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Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Aussie actress Melissa George (Thieves) has been cast as the mysterious woman that Vaughn (Michael Vartan) went and married during Sydney's two-year blackout on Alias. To read George's first interview since landing the plum part, click here. read more


Actor Tom Sizemore was convicted Friday on seven misdemeanor counts of harassing and abusing ex-girlfriend and former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. However, the 41-year-old star of Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan was acquitted of 10 other counts of domestic violence. Sizemore faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct 2. read more


Actor-turned-newswoman-turned-actor Andrea Thompson has landed a recurring role as a CTU tech specialist on this season's 24... Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines will be released on DVD Nov. 11... Former West Wing exec producer Aaron Sorkin has expressed interest in developing a new series that would be set behind-the-scenes of a Saturday Night Live-type sketch comedy show, the New York Daily News reports. read more


R&B producer-songwriter Ed Townsend, best known for producing Marvin Gaye's sexually-tinged 1973 hit "Let's Get It On," died Wednesday of heart failure. He was 74. read more


Hall of Fame jockey-turned-Seabiscuit star Gary Stevens remains hospitalized in fair condition after falling off his horse during a race Saturday in Illinois. Stevens — whose left shoulder was stepped on — fell off Storming Home a few strides past the finish line. read more


Last week's massive blackout forced stations in the Northeast to preempt Thursday's edition of Extra featuring an exclusive interview with TV Guide columnist Michael Ausiello discussing the crisis on Everybody Loves Raymond. However, according to Holly Fazio, an exec at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the segment aired in its entirety on the West Coast. "You looked great on Extra," Fazio told Ausiello in an e-mail obtained by TV Guide Online. "You really know your stuff!" read more


The Canadian stripper whom the National Enquirer said had sexual relations with Ben Affleck is suing the tabloid, claiming it falsely reported that she got gigli with the actor. Antonella Santini seeks unspecified damages. The Enquirer is standing by its story. read more


The threat of rolling blackouts in the Northeast — and a few remaining Gigli showings — wasn't enough to scare moviegoers away from theaters this weekend. The celeb deathmatch spooker Freddy vs. Jason made a killing at the box office, opening at No. 1 with $36.4 million. Last weekend's top flick, S.W.A.T., slipped to second with $18.6 million, followed by the new Kevin Costner Western Open Range (No. 3 with with $14.1 million), Freaky Friday (No. 4 with $13.1 million) and Uptown Girls (No. 5 with $11.2 million). The top 12 movies brought in $132.1 million, up 33 percent from the same weekend in 2002. read more


ABC Family isn't waiting around for Roseanne Barr to recover from her impending hysterectomy to start production of The Domestic Goddess Hour, the cooking show that served as the inspiration for ABC's The Real Roseanne Show. The network confirms that Goddess — which was slated to debut on Sept. 20 — "has been shut down permanently and will not air on ABC Family." Look for the ax to fall next on Real Roseanne, which no one is watching anyway. read more


Actor Rob Lowe has agreed to help gather celebrity support for Arnold Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial campaign. Why is the former West Wing thesp, who is a liberal, endorsing a Republican? "[Schwarzenegger is] motivating and energizing people in this state that haven't been interested in politics in many, many years," Lowe tells Extra. "I know that when I'm on a set, I want to know who the director is. I don't want to have to guess. That's what Arnold will bring to this state. He's a leader." read more

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