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Roshumba's Wild Sexscapade


VH-1's Roshumba faced many wild temptations during the making of Ibiza: Music Paradise, an hour-long special airing Thursday on the music video network. But the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model tells TV Guide Online she did her best to escape the hedonistic paradise before she could get herself into any trouble.

"I've been in the entertainment industry for over a decade, so I'm accustomed to decadence and people indulging their fantasies," says Roshumba, who spent 10 days covering the Mediterranean hotspot for the special. "But this was kind of really, really, really over the top."

Roshumba recalls standing in a balcony at one after-hours club and looking on wide-eyed as a live sex show took center stage and six feet of foam covered the dance floor below. "People were dancing and sliding and jumping around," she says. "All of a sudden, they started dancing too close and we saw people actually boinking on the dance floor!

"You know how we all have t read more

D'ONOFRIO GETS IN ORDER

Character actor Vincent D'Onofrio (The Cell, Men in Black) will star in the latest Law & Order spinoff series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the New York Daily News reports. The drama will begin shooting next month and will debut next fall on NBC. read more

CNN ALL-STAR TO STAY

CNN's globe-trotting correspondent Christiane Amanpour — who recently put out feelers to the news divisions of ABC, NBC and CBS, is close to signing a new deal with the all-news channel — the New York Daily News reports. Amanpour also has re-signed with CBS to do at least five pieces a year for 60 Minutes. read more

MADONNA TO PEN VOWS

Madonna and beau Guy Ritchie — who will marry on Dec. 22 at Scotland's Skibo Castle (not Dornoch Cathedral as previously reported) — will write their own vows for the ceremony. "Madonna and Guy are clearly very much in love," Rev. Susan Brown, who will wed the couple, told The Times of London. "They have chosen to make their own vows, and I'm quite happy with that as long as what they want is in reason." Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly is at the top of Madonna's short list to serve as maid of honor. Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that the pop diva will march down the isle to the Scottish bagpipe tune "Highland Cathedral." read more

Dawson Meets Alexander the Great


Summer may be over, but things are just heating up on Dawson's Creek, thanks to the arrival of former Wasteland star Sasha Alexander. As Gretchen Witter, Pacey's (Joshua Jackson) sexy older sister, Alexander adds a new twist to the already tangled romantic triangle of Pacey, Joey (Katie Holmes) and Dawson (James Van Der Beek).

Naturally, Gretchen's presence — as well as the intimate kiss she and Dawson recently shared — has Creek diehards buzzing: Will jealousy force Joey to reconsider her feelings for Dawson? How will Pacey react to Dawson swapping spit with his sister? And most important of all, will Gretchen be the one who finally deflowers the virginal Dawson?

"God, I hope so," Alexander laughingly tells TV Guide Online. "That would be so cool. I know the producers have something in mind — and it looks like they're pushing in that direction — but I can't read more

CHEVY CHASES TV ROLE

Former Saturday Night Live regular Chevy Chase is plotting a return to TV. The funnyman is developing a comedy with former Murphy Brown producers Bill Diamond and Rob Bragin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled project — which reportedly will star Chase — is in the vein of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. read more

MALCOLM... THE MOVIE

Fox's smash sitcom Malcolm in the Middle is headed to the big screen. According to Variety, 20th Century Fox is moving forward on a movie version of the Emmy-winning comedy, now in its second year. Series creator Linwood Boomer will write the script along with Jill Condon and Amy Toomin (co-executive producers of ABC's The Geena Davis Show). All of the show's stars are expected to take part. read more

SHORT CUTS

NBC's Thursday night clunker, Cursed, has changed its name to The Weber Show, after its star Steven Weber... NBC has pulled the plug on its late-night talk show, Later. — Michael Ausiello read more

THE GRINCH STILL RULES

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas was the most popular movie at the box office for the fourth consecutive weekend, grossing another $18.5 million for a 24-day total of $195.5 million. The Jim Carrey comedy held off high-profile newcomers Vertical Limit (No. 2 with $16 million), Proof of Life (No. 3 with $10.4 million) and Dungeons & Dragons (No. 5 with $7 million). Insiders naturally are blaming Proof's disappointing gross on the hoopla surrounding the real-life romance of its stars, Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe. read more

CSI's Foxy Lady


Through its exploration of anal swabs and poisoned nipples, CSI: Crime Street Investigation — the CBS drama that has been described as Quincy meets Seven — has quickly become one of this season's biggest hits. A large part of the show's success can be chalked up to its stomach-churning shock value, an element that required its plucky cast — including actress Jorja Fox — to develop an extra layer of thick skin.

"I get nauseous just thinking about some of the things I've seen on the set," Fox laughingly tells TV Guide Online. "We recently did an episode in the woods where we come across a murder victim covered with bugs — real ones. Generally, I'm not very squeamish, but there were thousands of them, including the ones you don't normally see, like maggots. It was intense.

"To be honest," she adds, "in the beginning, I had to ask myself if I could handle working on this read more

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