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DO THEY ACCEPT VISA?

The Russian space agency has given 'N Sync's Lance Bass, 23, until Friday to come up with the $20 million necessary to take an Oct. 28 trip to the international space station. The singer's camp says paperwork problems are delaying the payment. read more

MOLE REVERSAL

ABC has finally discovered a hit in its midst. The Alphabet network has ordered two more editions of its resurgent reality series The Mole — including a celebrity installment! The celeb version would likely air in January or March, and the regular-people edition would run sometime next summer. It's unknown whether CNN's Anderson Cooper will be back as host, but we're keeping our fingers crossed. read more

LAME DUCK?

Paul Simon will replace Paul McCartney at this year's 25th annual Kennedy Center honors. McCartney announced last week that "a personal scheduling conflict" would prevent him from attending the Dec. 8 event. The former Beatle will instead be honored next year. And before you go labeling Simon as nothing more than a runner-up, The Kennedy Center says the singer-songwriter was already on a trustees list of future honorees. read more

PAGING TOM SELLECK...

Not since the days of Magnum, P.I. has Hawaii been this hot. Two Aloha State-themed TV projects have been picked up for a possible fall 2003 berth, Variety reports. Fox has greenlit The Break, a drama from Blue Crush writer John Stockwell. CBS, meanwhile, has given the go-ahead to 808, an FBI series from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider director Simon West. In related news, the Eye network is also developing a legal drama set in the year 2053. read more

NOW HEAR THIS

Well, it's about time. Techno-rock trail-blazer Terri Nunn's dazzling first album with Berlin's revamped roster drops today, not Sept. 3 as originally reported. Voyeur was produced by Mitchell Sigman and Peter Rafelson, known for their work with Madonna and The Corrs, and features a collaboration with former Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan. Even so, Nunn had better not make us wait another 16 years for her next record. read more

Question: I had some urgent ...

Question: I had some urgent business come up the night of the Frasier season finale. I have never missed this show! But, alas, I missed this one. Can you tell me if and when it will be rerun so I can catch it? (I am speaking of this season, which ended in May.) — Patricia L., Cookeville, Tenn.

Televisionary: I focused my unearthly TV-influence abilities on the folks at NBC and commanded them to rerun "Moons Over Seattle," the most recent season finale of the hit sitcom, on September 17. (Okay, not really — they were going to run it anyway.) Be sure to check our listings as we get closer to see if that date holds.

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SHORT CUTS

Bruce Willis is poised to play an ex-rodeo star-turned-stuntman in Paramount's upcoming feature adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novella Tenkiller... Rocker Tommy Lee is joining the Ozzfest tour, replacing Drowning Pool after the death of lead singer Dave Williams... Barbra Streisand is coming out of "retirement" to perform at a Democratic fundraiser on Sept. 29 in Los Angeles. read more

THEY LIKE TO WATCH

CBS reports that voyeurs are logging on to its Big Brother 3 online feed in record numbers. To date, nearly 54,000 peeping toms have signed up to watch the virtually uncensored shenanigans — better than the 50,000 that subscribed during Big Brother 2. read more

UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Lawyers for Robert De Niro are preparing to file a $1 million lawsuit against Celebrity Vibe photo agency, claiming it sold unauthorized pics of De Niro and fellow thesp Sean Penn at a private birthday party last year in Manhattan. De Niro and Penn share the same birthday — Aug. 17. Celebrity Vibe co-owner Jeffrey Boyard insists, "Our photographer was invited." read more

BREAKING NUDES

It was only a matter of time before Survivor and the porn industry got into bed together. According to TheSmokingGun.com, Survivor: Thailand contestant Brian Heidik — described in a CBS press release as an actor-turned-top used-car salesman — recently dabbled in soft-core porn. The 34-year-old California native's credits include Virgins of Sherwood Forest, Passions Obsession, Sinful Obsession and The Pleasure Zone. The flicks, in which he is credited as Dave Roth, can be seen occasionally on Cinemax or Playboy TV. "We were well aware of [Brian's] film credits," responds a CBS spokeswoman. "Ultimately it is up to the survivors to decide what they wish to disclose in their bios. I'm sure he's not the only actor in town who has chosen to keep certain credits off of his resume." In the early '90s, Heidik had a recurring role on Days of Our Lives and also appeared as a pool boy on read more

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