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THE PARTY'S OVER

Scott Bairstow, best known for playing Neve Campbell's abusive boyfriend on Party of Five, has been charged with second-degree rape for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl. According to E! Online, the 33-year-old actor — who is married with two children — is due in court for arraignment on June 3. read more

WHAT TOOK SO LONG?

Four years after their split, rocker Rod Stewart and his model-wife Rachel Hunter are divorcing. "I've paid my dues to the institution of marriage and have no interest in clinging to the past," Stewart told Britain's Sun newspaper. "I have decided to get a divorce. When I get back to L.A., it will all be finalized." In retaliation, Hunter — who recently served as a judge on ABC's Are You Hot? — shined a laser pointer on his flabby bum. read more

MORE IDOL

Idol champ Ruben Studdard will reportedly spend the holiday weekend in the studio recording his debut album, which is due out in September. His first single, "Flying Without Wings," will be released next week. read more

STOP PAYMENT

Matrix Reloaded may be raking in millions at the box office, but the film's co-director, Larry Wachowski, can't spend a dime of it. According to TheSmokingGun.com, a Los Angeles judge has frozen the filmmaker's business assets in a bitter divorce fight between him and his estranged wife, Thea Bloom. Apparently, Bloom claims her hubby concealed "large payments" he had received for his Matrix work. read more

RYAN'S HOPE

Ryan Seacrest is finally getting what he's always dreamed of — a TV show where it's all about him. Twentieth Television confirmed Wednesday that the American Idol emcee will host his own syndicated talk/variety show beginning in January. "There's a huge audience of entire families across the country that are as hooked on pop culture as I am," he says. "The bottom line is that there isn't a daily, live show that satisfies that craving." Translation: Expect a heavy emphasis on looking pretty. read more

Albert Brooks: Neurotic Much?


Funnyman Albert Brooks needs to take a chill pill. The 55-year-old — best known for writing, directing, and starring in Lost in America and Mother — was very skittish about acting in Warner Brothers's modern remake of The In-Laws (opening tomorrow). He feared fans of the 1979 comedy might resent a rehash of their favorite classic moments.

"I had great trepidation," Brooks admits. "I wasn't an In-Laws freak, but I knew a lot of people that were. The subject is big enough that you can remake the movie. It's called two people meeting that should never meet, but we're not going to go to South America [this time]."

"In the first script that I saw, there was even the 'serpentine joke' and the 'hand joke,'" Brooks grumbles. "I said, 'I'm not read more

Idol Scales Tip in Favor of Ruben


After 24 million votes were cast, an hour and 50 minutes of our lives were whiled away, more than 75 commercials were broadcast, and a truly disturbing dream sequence involving Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and whipped cream damn near put us off sex, Ruben Studdard was finally declared a superstar in last night's second-season finale of American Idol. But despite the close race — runner-up Clay Aiken garnered only 130,000 fewer call-ins — the contest's climax lacked both the emotional resonance and the suspense of the previous year's sing-off between Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini.

The blame for the first shortcoming rests squarely on Studdard's broad shoulders. Visiting judge Gladys Knight hit the nail on the head when she dubbed him "the world's velvet teddy bear." She meant it as a compliment, of cou read more

HE'S THE MAN

Everybody Loves Raymond's Peter Boyle has been cast as evil Old Man Wickles in Scooby-Doo 2, Entertainment Tonight reports. The sequel will hit theaters in the spring. read more

ALLERGIC TO LAWSUITS?

Michael Jackson was briefly hospitalized in Indianapolis on Wednesday shortly before he was scheduled to give a deposition in a copyright lawsuit. The singer's attorney told The Associated Press that his client "doesn't like lawsuits, and it makes him ill to have to cope with litigation that people seem to heap on him." I really want to feel sorry for him, but... nope, can't do it. read more

Night of the Glamour Don'ts!


Trashy chic is an increasingly popular — and scary — trend in Hollywood nowadays. Amongst the younger set, unshaven stars hang out in dives, lookin' dingy in vintage T-shirts and trucker caps. Witness Glamour's annual "Glamour Don't" party, where the beauty mag's A-list guests — including Tara Reid and Owen Wilson — are urged to show up in mismatched, over-the-top getups. Sure, it's all in fun. But how to tell whose fashion faux pas are intentional, and who's just trendy?

Lance Bass, for one, looked fairly normal, with his spiky blonde highlights and yellow U.S. Army T-shirt. "My fashion don't is wearing a brown belt with black shoes," he told Party Boy, grinning. "I wanted to go further, but my publicist wouldn't let me."

Actually, m read more

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