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Inside the Actors Studio: Barbra Streisand
I make my living writing about TV, so I'm well aware of how hypocritical it is when I scream: She's just an entertainer, people. Talented, yes (though I can't watch or listen to her for more than a few seconds — and try to avoid even that), and her broad-spectrum arts achievements are undeniably impressive. But to watch Jim "The Bloviator" Lipton and this adoring crowd, you'd think she was about to lay hands on all of them before walking across the ocean to bring a working democracy to Iraq and rid the world of hunger and pestilence.

It's our shared duty to help Barbra. She'll never get over being so chronically enamored of herself if you don't stop first. At the end of two very long hours, I declare Streisand and Lipton's battle of affectation to be a draw. Ain't gonna be no rematch. Don't want one.

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Janet Jackson will make her first post-Super Bowl TV appearance on the very network she shamed — CBS. Jackson will visit the Late Show With David Letterman on Monday, March 29, to promote her new album and chat about Boobygate. As previously reported, Jackson is also slated to guest on Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live and On Air With Ryan Seacrest. read more

Evan and Jaron Go Retro

Pop rockers Evan and Jaron had already won us over with their smarter-than-the-average-heartthrob lyrics and the sweetest harmonies we expect to hear outside of Heaven. But when the 30-year-old Lowenstein twins rang us up to discuss their resurrection of the Everly Brothers on this week's American Dreams (airing Sunday on NBC at 8 pm/ET), we discovered five more compelling reasons to cheer on the thinking listener's Nelson. To wit:

1. They're heroes. Well, Evan is, anyway. Although he ran late for the interview, he had the best excuse ever: The volunteer EMT had stopped to help out at the scene of a car crash. "He just had a baby," Jarod explained while we waited, "and he was like, 'After giving life, I don't ever want to be around an opportunity where I can't save one'." Of course, incorrigible Jaron was as quick to bust his sibling's chops as he is to give him props. "Saving lives... it's lik read more


Former televangelist-turned-Surreal Life star Tammy Faye Messner, 62, announced last night on CNN's Larry King Live that she has inoperable lung cancer. Messner said she's considering holistic medicine and chemotherapy as possible treatments. read more


Early MTV veejay John "J.J." Jackson died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 62. "He was a big part of the channel's success and we are sure he is in the music section of heaven, with lots of his friends and heroes," MTV said in a statement. "He will be greatly missed." After leaving the music network in 1986, Jackson returned to his radio roots, hosting a nationally syndicated show on the Westwood One Radio Network. Most recently, he hosted an afternoon slot on Los Angeles' KTWV. read more


Everybody Loves Raymond's Brad Garrett has nabbed a supporting role in the Disney flick The Pacifier. It stars Vin Diesel as an undercover agent hired to protect a government scientist and his family, and I'm pretty sure it's a comedy. read more


Ben Affleck will sit in for a vacationing Kelly Ripa on Monday's Live With Regis and Kelly. During the show, which was pre-taped, Affleck will compete in a "Reege-off" with Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond to see who does the best Philbin impression. read more


A seven-week investigation has led USA Today to conclude that one of its own — ex-reporter Jack Kelly — pulled a Jayson Blair by fabricating "substantial portions" of at least eight major stories. "As an institution, we failed our readers," says publisher Craig Moon. "For that I apologize." The full story appears in Friday's USA Today right next to a fun little chart about lead poisoning. read more


Some news is just too good to make up, folks: Disgraced New York Times plagiarist Jayson Blair's new book is tanking. Despite an avalanche of press coverage and a first printing of 250,000, Burning Down My Master's House has sold an anemic 1,400 copies in its first nine days of publication. In related news... read more

Survivor's Ethan Ejected

Cute guys are dropping like flies on Survivor: All-Stars. Seems it's all thanks to one man, Lex. Mogo Mogo's tattooed tribesman schemed for Colby's ouster last week, then preyed on pal Ethan Zohn. Lex insisted his anti-Ethan vote was "only business," but Zohn sees it a bit differently. Here, the Survivor: Africa winner — who used his $1 million to start a soccer-oriented AIDS charity — tells TV Guide Online about Lex's betrayal, his lazy tribemates and Rob and Amber's reality TV romance.

TVGO: Are you mad at Lex?
Ethan Zohn:
[Sighs] Am I mad at Lex? While I was out there, I was a little mad at Lex, but now everything's fine. We are friends and buddies. Basically, we differed in opinion. Lex wanted me to go and I wanted to stay.

TVGO: He said not to take it personally — but how can you do that?
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