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Viewers may have gotten a kick out of Tiffani Thiessen and Jaime Pressly's sapphic hot-tub smooch on the Jan. 17 Fastlane, but filming the same-sex sequence was no picnic for the former Saved by the Bell goody two-shoes. "It was freakin' freezing in the jacuzzi because they didn't heat it," Thiessen tells TV Guide Online. "That was the only thing that was really difficult about it. It was so cold."

Well, the ex-90210 hellraiser can warm herself with the knowledge that her suffering was not in vain. The heavily-promoted lip-lock gave the show a considerable ratings bump in its new Fridays-at-8 pm/ET time slot. Not surprisingly, Thiessen though read more


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


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


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


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, 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


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


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


The mystery behind Meryl Streep's shocking SAG Awards snub has been solved. The actress, an anticipated double nominee for her lead work in The Hours and her supporting turn in Adaptation, was the victim of a clerical error. Apparently, a low-level Sony employee submitted Streep in the wrong category — lead instead of supporting — for Adaptation. As a result, the votes most likely got split between the two films. Personally, I think Streep is paying the price for smelling like a camel at the Golden Globes. read more


Courtney Love, call your agents: HBO is developing a drama series set in a trailer park. The title? Trailerpark. The inspiration? Russell Banks's collection of short stories of the same name. The goal? To find the next Sopranos. read more


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

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