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The Surreal Life
Just when you think this goofball show is nothing more than a load of contrived, carefully calculated scenes strung together (which it is), a meaningful moment sneaks its way in. After a series of tirades blasting his youthful persona, Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice) confronted his infamous past during an evening of karaoke. As Trishelle Canatella (The Real World) and Traci Bingham (Baywatch) butchered "Ice Ice Baby," Erik Estrada gently nudged a microphone to Rob who eventually gave in and channeled all that burning resentment into a blistering rendition of his signature song. The crowd went nuts.

Tammy Faye Messner summed it up this way: "It was a breakthrough for him because he didn't want to go back to that man who was Vanilla Ice." It's ironic — Rob, along with the rest of the cast, was most likely doing this reality cheesefest for exposure, money or just read more


Eminem's ex-wife, Kimberly Mathers, was sentenced to at least a month in jail Thursday for using cocaine while on probation. After serving her time, she'll be transferred to an inpatient substance abuse treatment program for an additional 90 days. Speaking of prison sentences, Entertainment Tonight reports that Diana Ross has completed her two-day jail term for DUI. read more


It was a very special episode of Survivor: All-Stars Thursday night as Jenna Morasca, the 22-year-old winner of Survivor: The Amazon, abruptly pulled herself out of the game to be with her ailing mother. In a tearful speech to her tribe mates, Morasca admitted that she had made a mistake signing up for All-Stars. Later, a message popped up on the screen informing viewers that eight days after Jenna returned home, her mother lost her long battle with cancer. On CBS' The Early Show Friday morning, Morasca said she had a "premonition" on the island that her mom had taken a turn for the worse. This isn't the first time a Survivor contestant walked away from the show. Last November on Survivor: Pearl Islands, Osten Taylor, bitter that producers changed the rules of the game to give ousted tribe mates a second read more


Kiefer Sutherland was injured in a barroom brawl earlier this week, forcing production on his Fox series 24 to be rejiggered to accommodate his absence, a source confirms to TV Guide Online. Upon returning to work on Wednesday, the actor — who received multiple stitches on his face — apologized to the show's cast and crew for the inconvenience. Word is everyone accepted his apology except Chloe O'Brian. read more

Miracle's Father/Son Act

Considering that Miracle depicts one of the most memorable sporting events in history — the U.S. hockey team's historic 1980 gold-medal victory over the Soviet Union — it's no surprise that nearly 4,000 young men turned out at auditions. But producers were no doubt taken aback when they learned the identity of one of the actors at the cattle call: Billy Schneider, the son of original team member Buzz Schneider who ended up getting cast as his dad.

"It was something special," Billy tells TV Guide Online of his Miracle experience. "I always looked up to [my father] when I was younger. I wanted to be in the gold medal games just like him. And I wanted to play pro hockey. But things didn't work out [due to an injury]. But, because of this movie, I got to experience one of his dreams. [So, in a way] it did work out. God acts in mysterious ways."

The elder Schneider admits he had "mixed emotions" when he first learned that his son read more

Oliver's Twist: Maggie Grace

Last week, Oliver Beene introduced Maggie Grace as Elke Nelsonbooster, the hot foreign-exchange student living across the hall from the Fox sitcom's kooky core clan, and in no time, the overeager Beene boys' interest had, um, sprouted. This week — right now, in fact — TV Guide Online pries the rising starlet away from a battery of meetings with VIPs (Very Important Producers) to ask her seven questions that weren't intended to be silly until we realized how much fun she'd have with them. Enjoy!

TV Guide Online: So... the hot exchange student, huh? Is Elke the role you were born to play, or what?
Maggie Grace:
Actually, she's the first girl I've ever played that everyone has a crush on. Also, she's my first hot exchange student. Finally!

TVGO: Your Swedish accent sounds pretty good to me. Or maybe, like the Beenes, I was just distracted by your sweaters.
I worked pretty hard on it. Needless to say, I don't have too much read more

WHAT THE $%#*!

Courtney Love broke a new record Thursday when she became the most bleeped guest ever to appear on Howard Stern's radio show. Love was bleeped 15 times as she explained why she skipped a court hearing Wednesday. "I didn't show up because I didn't have a professional bodyguard," she told Stern. Love's hearing was rescheduled for next Tuesday. read more


Dixie Chick Natalie Maines is expecting her second child with actor-husband Adrian Pasdar. The couple have a 2-year-old son, Jackson. read more


As if Ryan Seacrest weren't busy enough, the host of American Idol, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest and the syndicated American Top 40 radio countdown is adding a fourth gig to his repertoire. The well-groomed emcee has been named the new host of KIIS-FM's popular L.A.-based morning radio program. He replaces Rick Dees, who got the big KIIS off after 22 years with the station. Still, he's gotta be feeling better than Brian Dunkleman right about now. read more


The judge in Michael Jackson's molestation case delayed a ruling Friday on when to hold the preliminary hearing after the defense said it needed more time to review the prosecution's evidence. All parties are due back in court on April 2. The judge also said he hoped the case would go to trial by the end of the year. read more

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