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MORE MONEY WOES

Rob Campos is now an unemployed loser. The star of NBC's For Love or Money — whose sexual misconduct during his tenure as a marine came to light earlier this week — has been fired by the Texas law firm where he'd been employed for 18 months, TheSmokingGun.com reports. On his firm's web page, owner Sanjay Mathur said Campos's checkered military past as well as "his conduct during the second episode of the TV show," has lead Mathur to "disassociate our relationship with Mr. Campos." NBC, which claims it was unaware of Campos's sketchy past when they cast him, has decided to continue airing the show. read more

FUN TIMES

Cameron Diaz is a signature away from reuniting with former Mask leading man Jim Carrey in Fun With Dick and Jane, a remake of the 1977 George Segal-Jane Fonda comedy about a middle-class couple who turn to a life of crime. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black, Get Shorty) is attached to direct. read more

MUSIC FEST AXED

The three-day Bonnaroo NE Music Festival featuring Bob Dylan, the Dead and Tom Petty — slated to take place Aug. 8-10 in Riverhead, N.Y. — has been canceled due to permit problems. Concert promoters say refunds will be issued to all ticket holders. I'm told this comes on the heels of last weekend's Field Day fiasco, but I really know nothing about that because I was away on vacation. read more

WRONG NUMBER

Is Ruben Studdard already shunning his roots? The American Idol champ says he's ditching his trademark 205 jerseys — effective immediately. (The 205 referred to the area code from his hometown of Birmingham.) Studdard told The Birmingham News that "a combination of things" led him to decide not to wear the shirts made by 205 Flava Inc. "I will always represent the area 205," he said, "but 205 Flava is not indicative of what I am about." Translation: Steven Cojocaru finally got through to him. read more

Mark Valley: Keen on London

Keen Eddie star Mark Valley, 38, can relate to his character's culture shock as an NYPD cop living in London. However, unlike Det. Eddie Arlette, this easy-going Pasadena and Days of Our Lives alum's future doesn't hinge on his job across the pond. Here, Valley talks to TV Guide Online about headlining his very own TV series, those lovely British birds and his real passion...


TV Guide Online: "Fish-out-of-water" is a term often used to describe your character. When you were shooting Eddie in London, did you feel the same way?
Mark Valley:
Yeah, I did, sort of. I can't figure out these English women. They're strikingly good looking, and they're much cheaper dates. They'll go out and have a beer with you.

TVGO: Were there cultural differences that read more

SECRET NUPTIALS

Titanic star Kate Winslet married filmmaker Sam Mendes (American Beauty) late last month in a small Caribbean ceremony. How small, you ask? The only folks in attendance were Winslet's 2-year-old daughter Mia and three close friends. That's hardly enough people to form a decent conga line. read more

SWEET REVENGE

Madonna, Britney Spears, and Nelly are among the entertainers signed up to roast Carson Daly at the first ever MTV Bash, a comedy/concert taping June 28 and airing July 13. I'll watch under one condition: if Tara Reid gets a turn at the mike. read more

ROBOTS ARE COMING

Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks and Drew Carey will lend their voices to Robots, 20th Century Fox's latest computer-animated feature that will arrive in theaters in 2005. Produced by the team behind Ice Age, Robots revolves around a young genius who wants his robots to make the world a better place. read more

BUFFY RETURNS

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Four DVD arrives in stores today, and series creator Joss Whedon warns fans that the six-disc set features more commentary than usual. "Apparently, I never shut up," he laughs, "which I know because both 'Hush' and 'Restless' — which are two of my favorite episodes — are in it." read more

SHORT CUTS

Longtime GQ editor Art Cooper died Monday, four days after suffering a massive stroke. He was 65... Beginning Monday, CNN's Lou Dobbs Moneyline will be rechristened Lou Dobbs Tonight to better reflect the show's broader focus... A&E has inked a deal to air eight Agatha Christie crime stories. The first one, Five Little Pigs, begins filming next month and stars English thesp David Suchet as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot... NBC is extending the Access Hollywood brand to include a special tween edition, a game show and regular segments on CNBC. read more

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