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Celebs Not So GLAAD to Gab


Honesty and outspokenness may have been the overriding theme at the 12th annual GLAAD (Gay &#038 Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards, held Monday evening in New York, but someone forgot to tell that to the bevy of stars in attendance. With a few exceptions, the majority of celebs that TV Guide Online corralled along the red carpet played a frustrating game of "I've Got a Secret!" Of course, it's never a good sign when the queen of Hollywood gossip herself — GLAAD honoree Liz Smith — acknowledges prior to the ceremony that she "never thought about getting any news here tonight."

Still, after some gentle needling, a handful of A-listers let down their guard just long enough to reveal a scoop or two — beginning with screen siren Kathleen Turner. The Oscar-nominated actress — who was on hand to present Smith with the Vito Russo Award for her efforts in combating homophobia — at first remained tight-lipped about her upc read more

STORY ON HOLD

The London revival of The Philadelphia Story — starring Ally McBeal's Calista Flockhart — has been postponed indefinitely. According to Playbill, casting disagreements and Britain's foot-and-mouth scare are to blame. read more

Baywatch Babe Turns Invisible


Although superspy Alex Monroe scoffs at the idea of being attracted to co-worker Darien Fawkes, her alter ego, actress Brandy Ledford (formerly of Baywatch Hawaii), thinks that the lady doth protest too much.

"How could she not be [drawn to him]? He's so good-looking, and has such a great personality," she tells TV Guide Online. "And she's definitely turned on by the whole phenomenon of him being able to make himself invisible!"

That's right — the object of Alex's subliminal affections is none other than the title character of the Sci Fi Channel's sophomore hit The Invisible Man, on which she makes her debut tomorrow night at 8 pm/ET. And while most of the sparks flying between the pair are generated by vigorous head-butting, Ledford reveals that she and leading man Vincent Ventresca will prove to be an incendiary duo. "As an agent first — and she is an agent first — I don't think she trusts him," she says. "She doesn read more

Billy Ray Plays Doctor


Country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus initially felt like belting out another chorus of his hit "Achy Breaky Heart" when he took a break from singing to star in his own TV series, Doc (airing Sundays at 8 pm/ET on PAX). "The first thing they did is fire the acting coach I'd hired," Cyrus laughs. "They just wanted me to be myself. Then I discovered that playing a character is like making music: Every scene has a rhythm that you have to find, just like a song."

Cyrus feels a certain kinship with his Clint Cassidy character, an earnest country doctor struggling to begin anew at a Big Apple hospital. "The doc lives the way I've always tried to live my life," he suggests. "You abide by the laws of what's right and wrong; you base your life on the Ten Commandments. I'm also naive and trusting just like he is."

He's also proud of the fact that Doc has found ratings success without any hype. "I have not been on Leno, Letterman, Rosie, Oprah read more

STUNT SNAFU

Adding to Hollywood's alarming recent spate of setside injuries, a car accident during a taping of Fox's dark comedy Titus left a stuntman seriously injured on Tuesday. While working on a two-part episode slated for May sweeps that centers on a funny car race, Brian Carson, 44, lost control of his car after a botched explosion. Having sustained head injuries and fractures, he was airlifted off the racetrack and taken to the hospital. read more

SHORT CUTS

ABC has extended the six-week run of its new Joan Cusack sitcom What About Joan to nine weeks, taking it through May sweeps... The second episode of NBC's The Weakest Link Tuesday averaged a potent 13.8 million viewers, helping the Peacock win the night among adults aged 18-49... Filmmaker Michael Ritchie, the director behind The Candidate and The Bad News Bears, died Monday of complications from prostate cancer. He was 62. — Michael Ausiello and Daniel R. Coleridge read more

KISS THE GIRLS

Forget that Brad Pitt cameo, NBC's Friends has come up with the ultimate stunt to draw viewers away from its timeslot rival Survivor: The Australian Outback: A girl-on-girl smooch between series regular Jennifer Aniston and Oscar-nominated actress Winona Ryder. A description of the sitcom's April 26 episode — titled "The One with Rachel's Big Kiss" — reveals that Aniston bumps into her old sorority sister (played by Ryder) and wonders whether she should confront her old chum about "a boozy incident from their college days when their friendship unexpectedly took a dramatic and passionate turn." The installment will go head-to-head with the next-to-last episode of Survivor. (CBS could always call that episode "The One with Colby's Striptease.") read more

JANE'S NOT FONDA TED

Jane Fonda has officially filed for divorce from her billionaire husband, CNN founder Ted Turner. While their divorce petition reveals they've agreed on a financial settlement, it doesn't offer details. Says Fonda's attorney, John C. Mayoue: "This is a private matter between Mr. Turner and Jane Fonda, and any terms between them are confidential." Turner's spokesman, Phillip Evans, asked that the couple's privacy be respected, adding that they "have the deepest affection and respect for each other, and will always remain very good friends." This puzzling assertion comes in the wake of Turner's public criticism of his wife's conversion to Christianity in The New Yorker. And as Fonda herself fired back in the magazine: "He needs someone to be there 100 percent of the time. He thinks that's love. It is not love. It's babysitting... We went in different directions. I grew up." read more

EMINEM'S BRITISH INVASION

Looks like Eminem is following in the footsteps of Madonna and all the other American celebs buying homes in England. The controversial rapper told Britain's Sun newspaper that he will begin perusing real estate in London this August. "I love Britain and, all in all, spent a lot of time there last year," Eminem said. "I plan to look for an apartment while I'm over, but don't know what area to look in. I've got people scouting for me." The tabloid also quotes Eminem's attorney as saying his recently imposed sentence of two years probation for carrying a concealed weapon won't hinder his plans. Meanwhile, the Grammy winner reportedly is considering pleading guilty to gun charges stemming from a June 3 confrontation with Insane Clown Posse if prosecutors assure him he won't do time. read more

NIAGARA CALLS

Julia Roberts and Adam Sandler may team-up on a comedy film revolving around Niagara, the new wonder drink touted as the female Viagra, Variety reports. In addition to starring in the pic, Sandler and Roberts also plan to develop the script through their respective production companies. read more

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