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UH-OH OZZY

We can already hear Sharon cursing about this. The Osbourne family matriarch promised ABC News's Barbara Walters an exclusive interview regarding her battle with colon cancer, reports the New York Post. However, her husband Ozzy accidentally broke that deal by speaking with Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren about his wife's condition in a two-part interview. Part one aired last night on Fox's The Pulse, and though the rocker attempted to correct his error by stopping the second-part airing, it is still scheduled to air tonight during FNC's On the Record. read more

FOREVER KRYSTLE? GUESS NOT

Proving he's as marriage-minded as his Dynasty mogul Blake Carrington, John Forsythe has wed for the third time. The 84-year-old actor's bride is Beverly Hills businesswoman Nicole Carter, 61. Will Forsythe do his sexy Charlie's Angels voice for her on their honeymoon, you ask? Oh, behave! read more

THE BOSS DETHRONED

After two weeks at the top, Bruce Springsteen's The Rising slipped to No. 3 on the album chart with sales of 167,000 units. Nelly's Nellyville reclaimed its No. 1 position (183,000 copies), followed by Eminem's The Eminem Show at No. 2 (179,000 copies sold). James Taylor's new CD, October Road, debuted at No. 4 with 154,000 copies sold. read more

Wesley Snipes: King of the Ring


Wesley Snipes is hoping his new boxing drama Undisputed will score a knockout at the box office this weekend — especially considering all the blood, sweat and tears he put into the production. The 40-year-old Blade star was sentenced to over a month of intense physical training to prepare for his role as a prison boxing champ.

"Boxing is just extremely demanding physically," he tells TV Guide Online. "Your muscles get extremely sore, and if you can make it through a three-minute or six-minute round, you are in pretty doggone good shape."

Another surefire sign of optimum physical strength: being able to go a few rounds with Ving Rhames, Snipes's co-star and chief rival in Undisputed. Was their sparring as brutal as it appeared? " read more

FRONT AND CENTER

Burt Reynolds is the latest celeb to sign up for a stint as center square on Hollywood Squares. Reynolds — who joins recent center-square recruits Ellen DeGeneres and Alec Baldwin — has signed on for a two-week guest stint. read more

THE CHOSEN ONES

Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans still upset about the show's detour into darkness last season aren't alone. Family-friendly watchdog group Parents Television Council has named the UPN drama the worst show in primetime for its graphic violence, sex, and occult themes. CSI and Friends were also cited among the top 10 worst offenders, with Jennifer Aniston's Rachel character dubbed a bad role model for being an unmarried mother. What year is it people? 1982? read more

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

You'd have sworn somebody died. Last night, when American Idol frontrunner Tamyra Gray was eliminated from the search for a superstar — and comeback kid Nikki McKibbin was given another reprieve — the studio audience booed, and the judges practically boo-hooed. "It's like I'm seeing Muhammed Ali get knocked down for the first time," said Paula Abdul, obviously stricken. Of course, she might just have been in a funk because, despite Gray's ouster, she herself emerged as the evening's real loser. During the finalists' medley of her hits, she had to be dragged on stage, then stayed so far from the mike, it might as well have been Simon Cowell. Paging Mariah Carey... read more

AN AMERICAN TRIUMPH

Tuesday's performance edition of American Idol attracted a series high 15.3 million viewers — 3 million more than the previous week. Among young adults, the reality phenom gave Fox its best ratings for any telecast since May sweeps. read more

BRITNEY STRIKES BACK!

This isn't going to make the folks at US Weekly very happy: Current US cover girl Britney Spears has given rival mag People an exclusive interview to deny reports that she has suffered a meltdown. The 20-year-old pop princess — who recently announced that she's taking a six-month break — insists she needs time off to "rejuvenate and to just play." Regarding her much-speculated-about split with Justin Timberlake, she says: "First Justin broke up with me, and then I broke up with him. The two of us were always on the same page." She adds that they "recently tried to get back together," but "right now in my life, it's not right." But he's so dreamy! read more

THE NEXT JOE FRIDAY

Actor Danny Huston, the 40-year-old son of late Hollywood director John Huston, has been cast as the lead on ABC's upcoming revival of Dragnet. Law & Order creator Dick Wolf is producing the update, which is expected to debut at midseason. Speaking of L&O, Universal Studios Home Video will release Law & Order: The First Season on DVD Oct. 15. Also due in October: Baretta: Season One, starring real-life accused murderer Robert Blake. read more

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