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Who's the real winner of The Apprentice? All those folks who shelled out $20 for a Planet Hollywood basketball signed by then-unknown Kwame Jackson in the show's fourth episode. Now that the wannabe mogul is a full-fledged celeb, his signed balls (tee-hee) are fetching upwards of $100 on eBay. It's sweet vindication for The Donald's first runner-up, who was accused by his teammates of duping customers into thinking his John Hancock carried some value. "It's a total he-who-laughs-last [moment]," says Jackson, who donated a handful of balls (tee-hee) to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Meanwhile, click on the fancy little icon at the top of this column today through May 12 to enter and win one of Kwame's balls (tee-hee) yourself! read more


German supermodel Heidi Klum gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday in New York. Little Leni — whose papa is some dude named Flavio Briatore — tipped the scales at eight pounds, three more than her mom. read more


The Friends cast will be there for each other today when they reunite to watch the sitcom's big finale. According to the New York Post, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will attend a private screening of the episode on the Warner Bros. lot at 4 pm/PST. Afterwards, they'll join Jay Leno to tape a special edition of The Tonight Show on the set of Central Perk. Meanwhile, Hollywood's major film studios are getting in on the Friends frenzy by purchasing the bulk read more


Bug-eyed viper Trish found herself all dressed up with no place to go but a loony bin on last night's Bachelor, leaving Jessica B., Tara and Mandy J. in the final three. If you'd like to sling some mud at the 28-year-old diva, please phrase your insult in the form of a question and e-mail it to me at the bottom of this page. read more


Bobby Brown will have to add a new subplot to his in-the-works reality show. The Old Edition singer was ordered to stand trial on charges that he hit wife Whitney Houston last December. Houston appeared by her hubby's side at Wednesday's 5-minute court hearing. read more


Perpetually positive soul kid George Huff was voted off American Idol last night, narrowing the contestant pool down to four divas: Jasmine, Fantasia, Diana and LaToya. Next week: Disco night with Donna Summer! read more


Angel alum Charisma Carpenter bares (almost) all in the June issue of Playboy magazine... Good news, Scrubs fans: Tuesday's season finale attracted more than 11 million viewers and built on its Frasier lead-in by 18 percent among adults 18-34... Tim Burton's acclaimed tall tale Big Fish topped the DVD charts during its first week in stores, selling two million copies. read more


Paramount Pictures has snapped up the film rights to The Partridge Family, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bernard Slade, who created the series, will serve as an exec producer. read more


A federal judge rejected Martha Stewart's bid for a new trial Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum ruled that the domestic diva received a fair trial the first time around, despite the fact that one of the jurors lied about his arrest record. Stewart, who was found guilty of obstructing justice, will be sentenced on June 17. read more


Supermodel Naomi Campbell won an appeal Thursday in her privacy case against a British tabloid that published photographs of her leaving a drug counseling meeting. Reversing a lower court decision, Britain's highest court ruled that the Daily Mirror invaded Campbell's privacy and ordered the paper to pay her legal costs and $6300 in damages. read more

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