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Apprentice Loser Still Talking

Say what you want about Donald Trump, but the dude can spot a weak link when he sees it. Case in point: On last Thursday's The Apprentice, the perpetual pink-slipper muzzled 26-year-old talkaholic Stacy Rotner after she proved herself doggone useless on the pet task. But as TV Guide Online's Michael Ausiello found out late Friday afternoon, it's going to take a lot more than a demoralizing defeat in the boardroom to silence this little havoc-wreaker.

TV Guide Online: Your suitcase was humongous. Were you hiding a body in there?
Stacy Rotner:
(Laughs) I come prepared; I brought a lot of clothes and shoes. I'm a big shoe person.

TVGO: Why do you think you elicit such a negative reaction from people?
I think people aren't used to someone who so steadily and readily voices their opinion. And coming from a woman, it's probably more shocking. And coming from someone who's little is probably even more sh read more

Question: Your column is so ...

Question: Your column is so witty that I find myself calling my Marine Corps husband at his office to tell him the latest! He can't receive this newsletter due to restrictions on his PC. Can you give a shout-out, via me, to Rich? — Lisa

Ausiello: Hey, this isn't the Today show, folks. In any event, Rich, drop and gimme 10!

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And they sound a lot like me! On Tuesday they nominated my favorite comedy, Scrubs, for a People's Choice Award. What's more, series star Zach Braff was given nods for Favorite Male TV Star and Favorite Leading Man (for his film Garden State). In addition to other, more predictable kudos — runaway hits Desperate Housewives and Lost are up for Favorite New TV Drama — there were a couple of shocks: Not only will Eminem and Josh Groban go head-to-head for Favorite Male Singer, but among the Favorite New TV Comedy nominees are Father of the Pride and Quintuplets. (Can it be true? People read more


Julia Roberts, who is due to give birth to twins in January, has reportedly been hospitalized in Los Angeles after experiencing early contractions. According to People, the Oscar-winning actress was admitted Saturday and hooked up to a fetal monitor. Although the contractions eventually stopped, doctors are keeping her in the hospital and under observation until she gives birth. read more

Susan Sarandon's Hectic Schedule

Does any film star in Hollywood work as much as Jude Law? The 32-year-old star of Alfie (opening Nov. 5) has had six movies released within a three-month span. Then again, Law's costar Susan Sarandon — who plays Alfie's rich lover — has an equally impressive total of three movies hitting theaters this fall. The other two are Shall We Dance? and the holiday flick Noel (due on Nov. 12). But Sarandon was especially thrilled to lay down the Law.

"Jude was fabulous," the 58-year-old actress tells TV Guide Online. "He's like a character actor who has been given this amazing charm and grace. He is so much better than he needs to be when he looks like that. So he's really fun to work with."

Cuddling with the Brit heartthrob wasn't her only perk on Alfie's set. Sarandon also enjoyed sporting her sexy high-society duds. "It was the first time in a long time that I have wanted to keep my wardrobe," she smiles. "W read more


It appears that Jason Priestley is responding to Quintuplets, too. The former 90210 pinup will play Andy Richter's womanizing brother in a special Thanksgiving episode Nov. 24. read more


Indiana Jones 4 isn't doomed yet! George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have hired Catch Me If You Can scribe Jeff Nathanson to pen a rewrite of the oft-delayed fourth installment, Variety reports. read more


Scrubs mastermind Bill Lawrence, currently basking in his show's first People's Choice nod, is developing a comedy series for WB that follows two guys as they try to create TV's next great sitcom, per Variety... Day After Tomorrow survivor Jake Gyllenhaal has nabbed the lead role in Jarhead, the big-screen adaptation of Anthony Swofford's Gulf War memoir. American Beauty's Sam Mendes will direct. read more


"Of course I talk a lot — that's what makes me me and that's what makes me an excellent lawyer. I'm able to get my point across through the use of the English language." — The Apprentice's Stacy Rotner, responding to charges that she's annoying, in an interview with yours truly. Click here to read the rest of my Q&A with the little havoc-wreaker. And hey, don't forget to check out the latest edition of "Ask Ausiello" for the scoop on Miss Piggy, Clockwork Smurf and more! read more

Survivor's Lisa Let Go

Third time was the charm — sort of — for Survivor: Vanuatu castoff Lisa Keiffer. After reaching the semifinals of the contestant searches twice before, she finally made it onto the reality show. Too bad her flip-flopping between the older and younger cliques of the Yasur tribe — and a certain misunderstanding with Ami — got Lisa's torch snuffed. Here, the busy 44-year-old mother of six from New Orleans tells TV Guide Online about her South Pacific adventure.

TV Guide Online: Wow, you look so much better now than you did on the show!
Lisa Keiffer:
I know. Can you believe how I looked? My face was so thin. What if I lasted the whole time? I would have been a walking skeleton.

TVGO: Eliza was looking emaciated as well.
You thought she looked thinner? I was looking at me going, "Ewww." But I'm glad to know that she looked thinner.

TVGO: Were you excited to do a battle of the sexes?
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