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Liz Hurley sent a strong message to ex-beau Steve Bing on Tuesday: Take your cash and shove it! Soon after London's High Court awarded Hurley $158,000 a year in child support from Bing, the model/actress turned down the dough. "The money is not wanted or welcome," she fired back. "Damian and I are managing very well by ourselves." Hurley is clearly still miffed at Bing for questioning whether he was Damian's dad. In June, a paternity test proved that he was. read more


Buoyed by a No. 1 ranked CSI, CBS won the ratings war last week over second-place NBC. Rounding out the top five were ER, Friends, Law &#038 Order and Everybody Loves Raymond. read more


Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon gave birth to a baby boy Monday in New York. Charles Ezekiel Mozes is the second child for Nixon and her longtime boyfriend Danny Mozes. The couple also have a 6-year-old daughter. read more


The National Film Registry has selected This is Spinal Tap and 24 other films for preservation by the Library of Congress. This year's list also includes Alien, From Here to Eternity, Beauty and the Beast and Boyz N the Hood. The movies were chosen based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic contributions to American cinema. read more


3rd Rock from the Sun's Kristen Johnston is returning to TV. The actress — who won an Emmy in 1999 for her role as a zany alien — will star in a character-driven ensemble sitcom for ABC next fall. read more


As expected, ABC has canceled Dinotopia. The show ends its five-episode run on Dec. 26. read more


Eminem's former Detroit crib — which had been put up for auction on eBay — has failed to find a buyer. After weeding out phony offers as high as $12 million, the owners discovered that no one met their $120,000 opening bid. read more

James Franco Consorts with Tramps!

Freaks and Geeks grad James Franco rose to bad-boy fame with his Golden Globe winning turn in the TNT biopic James Dean. Then, he was Peter Parker's wicked best friend in Spider-Man. Next up, he's playing a male prostitute in Sonny (opening Dec. 27). How's that for a spicy holiday treat?

Franco always spends plenty of time doing background research for his roles. So, while in New Orleans filming Sonny, he didn't shrink away from meeting some real members of the world's oldest profession. While he stays teasingly vague about where he found prostitutes, it sounds like he dropped in on some houses of ill repute, shall we say...

"In New Orleans," he says, "I'd go [out] nightly and there were all types. I'd go 'th read more

Liv Tyler Embraces Fandom?

When The Fellowship of the Ring was released last year, Liv Tyler found herself in the midst of a scandal that had nothing to do with her famous parentage or her love life: Tolkien purists were furious that the screen adaptation made ethereal elf princess Arwen stronger and more important than she was in the books.

"I didn't really know that [controversy] was happening at all until I looked at some of the websites," says Tyler, who concedes that, "we were taking risks with Arwen." But as the actress explains, Peter Jackson and Co. — who felt Arwen needed an energy boost — didn't have to go far to find justification for the character's image enhancement. "We went straight to the bible — the book — and really focused on the app read more


It's official: Ratings for Sci Fi Channel's Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries Taken were out of this world. The alien abduction saga's 10-night, 20-hour run attracted an average 5 million viewers — making it the cable network's highest-rated program in history. read more

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