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Actor Peter O'Toole, 70, did not respond well to news that he would be getting an honorary Oscar at this year's ceremony. The Lawrence of Arabia star, who has been nominated for an Oscar seven times but never won, wrote a letter to the Academy asking them to "defer the honor" until he turns 80. "I am still in the game and might win the lovely bugger outright," he said. Well, O'Toole will be feted whether he shows up on March 23 or not. Says Oscar chief Frank Pierson: "The award is for achievement... not for retirement." read more

SPOILER ALERT!

If you missed last night's Bachelorette but still plan on watching it on tape, stop reading now! Okay, I warned you... This is your last chance... Here it goes... Trista gave Greg the boot, leaving just three studs: Russell (scary!), Charlie (icky!) and Ryan (yummy!). read more

SHORT CUTS

Dubya's State of the Union address Tuesday was seen by 62 million viewers, making it the most-watched since Bill Clinton's first address in 1993... Magic Johnson will produce and occasionally appear in an MTV reality show titled Who's Got Game, which documents the lives of 12 street basketball players competing for a $100,000 prize. read more

YOU'VE GOT TROUBLE

Ted Turner is stepping down as vice chairman of troubled AOL Time Warner Inc., it was announced Wednesday. The news came the same day the media conglomerate reported a record $99 billion loss for 2002. read more

OF HUMAN BONDAGE

As if Evan Marriott's underwear modeling photos weren't saucy enough, one of the Joe Millionaire hunk's three remaining ladies-in-waiting has outspiced him! It seems Sarah — who disappeared into the woods with Evan on Monday night's episode and, um, "slurped" him — has starred in kinky bondage and foot-fetish films. According to TheSmokingGun.com, she's appeared as "Cindy Schubert" in such movies as Dirty Soled Dolls, Novices in Knots, Hogtied, and Helpless Heroines. Yikes! This reality gal makes Survivor: Thailand winner (and ex-porn star) Brian Heidik look downright boring. read more

SPECIAL DELIVERY

German supermodel Claudia Schiffer gave birth to a baby boy by Caesarian section on Thursday in London. This is the first child for Schiffer and hubby, film producer Matthew Vaughn. read more

MELINA'S BIG FAT GREEK DELIVERY

Former Providence beauty Melina Kanakaredes gave birth to a daughter, Karina Eleni, on Saturday, People reports. This is the second child for Kanakaredes and hubby Peter Constantinides. read more

LUCK OF THE IRISH

Britney Spears is in official meltdown mode. The 21-year-old former Mouseketeer showed up on the arm of Irish gigolo Colin Farrell, 26, at Tuesday's Hollywood premiere of The Recruit. Later at the after-party, the duo — who reportedly met last week when Spears stalked, er, visited Farrell on the set of his movie S.W.A.T. — were seen kissing and snuggling. Maybe Spears was turned on by the quote Farrell recently gave to W magazine, in which he boasted, "I come to town and [bleep] everything I can." Or, maybe this one he gave to Playboy: "I have never been with a prostitute that I haven't been completely polite to." Um, Ms. Spears, can you confirm this? read more

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Rocks On!


How did Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus react upon hearing that Elaine's infamous kick-dance managed to two-step its way onto TV Guide and VH1's recent list of the 100 Music Moments that Rocked TV? "It's extraordinary," she tells TV Guide Online. "It's a little bit humiliating, but it's extraordinary."

The funky slide — which Elaine debuted to Jerry and Co. during a classic 1996 episode — ranked No. 54 on the TV Guide-VH1 list. As Louis-Dreyfus recalls, a lot of hard work went into creating the indelible routine. Well, not really. "I stood in front of the mirror and tried to look like the biggest ass---- in town," she laughs.

The 42-year-old former Saturday Night Livewire looks forward to poking more fun at herself when Watching Ellie returns to NBC's sche read more

The Battle Over Galactica Update


Now this is boldly going. Not only is the Sci Fi Channel mounting a lavish remake of Battlestar Galactica, but the cable network is trying to do so without the aura of doom and gloom that hung over ABC's 1978-80 series like a dark cloud. "We're going for a very stylistic, non-apocalyptic look," Sci Fi prez Bonnie Hammer tells TV Guide Online. "It isn't going to be that kind of grey battleship again, and it isn't going to be Star Trek-y, either."

For that matter, neither is the update going to spotlight leading men who are quite as long in the tooth as the original's Lorne Greene. Rather, says Hammer, Sci Fi's Battlestar will be "much more human and a bit younger. It's going to have a different kind of style and sensibility." In other words, the show will set its phasers on "fun" and try to cast the next read more

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