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ANGEL SCOOP!

Former Angel bloodsucker David Boreanaz has landed the title role in the big-screen romantic comedy Mr. Fix-It, TV Guide Online has learned. Directed by Darin Ferriola (Soulkeeper), the film — which starts production today — revolves around a lovelorn bachelor who runs an agency that helps guys repair their broken relationships. While working on a case, he ends up falling in love himself (with Alana De La Garza, soon to be seen on WB's new fall soap The Mountain). "It has a very '80s romantic theme to it," Boreanaz says. "I'm going to be doing some dancing, singing... It's going to be a lot of fun." Lorne is gonna be so jealous. read more

POWER PLAY

Forbes magazine has named Passion of the Christ helmer Mel Gibson the year's most powerful celeb in its annual Celebrity 100 power rankings, which takes into account both money and fame. Golf star Tiger Woods was second, followed by Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, the Rolling Stones and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Last year's champ, Jennifer Aniston, slipped to 17th place. Her first child, meanwhile, held steady at No. 10. read more

IT'S OVER

Somewhere The Bachelor's bug-eyed viper Trash, er, Trish, is cackling gleefully. The word's out that New York Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer has "mutually" split with his Chosen One, 22-year-old law student Jessica Bowlin. "We simply realized that, individually, our next steps take us in different directions," Jesse tells Extra. In other words, despite Jesse's offer of a first-class, one-way ticket to NYC, Jessica decided to stay in California to finish school and wonder how it all went so terribly wrong. read more

SEE DICK PLEAD

Andy Dick pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor marijuana-possession charge. The Less than Perfect star was arrested on May 2 after he was caught lighting a joint at a musical festival in California. Just the one? read more

REEGE, I'M RICH!

Kelly Ripa has inked a new five-year contract with Live that will reportedly pay her $8 million annually. When you factor in the money she also makes for ABC's Hope & Faith and those hair commercials, well, let's just say this 33-year-old is rolling in it. read more

Pepsi SmashI have always thought...

Pepsi Smash I have always thought that Alicia Keys was the real deal, a true artist overshadowed in the media by manufactured moppets like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson unfortunately lumped into the category of adolescent instrument-playing singer-songwriters along with Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton (Vanessa who? Exactly.) And while I loved, loved, loved her first song, I couldn't help but wince during her second number, when she left the piano and tried to channel her inner Beyonce by getting bootylicious while quoting Outkast ("Shake it like a Polaroid"). Anyone who's been unfortunate enough to go dancing with me knows that I'm certainly no J.Lo (hell, I'm not even Jennifer Grey), but was I the only one who thought that at one point she looked like she was standing on an exposed electrical wire?

Come to Papa And the Seinfeld curse, er, connection continues. Pa read more

FAREWELL

Thousands of fans lined up Thursday to pay their last respects to late soul icon Ray Charles, whose open casket was on view at the Los Angeles Convention Center. His funeral is set for today and is expected to draw such celebs as Stevie Wonder, B.B. King and Willie Nelson. read more

THEM'S FIGHTIN' WORDS

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest reportedly told a Singapore newspaper that judge Simon Cowell is "arrogant," "pompous" and says things that are "too harsh." And if you thought that was shocking, he went on to say the sky is blue and the Earth is round. read more

Larry Hagman: "I'm Not Dead"

Let's clear something up: Larry Hagman is not dead. For months, rumors have been circulating that the actor, who had a liver transplant in 1995, has passed away. Or is dying. Or needs another liver transplant. We caught up with the former Dallas bad boy at his swank Santa Monica pad. And trust us, he's very much alive.

TV Guide Online: With the first and second seasons of Dallas due out on DVD August 24 and a reunion special filming this fall, you sure are busy for a dead guy.
Larry Hagman:
Henry Winkler called me up a couple of months ago [about producing the reunion]. I think Charlene Tilton came up with the idea: a Dallas retrospective. We're going to show stuff from the show and stuff from behind the scenes. I shot thousands of feet of Super 8 on the set.

TVGO: How did all these death rumors get started?
Hagman:
I had a bad patch in December. Turns out it was some kind of E. coli bacteria that crosse read more

MARTHA'S GOT STYLE

Reruns of Martha Stewart Living will begin airing on Style Network later this month. As previously announced, the show will go on hiatus in September while Stewart squares away her legal woes. read more

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