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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

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

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

PEACE PIPES

Rocker Lenny Kravitz has recorded a peace anthem with Iraqi pop star Kadim Al Sahir titled We Want Peace. The tune is available at www.RockTheVote.org. 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

LESS IS MORE

ABC is shortening its prime-time shows by 2 1/2 minutes to make room for war updates. "By asking our producers to deliver shorter episodes, we've addressed the need for news updates while also protecting the integrity of our prime-time content," an ABC rep tells Reuters. Good, because I was beginning to worry that no one was protecting the integrity of According to Jim. 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

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

JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME...

Connie Chung — whose career just hasn't been the same since she urged Kathleen Gingrich to whisper sweet somethings into her ear during a 1995 interview — is out of work again. On Tuesday, CNN abruptly axed her prime-time show Connie Chung Tonight. Although CNN asked her to stay on in another capacity, Maury Povich's other half declined. 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. The network, meanwhile, has postponed its one-hour 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

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