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Am I the only one who thinks Bob Guiney is coming off as a major sleaze on The Bachelor?... If you haven't already noticed, we have added a search function to Entertainment News and Insider that allows you to access stories as far back as 2000. Go ahead, search for something: You know you want to. read more

TRADING PLACES

ABC has signed a deal to bring the hit British reality series Wife Swap to the States next summer for a six-week run. However, the U.S. version of the show — in which women from different social backgrounds switch families for two weeks — will be called Trading Moms. Producers apparently felt American audiences would be offended by a program titled Wife Swap. (Personally, I find Trading Moms pretty icky, but that's just me.) read more

LOVE CHARGED

Troubled singer-actress Courtney Love was charged Tuesday with a misdemeanor drug count stemming from her arrest last Thursday outside an L.A. home she allegedly tried to break into. (She was later rushed to the hospital after suffering an apparent overdose, but that's neither here nor there.) Love's scheduled to be arraigned Friday, which may jeopardize our lunch plans. (Hey Court, if you're reading this, let me know if we're still on. And don't worry about taping Scrubs tonight. I saw an advance copy of the episode and it was brilliant. Anyway, call me.) read more

EXCUSE ME, SIR?

That's Moore, Sir Roger Moore to you. The erstwhile James Bond was knighted by Queen Elizabeth on Thursday for his work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. You may recall the 75-year-old actor collapsed last May while appearing on Broadway. Well, he has since been fitted with a pacemaker and is doing just fine. read more

COP ROCK REDUX?

Elton John and Bernie Taupin are taking their act to the small screen, signing a deal with Warner Bros. TV and producer Shaun Cassidy to develop a musical drama for Fox. "It's a soap opera with the emphasis on the opera," Cassidy tells Variety, adding that Rhapsody will be more Moulin Rouge than Cop Rock. "There's a murder mystery and a power struggle and a big, grand love story." And if Moulin Rouge taught us anything, it's that love is a many-splendored thing, love lifts us up where we belong, and all you need is love! read more

PUNKS BEHAVING BADLY

Limp Bizkit angered Chicago concertgoers while performing at the "Summer Sanitarium Tour" on July 26 — and now, they're suing! According to court papers obtained by TheSmokingGun.com, Fred Durst and his band performed for only 17 minutes. During that short time, they allegedly showed "obscene and profane messages to the crowd via four giant monitors," while Durst yelled "disgusting homophobic and anti-gay statements." The lawsuit seeks a $25 refund for each of 172 ticket holders. read more

THIS DOESN'T BITE

The WB has given the green light to a full season of Angel, which has performed well on Wednesdays. According to Variety, the Frog network had an option to cut back to 13 episodes if the show tanked. In related news, ex-Buffy the Vampire Slayer scribe Doug Petrie is developing a contemporary take on Lost in Space for the WB. read more

RULES RATES WELL

If you don't count baseball playoffs, John Ritter's final episode of 8 Simple Rules... was Tuesday night's most-watched TV show. The sitcom scored nearly 18 million viewers. After this week, Rules goes into reruns while the show's being retooled to include the death of Ritter's character, newspaper columnist Paul Hennessy. read more

MOVIE STUFF

Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is in talks to adapt Yann Martel's best-selling novel Life of Pi as a movie. read more

OUTKAST EMBRACED

Despite a 54 percent drop in sales from its debut last week, OutKast's Speakerboxx/The Love Below, is still the No. 1 album on Billboard's chart (234,900 copies sold). Other chart-topping notables include Sting's Sacred Love (No. 3 with 194,680 discs sold) and Dido's Life for Rent (No. 4 with 191,580). read more

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