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Jennifer Aniston has been cast opposite British actor Clive Owen in the upcoming Miramax thriller Derailed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is based on James Siegel's best-selling novel about a married ad exec whose life takes an unpredictable turn when he misses his train to work. read more


Taking a break from saving the world, Kiefer Sutherland treated a group of women to an impromptu strip show last Thursday at a club in New Zealand. According to reports, the 37-year-old 24 star — who was in town filming the 18th-century drama River Queen — took off his shirt and waved it above his head to the tune of Tom Jones' "You Can Leave Your Hat On." Public spectacles are nothing new to Sutherland. Last February, he made headlines when he was injured in a barroom brawl in Los Angeles. In related news, I blame Julia Roberts for all this. 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


Sources confirm that fired CSI actress Jorja Fox has been given her job back — but at her old $100,000-per-episode salary. "There will be no renegotiation," says a source close to the show. Meanwhile, Fox's costar George Eads apparently did just enough groveling at the TCA press tour on Wednesday to merit rehiring — although no official deal has been struck. "Let me tell you, I've apologized nine ways to Sunday," Eads told reporters, insisting he missed work last week because he, um, overslept. "It's a big misunderstanding, straight up." As the old saying goes, it's not a lie if you use the title of a Paula Abdul song in your defense. read more


With age comes wisdom, and, ABC hopes, lasting love. In an effort to reverse The Bachelor's romantic losing streak (Jesse and Jessica's recent split made the guys 0-5), sources say the network has recruited a wealthy older gent — we're talking fortysomething, folks — to star in the sixth edition, airing this fall. Rich and middle-aged? Throw in a faint heart, and Anna Nicole Smith will apply. read more


Matt LeBlanc has made a new friend. Newcomer Andrea Anders has landed the pivotal role of Joey's next-door neighbor (and possible love interest) on Joey, NBC now confirms. Anders replaces Ashley Scott, who was let go last month for creative reasons. Anders, who had a small role in this summer's Stepford Wives remake, beat out several actresses for the coveted gig — including one rather high-profile thesp. And no, it wasn't Keri Russell — who, let's face it, could get any role she damn well wanted. read more


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


When the sixth and final season of HBO's The Sopranos kicks off in 2006, viewers may be in for a treat. At the TCA press tour Thursday, HBO chief Chris Albrecht told reporters that he's talking to exec producer David Chase about producing 13 episodes as opposed to the previously announced 10. "He hasn't said no," says Albrecht. "And with David, that's a good sign." read more


So this is what Brandy meant by "secret wedding." The singer's alleged ex-husband, Robert Smith, told a New York radio station that the couple's short-lived "marriage" in 2002 was a ruse to protect the then-pregnant singer. In a statement, Brandy responds: "I am deeply hurt and shocked by the things that Robert has been saying. We had a spiritual union and true commitment to each other, and we still share a common bond through our daughter, Sy'rai." As the old saying goes, it's not a lie if you... On second thought, sometimes it's just a lie. read more

Big Brother 5 Top Four (Because...

Big Brother 5
Top Four (Because Five Would Be Pushing It) Quotes of the Show:

4. "God, this is never gonna end." — A pre-eviction Lori, lamenting the elimination process. (Honey, I was thinking the same thing, only about this episode.)
3. "I don't trust anyone as far as I can throw Star Jones after Thanksgiving dinner." — Soon-to-be dethroned HOH Marvin after Jase rescued Holly from eviction. (I know, I know. It's wrong but it's still quite a vivid image to conjure up.)
2. "I was so liquored up, I don't really remember doing it." — Jase, in response to an inquiry about how it felt to use the veto and save Holly. (Why is it that I don't think that's the first time he's used that excuse in his dubious dealings with members of the opposite sex?)
1. "...I'm sitting here with my head on the anvil..." — Prospective evictee Karen during her plea to stay in the game. read more

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