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Survivor Says Goodbye, Dolly

Don't cry for Dolly Neely, America. Truth is, the 25-year-old Pennsylvania sheep farmer (and Cindy Brady lookalike) was happy to be the second contestant voted off Survivor: Vanuatu.

"I was so relieved," she laughs. "On the way to tribal council, I was thinking, 'You know, this just isn't for me.' I didn't like everyone coming to me and saying, 'Who are you voting for?' and 'Who should I vote for?' My first thought was, 'Whoa boy, get me out of here!'"

Aside from all the backstabbing intrigue, Neely was also troubled by her tribe's generational split. Right from the start, the younger women stuck together, while the older ones formed their own group. "The first night, Julie, Mia and myself were laughing and giggling. Twila, Scout and Leanne were kind of doing their own thing, too," she recalls. "[The split] happened very, very quickly."

Unlike the other players in her age bracket, however, Neely feels read more


Martha Stewart (aka No. 55170-054) will serve her five-month jail sentence at a minimum-security prison in West Virginia. "While I had hoped to be designated to a facility closer to my family and more accessible to my attorneys, I am pleased that the Bureau of Prisons has designated me so quickly to FPC Alderson, the first Federal prison camp for women in the United States," Stewart said in a statement. Locally, FPC Alderson is known as "Camp Cupcake" — which works well with Stewart's new nickname, "The Icing." read more

Question: I'm just wondering ...

Question: I'm just wondering whether you have any info on an upcoming Pixar animated feature called Cars? I'm really looking forward to The Incredibles, but since I'm a bit of a closet petrol head my interest was piqued by murky news of Cars. Is Paul Newman really set to "star"? — Cam

Ausiello: Pixar is currently in production on Cars, which is described as "a high-octane adventure comedy that features a wide assortment of autos as characters who get their kicks on Route 66." The voice cast is indeed toplined by Paul Newman, a longtime racing buff, and includes Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt and NASCAR veteran Richard Petty. The film is scheduled for a November 2005 release, and as part of the deal with Newman, Disney and Pixar sponsored his Porsche in the 2004 Rolex 24 race at Daytona Racetrack.

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JAG Secrets Revealed!

Now that former Andy Dick Show funnyman Robert Blesse has landed himself a guest gig on tomorrow night's JAG (9 pm/ET on CBS), we finally know someone who can give us the dirt on the squeaky-clean military drama.

So, Robert, tell your friends at TV Guide Online: Is it true that David James Elliot hogs all the good junk food at the craft-services table? "Actually, I can't say for sure," the cagey actor replies with a chuckle. Sounds like this up-and-comer is under strict orders to withhold any info about his leading man's gluttonous tendencies. "I didn't get to work with [Elliot], but I'm sure he can have all the Fritos he wants."

Just as we suspected! What about major babe Catherine Bell? Does the crew crank up the air conditioning every time the major hottie arrives on the set? "I can't confirm that, either," Blesse says, slyly adding, "I do hear that it's a very happy time, though."

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Tyra Banks is on her way to becoming America's next top talk-show host. The star of America's Next Top Model has inked a deal with Warner Bros. to headline her own daily gabfest in fall 2005, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Can a fashion spread in Elle magazine be far behind? read more

Pray for TAR's Brandon and Nicole

They weren't as savvy as winners Chip and Kim — nor as scarily intense as Colin and Christie — but Brandon and Nicole had the potential to pull off an upset victory on The Amazing Race. Ultimately, the religiously minded models finished third, a strong showing considering the stiff competition. With the globe-trotting contest behind them, they're already looking ahead to their next gigs. And no, they're not mad at God over their loss. Well, one of them might be....

TVGO: Was it hard to watch the finale knowing the outcome?
It's hard to watch and see yourself not win. Last night kind of reopened the wound.
Nicole: I'm used to not winning, so it wasn't as hard for me. Brandon's always on top, but I've come in third a couple of times — Miss USA, The Amazing Race... Third's just my lucky number. Good things come from third place. [Laughs]

TVGO: How'd it feel when y read more


New Line Cinema is bringing Broadway's Hairspray to the big screen, Variety reports.... Dawnette Knight, the woman accused of stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones, pleaded innocent at her arraignment hearing Wednesday. Her trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 10 in Los Angeles.... Legendary DJ Scott Muni, a New York radio fixture for 50 years, died Tuesday at 74. The cause of death was not immediately known, although Muni suffered a stroke in January. read more


Mel Brooks is working on a sequel to his hilarious Star Wars spoof, Spaceballs. In an interview with, Brooks said he hopes to get the film in theaters around the same time as Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, which opens in May. Let's pray we can tell which one's the spoof. read more


Don't hold your breath waiting for that next James Bond flick to hit theaters. According to trade reports, MGM has put the tentatively titled Bond 21 on hold because it has yet to find a director — not to mention a new 007 to replace Pierce Brosnan. The umpteenth installment was slated to hit theaters in November 2005. read more


Green Day's new CD, American Idiot, sold 267,000 copies to enter Billboard's album chart at No. 1, giving the pop-punk trio its best debut ever. read more

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