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Pop star Gloria Estefan and actor Jimmy Smits have been named hosts of this year's Latin Grammys, which CBS will telecast live on Sept. 18... Former Cheers actor Woody Harrelson has joined an amateur soccer league in London, the BBC reports. read more


The BBC has released a list of the 100 greatest Britons of all time, and there are some curious omissions: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison made the cut, but fellow Beatle Ringo Starr did not; Princess Diana was cited, but not Prince Charles; and Richard Burton made it, but Elizabeth Taylor didn't. The eclectic mix also includes such diverse choices as Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, Winston Churchill and Boy George. What, no Madonna? read more


60 Minutes regular Lesley Stahl has been named anchor of 48 Hours Investigates, CBS announced today. She replaces Dan Rather, who is focusing his time on 60 Minutes II and the CBS Evening News. In addition to 48 Hours (which kicks off its new season on Sept. 27), Stahl will continue her full-time duties at 60 Minutes. read more


Last night's performance edition of American Idol attracted a series high 15.1 million viewers. Meanwhile, Fox has posted exclusive excerpts from the official American Idol book on its website. The book lands in stores Aug. 27. read more


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


Rumors that former president Bill Clinton is poised to enter the talk show fray just won't die. The latest scuttlebutt has Bubba in preliminary talks with syndication powerhouse King World about a possible yakfest to air on CBS-owned stations. The daytime show would be a cross between Oprah and Nightline, but insiders say if Clinton wants to get on the air in time for a fall 2003 launch, he has to make up his mind pronto. Last May, Clinton met with NBC about headlining a possible talk show, but the Peacock ultimately passed on the project. Money may have been a factor: Reports surfaced that he demanded $50 million upfront. Who does he think he is, Vin Diesel? read more


Aspiring space cadet Lance Bass isn't the only 'N Sync member looking to fly solo. At the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29, Justin Timberlake sings sans the boy band for the first time. He'll be premiering the song "Like I Love You" from his new solo album, Justified. read more

Simon Rex, Destiny's Child

Had destiny not smiled upon Simon Rex during his late-1990s run as MTV eye candy, he easily could have suffered a fate worse than death — becoming the next Downtown Julie Brown. But before he fully committed himself to a career as a small-screen personality, he received a call that would forever alter the course of his life.

"Gus Van Sant requested to meet me for Good Will Hunting," the 28-year-old San Francisco native tells TV Guide Online. Although the onetime skin-flick star didn't get cast, he did get ideas. "I said to myself, 'Okay, I can stay [and keep introducing videos] or I could go down this [other] road, because this looks like it might happen. So I went down the other road."

In no time, thanks to roles on WB's Felicity read more


Matt Damon will guest star on another episode of Will & Grace this season, exec producer Max Mutchnick confirms to TV Guide Online. Damon will reprise his role as Owen, a sketchy straight guy who faked homosexuality to beat out Jack for a spot in a gay chorus. No word on when the episode will air, but we have a hunch it'll be during a sweeps month. read more

Sopranos Alum: Real-Life Wiseguy?

While many Italian-Americans try to fight Mafia stereotypes, Sopranos alum Vincent Pastore has learned to have fun with his goomba image. In fact, he seems to encourage the assumption that there's a little "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero in his real life. And since he seemed so natural as a shady process server in his latest film — Serving Sara (opening Friday) — we just had to ask: Has he ever been served a summons himself?

"Don't you think so?" he sarcastically retorts. "I had a previous life before I became an actor! Of course I have [been served]." He won't tell us why the courts required the pleasure of his company, but he hints that it was back when he used to run night clubs.

We'll bet Pastore's hard-boiled New Yawk attitude made quite an impression down in Dallas, Texas, where he read more

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