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BLOODY HELL

Britain's Big Brother was taken off the air Thursday after a riot broke out in the flat. The housemates reportedly threatened to kill each other and had to be dragged apart by security guards. This would have never happened on Julie Chen's watch. read more

SHE HAD IT COMING

A Beverly Hills woman pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking T-Mobile pitchwoman Catherine Zeta-Jones. Dawnette Knight, who was arrested June 3, was arraigned last week on one count of stalking and 25 counts of making "terrorist threats." She's being held on $1 million bail. Zeta-Jones' rep says the actress and her family are "greatly relieved that the suspect is in custody." read more

SUPER NEWS!

Warner Bros.' troubled Superman film is once again taking off. According to Variety, Charlie's Angels helmer McG is being eyed to direct the new installment, which could go into production later this year. Roswell's Jason Behr and Gilmore Girls' Jared Padalecki are said to be under consideration to play the Man of Steel. read more

LIGHTS, CAMERA, OUSTED

There's been a major on-camera shake-up at Access Hollywood. The good news? Grating co-anchor Pat O'Brien is out. The bad news? He's being replaced by the equally grating Billy Bush. O'Brien, whose last day is Friday, apparently couldn't come to terms on a new contract. The former CBS sportscaster won't be off the airwaves for long though: He's reportedly in talks with Paramount to host the upcoming Entertainment Tonight spinoff The Insider. Meanwhile, Bush will be paired with current co-anchor Nancy O'Dell, who's more scary than grating. 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 that the sky is blue and the Earth is round. 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

SUPER NEWS!

Warner Bros.' troubled Superman film is once again taking off. According to Variety, Charlie's Angels helmer McG is being eyed to direct the new installment, which could go into production later this year. Roswell's Jason Behr and Gilmore Girls' Jared Padalecki are said to be under consideration to play the Man of Steel. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Whatsherface kicked off the New York leg of her Re-Invention Tour last night and TV Guide Online snagged this exclusive interview with audience member Rita Clavin. TVGO: So, how was the concert? Rita: It was fabulous! TVGO: What did she open with? Rita: Um, er... TVGO: What did she close with? Rita: Um... I'm don't remember any of the song stuff because I was focusing on all of the visuals. TVGO: That's unfortunate. How'd you get your tickets? Rita: From a very generous co-worker who gave them to me at cost. TVGO: Does this person have a name? Rita: Michael Ausiello. TVGO: That funny columnist? Rita: Yeah, that's him! read more

REVOLVER SHOOTS, SCORES

Contraband, the debut CD from rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart with sales of 256,000 copies. Usher fell to second with 171,000 copies sold. read more

YOU GO GIRL'S

UPN has picked up the Jenny McCarthy comedy The Bad Girl's Guide for midseason. The show, based on Cameron Tuttle's book The Bad Girl's Guide to Getting What You Want, revolves around McCarthy and two female pals who live life to the fullest with no excuses. read more

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