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THE SUM OF ALL CRUSHES

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is denying talk that he caused ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez to split from her husband of eight months, Cris Judd. "Contrary to reports, Mr. Combs and Ms. Lopez are not together. However, he wishes her well during this difficult time," his rep said in a statement. And what about Ben Affleck, who recently went ga-ga over J.Lo in the Hollywood trades? Might he be the rumored third party behind the separation? According to the actor's camp, no — which could mean yes. read more

HAVE YOU HEARD?

All you need is love... and a big fancy castle. Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, 59, married fiancée Heather Mills, 34, today in a $3 million ceremony at Ireland's Castle Leslie. "Ten people at the wedding you have heard of and the rest will be family and friends," McCartney told reporters on Monday. Among the 10 celebs reportedly in attendance: Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John and Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour. The menu was strictly vegetarian and the dress code, casual. There was lots of rock and roll music, too. read more

END QUOTE

"I have no understanding of that lifestyle. No understanding whatsoever. No, I ain't into that. Not at all, bro." — Rapper Busta Rhymes, claiming no knowledge of so-called "homie-sexuals" — slang for men who love men in the hip-hop world — in Stuff's July issue. read more

Question: Were the casts of ...

Question: Were the casts of Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer completely snubbed once again during the Emmy nomination process?

Televisionary: We'll have to wait until July 18, when the Academy of Television Arts &#038 Sciences announces the nominations, to find out. In the meantime, peruse TV Guide Online's Emmy Wish List to see who our writers think should be nominated. (You'll be happy to see both Angel and Buffy made the list.)

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Question: I saw where the ...

Question: I saw where the A&#038E channel will be broadcasting a remake of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven. I really enjoyed the PBS production of her novel in 1980. Can you tell me anything about the new version and when it will be broadcast? — Steve A., Tucson, Ariz.

Televisionary: The new version of The Lathe of Heaven will premiere September 8 on A&#038E and will star Lukas Haas as George Orr, a man whose power to change the world with his dreams is exploited by the psychiatrist (James Caan) assigned to his case. Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show) co-stars as George's attorney and read more

OOPS... THIS COULD GET UGLY

Two musicians are suing Britney Spears, claiming two songs on her Oops! ... I Did It Again album are based on one of their tunes. Philly-based songwriters Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski say that "What U See (Is What U Get)" and "Can't Make You Love Me" are "virtually identical" to a song they submitted to Spears's representatives. read more

Question: A few friends of ...

Question: A few friends of mine were sitting around wondering where else we have seen Allyce Beasley besides Moonlighting. We can't put our finger on it. Help. — Tracey H., Philadelphia, Pa.

Televisionary: Well, I won't run the entire list here when our fabulous movie database does it for me, but some of the more recent big-screen highlights include last year's Legally Blonde and 1999's Stuart Little. On the small screen, you may have seen the former Blue Moon Detective Agency receptionist in a variety of TV movies (Stephen King's Tommyknockers among them) or heard her voice in Darkwing Duck. She also did some guest work in such series as Diagnosis Murder, read more

NO MORE LIFELINES

ABC's onetime game show powerhouse Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will end its run as a regular network series on June 27 with a 90-minute edition. The Regis Philbin-hosted quizzer — which will launch in syndication this fall with The View's Meredith Viera in the hot seat — will return next season as a series of specials. read more

Question: What was the name ...

Question: What was the name of the TV show in the early '80s that featured a superhero who used the word "shazam?" It was on ABC, I think. — Bob P., Tucson, Ariz.

Televisionary: Well, hello to my readers in Tucson! (You and Steve A., up the page there, must be neighbors, no?)

Anyway, if you're talking about the early '80s, you're talking about the animated Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam, which ran for a year on NBC beginning in September 1981. Half of the hour was devoted to the adventures of young Billy Batson, who, upon shouting the magic word "shazam," was transformed into the Superman-like Captain Marvel. The good Captain, who first appeared in comic-book form back in the late '30s, boasted powers bestowed on him by Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury (check out the acronym). Staying true to the comics, Captain Marvel was helped out by Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel.

The other half of the hour was claimed by Hero High, read more

KUDOS FOR HUMANITY

A Beautiful Mind, I Am Sam and Iris were among the nominees for the 2002 Humanitas Prizes, which honor movie and TV writers who explore the complexities of the human experience. On the TV side, The West Wing, The Practice, Band of Brothers, State of Grace and Scrubs all received nods. What, no Three Sisters? read more

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