NBC aired on Monday night originally featured a performance of "The Bitch Is Back" as the oversize screen behind John displayed the Stacked siren, scantily clad (duh) and doing a pole dance. Before broadcast, however, the Peacock network dropped the naughty number, declaring it "not appropriate" for the family-hour time slot. And yet Joey lasts a season and a half? read more

WINNIN' AND A-GRINNIN'

Lee Ann Womack was plum happier than a beagle at a jerky factory (this is why I don't write country-music lyrics, folks) at Tuesday night's CMA Awards, leading the pack with three wins including album of the year, for "There's More Where That Came From." Other big winners included Keith Urban, Toby Keith and anyone who slipped away to the outhouse as Elton John crooned a country duet with Dolly Parton. read more

BALL ROLLING AGAIN

Alan Ball is getting back in business with HBO. The Six Feet Under creator is developing a new series for the cabler based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series of best-selling novels, per Variety. In other TV deal-making, ABC has greenlit the Elton John-produced comedy Him and Us. The show revolves around a fictional rocker named Max Slash and his zany entourage. read more

A BIG, BIG CONCERT

From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, a star-studded concert being held tonight at New York City's Madison Square Garden, will be available for live viewing via pay-per-view — with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward Hurricane Katrina relief and rebuilding efforts. Among those slated to appear are Elton John, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Simon & Garfunkel and the Neville Brothers. To donate by purchasing the pay-per-view concert, subscribers to Adelphia, Cablevision, Charter, DISH Network and DIRECTV, and iN DEMAND partners Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable, should contact their local provider. read more

NOW THIS IS BIG

"From the Big Apple to the Big Easy," a star-studded concert being held Tuesday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden, is being made available for live viewing via pay-per-view — with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward Hurricane Katrina relief and rebuilding efforts. Among those slated to appear are Elton John, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Simon and Garfunkel and the Neville Brothers. To donate by purchasing the pay-per-view concert, subscribers to Adelphia, Cablevision, Charter, DISH Network and DIRECTV, and iN DEMAND partners Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable, should contact their local provider. read more

The Biggest Loser It's one thing...

The Biggest Loser It's one thing to watch the full hour-and-a-half every Tuesday night when it's new material. After all, we're all waiting for the week Mo gets kicked off, right? On the other hand, anyone who seriously sat and watched a clip-show rehash of past episodes should already know who the biggest loser is. Get a freakin' life!  The Kennedy Center HonorsOK, so this annual festival of back-patting is a little bit cheeseball. Retired newsman Walter Cronkite passing the emcee baton to horsey Caroline Kennedy? I could've done without the hokey fanfare. But in spite of my cynicism, I couldn't help but get caught up in a few intriguing moments...1. Ruby Dee's jaw actually drops as Angela Bassett and husband Courtney B. Vance take the stage to do a special reading in tribute to her and Ossie Davis. Then, Ruby clasps her face in delighted surprise as Aud read more

Idol's Jennifer Faces Racism Talk

Last week, the axing of Jennifer Hudson had American Idol fans crying foul. Did stormy weather in Chicago keep the hometown girl's boosters from getting out the vote? Or did racism land Hudson in the bottom three — along with LaToya London and Fantasia Barrino — as Elton John has charged? Since we've heard from everyone but Hudson on this controversy, TV Guide Online called the 22-year-old diva-in-training for her take. TV Guide Online: The fan protest to your exit from AI has been crazy.Jennifer Hudson: I feel honored, flattered and so excited. I'm still in awe from the whole thing. Everywhere I go, they're like, "You were robbed! That wasn't right! They need to bring you back." Some are in denial and they think I'm coming back. [Laughs] I'm like, "People, let it go. That's not gonna happen. There's no more Wild Cards. This is the finals, OK?" TVGO: You held it together really well w read more

Idol's Camile Hits the Road

OK, she's not as bad as William Hung, but Camile Velasco is also no American Idol. That's what AI voters decided last week, when they sent this weepy 18-year-old Hawaiian on her final, fatal trip to the bottom three. Her swan song was Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," which prompted Simon Cowell to presciently declare, "I think this is the end of the road for you." Here, TV Guide Online does an exit interview with Camile — who serves to remind us that, all too often, fantasy reigns supreme in the minds of today's reality-TV "stars." TV Guide Online: You've taken a lot of heat for your rendition of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."Camile Velasco: Right, but that was one of those times I had lots of fun onstage. It's one of my favorite songs by Elton John, so I really like to perform it. TVGO: Do you get why people were so critical of it?Velasco: Kind of. I could have chosen a better song. Song choice read more

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