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Liza Minnelli's diva hubby David Gest has made yet another enemy. A New York construction company is suing the couple claiming they failed to pay for renovations to their tony Upper East Side love chamber. (Ewww... ) They allegedly owe a balance of $138,000. read more

A LITTLE BIT OF MONICA

Monica Lewinsky is once again following in Bill Clinton's footsteps — only this time it's not into the Oval Office. On the heels of the ex-president's decision to take a job with 60 Minutes, Lewinsky has accepted an offer from Fox to host its upcoming reality show Mr. Personality (debuting April 21). For the lowdown on the show, click here. read more

SHORT CUTS

Helen Mirren will reprise her role as sleuth Jane Tennison in a new two-part episode of PBS's popular British mystery series Prime Suspect... In the wake of actress Lynne Thigpen's sudden death, producers of CBS's The District are considering having her character die in a car accident, the New York Daily News reports. read more

HER 15 MINUTES

Joe Millionaire champ Zora Andrich has signed with legendary starmaker Ray Manzella — the guy who helped launch the careers of Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy. "We are looking at opportunities," he tells the New York Post. "She can be a [plus-size] model and maybe do a line of clothing for the Home Shopping Network." I don't know what I find more appalling: That this dude considers Zora to be "plus-sized" or that he thinks a HSN gig would be good for anyone's career. read more

DIG THIS

Six Feet Under's Michael C. Hall has been cast opposite Ben Affleck in Paramount's futuristic thriller Paycheck. In the film, Affleck stars as a man who has part of his memory erased by his employer. Hall plays the FBI agent assigned to the case. read more

CRASH COURSE

Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler is in bad shape indeed. A motorcycle accident has left the 53-year-old with six cracked ribs and a broken collarbone. Unfortunately, he'll have to miss performing with Eric Clapton this Sunday in a charity benefit at London's famed Albert Hall. read more

CARPET BAGGED

Joan and Melissa Rivers will find themselves all dressed up with no one to goad Sunday night. The threat of war with Iraq has led Oscar organizers to cancel the glitzy red carpet arrivals for the first time in the show's 75-year history. "To do something that will be self-serving or frivolous on a night when our troops are in bloody combat would be absolutely inappropriate," Academy President Frank Pierson said. Although the show itself is still on, Pierson conceded that "we are all at the mercy of the winds of war." ABC's pre-show, meanwhile, will now focus on Oscar's 75th anniversary. read more

SHE'S A FIGHTER

Actress Lynn Redgrave has undergone treatment for breast cancer, her rep confirms. The 60-year-old Brit, however, continues to maintain a full schedule, including a role in the new off-Broadway play Talking Heads. read more

Hall & Oates Return!


The trademark blond pompadour and the big black mustache are long gone, but Daryl Hall and John Oates are back. After disappointing record sales in the '90s, the duo have rebounded with a new hit album, Do It for Love. And now they're bringing their infectious blend of pop and R&B to A&E's say-it-they'll-play-it concert series, Live by Request (airing March 24, 9 pm/ET)

"It's one of the best shows on television for music, if not the best," says Hall, 54, of the telecast that counts Santana, David Bowie and James Taylor as previous gue read more

Ben Browder Bids Farewell to Farscape


As John Crichton, the lost-in-space astronaut at the center of Sci Fi's cult series, Farscape, Ben Browder has been tortured, shot at, ejected into space and twinned. But you won't hear him complain. "I've had a fantastic time playing Crichton," says the Tennessee-born actor. With the show's finale airing Friday (8 pm/ET), Browder, 40, reflects on his tour of duty aboard the living leviathan Moya, and names his favorite Farscape episodes.

TV Guide Online: Farscape's fans are nothing if not devoted. But be honest: Haven't you grown a little tired of people calling you "Crichton" all the time?
Ben Browder: Actually, that doesn't happen to me very often. I hear about it happening to other people. Claudia Black [who plays Crichton read more

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