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SPEAKING OUT

Lisa Marie Presley is breaking her silence about her marriage to Michael Jackson, and it's not pretty. The wannabe pop star confesses to Rolling Stone that they did have sex "for a while," but now feels Jackson manipulated her to improve his image and dispel rumors that he was gay — a stunt that backfired big-time. The final straw came when Presley read an interview in which Jackson claimed she told him Elvis had a nose job, which she denies. read more

THE TRADITION CONTINUES

ABC has rescheduled Barbara Walters's annual Oscar special, featuring interviews with Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Renée Zellweger, for Tuesday at 10 pm/ET. According to published reports, Walters and Moore share a same-sex smooch on the show. (No word if there was any tongue action.) The network, meanwhile, has postponed its one-hour reunion special Tim Allen Presents: A User's Guide to Home Improvement from April 1 until later this season. The delay is due to the ongoing war coverage. read more

SHORT CUTS

Viacom has inked a deal to launch a 24-hour, Chinese version of MTV in a million households in the southern province of Guangdong, China, next month... The Rolling Stones have postponed two concerts this weekend in Hong Kong as a result of the deadly pneumonia outbreak in Southeast Asia. read more

LITTLE ANGEL

Angel star Charisma Carpenter gave birth to a baby boy, Donovan Charles Hardy, on Monday in Los Angeles. This is Carpenter's first child with hubby Damian Hardy. read more

TANGLED WEB

Sony is delaying the release of Spider-Man 2 from May 7, 2004, to July 2, 2004. The postponement has nothing to do with star Tobey Maguire's bad back, however. According to reports, the sequel got bumped after filming of Maguire's horse-racing drama Seabiscuit ran into February — a month after Spider-Man 2 hoped to begin production. Universal, meanwhile, wasted no time occupying the early May vacancy. The studio is moving its big-budget monster epic Van Helsing into the coveted May 7 slot. In the film, Hugh Jackman plays a vampire hunter who battles such classic creatures as Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman and Michael Moore. read more

NOT TRENYCE, TOO!

Maybe they should rename the show American Most Wanted. American Idol finalist Trenyce is the latest contestant on the Fox reality show to get "outed" by Court TV's TheSmokingGun.com. According to the site, the 22-year-old Memphis crooner — whose real name is Lashundra Cobbins — was busted in October 1999 on a felony theft charge, for which she was placed the following year in a pre-trial diversion program by a Criminal Court judge. Idol producers were reportedly aware that Trenyce pulled a Winona Ryder, and therefore, she's in no danger of getting tossed off the show. Um, Frenchie, are you getting all this? read more

QUEEN FOR A DAY

The mayor of Lambertville, New Jersey, is declaring Saturday "Zora Day" in honor of Joe Millionaire winner Zora Andrich — who hails from the quaint riverside community. Planned events include the reading of two proclamations, a parade and a luncheon. Rumor has it that Andrich's Millionaire rival, fetish video star Sarah Kozer, will stop by and lick everyone's feet. read more

Oscar Bleeps Nicole Kidman


The mystery surrounding Nicole Kidman's Academy Awards acceptance speech has been solved! Producers cut to a commercial break before the Oscar winner was finished with her thank yous, leaving the telecast's 33 million viewers wondering, "What'd we miss?" Turns out, the Hours star gave a shout-out to her acting coach, Susan Batson.

"They drowned me out," Kidman says. "They heard it in the [Kodak Theater], but they didn't hear it on television." (Unlike fellow Aussie Russell Crowe, who threw a hissy fit when the BAFTA folks gave him the hook in 2002, Kidman's, er, nose was not out of joint about the slight.)

Well, with that head- read more

Travolta's (Almost) Pulp Fiction Reunion


Sorry, Pulp Fiction fans. If you plan to see Basic this weekend 'cause it's the first time Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta have done a film together since Quentin Tarantino's 1994 cult hit, you'll be sorely disappointed. In this army base whodunit, the duo doesn't share enough screen time to say "Royale with Cheese." Was Travolta disappointed?

"Oh, probably," he admits to TV Guide Online, "but it worked even in parallel. I felt like, as long as you were seeing a scene with me, a scene with Sam, then a scene with me, it worked on its own level."

At least they chilled together off-screen. "Sam and I just have this thing where we're very relaxed with eac read more

American Idol Loser's Bold Prediction

Apparently, nice guys do finish last. How else to explain viewers' decision to vote off American Idol's sweet-natured Charles Grigsby over rebel without a cause Corey Clark. "That's definitely a reality check," concedes the 24-year-old supermarket stockboy, who rang up TV Guide Online from his home in Ohio and gave us the scoop on meeting Angela Bassett, performing during wartime and who he thinks will go the distance on Idol.

TV Guide Online: How ironic was it that after you got the boot last week, you had to sing a song titled, "You Can't Win."
Charles Grigsby:
It was [ironic]. My family was saying that, too.

TVGO: What did you do afterwards?
Grigsby:
Partied.

TVGO: Vanessa spent the night of her dismissal drinking alone in h read more

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