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CUSTODY DECISION

Robert Blake's daughter Delinah Blake won permanent custody Thursday of her father's two-year-old girl with Bonny Lee Bakley — the woman he is accused of killing. Blake was arrested April 18 and charged with Bakley's murder. He remains jailed pending trial. read more

CASTING COUP

Saturday Night Live has tapped Sen. John McCain to host the second episode of the show's upcoming 28th season, airing Oct. 12. "I'm a little nervous," he tells Variety. "Some say there's a fine line between political theater and theater. But it's going to be fun." The former presidential candidate will be joined by musical guest Faith Hill. read more

AUTOPSY REPORT

A coroner's report has revealed that Who bassist John Entwistle died last month of a heart attack triggered by cocaine use. The 57-year-old's body was found June 27 in his bed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. read more

IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME...

A Los Angeles-based producer is suing Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, claiming they stole his idea for their MTV phenom The Osbournes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, plaintiff Gary Binkow says he met repeatedly with the couple and execs at Miramax TV in 1999-2000 to discuss "a real-life docu-sitcom" about the rocker and his clan. He's seeking unspecified damages for breach of contract and fraud. MTV has yet to comment. read more

GOOD NEWS FOR BEN AFFLECK

There will be no reconciliation between Jennifer Lopez and husband Cris Judd. After less than a year of marriage, Lopez officially filed for divorce Thursday from the dancer, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple's attorneys released the following statement: "Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd have announced they have resolved all issues arising out of their marriage. The resolution was extremely amicable... The two will remain friends." That seems unlikely considering how quickly J.Lo has moved on. According to the New York Post, the singer-actress "kissed and cuddled" alleged new flame Ben Affleck Wednesday at her surprise 32nd birthday party in Manhattan. read more

SHORT CUTS

Film rights to Michael Crichton's next novel, the political thriller Prey, have been snapped up by 20th Century Fox for close to $5 million... Seinfeld's Jason Alexander will guest star on an episode of UPN's new version of The Twilight Zone, which premieres Sept. 18 (9-10 pm/ET). read more

THIS COULD GET UGLY

Imagine TLC's Trading Spaces, but with Ozzy Osbourne doing the redecorating. That's the concept behind a new VH1 series in which a music fan gets visited from his/her favorite rock star, who redecorates a room in the fan's house. The half-hour series is slated to debut in October. In other VH1 news, the music network has snagged the broadcast premiere of Moulin Rouge. It will air in late 2003-early 2004. read more

Treat Williams: In Defense of Michael Ovitz


Who better to tap into the confounding mind of embattled Hollywood exec Michael Ovitz than the actor who portrayed him on the small screen? Treat Williams, who starred as Ovitz in the 1996 HBO satire The Late Shift, admits that the ex-superagent's recent exposé in Vanity Fair — in which he blamed his fall from power on a small group of entertainment bigwigs he called the "gay mafia" (he later apologized for the crack) — didn't blindside him.

"I'm not shocked by anything anymore," he tells TV Guide Online, adding, "I was more confused than shocked."

Although Williams admits that Late Shift hardly made him an Ovitz expert — "I was really just playing a guy off the page" — a few chance encounters gave him some insight into the man behind the myth. "I've heard stories, but the man that I met was a read more

What's on Fred Savage's Lip?


As angst-ridden adolescent Kevin Arnold on ABC's late, great dramedy The Wonder Years, Fred Savage has endured his share of humiliating experiences. But nothing could prepare him for the horrors that awaited him on the set of Austin Powers in Goldmember (opening Friday). For his role as "The Mole," the actor had to sport a one-inch furry birth mark on his lip.

"It's big, dark and hairy; it's pretty unsightly," he says of the gnarly blemish. "You tend to forget about it when you're walking around each day, but people keep reminding you of it as they're talking to you and staring at your face. Fortunately, I was able to take it off at the end of each day."

The 26-year-old former child star wasn't the only one relieved. "My girlfriend came to the set o read more

GROOVY, BABY

Austin Powers funnyman Mike Myers was honored Wednesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ironically, the star was located outside an adult gift shop. "It's a long way from playing street hockey in Toronto to having a star in front of the International Love Boutique," he quipped. Austin Powers in Goldmember opens tomorrow. read more

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