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Whoopi Goldberg scolding her TV brother for dating a white girl who acts ghettolicious: "If it's all about ass, lips and attitude, what's wrong with a real sistah?" Tell it like it is, baby! But what's up with the chain-smoking, Whoopster? I'm just wondering which will come first: An Emmy nomination or emphysema?

Performing As...
Wow! When did E! refugee Todd Newton get so heavy? And you know things are bad when hosting glorified karaoke on Fox represents a step up in your career. Okay, but I'm loving this show, I admit it. While most average Joes only get to sing like their fave pop stars in the car or the shower, these folks get to live the fantasy on TV! I'm so beyond envious of that black chick who got to be Annie Lennox. And Garth Brooks wannabe Lenny Hirsh was surprisingly good! Hey, maybe this show can be Paula Abdul's next gig. She can impersonate her '80s self, read more

Camryn Manheim's New Practice


Crazy news hit fans of The Practice in May: The David E. Kelley legal drama returns this fall sans six pink-slipped cast members — Dylan McDermott, Lara Flynn Boyle, Kelli Williams, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Chyler Leigh and Marla Sokoloff. Whoa! Basically, that leaves Camryn Manheim — who plays plus-sized litigator Ellenor Frutt — as the show's de facto leading lady. How does she feel about that?

"I didn't think of it like that," grins Manheim, 42. "It's incredibly bittersweet. The sweet part is, I still have a job, and I am really grateful for that. I love the show and I'll stay with it 'til the end of time. The bitter part is that the people that I've grown to know and love and who became my family are no longer with us. You can't have one emotion without the other.

"I will miss working with them on a daily basis," she continues. "Now that we really are such close friends, I w read more

SLIP UP

Wham-O Inc., the company that produces the famous outdoor water toy Slip 'N Slide, is suing Viacom Inc., claiming its trademarked yellow water slide was used prominently in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star without its permission. In one scene, David Spade's character injures himself after jumping belly first across a dry Slip 'N Slide. Ouch! read more

CASH OR CHAD?

On last night's bloated two-hour finale of For Love or Money, love won out over cash — or did it? Erin chose Chad, and he rejected his $1 million prize and accepted her romantic gesture. But in the end, they both walked away with $1 million apiece. Make sense? No? Didn't think so. If anyone can help explain this all to me, I'd be mighty appreciative. read more

MONSTER, INC.

Jane Fonda is in talks to make her big-screen comeback playing the title role New Line's Monster-In-Law. Jennifer Lopez would co-star as a young woman who must reconsider her engagement when confronted with her diabolical future mother-in-law, played by Fonda. read more

AND THE OSCAR (FINALLY) GOES TO...

Five months after winning the best director Oscar for The Pianist, Roman Polanski finally is clutching his golden boy. Longtime friend Harrison Ford presented the controversial helmer with the statue Sunday at the Deauville film festival in France. Polanski did not attend the March 23 Oscars because he faces arrest in the U.S. after pleading guilty in 1978 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. In related news, Polanski is reteaming with Pianist screenwriter Ronald Harwood for a feature adaptation of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, Variety reports. read more

Chosen Boy Wes: Unfaithful?

Last week, James tapped Wes as his Chosen One in Bravo's Boy Meets Boy finale. For those with trained gaydar, Wes's sexual orientation was hardly a mystery. Unlike Franklin, he wasn't among the straight imposters who kept our gay bachelor guessing. In March, James — who won $25,000 for successfully sifting through the fakers — will take Wes on the prize vacation to New Zealand. But somehow, we can't picture these "stars" of TV's first gay dating show riding off into the sunset. Are these two faux beaux or a real couple off-screen? And what's up with that Bob's Big Boy hairdo on Wes? Here, TV Guide Online presses Wes with our juiciest questions.

TV Guide Online: Did you really hope to find a relationship on Boy Meets Boy?
Wes:
I did this show for two reasons. For one, I thought it'd be great to potentially have a dating experience out of it. And two, for gay visibility. I'm coming from a non-profit fundraising read more

Will Ben and J.Lo Give in to Temptation?


As their eagerly-anticipated wedding approaches, we can't help but think that media mainstays Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez would benefit from some prenup counseling. And where better for a couple on the verge to go over the edge than on national television, right? That's why we're dying — dying! — for the soon-to-be marrieds to drop in on Mark L. Walberg and turn Temptation Island into Fantasy Island.

"There is no question in my mind that that would be a very watchable television show," the reality host tells TV Guide Online, adding with a laugh, "Bookable is another story."

On the flip side, Walberg suggests that, after seeing the Gigli co-stars smile from the covers of hundreds of magazine and walk a thousand red carpets, their public may not be ready to hear them air their true confessions. "I don't know if I would be as interested," he says, "in seeing celebrities sit there and whine abou read more

SETTLED

The parents of late R&B singer/actress Aaliyah have settled their negligence lawsuit against the owners of the chartered Cessna that crashed two years ago, killing their daughter and eight others. The plane was allegedly 700 pounds overloaded. Details of the settlement were not disclosed. read more

SHORT CUTS

NBC closed a groundbreaking deal with Australia's Network Ten on Monday to produce an Aussie version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy... Fox has greenlit The Circuit, an hour drama that will explore the legal system through the eyes of a Big Apple jury... Reality guru Mark Burnett is developing a spinoff of The Restaurant that would chronicle the behind-the-scenes drama at a Las Vegas casino. Rumor has it all slot machines will come equipped with fly swatters. read more

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