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Hoping to capitalize on Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley's newfound popularity, Fox Searchlight will expand its soccer sleeper Bend It Like Beckham to 1,200 screens this weekend. read more


Further proof that Simon Cowell has sold his soul to Fox: The meanie Brit has agreed to guest star on Tuesday's edition of American Juniors. According to the network, Cowell "will be there to give viewers their first glimpse at the good, the bad and the outright awful" from American Idol's Los Angeles auditions, to be held Sunday in Pasadena. read more

Hotel Guest Tells, But Doesn't Kiss (Much)

Although Fox's decadent summer sexcapade Paradise Hotel boasts more bikini-clad babes than Daytona Beach at spring break, where the show's boys were was almost always wherever bodacious Amanda was — and with good reason. Not only does the 22-year-old resort concierge possess a heavenly body, but her manner is refreshingly down-to-earth. Here, the not-necessarily-swinging single opens up to TV Guide Online about her sometimes-murky motivations, her distorted image and Toni the incredible she-Hulk.

TV Guide Online: Since you fibbed to your boyfriend, Jason, that you'd only kissed Beau — and, by now, like us, he must have seen you making out with Alex, Zack and Matt, too — is it safe to assume that your rekindled relationship didn't work out?
If you look at the tapes, you will never see me touching lips with Alex, Matt or Zach — it's people assuming what they would like to see. Jason understands what the who read more


All that spinoff talk got Everybody Loves Raymond co-star Brad Garrett thinking about a raise. According to Variety, Garrett is hitting up his Raymond bosses for a "significant" pay hike for the upcoming eighth season. read more


Goldie Hawn is in talks to star in and produce a comedy feature based on the recent Washington Post article titled "Bride and Joy: Guiding Mom Down the Aisle." The film follows a young woman who finds herself in the unlikely position of planning her mother's nuptials. Hawn would play the mom. read more


Celebutante Paris Hilton — star of Fox's upcoming fish-out-of-Beverly Hills reality series The Simple Life — will make her television acting debut when she guest stars on the season premiere episode of That '70s Show on Oct. 29. She'll play a love interest for Danny Masterson's Hyde character. read more


Don't count out this summer's spate of reality shows just yet. Last week, CBS's Big Brother 4 and Fox's Paradise Hotel scored their best ratings to date. Also making impressive Nielsen gains: NBC's The Restaurant, For Love or Money 2 and Who Wants to Marry My Dad. The moral of this story? We're all going to hell. read more


Apparently, Freddie Prinze Jr. is serious about this writing thing. The actor — who last year penned an episode of the syndicated action series Mutant X — has inked a deal to develop and co-write a TV movie for MTV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the untitled comedy will center on a group of teenagers trying to throw a prom. read more


Mr. Big has met his match — and he wears... ballet slippers?! After months of speculation, dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov, 55, has been tapped to play Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) final fling on Sex and the City. "We had to make Big (Chris Noth) look like a high school sweetheart," Parker tells The New York Times. Baryshnikov's character, Alexander Petrovsky, is described as an artist "of extreme importance" whom Carrie meets and falls in love with. He'll show up as "a teaser" at the end of the HBO comedy's current 12-episode cycle, before returning for the final batch of eight episodes in January. Baryshnikov points out that he's "not playing a dancer. I'm a Russi read more


Fox is developing an American take on the U.K. comedy The Savages, about a young couple coping with parenthood. The U.S. version, however, will add an extra twist: It'll be really bad. read more

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