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Under the false assumption that she could trust Boston Rob, 35-year-old Australian Outback alum Alicia Calaway got the boot on last night's Survivor: All-Stars in a six-to-one vote. Got a question for the finger-pointin' fitness guru? Well, you know what to do. read more


Did the rash of tornadoes in the Midwest contribute to Jennifer Hudson's shocking ouster from American Idol this week? According to Extra, the wacky weather caused a power outage in Hudson's Chicago hometown, preventing some 15,000 fans from voting. The National Weather Center, meanwhile, is warning that Hurricane Fantasia could strike John Stevens' hometown of East Amherst, N.Y., next Wednesday around 9 pm/ET. read more


Lord of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson is in talks to direct a big-screen version of Alice Sebold's grim novel The Lovely Bones, Variety reports. The story deals with the aftermath of a 14-year-old girl's rape and murder. read more


Actor-dancer-sitcom star Flex Alexander (UPN's One on One) will play Michael Jackson in Family Values, VH1's in-the-works biopic about the embattled pop star... ABC has ordered two more editions of The Bachelor... Cedric the Entertainer is in talks to star in a remake of the 1986 Rodney Dangerfield comedy Back to School. read more


Rebecca Loos, the woman who claims to have had an affair with married soccer stud David Beckham, has agreed to take part in a UK dating show titled Love on a Saturday Night. Beckham's former assistant will appear as a celebrity date in a contest titled "Win Loos or Whor.., er, Draw." read more

Swan Gooses Docs!

Before The Swan hacks away at another ugly duckling's beak (Monday at 9 pm/ET on Fox), let's give it up for Tawnya C.. Sure, the 40-year-old mother of two volunteered to be putty in the hands of a bunch of plastic surgeons she had never met. But, rather than let the docs go mad on her mug, she took a pass on a nose job and face-lift — in the process losing herself a spot in the reality hit's upcoming pageant for extreme-makeover recipients. Is she nuts... or merely crazy like the fox she now is (and, if you ask us, was to begin with)? TV Guide Online rang up the divorcée at home in Denver for a little post-op chitchat.

TV Guide Online: During the show, you remarked that you wanted to be a different person. Who did you want to be?
Tawnya C.:
I wanted to be the person that I was about 10 years ago [before my brother's death, the breakup of my marriage and my joining the ranks of the unemployed]... the person who was more happy-go-lucky, not read more


An appeals court has reinstated a sexual and racial-harassment lawsuit filed by a former writer's assistant on Friends. Last year, Amaani Lyle sued three of the sitcom's writers, claiming they joked about women and sex, and often ridiculed and mocked black people. The suit was eventually dismissed, but on Wednesday the appeals court determined that the defense's position — that vulgar comments and jokes were a regular part of creating a program about sexually active young people — was not strong enough to warrant a dismissal. read more


Jennifer Love Hewitt is in talks to star as Kelsey Grammer's love interest — no that's not a typo — in NBC's upcoming musical update of A Christmas Carol, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hewitt would play Emily, the long-lost love of Ebenezer Scrooge (Grammer). read more


Paris Hilton's infamous homemade sex video is coming to a video store near you. Red Light District Video has acquired the rights to the full 45-minute romp from Hilton's leading man, Rick Salomon. The tape will hit stores June 15 under the title One Night in Paris. Oh no he did'n! read more


Rumors that the WB may pick up Fox's recently canceled gem Wonderfalls for the fall are just that — rumors. "It's not true," a network source tells TV Guide Online. read more

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