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THE DOCTOR IS OUT

Sean Kenniff, the Long Island, NY, neurologist dubbed by fellow castaways as "a putz," became the latest victim of the evil Tagi alliance on Survivor last night. Best known for employing a lame-brained alphabet strategy, Kenniff was voted off Palau Tiga after Kelly — pegged in many polls as the contestant most likely to get the heave-ho next — won immunity in a Blair Witch-inspired challenge. Moments after learning his fate, Kenniff, who next month will appear on Guiding Light as a doctor, said that he hoped to be remembered as "the last good one to go down," an obvious dig at the cutthroat final four: Kelly, Richard, Rudy and Sue. This morning on The Early Show, however, he retracted that remark. "I was a little bit of a sore loser at that point," he said. Next week's big two-hour finale — which is expected to draw Super Bowl-type ratings — will conclude with a live hour-long town hall meeting with the 16 contestants; Ea read more

KISS ACTORS REUNITE

Morgan Freeman is in talks to reunite with his Kiss the Girls co-star Ashley Judd in the thriller High Crimes, Variety reports. The story focuses on a Harvard Law School prof who defends her military husband after he's accused by the Army of desertion and murder. read more

UNFORGETTABLE PAST

Natalie Cole once worked as a pimp's come-on girl to support her heroine addiction. That's one of many sordid tales the 50-year-old singer writes about in Angel on My Shoulder, her upcoming memoir. "She stood on the street and waved at guys in cars," Digby Diehl, Cole's collaborator on Angel, tells the New York Post. "She'd bring a guy to the curb, where other women would do the business. She advertised her body so that they could sell theirs... it was the lowest point in her life." The book hits store shelves in November. NBC is planning a movie version, in which Cole would star. read more

Bruckheimer's Precious Pearl


It's still a year away, but mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer is already banking on his big screen epic, Pearl Harbor, to rake in some serious cash when it hits theaters next summer. But with a budget rumored at $200 million, it's no wonder that the producer has Titanic-sized expectations ? not to mention anxieties.

"We don't want to screw this one up," says Bruckheimer, who's lined up Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Alec Baldwin, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kate Beckinsale for the flick. "It's such a good script. The core of it is a triangle love story so it's an emotional film. It shows the essence of what happened at Pearl Harbor. We're not making a docu-drama."

The veteran producer (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Armageddon, Coyote Ugly) says that there's a simple reason why his films have grossed an estimated $11 billion worldwide. "I'm successful because I listen," he insists. "I know I don't know anything read more

JENNIE GARTH HITS THE $TREET

Former Beverly Hills, 90210 leading lady Jennie Garth is in serious negotiations to reteam with the show's creator, Darren Star, on his new Fox drama set on Wall Street, The $treet, TV Guide Online has learned. "There's interest on both sides," confirms a Fox spokesperson. "Nothing is confirmed yet, but there have been talks." For her part, Garth, who recently got engaged to actor Peter Facinelli, tells TV Guide Online that the role in question is short-term. "As of right now, it's six episodes," she says. The series, which premieres on Nov. 1, focuses on a group of young hotshot traders and stars Tom Everett Scott, Christian Campbell (Neve's bro) and Jennifer Connelly. read more

Survivor Nightmare Uncovered


The identity of Survivor's grand-prize winner may not be the only secret CBS is trying to keep a lid on. In Part 2 of TV Guide Online's exclusive chat with castaway Colleen Haskell, the 23-year-old Miami Ad School student reveals surprising details about the crisis that brought life on Pulau Tiga to a virtual standstill ? and nearly drove the contestants to quit. Also, Haskell shares her true feelings about nemesis Richard, and takes the media to task for its ruthless pursuit of Survivor skeletons. Tell me something the cameras didn't show.

There was a competition that wasn't shown on camera last week. It was just a little competition. And I won it so I wish it was shown. I don't think it's being shown how bored we all were. Oh man, they're editing all of that out. Also, how bad the rain was. The rain was not fun and it was very difficult. It drained you so much you just wanted to leave. Especially on this last episode. They sho read more

SURVIVOR MEETS JENNY CRAIG

The folks who brought Big Brother to America (thanks a lot!), are developing a follow-up — and all we can say is, "Shame on you!" According to Variety, Endemol Entertainment is pitching to German TV Big Diet, a show that would lock up 10 overweight contestants in a fitness center for 100 days surrounded by... Twinkies and other sweet temptations. The catch: Winners will receive bars of gold equivalent to the number of pounds they've lost. In true reality-show tradition, however, viewers will vote one participant out each week. Stop the insanity! read more

MADONNA SINGS FOR SOCCER

Madonna reportedly will record several songs for an upcoming film about the history of soccer. According to the newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo, the material mother of two, who is said to be a fan of the sport, will sing English versions of Caetano Veloso's "Alegria Alegria" and Giberto Gil's "Aquele Abraco," on the soundtrack for the film, which features interviews with famous soccer players as well as their fans. Calls to Madonna's rep were not returned at press time. read more

OSCAR THE GROUCH

Apparently, the "honorary Oscar" presented to President Clinton Monday evening in Los Angeles was in fact a fake — but that's little consolation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. California Gov. Gray Davis bestowed the award upon Clinton for his "achievements as president" at a bash on the Paramount Studios lot. "Our concern is that people are commenting that the president got an honorary Oscar," John Pavlik, the Academy's rep, told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're not angry, but we want people to understand that it wasn't really an Oscar — it was a counterfeit Oscar being used in an inappropriate way." read more

Pasdar's Mysterious Wedding


How busy are newlyweds and parents-to-be Adrian Pasdar (Mysterious Ways) and Dixie Chicks warbler Natalie Maines? Well, they're now planning a December honeymoon to celebrate their recent union at a Las Vegas wedding chapel.

Pasdar, who's busy shooting NBC's supernatural drama in Vancouver, tells the TV Guide Channel that his production schedule and his wife's concert dates have been so full lately that it has been impossible to schedule a honeymoon any time soon. "Until that point, it's just seeing each other whenever we can, weekends and sometimes during the week when she's off," he says. "People seem to be very accommodating, in terms of schedules and making it as easy as they can, for us. It's just a matter of flying on planes a lot."

The happy couple yesterday announced on Live with Regis that they are expecting their first child and that they eventually plan to have 10 kids! Sounds like an atypically long-term plan for read more

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