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SPEAKING OF THE BONOS

Cher has some serious separation issues. The singer-actress-diva has added another 33 shows to her never-ending Farewell tour, which is now going on three freakin' years. The latest North American leg of her tour kicked off Friday in Calgary and will wind up at whatever nursing home she stumbles into. read more

THAT'S HOT

The fairy-tale romance between Simple Life siren Paris Hilton and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has come to an end. After seven months of very-public canoodling, Hilton's rep confirmed the breakup on Friday, saying her client is "busy focusing on her career." Carter, meanwhile, issued a statement saying he wanted "to be free to date other people." He added he went out partying with his pals on Thursday night, "immediately after the breakup took place. This is the prime of my life. I'm back in the studio with the guys and about to go on tour." Translation: He's beyond devastated. read more

SITH SENSE

Lucasfilm announced the name of its third and final Star Wars prequel over the weekend: Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. The film — which arrives in May 2005 — had been going by the working title, Star Wars: Episode III — Let's Make This One Good, People. read more

CASE CLOSED

As expected, CSI stud George Eads has mended fences with CBS and is due back on the set this week — provided he remembers to set his alarm clock. He'll be joined by fellow pink-slipped costar Jorja Fox, who last week settled her own salary dispute with the network. Both thesps — who agreed to return at their old $100,000-per-episode salaries — are prohibited from further bargaining until their contracts run out in 2007. read more

SUNDAYSix Feet Under I want to...

SUNDAY

Six Feet Under
I want to know where Nate gets his homeopathic bruise cream and what's in it. Not that I need it at the moment, but y'know... you never know.

Now, Brenda and Joe fall right into sex in an empty house without any other stimulus but each other, yet Claire and Co. need music, drugs, paint, singing and — I said drugs, right? — to get to that point. Who are the repressed ones here again?

Not that my wife and I are keeping "nasty secrets" from each other, but you know how shocked Ruth was to discover that George uses a neti pot? I was just as surprised when David pulled it out and my wife said, "Oh, a neti pot." She doesn't actually use one, but after 13 years together I had no idea what it was — and no idea she did. What else does she know?

And how uncomfortable was Federico's lying scene? Fib after fib, full of details you know are going to trip him up later. See that little light read more

COMING OUT PARTY

Cher and her lesbian daughter, Chastity Bono, will produce an original series for LOGO, Viacom's upcoming gay-themed cable net. Family Outing, based on Chastity's book of the same name, will chronicle personal "coming-out" stories. LOGO (launching Feb. 17) will also feature shows starring actor Alan Cumming and comics Kathy Griffin and Margaret Cho. read more

Colin's Full-Frontal Truth


At last! After all the hoopla, Colin Farrell's new indie film, A Home at the End of the World, opens today in New York and L.A. The movie was penned by Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer-winning scribe behind The Hours, and Farrell turns in some very moving performances. Too bad preview audiences felt the most moved by Farrell's rousing display of full-frontal nudity! This led to Home's filmmakers cutting that particular scene from the film. Even so, our inquiring (and slightly dirty) minds wanted to know exactly why they'd sacrifice Colin's attention-grabbing money shot, which was bound to pack theaters across America?

"There are various stories circulating about the excising of Colin's d---," the cheeky Cunningham tells TV Guide Online. "The true story is simply this: As Colin started [promoting] the movie, it was all anybody wanted to talk about.

"He called [director] Michael Mayer and said, 'I believe in t read more

IF THE SHOE FITS

Grammy winner Erykah Badu gave birth to a daughter, Puma, on July 5 at her home in Dallas, People reports. The singer has declined to name the baby's father, but sources say Puma is grey with white stripes and boasts a full-grain leather upper and an aggressive field-turf outsole for traction on multiple surfaces. So, you do the math. read more

8 Simple Girl's Crimes


Actress Kaley Cuoco is used to playing the popular girl on ABC's 8 Simple Rules. But her latest role in ABC Family's Crimes of Fashion (Sunday, 8pm/ET) casts her as a fashion student who — despite a great sense of style — is more geek than chic. While navigating the ever-changing world of hemlines, Cuoco's character, Brooke, discovers that her long-lost (and recently deceased) grandfather was a mob boss. Worse yet, his Mafia family wants her to fill his shoes! They're not exactly Jimmy Choos, so she steps in the only way she knows how. Jokes Cuoco: "She makes this little mob her own — and fashion-tabulous!"

Playing an inexperienced (and unconventional) mob boss was a perfect fit for Cuoco, since the 18-year-old is completely clueless about Mafia dramas. Before filming, she didn't even know that her costar, Dominic Chianese, plays Uncle Junior on HBO's The Sopranos. Talk about out of the loop.

"I read more

Seven Silly Questions for... Michael Gross

Michael Gross is a master thespian with a Yale Drama School diploma on his wall. His trophy shelf nearly buckles from the weight of his awards (Obie and Drama-Logue prizes, for starters). His r&#233sum&#233 is packed with appearances on high-falutin' series like ER and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. And yet, to us B-movie lovers, the good-humored actor will always be Burt Gummer, the gun-toting survivalist in the Tremors movies. (You know, they're the ones with the giant, man-eating earthworms.) In honor of the fourth flick's Sci Fi Channel debut today at 9 pm/ET, TV Guide Online invited the former Family Ties dad to lock 'n' load, and take aim at seven silly questions. As you are about to read, Mr. Tremors 4 came back at us with both barrels blazing.

TV Guide Online: So far, we've seen graboids (the aforementioned human-munching nightcrawlers) that live underground, graboids that fly, graboids that live in the Old West... read more

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