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Friends Of course "The One with the Prom Video" is the No. 1 fan-voted episode. Not only does it give us and Phoebe's adorable marine-life-based fate analogy ("He's her lobster!"), more importantly, we are introduced to Fat Monica and Pre-Rhinoplasty ("I had a deviated septum") Rachel, who are preserved on tape getting ready for their prom. When Monica tries to explain her larger-than-life screen presence by asserting that the camera adds 10 pounds, Chandler (who actually should have seen her like this before, given other flashback episodes in which he is present) responds, "So how many cameras are actually on you?" Which is damn funny stuff — until I realize the other side of the coin: If this is true, then these three women are 10 pounds thinner in real life than they already are on TV. A sobering thought when you consider how skinny Courteney Cox looks; but somehow an even sadder one when you compare Jennifer Aniston's once curvy physi read more

Trump's Hatchet Man Cuts Up


As the end of The Apprentice draws near, Donald Trump's cool-headed confidant, George Ross, is letting off some steam. But it isn't the boss man who's got him hot under the starched collar, it's the coquettish competitors whose get-rich-quick strategy involved short skirts and batting eyelashes.

"Yes, Donald does like women," his trusty sidekick confirms. "He likes beautiful women. He's surrounded himself with beautiful women all his life. He's got a modeling agency, he's got the Miss Universe pageant... okay.

"But," he hastens to add, "if you translate that from being surrounded by beautiful women to being susceptible to flirting, you're making a huge mistake. That's like making one plus one equal seven."

Thus, Ross isn't surprised that the femmes fatales who behaved in the boardroom as they might in the bedroom have been given the boot. "I think the women overplayed that part; that's bad thinking," he says. "A smart businessman read more

John Sayles on Indie Film

John Sayles is considered an elder statesman of the indie film industry, but the 53-year-old writer-director has no trouble keeping up with the younger generation. His 17th feature, Casa de Los Babys, hits DVD next week, just as he's putting the finishing touches on his next movie, Silver City (due out this fall). Set in a small South American town, Babys revolves around six American women — each of whom are anxiously waiting to adopt a child from the local orphanage. Here, Sayles tells TV Guide Online about wrangling his big casts, making movies in Mexico and the current state of indie film.

TV Guide Online: Like most of your films, Casa de Los Babys features a large ensemble cast. What draws you to this kind of storytelling?
John Sayles:
Sometimes, it's the only way to examine a complex situation. In Casa, there's the personal situation that each of these mothers is in and then there's the larger social situation that t read more

PRINCE SUED

A Minnesota college student is suing Prince, alleging that the rock star's bodyguard assaulted him just for snapping a photo. Apparently, when Prince got off a flight at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Dec. 29, the shutterbug's approach was met with a "threatening" rebuff by Prince's handler. Natch, this left the guy "stunned and humiliated," anxious and unable to sleep, and, apparently, badly strapped for cash. read more

POST-AUTOPSY REPORT

The L.A. County Coroner has ruled that Murphy Brown star Robert Pastorelli died of an accidental heroin overdose, TheSmokingGun.com reports. The 49-year-old actor's assistant discovered him slumped over on the toilet at his Hollywood home on March 8. read more

T-SHIRT CONTEST

Jessica Simpson is suing over the very expensive T-shirt she wears in her "With You" video. According to TheSmokingGun.com, an auto-racing company called Motorock offered Simpson $140,000 to wear their logo across her ample bosom in the vid, among other promotional favors, but she has yet to receive a check. The moolah was due in Jess's hot little hands last October. read more

APPRENTICE SCOOP

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Donald Trump revealed that his ultra-serious assistant, Robin Himmler, was not producers' first choice to play The Apprentice's boardroom gatekeeper. "We actually had an actress [play my assistant] and I didn't think the person was very good," he said. "[Exec producer] Mark Burnett went up to my office and said, 'You have somebody up here who'd be fantastic, and she works for you!' So we did it with Robin." read more

REMEMBERED

Former ABC News correspondent Jack Smith, who was a regular on Nightline and This Week with David Brinkley, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 58. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

As Apprentice fans know, Oma-rosa insists rival Ereka dropped the N-bomb and that producers censored it. Well, despite denials from Ereka and executive producer Mark Burnett, the disgruntled diva stands by her allegations on today's must-see Oprah Winfrey Show. Teases The Donald: "Ereka and Omarosa go at it like you will not believe about the N-word." These two need to get a room. read more

SALES MALFUNCTION

Despite an aggressive media blitz and a starring role in Boobygate, Janet Jackson's new CD, Damita Jo, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's album chart with just 381,000 copies sold. By comparison, Jackson's last CD, 2001's All for You, opened at No. 1 with 605,000 copies sold. Damita marks the first time a Janet album has not debuted at No. 1 since 1989's Rhythm Nation 1814. So, who denied the singer-stripper the top spot? Usher, whose Confession disc sold 486,000 copies in its second week. read more

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