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BUH-BYE

Two more reality stars officially joined the has-been ranks Thursday night when 25-year-old New Yorker Rob Cesternino got the boot on CBS' Survivor: All-Stars (Damn you, Boston Rob!) and 36-year-old stockbroker Tammy Lee found herself on the receiving end of a pink slip (way to go, Trump!) on NBC's The Apprentice. TV Guide Online spoke to both G-listers just hours after their respective ousters, so keep an eye out for those Q&A's in this week's Insider. read more

PASSION PLAY

Mel Gibson's Passion is expanding. Increased demand has led Newmarket Films to open The Passion of the Christ on 2,800 screens next Wednesday — up from 2,000. read more

Hilary Duff's Rival Speaks


Art apparently imitates life for Disney starlet Lindsay Lohan. In Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen — opening today — she copes with a spoiled high-school rival. Off screen, the 17-year-old actress has clashed with another teen diva, Hilary Duff. The young women reportedly have been feuding over pop singer Aaron Carter, whom they've both dated. For Lohan's part, the Hilary tiff is so yesterday.

"I have no problem with her," Lohan tells TV Guide Online. "I don't think she should [have a problem with me]. She doesn't need to. Her career is going great and her CD is doing well. I wish her the best of luck."

Their spat hit the media last year, when Duff and her mother allegedly tried to have Lohan kicked out of the New York premiere of Duff's movie, read more

Chris Isaak's American Tribute


When reflects on his career mistakes, his idol — the late, great '60s rocker Roy Orbison — comes to mind. "I got a call from Roy Orbison years ago, when I was out playing some hole-in-the-wall," Isaak says. "He wanted me to play on a special and I said, 'Yeah, I'd love to do it!' My manager said, 'We already booked a gig and they're depending on you.' And from wherever the hell I'm from, I went, 'You're right, they're depending on me.' Now, I realize I should have said, 'Screw them, I'm playing the Roy Orbison thing!'"

It's too late for Isaak to do a gig with Orbison, but thanks to the magic of television, he can go back in time to share in his legacy. The rockabilly guest-stars on Sunday's American Dreams to sing "Pretty Woman" — as Orbison himself.

"That [song is] so much Roy, I u read more

SCENE-STEALER

CSI's Marg Helgenberger has joined the cast of Synergy, the latest big-screen comedy from American Pie auteurs Paul and Chris Weitz. She'll play the wife to Dennis Quaid's character, a 50-year-old businessman who learns that his daughter (Scarlett Johansson) is having an affair with his 26-year-old boss (Topher Grace). read more

BOWLED OVER

Not to be outdone, fervent Ed fans took out a full-page ad in today's Variety begging NBC to renew the show for a fifth season. "This was above and beyond," says exec producer Rob Burnett of the $5,000 gesture. "We were touched that people would actually spend their own money for something like this." NBC recently told TV Guide Online that Ed's Feb. 6 season finale was likely the show's swan song. read more

SHORT CUTS

Fresh off her Grammy windfall, Beyoncé Knowles scored a leading four nominations for the 18th annual Soul Train Music Awards. Winners will be announced March 20... The judge presiding over the dispute between Rosie O'Donnell and the publisher of her now-defunct mag, Rosie, ruled Thursday that neither side was entitled to damages. The two-week trial ended in a draw last November. read more

PAGING SAM SOLOVEY...

Taking a page from The Apprentice, NBC's Today show kicked off a weeklong series Friday morning called "The Intern." Of the eight contestants, four will win the grand prize: a special assignment with Katie, Matt, Ann and Al. The rest will get fired and shipped over to CBS' The Early Show. In related news, Katie Couric has landed an exclusive sit-down with disgraced former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair. It'll air March 5 on Dateline. read more

ANGEL UPDATE

Angel may be dead, but the show's fans sure aren't. Less than a week after the WB drove a stake through the Buffy spin-off, more than 45,000 Angel addicts have signed an online petition at PetitionOnline.com to keep the toothy drama alive. Campaigns to save the show are also being organized at numerous fan sites, including SupportAngel.org. But does any of this really matter? "It [helped] Roswell," says a WB rep. "It was as good as gone and the big fan campaign brought it back." In other words, the ball's in your court UPN. read more

DEPP DIVES IN

Oscar-nominee Johnny Depp is in talks to star in Universal's upcoming adaptation of Jean-Dominique Bauby's autobiography The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The flick centers around the late editor of France's Elle magazine who suffered a stroke in 1995 and used his left eye to blink out a memoir — letter by letter. read more

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