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ABC Star's Hexed Door Neighbor


David Krumholtz, star of ABC's new fall comedy The Trouble With Normal (Fridays, 8:30 pm/ET), is breaking his silence about a personal crisis that nearly drove him mad. The actor reveals that he has been cursed by his neighbor — a real-life voodoo priestess! "She tries to put voodoo curses on me," says the 24-year-old. "She's made me pretty paranoid about it. I can't believe I'm telling this story."

Krumholtz (Liberty Heights, 10 Things I Hate About You) says things got off to a bad start when he first moved into his New York City apartment building four years ago and started playing his stereo at high volume. It wasn't long before the elderly Haitian woman started banging on the wall and yelling at him.

"I started going around telling everyone in the building how crazy she was, and I think that fueled her fire," he says. One morning, he awoke to discover in the hallway a ceremonial voodoo altar — complete with a chicken bone.

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Lopez Talks About Man Troubles


When she's not on location shooting a film or in the recording studio making an album, Jennifer Lopez enjoys chilling with her homegirls. And what do they talk about? Well, men of course.

"When girls get in a room all they talk about is relationships," says the girlfriend of Sean "Puffy" Combs. "Just so you know guys, that's what we do all the time. You know that's it for us — guys, relationships, problems and stuff."

In fact, the booty-licious star of The Cell reveals that the tracks on her sophomore album, A Passionate Journey, due to hit stores in October, are inspired by those all-girl, bare-all share fests.

"I realized when I'm working and then when me and the girls get together, that's what we do," she says. "We complain about this, she tells me about her thing, I tell her about mine. The other one's happy because she got roses, whatever. So the album is going to be about girls talking and stuff like that."

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ET's Post-Emmy Bash a Mixed Bag


Entertainment Tonight's fifth annual post-Emmy party, held at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, drew its fair share of celebs but few actual winners. Among the attendees: Frasier's David Hyde Pierce, NYPD Blue's Dennis Franz, Multimillionaire bride Darva Conger, Survivor castaways Rudy Boesch and Rich Hatch, Ted McGinley (Married, With Children) and wife Gigi Rice, Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz, Sharon Lawrence, Kimberly Williams, former Punky Brewster Soleil Moon Frye (now on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), Weird Al Yankovic and Ben Stein.

Muniz arrived with Malcolm sibs Erik Per Sullivan, Justin Berfield and their TV pop, Bryan Cranston. Although disappointed that their TV mom, Jane Kaczmarek, didn't take home the Emmy, they were ecstatic about their show's writing and directing w read more

NBC HEADS TO SPACE

No doubt attempting to make up for coming late to the reality game, NBC has purchased the rights to Survivor creator Mark Burnett's latest project: Destination Mir. According to Variety, the Peacock network will fork over nearly $40 million for the show, which follows a group of wannabe astronauts through from training program to launch pad. The big winner will be launched into space to meet up with the Russian space station, Mir. NBC is hoping to debut the series in Fall 2001. read more

BERRY ON A ROLL

Halle Berry, who picked up an Emmy Award Sunday night for her star turn in HBO's Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, is in talks to appear opposite John Travolta in the Warner Bros. thriller, Swordfish. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Berry would receive $2.5 million for her work — her biggest paycheck to date. Swordfish would reunite the actress with her X-Men co-star Hugh Jackman, who also stars in the film. — Michael Ausiello read more

Fatherly Intentions


Ryan Phillippe felt a special bond with his Way of the Gun co-star Juliette Lewis, who plays an expectant mother kidnapped by cold-blooded killers Phillippe and Benicio Del Toro in the just-released film. During the shoot, Phillippe was anticipating the birth of his own baby daughter with actress/wife Reese Witherspoon.

"It made sense for me to strike an emotional bond with this character who has a life inside her, since that's where my thoughts were when I wasn't working," says the Cruel Intentions actor, who welcomed Ava Elizabeth into the world nearly one year ago.

On the flip side, Phillippe admits it was difficult working while Witherspoon's due date loomed. "I felt like I was being pulled in many different directions," he explains. "But at the same time Reese had people with her, so I knew she wasn't alone."

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60 MINUTES: THE BOOK

Don Hewitt, executive producer of CBS's stalwart 60 Minutes, is writing his autobiography which will include details of the infamous tobacco scandal that led to the film The Insider. The tome — titled Tell Me a Story — is due next spring. "I wanted to write a book that would be totally honest," Hewitt told the New York Daily News, "a book with no bull." read more

NEW SITCOM CURSED

The executive producers behind NBC's new Steven Weber sitcom, Cursed, have abruptly quit the series, The Hollywood Reporter says. Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein have resigned reportedly due to creative differences with the network. Cursed, which stars Weber as a single ad exec, snagged the plum post-Friends timeselot on Thursday nights. There's no word on who will replace the duo. read more

FELICITY BANKS ON TYRA

Supermodel-turned-actress Tyra Banks (Coyote Ugly) is joining the cast of the WB's Felicity this season as a "serious" college student and potential love interest for Noel (Scott Foley). "She's someone who doesn't have to work very hard to do well in school," executive producer J.J. Abrams tells TV Guide Online. "Noel ends up meeting her through his new job." Abrams, who says that Banks is a fan of the show, adds that the story is "really going to be funny and there's a great twist at the end." And for those skeptics who will view the casting coup as nothing more than a chance to pump up the drama's anemic ratings, Abrams admits that there's some truth to that. "It definitely crossed our minds that it would be nice to get someone who is famous to be in the show," he concedes. "Her notoriety is certainly not a negative as far as I'm concerned. But it's one of those things where this [story] idea happened first and then her name came up and it w read more

EMMYS A RATING HIT

Garry Shandling can breathe a sigh of relief. Sunday night's Emmy telecast, in which the comic served as host, attracted 21.6 million viewers making it the most watched Emmys in 14 years. Shandling received enthusiastic reviews for his performance during the three hour broadcast, which saw NBC's The West Wing and Will & Grace win big. ABC estimates that 46 million people watched at least some portion of the show. read more

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