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A shutterbug for the Evening Standard newspaper claims Paul McCartney pushed and swore at him when he tried to take a picture of the former Beatle visiting illusionist David Blaine's starvation shrine at Tower Bridge in London. Scotland Yard is on the case. (I love writing that.) read more

Performing As Loved the winner;...

Performing As
Loved the winner; you know, that spooky-good Frank Sinatra impersonator. The Faith Hill wannabe was okay, too. But everyone else sounded screechy as howler monkeys. Still, I have to hand it to the faux Cher, Lisa Cash. She did "Turn Back Time," complete with guys in sailor outfits and a tamed-down-for-broadcast-TV version of Cher's black, see-through outfit from her music video. By the way, I only remember Cash's name because she sounds like a Las Vegas lounge singer. Speaking of Vegas, there's about 100 drag queens there who could do Cher way better. Of course, if Fox let crossdressers compete, they'd blow the regular Joes out of the water.

Whoopi
The Whoopster goes way over the top in a fit of claustrophobia. Eh, maybe this is gonna be one of those hit or miss sitcoms. Giggle-inducing one week, so-so the next.

Big Brother 4
Three housemates are left. read more

Survivor: Pearl Islands The granddaddy...

Survivor: Pearl Islands
The granddaddy of reality shows goes Pirates of the Caribbean. Dispatching this season's 16 with nothing but the clothes on their backs was a neat twist, but they should have had to walk the plank. Especially those wearing Armani suits and stiletto heels for a flight to Panama. Why are they blurring out the butts when you can see Dennis Franz's sorry ass every week on NYPD Blue? After witnessing Osten's underwear problems, you just know he's gonna be the next Calvin Klein poster boy. And did anyone catch the "Morgan behind" caption during the immunity challenge? Cheap, but brilliant. After their loss, Team Morgan could only be thinking one thing: Hate the Drake.

Threat Matrix
This new series about homeland-security experts borrows elements of CSI, Alias, The Agency and 24. My advice: Return them and nobody gets hurt. Given the title, I half expected to see read more

Catching Up With Xena's Callisto


We thought we'd heard everything here at TV Guide Online. But then we rang up Hudson Leick, and dang if the former Xena: Warrior Princess villainess didn't prove us wrong in nothing flat. "I quit acting for about two years," the 34-year-old knockout tells us. Why on Earth? If ever a performer was born ready for her close-up, we'd have bet that it had to be her. So, what possessed her?!

"'What possessed you?!'" she repeats dramatically, then bursts into laughter. "I just wasn't crazy about the business. When you work, you're so lucky — I mean, only [a small percentage] of the Screen Actors Guild actually makes enough money to support themselves. I just didn't think that was what I wanted to do.

"But," she adds, "I was wrong."

We could've told Leick that. Whether the veteran of Melrose Place and Touched by an Angel is throwing herself into another of what she calls the "slutty, bitchy bimbo" roles read more

GOOD THINGS

Singer-songwriter-hottie John Mayer's new album Heavier Things debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart with sales of 316,000 copies. Hilary Duff's Metamorphosis fell to No. 2 with 107,000 copies sold. read more

POOR SMOKEY!

On last night's typically soul-stirring Paradise Hotel, our hero, Dave, eliminated two-faced psycho Beau for the second time, and, following a chat with his late grandpa during a séance, Tom was sent into the afterlife as well. By which we mean "life after this show." Sadly, he had to take his stuffed traveling companion, Smokey, with him. read more

JOHN REMEMBERED

Diane Sawyer's ABC tribute special, John Ritter: Life of Laughter, attracted over 14 million viewers on Tuesday night. Sad pals and co-stars tearfully reminisced about the 54-year-old Three's Company alum, who suffered a fatal aortic dissection last week on the set of his latest sitcom, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. As previously reported, ABC plans to continue Rules by writing the death of Ritter's character into the show's storyline. read more

FOR SALE

There's no doubt Jennifer Aniston will look like a dream come Emmy night, so why not buy the dress she wears to Sunday's ceremony? The Friends star, who's up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, will auction off her gown to benefit the Cure Autism Now Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Aniston's fellow nominee, Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) is spearheading the "Clothes Off Our Back" fundraiser, and more than 30 other celebs will participate. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Speaking of Justin Timberlake's galpal, Cameron Diaz has signed on to star in W.A.S.P.S., a WWII-set feature about the first female pilots recruited by the military in 1942, Variety reports. read more

BRANDON COMES HOME

Former Beverly Hills, 90210 hunk Jason Priestley is reportedly making tracks back to Fox. The 34-year-old actor/race-car enthusiast has inked a deal with his old network to develop a TV series to air in 2004. read more

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