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SPOILER ALERT!

If you missed last night's Bachelorette but still plan on watching it on tape, stop reading now! Okay, I warned you... This is your last chance... Here it goes... Trista gave Greg the boot, leaving just three studs: Russell (scary!), Charlie (icky!) and Ryan (yummy!). read more

YOU'VE GOT TROUBLE

Ted Turner is stepping down as vice chairman of troubled AOL Time Warner Inc., it was announced Wednesday. The news came the same day the media conglomerate reported a record $99 billion loss for 2002. read more

SPECIAL DELIVERY

German supermodel Claudia Schiffer gave birth to a baby boy by Caesarian section on Thursday in London. This is the first child for Schiffer and hubby, film producer Matthew Vaughn. read more

OOPSIE!

The mystery behind Meryl Streep's shocking SAG Awards snub has been solved. The actress, an anticipated double nominee for her lead work in The Hours and her supporting turn in Adaptation, was the victim of a clerical error. Apparently, a low-level Sony employee submitted Streep in the wrong category — lead instead of supporting — for Adaptation. As a result, the votes most likely got split between the two films. Personally, I think Streep is paying the price for smelling like a camel at the Golden Globes. read more

MELINA'S BIG FAT GREEK DELIVERY

Former Providence beauty Melina Kanakaredes gave birth to a daughter, Karina Eleni, on Saturday, People reports. This is the second child for Kanakaredes and hubby Peter Constantinides. read more

SHORT CUTS

Dubya's State of the Union address Tuesday was seen by 62 million viewers, making it the most-watched since Bill Clinton's first address in 1993... Magic Johnson will produce and occasionally appear in an MTV reality show titled Who's Got Game, which documents the lives of 12 street basketball players competing for a $100,000 prize. read more

TRASH PICK-UP

Courtney Love, call your agents: HBO is developing a drama series set in a trailer park. The title? Trailerpark. The inspiration? Russell Banks's collection of short stories of the same name. The goal? To find the next Sopranos. read more

OF HUMAN BONDAGE

As if Evan Marriott's underwear modeling photos weren't saucy enough, one of the Joe Millionaire hunk's three remaining ladies-in-waiting has outspiced him! It seems Sarah — who disappeared into the woods with Evan on Monday night's episode and, um, "slurped" him — has starred in kinky bondage and foot-fetish films. According to TheSmokingGun.com, she's appeared as "Cindy Schubert" in such movies as Dirty Soled Dolls, Novices in Knots, Hogtied, and Helpless Heroines. Yikes! This reality gal makes Survivor: Thailand winner (and ex-porn star) Brian Heidik look downright boring. read more

OSCAR DISS

Actor Peter O'Toole, 70, did not respond well to news that he would be getting an honorary Oscar at this year's ceremony. The Lawrence of Arabia star, who has been nominated for an Oscar seven times but never won, wrote a letter to the Academy asking them to "defer the honor" until he turns 80. "I am still in the game and might win the lovely bugger outright," he said. Well, O'Toole will be feted whether he shows up on March 23 or not. Says Oscar chief Frank Pierson: "The award is for achievement... not for retirement." read more

LUCK OF THE IRISH

Britney Spears is in official meltdown mode. The 21-year-old former Mouseketeer showed up on the arm of Irish gigolo Colin Farrell, 26, at Tuesday's Hollywood premiere of The Recruit. Later at the after-party, the duo — who reportedly met last week when Spears stalked, er, visited Farrell on the set of his movie S.W.A.T. — were seen kissing and snuggling. Maybe Spears was turned on by the quote Farrell recently gave to W magazine, in which he boasted, "I come to town and [bleep] everything I can." Or, maybe this one he gave to Playboy: "I have never been with a prostitute that I haven't been completely polite to." Um, Ms. Spears, can you confirm this? read more

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