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FOURTH WATCH

Last week's highly-rated ER crossover has paid off for Third Watch. NBC has renewed the Monday night drama for a fourth season. read more

Diane Lane: Sexpot?


At the box office this weekend, Adrian Lyne's latest cautionary tale, Unfaithful, very well could squash Spider-Man — provided that sex indeed does sell. More than once, the frisky film, in which Richard Gere's wife Diane Lane says oui to an affair with French hunk Olivier Martinez, is sure to make audiences blush and squirm in their seats. "And this is the tame version," Lane says with a laugh. "This is the edited version."

To help prepare his stars for the explicit canoodling, Lyne convened a special sex summit at which he screen read more

Survivor Role Reversal


Survivor: Marquesas's latest casualty, Tammy Leitner, has had plenty of experience dealing with media frenzies. As an award-winning crime reporter, the 29-year-old Arizona resident has covered everything from the arrest of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano to Hillary Clinton's Senate run. But now it's Leitner who's making news, and she's the first to admit, it's a whole different story. "It's weird being on the other side, being the focus of the story rather than writing [it]," she tells TV Guide Online. "But I think this can only help me in my journalism career, because you really get to see what it's like to be battered with questions and put through the ringer." Sounds to us like someone's been getting off easy...
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XENA'S PRINCE

Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless, 34, gave birth Tuesday to son Judah Miro Tapert at her home in New Zealand. This is the second child for Lawless and producer-husband Robert G. Tapert. They also have a two-year-old son. Lawless has a 13-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. In other baby news, rocker Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea welcomed a third child, son Jacob, into the world on Tuesday. read more

ELLEN, MEET CELINE

As if this show weren't already a cornucopia of gay icons, Ellen DeGeneres has just been tapped to host VH1's Divas Las Vegas concert at the MGM Grand on May 23. (FYI: the Divas shows have never before had a host.) As previously reported, the stunning talent lineup includes Celine Dion, Cher, Mary J. Blige, The Dixie Chicks, Shakira and Stevie Nicks. read more

THIN MINTS ARE YUMMY

Tallulah Belle Willis, the nine-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, convinced her famous dad to snap up 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to send to American troops overseas. How much dough does that add up to, you ask? About $36,000. (Willis also paid for shipping.) Tallulah's two cousins, Katie and Hayley Rogers, helped broker the deal. read more

SPIDER-MAN'S LAUNDRY TRICK

Spider-Man is on track to break a new record — but this one's kind of embarrassing. According to website Movie-Mistakes.com, fans have spotted at least 77 continuity glitches in the film — including disappearing knapsacks and clothes that are dirty one minute and clean the next. Spider-Man currently ranks as No. 9 on Movie-Mistakes.com's top 10 of boo-boo-ridden films. read more

THE PROGNOSIS OF MAX BICKFORD

Richard Dreyfuss was released from a New York hospital Tuesday after being treated for a lung infection. Fluid was drained from his right lung and the infection reportedly has cleared. Also on the mend: Former TV judge Mills Lane — who suffered a stroke on March 31 — is expected to be released from a New York hospital on Friday. read more

BARBRA'S VERKLEMPT

What if liberal songstress Barbra Streisand became a Republican First Lady? You can imagine that while watching The West Wing's season finale on May 22 — when her hubby, James Brolin, is introduced as President Martin Sheen's GOP opponent in the next big election. While NBC won't confirm that he'll recur on the show next season, sources say it's highly likely. read more

RATINGS SHMATINGS

NBC easily won the ratings race last week, powered by its three-hour 75th anniversary special on Sunday as well as typically strong performances from Must-See staples ER and Friends. CBS came in second, but claimed the week's most-watched program: CSI (26 million viewers). read more

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