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Forget his soapy stint on Falcon Crest! Lorenzo Lamas currently is embroiled in a real-life drama: We're talkin' divorce Hollywood-style with his wife, ex-Playboy pin-up Shauna Sand. Extra reports Lamas has filed a restraining order against her. Meanwhile, she alleges that he's lied about money matters, cut off their joint bank accounts and credit cards without her okay, and even accuses him of infidelity. With their three daughters in the mix — Lamas also has three other kids from two previous marriages — this ain't gonna be pretty, folks. read more


David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Proof, currently starring Anne Heche, will end its Broadway run on Jan 6... Charlize Theron has been tapped to headline Monster, an indie film about female serial killer Aileen Wuornos — who is scheduled to be executed today by the state of Florida... With $150 million in ticket sales, My Big Fat Greek Wedding has surpassed The Blair Witch Project as the highest-grossing independent movie of all time. read more


Oscar-nominated Tootsie actress Teri Garr has been battling multiple sclerosis for nearly 20 years. Garr dropped the bombshell on last night's Larry King Live, explaining that she kept quiet about the disease because she "didn't feel it was necessary to tell anybody... I really didn't think there was any reason to come out and say anything about it." Why speak out now? She says she wants to help spread the word about the "good medicine out there. If I can just help people to feel better." Specifically, Garr recommends a new drug called Rebif, which she has been taking since June, USA Today reports. She also serves as a paid spokesperson for the company behind the drug. read more


Cable network FX will air repeats of 24's upcoming second season on Mondays at 11 pm/ET and Tuesdays at 5 pm/ET. The show's new season kicks off Oct. 29 on Fox. read more


Naturi Naughton, former member of the R&B trio 3LW, has filed a lawsuit claiming she was forced out of the group because she wasn't "ghetto enough." Among those named in the suit are group members Kiely Williams and Adrienne Bailon, as well as 3LW manager Michelle Williams — who also happens to be Kiely's sis. read more


Everybody Loves Raymond Emmy winner Patricia Heaton — who implied in an interview with David Letterman last week that fellow thesp Michelle Pfeiffer has had plastic surgery — apologized to the White Oleander star. She claimed on Dave's Late Show that a big star currently gracing the cover of a major fashion mag — Pfeiffer is on Harper's Bazaar — had a little work done. "In an attempt at being humorous, I made statements regarding an actress and plastic surgery that were completely fabricated," said Heaton. "I have since spoken with Michelle, and she has very graciousl read more


CBS racked up its second consecutive Nielsen victory of the new fall season. For the week ending Oct. 6, the Eye Network averaged 13.3 million viewers — up 21 percent compared to last year. NBC ranked second among total viewers (12.6 million), but was tops in the 18-49 demo. ABC placed third with 9.5 million viewers, followed by Fox (8.1 million), the WB (5 million) and UPN (4.1 million). It's worth noting that the WB is up a staggering 32 percent over last year, while UPN is down 28 percent. The top five shows of the week were Friends, CSI, ER, Everybody Loves Raymond and Survivor: Thailand. read more


Here's an odd art-imitates-life parallel for Reese Witherspoon: In Sweet Home Alabama, she plays a celeb who's embarrassed by her trashy roots. Cut to her real-life hometown of Nashville, Tenn., where the New York Post reports that brother John Witherspoon has been charged with sexual assault. The 29-year-old allegedly snuck into a female neighbor's home, began molesting her as she lay asleep on her couch, then fled the scene. He has also been pulled over for drunk driving this year. read more


A thief broke into David Letterman's Late Show offices in Manhattan on Sunday and made off with $4,000 in petty cash. No arrests have been made, but a security camera caught a glimpse of the burglar. There's no word if Patricia Heaton plans on accusing Michelle Pfeiffer. read more


Following the sudden death of husband Bruce Paltrow, Blythe Danner reportedly has taken a temporary leave of absence from her CBS medical drama Presidio Med. Paltrow — the father of Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow — died last week of complications from pneumonia and a recurrence of throat cancer. read more

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