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Current Mean Girl Lindsay Lohan is in talks to star in Fashionistas, a feature film based on Lynn Messina's novel about a revolt at a glossy magazine. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lohan would play Vig, the fashion designer who leads the charge against the mag's demanding female editor. read more


Don't feel too sorry for Diana DeGarmo, folks. The American Idol runner-up will release her first single on June 22 — one week after winner Fantasia Barrino's debut track, "I Believe," hits stores. RCA Records is keeping the title of DeGarmo's single under wraps, but here's a sample lyric: "I've reached my rainbow's end, too! And there was plenty of gold there. Plenty!" read more

The Last Ride Come back to The...

The Last Ride
Come back to The O.C., Chris Carmack, Chris Carmack! Ugh, how heartbreaking to see our beloved bad-boy-turned-misfit taking a backseat to a set of wheels in this GTO ad on 'roids disguised as a TV-movie. Desperately wanting to be The Fast and The Furious-ly campy, we instead get the slow and aggravatingly crappy with Dennis Hopper, looking like someone Liz Taylor would pick up in rehab, as an ex-con bent on clearing his name and Carmack as the gear-head grandson trying to reunite him with his classic getaway car. What follows is a super-unleaded mess of family drama, shameless plugs and overheated chase sequences, including one through an auto-show crowd that has too few mullets and too many teeth to even tickle plausibility. In fact, the only thing I'm buying here is that Hopper must need the money, Pontiac must need the sales and Coop needs to give Luke a call immediately. And I need to steer clear of oncoming car read more


Miss Australia Jennifer Hawkins, a 20-year-old model-choreographer-surfer, won the 2004 Miss Universe title last night in Ecuador. She takes home an undisclosed yearlong salary and a $45,000 scholarship at a New York film school. And if she flunks out there, well, there's always Western International University. read more


CBS newsman Dan Rather has snagged an exclusive sit-down with Bill Clinton. The ex prez will discuss his upcoming memoir, My Life, on the June 20 edition of 60 Minutes. read more

Gloria Estefan's Idol Gossip

The third season of American Idol ended last week, but people are still buzzing about it, including former guest judge Gloria Estefan. The Latina diva took a break from her busy pre-tour schedule to discuss her experience with the pop-culture phenom, Fantasia's victory and, of course, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell.

Do you think these reality-music contests are taking away from "real" musicians? Gloria Estefan: I think it's kind of arrogant of us to think that we're the only "real" musicians. If you think back, there have been these kinds of shows since the dawn of time; all the way back to Arthur Godfrey, there's always been talent shows. I think the difference with this one and why it's had such success, quite honestly, is Simon. We started watching, my daughter and I, a couple seasons ago, because of "the mean guy."

Is Simon really that nasty in real life? Gloria: No, of course not. It's a shtick and he's gotta do it. He' read more


Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith — the dude who said "b--- j--" on air — has inked a new four-year deal with the round-the-clock news network, Variety reports. Smith's new salary was not disclosed, but insiders say it's a lot of money for someone who said "b--- j--" on national TV. read more


Remember that ABC sitcom pilot starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as an on-air reporter for a sports TV show? No? Well, I told you about it back in April. Anyway, the network — which didn't include the show on its fall lineup — may pick it up for midseason instead, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Why the change of heart? Rumor has it ABC execs took pity on Hewitt after watching her slum it as an American Idol correspondent. Apparently, no one — not even Bailey's annoying ex-girlfriend — deserves that. read more

Girl Power Socks Potter

In the first two Harry Potter films, Hogwarts' reigning diva Hermione was all bark and no bite. But all that changes in installment No. 3, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (opening Friday). You see, the wannabe witch gets to slug school bully Draco Malfoy — and it's a rather impressive jab at that! The fisticuffs mark a major turning point for Hermione, but you don't have to tell that to actress Emma Watson.

"I loved it," says the character's 14-year-old portrayer. "I loved every single second of it. Girl power!

"I would have done [the punching scene] for a whole week," she continues. "But we got it in a couple of takes. I was like, 'I want to do it again!' It was fantastic. It is a great moment. At the premiere, everybody cheered." (TV Guide Online was present at last month's world premiere in New York and can confirm that the crowd welcomed the wallop.)

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Former SNL star Molly Shannon married artist Fritz Chestnut Saturday in Santa Barbara. The ceremony was attended by a handful of local bigwigs, including C.C. Capwell, Minx Lockridge and former district attorney Keith Timmons. read more

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