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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


In its second outing last night, ABC's castaway thriller Lost attracted 16.3 million viewers — down just 15 percent from its blockbuster debut. The Tuesday premiere of Wife Swap also looked solid with 11.1 million viewers, while UPN's Kevin Hill got off to a decent start (by UPN standards) with more than 4 million viewers. CBS, meanwhile, took the night thanks to another strong installment of CSI: NY, which once again trounced Law & Order. read more


Despite modest ratings, WB has picked up its acclaimed drama Jack & Bobby for a full 22-episode season. No word yet on The Mountain. Let's hope no news is bad news. read more


Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito has had his fill of fine dining. The embattled star of NBC's The Restaurant is closing his East Side eatery, Union Pacific, to pursue opportunities outside of the restaurant world. DiSpirito's other joint, Rocco's 22nd Street, shut its doors last week. What does all this mean for Mama? I've got one word for ya: Sbarro. read more


Beyonce tore her right hamstring Tuesday while rehearsing for an upcoming Destiny's Child TV special. Her injury could put a crimp in the group's promotional efforts in support of their new album, Destiny Fulfilled, which arrives Nov. 16. read more


Last week, you read here that William Shatner was shooting an indie film in Riverside, Iowa, the home town of his Star Trek alter ego, Capt. James T. Kirk. Turns out, it's just a hoax! On Tuesday, Shatner revealed to Riverside's residents that he's really been making a Spike TV reality show about a small town playing host to a Hollywood film shoot. "Everything in front of and behind the cameras was faked," Shatner admitted. "The only thing that was real is the love we have for Riverside." To soften the blow, he donated $100,000 for community projects. Another $50,000 and the town can hire a hit man. read more

Since so many of you are writing...

Since so many of you are writing in against reality, howsabout a deal? I'll give you just the facts and you back off with the threats. Sound good?

America's Next Top Model
8:06 Eva shows her own true colors by bashing Kelle for being "too white."
8:10 Ann cries on the bumpy ride to the Jamaican bikini shoot.
8:25 Models eat! Bikini shoots must be hard.
8:30 Magdalena is cut. Ann cries.
8:36 "Tough titty," says Toccara after Ann cries over not being able to room with Eva in their amazing Waldorf playpen. We love Toccara.
8:38 Ann cries that she wants Eva to win "more than I want to win." Codependents everywhere cry along.
8:50 Release the Janice Dickinson!
8:56 Leah is cut. And I'm ticked!

So I'm finally sleeping through the night after seeing that plane-crash victim shredded by a turbi read more

This Mom Got Wife Swapped

Rural New Jersey isn't that far from New York City, but for Wife Swap mom Lynn Bradley, they're worlds apart. On tonight's episode of the new reality series (10 pm/ET on ABC), the Garden State homemaker switches places with a Manhattan mother who lives in an empire state of opulence, complete with three nannies and a housekeeper. Here, Bradley tells TV Guide Online how she went from wood-chopping to shoe-shopping, as she adapted the not-so-simple life of a socialite.

TV Guide Online: How does it feel to be the wife who's depicted in a more positive light? You come across much better than your counterpart, Jodi Spolansky.
Lynn Bradley:
Oh yeah? I'm surprised. I don't really look at it that way. I thought I came across as a wimp because I couldn't stand up to [Steven, Jodi's husband]. He belittles you too quickly. You just want to crawl into a corner.

TVGO: How was it when the cameras were off? Was he more sociable toward you?
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TAR's Colin and Christie: "We're Nice"

Occasional tantrums aside, Colin and Christie were probably the strongest team to run this season of The Amazing Race, finishing first six times over the course of the contest. Still, certain unpleasant incidents (the "I'm packin' it!" comment, anyone?) overshadowed their achievements. Here, the newly engaged couple tries to set the record straight about their real life versus what you saw on reality TV.

TV Guide Online: Congrats on your engagement. How long had you been planning that stunt, Colin?
I planned it during the race because I knew we'd be doing The Early Show, either after we got eliminated or at the end. For a while, I was thinking about doing it at the finish line, but I didn't have the bling. You can't propose empty-handed. So I decided to wait, and it ended up being a blessing in disguise because proposing on national TV means you don't have to call the whole family — they all find out at once. The other nice thin 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. "I look forward to getting this behind me and to vigorously pursuing my appeal." Locally, FPC Alderson is known as "Camp Cupcake" — which works well with Stewart's new nickname, "The Icing." read more

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