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Sandra Dee, the squeaky-clean '60s teen idol best known for playing the title role in the surfer film Gidget, died Sunday in suburban Los Angeles of complications from kidney disease. She was 63. Dee, whose wholesome image was spoofed in the Grease song "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee," married singer Bobby Darin when she was just 16. Their romance was the basis for Kevin Spacey's recent film Beyond the Sea, in which Kate Bosworth played Dee. read more


The scribes behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Sideways won top honors at Saturday's 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards. Mind's Charlie Kaufman picked up the best original screenplay prize, while best adapted screenplay kudos went to Sideways' Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. On the TV side, The West Wing won for best drama and Arrested Development and Malcolm in the Middle tied for best comedy. read more


Despite a strong opening for Keanu Reeves' sci-fi thriller Constantine, Will Smith's romantic comedy Hitch held on to the No. 1 spot at the box office for a second straight weekend. Hitch grossed an estimated $31.8 million, just barely edging out Constantine's $30.5 million haul. Family film Because of Winn-Dixie debuted at No. 3 with $10.9 million, followed by Son of the Mask at No. 4 with $7.7 million. Million Dollar Baby rounded out the top five with $7.2 million. read more


Paris Hilton's little Sidekick is under attack — and I'm not referring to Nicole Richie. A vengeful hacker has infiltrated the Simple Life star's T-Mobile Sidekick account and posted the entire contents — including private numbers/e-mail addresses of her celeb friends — on the web. Among the famous digits making their way around the web today: Eminem, Fred Durst, Ashlee Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, Gilmore Girls star Jared Padalecki, some dude named Cory and former Buffy star Seth Green. "Fred Durst's voicemail was full," wrote a poster on "Lindsay Lohan's rang and rang and I chickened out and hung up." Added another: "I just called Christina Aguilera. We're going on a date tomorrow." Paris' little black book also contained private photos, notes and e-mail addresses for Usher, Stephen King and The Insider's Pat O'Brien. Noticeably missing from h read more

Quote of The Weekend: "I remember...

Quote of The Weekend:
"I remember seeing the girl I was with being hit on by Keith Richards."
SNL filmmaker James Signorelli, on The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live, incredulously describing life backstage during the show's initial success.


Desperate Housewives
I really do like this show. Really. And I know it's not supposed to represent any type of serious reality. But why is there always a moment, even in the bizarre world of Wisteria Lane, that makes me go "Oh, c'mon." And this week's was Justin and Andrew being caught by Susan in a compromising position in the pool. If you were as worried as Justin was earlier about being outed, why would you do something in someone else's pool after a giant party? Not exactly CIA-level secrecy, eh? Still, this situation could eventually lead to an even more revealing exchange like thi read more


Attention New Yorkers: It'll be safe to walk along Broadway between 53rd and 54th streets Monday afternoon. Snowboarding champion Tara Dakides has decided to postpone her scheduled outdoor backflip on Monday's Late Show with David Letterman. According to CBS, Dakides — who was injured while performing a similar stunt last February — backed out due to a pre-existing knee injury. read more

Creedence Clearwater Star Hits Crossroads

John Fogerty has created some great American music, first with his band Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Proud Mary," "Traveling Band," "Who'll Stop the Rain") and later flying solo ("Old Man Down the Road," "Centerfield"). Next up, the 59-year-old swamp-soaked rocker — whose current album Déjà Vu All Over Again has him on tour — takes a trip down CMT's Crossroads (Saturday, 9 pm/ET) for a rollicking jam session with country singer Keith Urban. Here, TV Guide Online talks to Fogerty about what it's like to be a legend in your own time.

TV Guide Online: Did you enjoy doing Crossroads?
John Fogerty:
Oh, yeah, I'm a big fan of Keith Urban. I admire his guitar playing and he's a real good singer. This show was really nice because we got to hang out for about four days. I think it's an interesting musical combination and not just a showbiz thing.

TVGO: Keith Urban was obviously excited read more


Bill Cosby is officially off the hook. A Pennsylvania prosecutor announced Thursday that Cosby will not face sexual harassment charges brought by a female acquaintance of his. Authorities reportedly found insufficient evidence to support the woman's claims... and a personally autographed photo from Cosby. read more

Race Duo Swears Off "Baby" Talk

Dating actors Hayden Kristianson and Aaron Crumbaugh made Amazing Race history on the season finale, when Aaron popped the question right after being Philiminated. It was a great "awww" moment, but considering their often combative relationship on the show, more than a few viewers probably thought "Huh?" Here, the duo set the record straight about their relationship and reveal some behind-the-scenes secrets, including what really happened on the top of Mount Hua.

TV Guide Online: The race had really taken its toll on you by the Xi'an leg. You both looked exhausted.
Aaron Crumbaugh:
The thing is, when we got off the train in Xi'an, we were feeling pretty good because we had gotten some sleep during the 17-hour ride. Then we ran to the Drum Tower and it wasn't open yet — story of our lives on this race. And from there, we just had a terrible day. The taxi driver just ki read more

Desperate Housewives: The Spin-off

Ever since Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry revealed that the twinkle in his eye is, in fact, a spin-off of the soap that has viewers in a lather, TV Guide Online has been focused on predicting its sister sudser's scenario. With some of our propositions, the network could probably clean up. And others? OK, we admit it — they just don't wash. Read on, then vote for the plot you're "desperate" to watch.

Desperate Housewives 2: Bree Van De Camp Living... Better: Anyone on Wisteria Lane will tell you that no one throws a nicer dinner party or bags a more fragrant potpourri than Bree (Marcia Cross). At last tired of whipping submissive spouse Rex (Steven Culp), she decides to dominate something more challenging — Martha Stewart's turf. Going Hollywood read more

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