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JOLIE'S DAD SPEAKS OUT

The Osbournes are beginning to look downright normal next to Angelina Jolie and dad Jon Voight. Last night, Voight tearfully told Access Hollywood he's "brokenhearted" over their estrangement, adding Jolie needs to "get help" for "serious mental problems." He suggested her soon-to-be-ex Billy Bob Thornton also has "serious problems" and laments that he's never met Jolie's adopted Cambodian son Maddox. In a statement to Access, Jolie wouldn't reveal why she refuses to see Voight, saying only: "After all these years, I have determined that it is not healthy for me to be around my father, especially now that I am responsible for my own child." read more

CLEARING THE AIR

Britney Spears is setting the record straight about that Sunday night concert fiasco in Mexico, where foul weather reportedly led her to walk off stage after only four songs. "The whole stage is metal and the stage was hit by lightning and not safe," she tells Access Hollywood. "The dancers on stage slipped, it wasn't safe at all for us to continue the show. This was not a rainstorm, this was a lightning storm." And what about that whole middle finger scandal? She confirms that the birdie was intended for the paparazzi — not her Mexican fans. "It was just a defense mechanism," she insists. "I wouldn't do it again." Right, and you're still a virgin. read more

SHORT CUTS

Denzel Washington's directorial debut, Antwone Fisher, will have its world premiere at next month's Toronto International Film Festival... The Tale of the Allergist's Wife will end its Broadway run on Sept. 15. read more

NO SHOW

Concertgoers can't seems to catch a break these days. The latest performer shirking his/her concert commitments: Diana Ross. The legendary singer — who checked herself into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center two months ago — has canceled the remaining dates of her 10-city summer tour. Ross, 58, kicked off the tour last week at New York's Westbury Music Fair. read more

Eric Close: Still Without a Trace of Flab?


There's a lot of pressure that comes with being the strongest man on the planet. Just ask Eric Close, who played a souped-up government agent in the short-lived CBS cult fave Now and Again. "You're working 16-18 hour days, and then you've got to go to the gym all the time," he sighs to TV Guide Online. "And then on top of that, you're trying to learn your lines and have a family life. It was insane."

And although Now and Again lasted only one season — CBS pulled the plug in May 2000 — Close admits it took him a full year to recover from all those crunches and pull-ups and curls (oh my!). "It really takes a lot out of you," sighs the 35-year-old actor, confessing that his physique soon returned to less-than-Supermanly proportions. "I started looking and going, 'Man, where did that six-pack go?' You realize how much work it takes to be in phenomenal shape."

Luckily, Close's lat read more

CRIME CARTOON

CBS has signed a deal with IDW Publishing for a five-issue comic book miniseries based on the network's hit serial thriller CSI. IDW will publish one issue per month starting in December. read more

WAS THIS A $10 BET?

Ed star Josh Randall was arrested in Brooklyn Wednesday night after an undercover narcotics cop caught him allegedly smoking crack with a homeless man. The 30-year-old actor — who plays Tom Cavanagh's best friend Dr. Mike Burton in the NBC dramedy — was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and is being held pending arraignment. read more

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME NEW MUSIC?

Monday Night Football will get a new theme song every week this season, courtesy of franchise mainstay Hank Williams Jr. Each game will get its very own lyrics, set to Williams' 1984 hit "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight." Here's a sampling from the Sept. 16 opener between Washington and Philadelphia: "The 'Skins' new coach looks to make an impression/Philly wants to teach him an NFL lesson." read more

Carson Daly: Tired of TRL?


As perennial host of MTV's Total Request Live, Carson Daly seems poised to replace Dick Clark as "America's oldest teenager." He doesn't exactly fancy this title, however. "I'm no Dick Clark," he insists to TV Guide Online. "I obviously just can't do [TRL] forever. It's like a player leaving baseball when it's not fun anymore... It's definitely not that time right now, but it's clear that I'm definitely getting older and growing away from that scene.

"My life doesn't revolve all around MTV, TRL or just pop music," he adds. "One of the things I'm trying to do is get over that. I just had my 29th birthday. I've been at MTV five years. When I was 24, my life was a lot of concerts, a lot of hanging out with the artists, good times and partying and things that any 24-year-old with all access would do. That was fun read more

News Temptress Raises The Pulse


Despite Bill O'Reilly's weekly Andy Rooney-ish rants on The Pulse — airing Thursdays at 9 pm/ET — the Fox news magazine is hardly registering 60 Minutes-like Nielsen ratings. We recommend giving viewers less O'Reilly and more Laurie Dhue, stat. In her pinstripes, pearls and smoky eyeshadow, this curvy correspondent raises our blood pressure whenever she's on-screen!

Unlike Paula Zahn — who kvetched when CNN ads dubbed her "sexy" — Dhue is no prude about her looks. "How great to be good-looking, smart and a good journalist at the same time," she modestly tells TV Guide Online. "Why not? They're not mutually exclusive.

"Look at Diane Sawyer. And Paula Zahn, she is intelligent and beautiful. If she gets a few more people watching, fine. That's great. I love that. It's so interesting when people say, 'Oh God, you're just another blonde on Fox.' I say read more

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