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Original Pointer Sister June Pointer Whitmore was charged Monday with cocaine possession following her arrest last Thursday in Hollywood. She could face a maximum penalty of three years in prison if found guilty. Whitmore was kicked out of the Pointer Sisters three years ago after her drug problem prevented her from doin' the neutron dance. read more


ABC is searching for the next Martha Stewart in a two-part special that sounds a lot like the Today show's recent "Domestic Diva" contest. Airing May 25 and 26, The Great Domestic Showdown will test six contestants on their gardening, cooking and entertainment skills. The winner gets a book deal, an appearance on Good Morning America and a possible TV show. read more


The FCC's highly publicized effort to pacify Howard Stern may have backfired. During the winter quarter that ended March 31, Stern posted strong ratings gains in his three biggest markets: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. read more

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Be careful what you ask for. I turn the channel and HBO's got 106-pound jockey butt — naked in the shower. Whoa. I wanted a little testosterone. But not like this. Man. "People don't know what riders go through," says one jockey before launching into a detailed description of how these little men make weight. Sweat boxes, diuretics, the purge method, overexercising and undereating. You name it. They do it. And all for one chance at racing glory. Remember that DMX song that goes, "Would you ride for me? Would you die for me?" Yeah. Well, these guys ride and die and they do it for suprisingly little money. The fourth-place rider in the Kentucky Derby gets something like $600. From one of the highest-stakes races in the world. What?! Forget greyhound-rescue programs. Th read more


Kathy Hilton is following in her daughter's footsteps — no, not those footsteps. NBC has tapped Paris's mum to headline The Good Life, an eight-episode reality series in which the elder Hilton teaches 10 young women how to fit into high society. Each week, the Kathster will fire the weakest link, &#224 la The Apprentice, until one uppity shrew remains. The winner gets a year's stay at the Waldorf-Astoria, a new car, clothing, jewelry and a rolled-up newspaper to keep her maid in line. read more


Sir Elton John is weighing in on Jennifer Hudson's shocking ouster from American Idol last week, calling the whole thing "incredibly racist." John — who rubbed elbows with Hudson and Co. earlier this month as an AI special guest — says "the three people I was really impressed with, and they just happened to be black, young female singers, and they all seem to be landing in the bottom three." No word yet on what Eltie thought of Camile Velasco's ghastly cover of his "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but I'm betting he despised it. read more


The WB has picked up its teen sleeper One Tree Hill for a second season. After a slow start, Chad Michael Murray and co. now regularly win their Tuesday night timeslot among the show's target audience of women 12-34 and gay men of all ages. read more


A 10-minute preview of 20th Century Fox's summer disaster flick, The Day After Tomorrow, will air May 12 on Fox — two weeks before it lands in theaters. The trailer will be sandwiched between an episode of That '70s Show and a special expanded edition of American Idol's results show, so there will be no escaping it. read more


Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, 34, gave birth to a baby boy, Roman Robert, Friday in London. This is the second child for Blanchett and her screenwriter hubby Andrew Upton, but the first to be named after a popular character from Days of Our Lives. For more on what is becoming Hollywood's hottest new baby-naming trend, click here. read more


NYPD Blue creator Steven Bochco is threatening to pull the plug on the long-running cop drama at season's end if ABC doesn't stop censoring the show's racy content. Although the network renewed Blue for a 12th and final season, Bochco tells The Hollywood Reporter that "this will be NYPD Blue's last year" if the crackdown does not let up. "If we have to keep reining ourselves in like this," he says, "it just wouldn't be worth continuing to do the show." Bochco claims that in the two months following Boobygate, ABC forced him to alter or eliminate visuals in four sex scenes and "dial back some of our language." read more

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