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Here's some "TV News" scoop from the new issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale tomorrow): Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's lives are over. In other words, they're becoming interns. For The Simple Life's third season, the spoiled little rich girls will go northeast via a Greyhound bus to work as gofers everywhere from Wall Street to Washington, D.C. Production begins this week in New York and wraps in the nation's capital in late November, just in time for humble pie to be added to the brats' Thanksgiving menu. 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


Mary-Kate Olsen has returned to New York University after spending a week in Los Angeles on "personal business." 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


Pamela Day, the chilly investment whiz who got booted from The Apprentice earlier this month, is getting divorced. But Day is denying tabloid reports that her five-year marriage to David Vernon crumbled under the weight of The Apprentice. "The show did not break us up," she tells the New York Post. "It takes more than a couple of weeks to break up such a long relationship." But just one unsightly Dumb and Dumber haircut. read more


Grounded for Life has been sentenced to death. The WB has pulled the plug on the five-year-old comedy, which debuted on Fox in 2001 before leaping over to the Frog in 2002. The show's series finale is slated to air early next year. read more

Gilmore Girls Author Norman Mailer...

Gilmore Girls
Author Norman Mailer stopped by Stars Hollow, apparently just to get berated by Sookie, the crazy, pregnant chef. He's not my favorite writer, but you know why I like him? Because he's the only person in this episode who didn't yammer at 100 miles per hour! Seriously, I always enjoy the cute banter. This week, however, it felt especially fast, like everyone in town had too many cups of Luke's famous coffee. Speaking of our fave unshaven diner owner, he and Lorelai have been waaaay too cutesy and happy for the past few episodes. Something's gotta happen to break 'em up anytime now. Tick-tock... Meanwhile, at Yale, Rory's flirtation with Logan, the cocky, arrogant rich boy, continues to intrigue, and her Lois Lane act is adorable. Maybe I just like Alexis Bledel better now that her hair's growing out long again.

The Biggest Loser
I like Maurice, so I was sad he lost zero weight — and after he 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

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

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 releasing within a three-month span. Then again, Law's co-star 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 out 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 that 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 read more

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