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The debut of NBC's cop drama Boomtown on TNT was a bust, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Despite having the highest-rated episode ever of Law &#038 Order on TNT as a lead-in, Boomtown's cable premiere registered a below average rating in it's Monday at 10 pm timeslot. A TNT spokesman blamed little time for promotion, as a deal to air the struggling show was just reached last week. read more


Hollywood's spookiest couple, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton, are officially over. Jolie, 27 — who cited "irreconcilable differences" in court papers — was granted an uncontested divorce on Tuesday. This was her second marriage, and the fifth for Thornton, 47. Support and visitation rights for their adopted Cambodian son, Maddox, have been agreed upon, but no details were revealed. There's also no word on who gets to keep those creepy his 'n hers blood amulets. read more


In next week's issue of TV Guide magazine, Richard Chamberlain confesses he's gay — and he's been secretly married to a man for 20 years. Chamberlain, best known for his roles in Dr. Kildare and The Thorn Birds, discusses life in Hollywood's celluloid closet, and his hidden relationship with Martin Rabbett, who is now his manager. For the full story, click here and pick up TV Guide on newsstands Monday. read more


Move over Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul's got a new guy to give the cold shoulder to: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest! Fox has tapped Seacrest to host Idol's upcoming kiddie spinoff American Juniors, TV Guide Online has learned. The problem? Abdul was reportedly in advanced talks to host the show, which debuts June 3 at 8 pm/ET. read more


Ozzy Osbourne is returning to England for his first solo gig in eight years. And his opening act will be none other than daughter Kelly. "I couldn't be happier about doing my own dates in the UK and having Kelly on the bill with me," Ozzy wrote on his website. This will mark the first time the father-daughter duo have performed on stage together. read more


Shania Twain and Neil Young may be adding their names to the growing list of Canadian singers who will perform at a benefit concert in Toronto, reports The Associated Press. The star-studded event, set for June 21, hopes to combat the city's slump in tourism due to SARS. Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan and the Barenaked Ladies have already signed on. read more


Could Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck be expecting a child? Rumors of the pop diva's pregnancy are rampant in Las Vegas. On Monday, the Las Vegas Sun reports, the couple bought hundreds of dollars worth of baby clothes at a Burberry shop in the Venetian hotel. "I don't know if it was for her," a store manager told the newspaper, "but I didn't ask." Well, TV Guide Online asked J.Lo's manager, Benny Medina, who insists: "She's absolutely not pregnant. She's got a niece and nephew that she shops for all the time. That's really all there is to it. And they were toddler clothes, not baby clothes!" read more

Ex-WB Starlet's Bridal Blues

After playing the embattled bride-to-be in The In-Laws — whose daddy and future father-in-law wreak havoc on her wedding day — it's surprising Lindsay Sloane manages to be calm about her own upcoming marriage.

"It was practice," Sloane chuckles. "It was my first time down the aisle, and I got to see what I want to take away with me — and what I would never do."

So what did the 25-year-old actress learn? "I think I took away the importance of [the wedding] being about us, and what the couple really wants," she says. "The idea of six people on a beach is definitely the direction that I'm leaning in, more than towards anything having to do with tulle or pink or beyond 50 people."

The Bring It On star seemingly culled her biggest lesson from doing bridesmaid duty at pal read more

Ruben Studdard Needs a Nap!

These days, the title of Hardest Working Man in Show Business surely must go to Ruben Studdard, the newly-minted American Idol winner. As if crooning like Luther Vandross all season weren't enough, he's been meeting the press non-stop, making endless public appearances and planning his album. (His first single, "Flying Without Wings," drops June 3.) When Ruben rang up TV Guide Online, the 24-year-old — who yawned his way through our last interview — was even more exhausted. If you think pop Idols go idle offstage, think again: He's being run ragged, singing and talking way too much for a man of few words.

TVGO: Are they wearing you out?
They are.

TVGO: At the Idol finale, you were perspiring pretty heavily on stage. Some folks were worried. Are you okay?
I'm fine, dude.

TVGO: It read more

Amazing Race Secrets Revealed!

To paraphrase P.T. Barnum, these days it seems as if there's a reality television producer born every minute. But Bertram van Munster would like us to know that he's no copycat. "I've been a part of reality TV all my life," says the mind behind CBS's The Amazing Race. "I didn't just join the gang." Tonight marks the premiere of the show's fourth edition, which once again finds 12 teams (including a pair of air-traffic controllers, a bickering father-son duo and two circus clowns) embarking on a race around the world in pursuit of the million-dollar jackpot. "We have pumped up the challenges quite substantially," brags van Munster. "It's a very wild ride this time, and it definitely tops the first three."

TV Guide Online: Ever since the third Amazing Race ended last December, fans have been chomping at the bit for the next installment. Why has there been such a large gap between series?
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