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RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

Star Trek: Voyager borg Jeri Ryan accused her former husband, Republican Senate candidate Jack Ryan, of trying to coerce her into performing sex acts at various clubs while others watched (Janeway? The Doctor? The entire Borg collective?). The charges — first leveled during the couple's bitter child-custody battle back in 2000 — were made public on Monday. In the documents the actress also acknowledged infidelity on her part, but only after the marriage was irretrievably broken. read more

Deaf Survivor Gets PBS Show


Colorado native Christy Smith was billed as Survivor's first disabled contestant. While the 25-year-old is deaf, she's clearly more than able. Even before she did Survivor: The Amazon — as a sort of Father's Day gift for her dad — the former kids' adventure guide had spent a month in Alaska, roughing it in an Outward Bound program. Despite her determination and experience, Survivor was no picnic.

As fans will recall, Smith's struggles to comprehend what her Survivor tribemates were saying (and plotting) led to tears and confrontations early on. After her ouster on Day 33, her final words were particularly emotional. "I am going to make sure that those freakin' evil stepsisters of mine are not going to win the $1 million," she said about skin 'n' bones beauties Heidi Strobel and Jenna Morasca. She nonetheless voted for Morasca to win in the end. We guess that machete-sharpening runner-up, Matthew van E read more

CAN WE TALK?

Tag-team red carpeteers Joan and Melissa Rivers are reportedly bolting E! for a more lucrative deal at the TV Guide Channel. I can't be sure, but I think this means I can't make fun of them anymore. read more

THE FRONT LINES

In a bid to squash piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is offering theater employees a reward of up to $500 for every person they catch illegally recording films. In related news, I will offer employees a $20 reward for every person they catch talking during a movie. The reward will only be given once said employee pelts said chatterbox with a fistful of Skittles. read more

HEADING SOUTH

After a promising start last week, Fox's new Monday combo of North Shore and The Casino fizzled in their second outings last night. At 8 pm/ET, North Shore averaged 4.6 million viewers, down from nearly 6 million the previous week. The Casino, meanwhile, dipped from 5.6 million to 5.3 million viewers. read more

CARD SHARK

No one can accuse Ben Affleck of not playing with a full deck. The former Bennifer star won $356,400 at last weekend's Commerce Casino's California State Poker Championship. The win qualifies him for a seat at the World Poker Tour Championship next April and a lifetime membership at GamAnon. read more

GET A LIFE

After weeks of hype, Bill Clinton's autobiography, My Life, debuts in fine book stores (and Costcos) across the country today. And despite lacerating reviews — the New York Times called it "sloppy, self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly dull" — the 957-page tome is expected to rank as one of the top-selling presidential memoirs of all time. Advance orders have already exceeded 2 million. read more

MY NAME IS MARY-KATE...

Mary-Kate Olsen has reportedly entered a treatment facility to seek help for an eating disorder. During her recent PR blitz on behalf of New York Minute, Ashley's look-alike sis appeared shockingly gaunt — leading the tabs to speculate that all the Hollywood pressure had finally taken its toll on the teen billionaire. Star even ran a photo of her skeletal-thin frame underneath the headline "Skin and Bones!" In a statement released through her reps, Mary-Kate thanked her friends and family for all their "encouragement and support." read more

SHORT CUTS

This year's Lollapalooza festival has been scrapped due to poor ticket sales... A lightning strike at CNN's Atlanta headquarters left the cable net without audio for roughly 20 minutes at around 1 pm/ET Monday. The outage occurred just minutes after TV Guide Online's Michael Ausiello appeared on sister net Headline News talking about FX's Nip/Tuck. I'll let you draw your own conclusions about that. read more

IT'S STILL ALIVE!

Quentin Tarantino plans to shoot a third Kill Bill film — but not for another 15 years. The story will focus on the daughter of Vivica A. Fox's character, Vernita Green (whom Uma Thurman killed in the first installment). Why the wait? Apparently, it's gonna take lil' Nikki that long to clean her blood-splattered kitchen. read more

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