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QUEER TUNES

The upcoming soundtrack to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will feature a new song from Duran Duran, as well as remixes of Sting's "Never Coming Home" and Elton John's "Are You Ready for Love." And there's apparently no truth to the nasty rumor that Jai Rodriguez will perform a cover of Placebo's "Without You I'm Nothing." But we'll find out for sure when the disk drops on Feb. 10. read more

SKIN CITY

Paris Hilton is taking a break from her not-so-simple life to appear in the Feb. 2 episode of NBC's Las Vegas. And, in a shocking twist, the reluctant porn icon will not be playing herself. Instead, she'll appear as the fiancée of a Montecito high roller (90210's Brian A. Green, the real-life beau of Vegas star Vanessa Marcil). Still, as exec producer Gary Scott Thompson points out in next week's TV Guide magazine, "It's close to who she is and in the realm of what she can do... [but] tamer than some of the stuff she's getting press for." But, to ensure that she'd feel at-home, the entire episode was shot using a grainy, night-vision lens. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

MTV is also forging reality shows with Hilary Duff and 7th Heaven star Ashlee Simpson. Though little is known about the Duff project, the Simpson series will shadow Jessica's younger sis as she records her first album. read more

CANDID CAMERON

Cameron Diaz has signed on to exec produce and star in her own travel series for MTV. The untitled project will follow Diaz (and pals including fellow Charlie's Angel Drew Barrymore) as she trots around the globe sans personal assistants and, presumably, Justin Timberlake. Funny story: An MTV spokesman flat-out denied that the network was going into business with Diaz when I phoned yesterday. read more

SAG DAY IN HOLLYWOOD

The Screen Actors Guild announced nominations for its annual awards today, and the casts of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Seabiscuit, Mystic River, In America and The Station Agent will compete for best acting ensemble — SAG's highest honor. On the TV side, the casts of CSI, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, The West Wing and Without a Trace will vie for top drama honors, while the stars of Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, read more

SHORT CUTS

David Spade's guest-star gig as Katey Sagal's nephew on ABC's 8 Simple Rules... has turned permanent, the network announced today... Fox has axed A Minute With Stan Hooper... American Idol grads Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken will embark on a 30-date arena tour beginning Feb. 24 at the Charlotte Coliseum in North Carolina... Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List arrives on DVD March 9... ABC has picked up six episodes of the hit overseas quizzer Deal or No Deal, which pits audience members against one another as they compete for $2 million. read more

Smallville Whoaaa! What is going...

Smallville
Whoaaa! What is going on here? Lex is in a psych ward, Lana's cozying up to some guy with mad eyebrows from her physical rehab and there's a bunch of nuts out to kill Clark. Is this Smallville or Twin Peaks? Not that I'm complaining. After all, we are talking about the teen of steel. It's only right he be running around like a speeding bullet while the rest of his peeps are in peril. But, seriously, someone needs to talk to the writers about all the shirtless beefcake. That looney-bin weight-lifting scene between Jesse Metcalf's freak-hunter and Jonathan Taylor Thomas' meteor mutant looked like the outtakes from an Abercrombie & Fitch shoot. And it felt dirty.

Star Trek: Enterprise
It took me a bit to figure it out, but there is more going on here than just the bad theme song and Scott Bakula's Caesar 'do. Turns out, the ship's been star-jacked (like that one?) by these culty zealots and al read more

SPEAKING OF FRIENDS...

Friends will conclude its 10-year run on May 6 with what NBC is calling a "two-hour extravaganza," the network announced today at the TCA press tour in Hollywood. An hour-long retrospective will be followed by a one-hour series finale. Not to be outdone, Frasier will get similar treatment on May 13, when the 11-year-old sitcom returns to Thursday night for its own two-hour send-off. read more

Dumped by Trump

On last week's series premiere of The Apprentice, 16 overachievers handpicked by real-estate tycoon Donald Trump embarked on a 13-week job interview. The last man (or woman) standing lands a one-year gig as president of a Trump-owned company. The aspiring entrepreneurs have been divided into two gender-specific teams, competing at various business tasks. The losing team heads to the Board Room, where a player will be fired by Trump and ejected from the game. Here, TV Guide Online meets the reality show's first casualty, David Gould.

TV Guide Online: What was it like sitting face-to-face with The Donald?
David Gould:
Well, I actually enjoyed the whole process. I wasn't intimidated like I think some of the others were. I was hoping to have a more detailed, more drawn-out discussion, but I managed to get in a word here and there.

TVGO: Were you surprised to end up in the Board Room so soon?
Gould:
I wasn't surprised to end up in the B read more

OUCH

Everyone else mocks poor Paris Hilton, so why not Mr. Blackwell? He's dubbed the Simple Life star No. 1 — calling her "the vapid Venus of Beverly Hills" — on his 44th annual Worst Dressed Women list. The grumpy old fashionista also nails Madonna and Britney Spears, lamenting, "Someone arrest the kissin' cousins of couture crime!" Worse yet, he likens Melanie Griffith to "a botoxed cockatoo" and Celine Dion to "Abe Lincoln in drag." Now, that's not very nice. read more

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