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Donnell Langham, the portly star of MTV's latest Road Rules installment, pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting his former girlfriend and was sentenced to a year's probation, reports. He was also directed to enter a batterer's program and ordered to stay away from his ex. read more


The court battle between Rosie O'Donnell and Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing over the demise of Rosie magazine has been delayed due to a scheduling conflict. The proceedings — slated to commence today in Manhattan — will now get underway later this week. read more


CBS has extended full-season, 22-episode orders to five of its new fall series: Joan of Arcadia, Two and a Half Men, Navy NCIS, Cold Case and The Handler. As previously reported the Eye network has put The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire on "hiatus." Fox, meanwhile, has pulled the plug on its new Friday night laffer Luis. Reruns of Wanda at Large will air in its place. read more


Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has split from her longtime companion, photographer Danny Monzes, the New York Daily News reports. The couple has two children. read more


MGM has put the kibosh on its planned James Bond spinoff featuring Halle Berry's Die Another Day character Jinx due to creative differences between the studio and the film's producers. read more


Southern California's devastating wildfires partially destroyed an outdoor set for Martin Scorsese's upcoming Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator over the weekend. A Warner Bros. rep called the complication "a minor inconvenience as compared to those who are currently suffering through the devastating effects of the fire." read more


Rod Roddy, the jovial announcer from CBS's The Price Is Right, died Monday at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles after a long battle with prostate, colon and breast cancer. He was 66. Roddy, who had been with TPIR for 17 years, taped his last show about two months ago. "He never complained," says host Bob Barker. "The courage he showed during those difficult times was an inspiration to us all." Before he started inviting contestants to "come on down," the onetime radio personality narrated the classic '70s sitcom Soap and served as an announcer on such game shows as Battlestars, Hit Man, Press Your Luck and Love Connection. He also played himself in a 1999 episode of Fox's That '70s Show. A memorial service is in the works. read more


ABC News reporter Chris Wallace has defected to Fox News. The Primetime Live correspondent will replace Tony Snow as host of Fox News Sunday beginning in mid-November. read more


A workers' rights group is accusing P. Diddy's Sean John clothing line of using laborers from a Honduran sweatshop. According to a report by National Labor Committee, workers at the Southeast Textiles factory in Choloma, Honduras, are subjected to 11- to 12-hour daily shifts, and paid 24 cents for each $50 Sean John shirt they sew. A Sean John exec says the company is "looking into this matter immediately." read more


Actor Tom Sizemore was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and three years probation for abusing his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. The judge said he would consider reducing the sentence to 90 days if the star of Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan responds well to his court-ordered counseling for drugs, anger and domestic violence. In a letter, Sizemore apologized, claiming "personal demons" had taken over his life. read more

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