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TREKKERS, UNITE

Star Trek fans — despondent over UPN's cancellation of Enterprise — took out a full-page ad in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times urging Sci Fi Channel to pick up the show. A rally, meanwhile, is planned for Feb. 25 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. It's BYOS (Bring Your Own Synthehol). read more

ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO SUE

Ashley Olsen has slapped The National Enquirer with a $40 million lawsuit over a story that implied she was involved in a drug scandal. The suit claims the rag ran a misleading headline and cover photograph showing Olsen with her eyes half-shut — implying she was "drugged" out. In reality, her assistant just forgot to scotch-tape her eyelids open that morning. read more

Gilmore Girls Isn't Alexis Bledel's...

Gilmore Girls
Isn't Alexis Bledel's longer, curly hair sooo pretty? It looks much nicer down than when it was in that disastrous updo at last week's wedding. But I'm just dwelling on Ms. Rory Gilmore's coiffure to avoid the painful subject of Luke and Lorelai's breakup. Didn't you hate seeing Lorelai reduced to leaving him that agonizing answering-machine message? Can't blame her for sneaking into his place to steal the tape back — we've all thought about doing the same at least once in our lives. Although, sorry to nitpick, but that plot point seemed rather anachronistic — doesn't everyone have voice mail these days?

American Idol
Is Aa'isha Jackson any relation to Jacko? The girl clearly wishes she was, since she has her mimicry of Michael's "Never Can Say Goodbye" (circa the Jackson Five er read more

SILLY WOLF

Law & Order chief Dick Wolf is breaking into the comedy biz with a sitcom pilot at NBC. The untitled project, produced by Wolf and Will & Grace's Dave Flebotte, revolves around an Italian family that runs a diner in the North End of Boston. If it's half as funny as Serena's 11th hour outing on L&O, it's gonna be a winner. read more

STORK REPORT

Nicolas Cage and his new bride, Alice Kim, are expecting their first child. Cage has a 13-year-old son with his ex-girlfriend, model Kristina Fulton. read more

Starting Over with No Memory


Amnesia plots are commonplace on TV. Even ABC's Lost features a castaway who has misplaced her memory. That's nothing compared to Bethany, the real-life amnesia sufferer on NBC's daily reality soap, Starting Over. The 21-year-old North Carolinian recalls nothing about her life or personality before the age of 17, when she was stricken by encephalitis. Here, TV Guide Online rings up Bethany's peppy life coach, Rhonda Britten, to learn more about her unusual story.

TV Guide Online: Bethany's 21 and can't recall most of her life. Is this your toughest case ever?
Rhonda Britten:
I don't consider Bethany my most difficult case. I consider Bethany my most innocent case. Her innocence is just so overwhelmingly endearing and heart-opening. Here is this young girl who does not remember at all who she was. She's created an identity based on what oth read more

MOVE OVER, BRATZ...

Mattel has announced plans to create a Lindsay Lohan Barbie doll. Dressed in full red-carpet splendor, the doll — due out in June — comes with its own director's chair, velvet rope and messed-up father. read more

American Idol's Most Winning Rejects


Wild-eyed Virginian Mary Roach performing a possessed version of "I Feel the Earth Move." The rhythmically challenged accountant Sundeep Achreja serving up his punchy version of "Eye of the Tiger." We love those American Idol performers who dare to be different. And as Idol prepares to pick its top 24 finalists, we give the last word to some of the unique talents who got cut early. Do any have what it takes to be the next William Hung? You be the judge.

Derek Braxton
Age: 20 From: Silver Springs, Md, The sound: Toni Braxton trapped on a cheap hotel vibrating bed. Getting the boot: "I think I used too much vibrato in my voice, and I probably picked the wrong song ["How Could an Angel Break My Heart"]. I don't see what all the fuss is about. I really wasn't that bad." Don't judge me: "Paula said I didn't speak in English. Simon was read more

ROCK AND ROLL

There's nothing like a little manufactured controversy to get people talking about a stodgy old awards show. According to the Drudge Report, some unnamed Academy members are calling for Chris Rock to be removed as Oscar host after he labeled awards shows "idiotic," not to mention the bane of every straight black man's existence. "What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars?" Rock asked Entertainment Weekly. "Show me one." (Star Jones' hubby, perhaps?) Naturally, Oscar producer Gil Cates is shrugging off the whole thing, saying Rock's comments were meant to be "humorous digs at a show that some people, obviously including Chris himself, think may be a bit too stuffy. The Academy has heard no grumbling from its members and has no intention of even suggesting that Chris step aside." read more

LOOK OUT, MIRAMAX

Filmmaker Christopher Guest, the satirist behind Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, is setting his sights on the annual high-stakes scramble for Oscar nominations as the basis for his next movie, according to New York Magazine. read more

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