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Bon Jovi Still Rocks


These days, Jon Bon Jovi is hardly livin' on a prayer. He's got a new movie, Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey, due in theaters Oct. 20, and his band's first album in five years, Crush, has spawned the hit single "It's My Life." The song's video recently cracked MTV's viewer-voted countdown Total Request Live, a playground usually reserved for such kiddie pop stars as Britney and 'N Sync.

"Not bad for an old man, huh?" laughs Bon Jovi, 38. "Especially one that doesn't dance or sing to tape." All joking aside, the veteran rocker isn't quick to write off teen acts: "Will any of those guys be around [in] ten years? Who knows? But once upon a time, people thought we were a fluke, too."

Indeed, despite changing musical tastes, the band Bon Jovi has remained wanted, dead or alive, long after many of its fellow '80s acts became punchlines (remember Warrant?). Bon Jovi thinks he knows why. "One thing we learned after the read more

GENA LEE'S PERFECT MAN

What does former Baywatch babe Gena Lee Nolin look for in a man? "I guess my ideal guy is Adam Sandler," the star of the new syndicated TV show Sheena tells Maxim. "He's witty and great, and a goofball. I like normal guys, and I find humor in everything, so sharing that would be great." The former Price is Right showcase model also gives the thumbs-up to former boss Bob Barker. "He's a very sexy guy for his age," she gushes.—Rich Brown read more

SURVIVOR STARS RAKE IT IN

The stars of CBS's Survivor are fetching a cool $20,000 each per speaking engagement these days, student activities adviser Geneva Foster of Weber State University (Ogden, UT) tells campus newspaper The Signpost. Let's see... at that rate, each Survivor contestant will just need to line up 50 personal appearances in order to catch up to $1 million Survivor winner Richard Hatch. read more

DR. LAURA TAKES A BREAK

Dr. Laura Schlessinger's controversial new syndicated TV show has stopped production for a week, according to AP. A spokeswoman for the show, which has drawn low ratings and protests from gay activists, insists the move is part of a pre-planned hiatus. The break is expected to give producer Paramount a chance to retool the struggling daytime show, according to the Los Angeles Times. read more

KATHIE LEE'S BACK

We just knew Kathie Lee Gifford couldn't stay out of the spotlight for long. The former Live with Regis & Kathie Lee co-host has signed with E! Entertainment Television to star in an original telepic called Spinning Out of Control, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll play Amanda Berkeley, a popular sitcom star who's a substance-abusing mess backstage. Berkeley's manager will be played by funnyman Howie Mandel, who's worked with Gifford on several occasion as a fill-in host for Reege. read more

Cruz's Culinary Confession


Spanish superstar Penelope Cruz is becoming as hot in Hollywood as the spicy Brazilian dishes she serves up as a chef in her new romantic comedy Woman on Top, opening today. But in real-life, the next big thing admits that she wouldn't know a blender if she tripped over one.

"I'm not much of a cook," she tells TV Guide Online. "I took some courses to prepare for this film. I had such a great time that when I get back home, I want to go back to school. But right now when dealing with food, I seem to do best at calling room service."

While Woman on Top may have changed the way Cruz felt about cooking, All the Pretty Horses — the upcoming Billy Bob Thornton-directed film in which she stars opposite rumored beau Matt Damon — had an effect on Cruz's diet. "I [was] a vegetarian for four years but I sort of lapsed before we did the film," she says. "Then when I was working with those magnificent animals everyday, I suddenly becam read more

GERE'S NEW PIC

Leading man and famed Buddhist Richard Gere has signed on to star in the supernatural thriller The Mothman Prophecies, according to Variety. The movie, helmed by Arlington Road director Mark Pellington, will tell the tale of a reporter who heads to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange phenomena. It's based on a 1975 book by John A. Keel about a real-life investigation he conducted in the late 1960's. read more

MORE TROUBLES FOR JAN-MICHAEL

You think you got it bad? Troubled actor Jan-Michael Vincent (remember the 1980s action series Airwolf?) was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail after admitting that he violated his probation for drunken driving four — that's right, four — times, according to Variety. An Orange County, CA judge ruled that 56-year-old Vincent, who is on probation for a 1996 drunken driving conviction, was in volation for three incidents of public drunkenness and a July 20 arrest for an altercation with his wife. read more

THEY'LL BE THERE FOR YOU

Here's your chance to hang backstage with Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Rachel — Friends producer Bright, Kaufman, Crane is auctioning off the opportunity for two to attend a taping of the hit NBC sitcom, followed up by a behind-the-scenes tour of the set. The winning bidders in the auction also get their photo taken on the set on the Central Perk coffee shop couch. Bidding as of this morning was up to $1,550. Proceeds benefit children's charity I Am Your Child. read more

Watch Role Reversal


Third Watch fans won over by the heroics of dedicated paramedic Bobby Caffey last season are in for a rude awakening. The character's portrayer, Bobby Cannavale, reveals that this year the perpetual straight arrow turns to the dark side.

"Something big and dramatic is going to happen to Bobby," the actor tells TV Guide Online, "and he's going to rethink giving 100 percent of himself for others. He'll be a little tougher."

Well, judging by the positive response Cannavale has been getting from viewers, producers of the NBC drama may not want to tamper too much with his popular alter ego. Even in New York City — where the show is based — the New Jersey native is treated like a king. "I have actually been picked up three or four times by ambulance drivers when I'm trying to hail a taxi," he marvels. "They just pull over and give me ride as far as they can without going out of their way. I'm just glad that they all seem to really love the show."

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