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Kung Fu star David Carradine — who plays the title role in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Kill Bill — appears to be embroiled in an ugly divorce battle. In court papers, wife Marina has accused him of "deviant sexual behavior, which was potentially deadly," according to Court TV's Among other things, she alleged that Carradine, 66, had an "incestuous relationship with a very close family member," who went unidentified. Carradine's attorney denounced the accusations as "highly inflammatory and false." read more


ABC has given a midseason order to The Big House, a sitcom about a wealthy black guy (Kevin Hart) from Malibu who moves to Philadelphia to live with his blue-collar relatives... Drumline star Nick Cannon is lending his pipes to 20th Century Fox's upcoming live-action/CGI Garfield pic. He'll voice Louis, a city mouse who befriends Garfield. read more


Just two years after their hush-hush wedding, ex-Moesha star Brandy and her husband, music producer Robert Smith, are separating, People reports. The split comes as little surprise to anyone who caught MTV's Diary Presents Brandy: Special Delivery — which chronicled the June 2002 birth of the couple's daughter, Sy'rai. Recalls my colleague Lauren Kane, who never missed an episode: "They were always fighting!" read more


Country crooner/actor Dwight Yoakam is engaging in a Three Way Split with John Doe star Dominic Purcell and Bound babe Gina Gershon. Oh, get your mind out of the gutter, people. It's just an innocent little indie flick that The Hollywood Reporter describes as a darkly comic story of murder, kidnapping and blackmail. Yoakam plays a blackmailer harassing Purcell's character. read more


Beverly Hillbillies star Buddy Ebsen — he played poor mountaineer Jed Clampett — has been admitted to a Torrance, Calif., hospital for an undisclosed illness. The 95-year-old is reportedly in good condition. read more


Showtime has named Robert Greenblatt, a producer of HBO's Six Feet Under, as its new entertainment president. He replaces departing exec Jerry Offsay, whose biggest programming success was Queer as Folk. Enough said. read more


CBS says it will reveal Big Brother 4's secret new twist on Monday. (Ooh, maybe Julie Chen has finally been fired.) The fourth edition kicks off July 8. read more

It's Official! Pamela Anderson's a Cartoon!

No one can accuse former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson of not having her priorities in order — except maybe her handlers. "My agents are going crazy with me because I have all this [work] criteria, and it's all centered around the boys," she laughs, referring to sons Brandon, 7, and Dylan, 5. "They're like, 'I'm not going to tell people that you're only going to work on school holidays!' And then I say, 'Well, then, I'm retired.'" Anderson's decision to put family before career led her, ironically enough, to Stripperella, a new TNN (or is it Spike TV?) animated series debuting tonight (11 pm/ET). Created by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, the cheeky cartoon revolves around an exotic dancer (voiced by Anderson) who leads a double life as a secret agent. TV Guide Online rang read more


Despite that whole Rob Campos debacle, NBC has announced plans to air a sequel to For Love or Money — this summer's most disappointing reality series. This time around, a woman will grope, er, field 15 male suitors. It debuts July 14. read more


Chris Rock will return as host of the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28 at Radio City Music Hall. The freakin' brilliant comedian/actor — who will embark on a cross-country stand-up tour to prepare for the ceremony — previously hosted the kudocast in 1997 and 1999. read more

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