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DOWN BUT NOT OUT

Diana Ross will open up about her recent drunken-driving arrest in an upcoming memoir, Upside Down: Wrong Turns, Right Turns and the Road Ahead. The book is due in spring, but I'm going to go out on a limb and predict Ross's road ahead will include Target store openings, Jerry Lewis telethons and the occasional QVC appearance. read more

NOW THIS WE SAW COMING...

Court TV's TheSmokingGun.com is having a field day with this season's American Idol criminals, er, contestants. Follwing last week's report that Trenyce has a rap sheet, Gun has learned that fellow finalist Corey Clark faces trial next month on charges he assaulted his teenage sister and battled with cops while resisting arrest. The 22-year-old bad boy — who in his Fox.com profile claims to "get along with everyone" — was arrested last October following a disturbance in his family's Topeka, Kans., home. It's not known whether Fox was aware of the incident, but to me, this seems a lot worse than Frenchiegate. Meanwhile, I would like to extend a plea to the sleuths at TheSmokingGun.com: If you guys find any dirt on personal faves Ruben Studdard or Clay Aiken, please bury it. I'll pay you. Better yet, my grandmother will pay you. read more

Rudy's Divorce Drama Rehashed


Most Americans think of Rudy Giuliani as New York City's heroic former mayor, who bolstered the Big Apple in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. USA's biopic Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET) shows Hizzoner's good side, but also recounts his acrimonious divorce from actress/TV host Donna Hanover. For Penelope Ann Miller — who plays Donna to James Woods's Rudy — it wasn't an easy film to do.

"I've never met Rudy, but I've met Donna," Miller tells TV Guide Online. "We have mutual friends. My good friend Jason Alexander directed her in several read more

Bernie Mac's Family Portrait


As Chris Rock's big bro — and presidential running mate — in Head of State, Bernie Mac always reminds Rock where he came from. With his feisty advice, Rock stays squeaky clean in spite of Washington's soul-sucking political machine. In the parallel universe of showbiz, Mac says that same "keepin' it real" philosophy is why he's a happy, successful married man.

"I'm a blue-collar cat!" says Mac, who still lives in his hometown of Chicago when not filming Fox's The Bernie Mac Show. "I was a construction worker, school bus driver, cook... and I don't have any celebrity friends. I only have two buddies, who've been with me since I was 7 or 8."

If star-chasin' females ever whisper words of temptation in Mac's ear, he need only remember read more

UNITED NAY

The United Way of Tampa Bay has canceled an April 11 fundraiser featuring Susan Sarandon as a keynote speaker after it received dozens of complaints about her opposition to the war in Iraq. In related news, Michael Moore is developing a film that will explore the murky relationship between Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the United Way of Tampa Bay. read more

NEW RECRUIT

CSI: Miami is promoting frequent guest star Sofia Milos to full-time series regular, effective next season. Milos plays Det. Yelina Salas. read more

ASK JULIA!

Got a burning question for recently-booted Idol finalist Julia DeMato? Well, I will have the honor of speaking to the 24-year-old hairstylist in the coming days, so send any queries to me via the link at the bottom of this page. And please, keep it clean, folks. read more

PAYDAY

Uma Thurman has been tapped to star opposite Ben Affleck in the sci-fi thriller Paycheck, about an electrician who wakes up to discover his employer has erased his memory. John Woo directs. read more

Meet the New Hunk on Charmed


"A good opportunity at the right time." That's how Eric Dane sums up his four-episode stint on the WB's popular witches 'n' warlocks series Charmed. The 30-year-old Gideon's Crossing alum joins the cast Sunday as Jason Dean, the new owner of the Bay Mirror Newspaper and, more importantly, a love interest for Phoebe (Alyssa Milano).

"We have somewhat of a combative start," Dane explains to TV Guide Online, "but there's chemistry and it develops into a relationship. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and then I leave. They're not killing me though — the door is left open, just in case."

As fans no doubt realize, this relationship is a big step for Phoebe, who has been out of read more

STOP THE PRESSES

Fred Durst and his Limp Bizkit bandmates are in agreeance: capitalization and spacing are way overrated. Durst announced on the group's website that the band will now be known as limpbizkit. thatisfreakinbrilliant. read more

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