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Brad Renfro is out of jail and back to work on the Fort Lauderdale, FL, set of his latest film, Bully. The 18-year-old star of The Client and Apt Pupil was arrested on Monday for attempting to steal a 45-foot yacht with buddy Harold Bond. There was just one problem: The boat was still tied to the dock. (How embarrassing!) As a result, the $175,000 vessel was damaged when it slammed back into the pier. Renfro, who was arrested in 1998 on drug charges, posted $10,000 bail. read more


MTV's pioneering reality soap, The Real World, is returning to its roots. The network confirms that the show's 10th season will be set in New York, the location of the first Real World. It remains unclear where in the Big Apple the show will take up residence, but earlier reports suggested the network was considering Harlem. Additionally, MTV will start airing two seasons of the show within one year's time, with the 10th season debuting in June 2001 and the 11th in January 2002. The network also ordered another season of Road Rules. read more

Bleeth Burns Bridges

Unlike the two-year deal she negotiated with the producers of CBS's Nash Bridges, Yasmine Bleeth says she's looking forward to a longer-term gig on Aaron Spelling's Titans.

"I see limitless potential for this kind of character," she says of her role as conniving vixen Heather Lane on the new NBC soap, airing Wednesdays (8-9 pm/ET) this fall. "I don't think there's any obstacles in [terms of] where the character can go at all."

Contrarily, Bleeth says she knew going into Nash Bridges back in fall 1998 that the role of policewoman Caitlin Cross would eventually prove limiting. "When you've been [in] television for kind of a long time, you get a feeling about the lifetime of a character," says Bleeth, a soap vet (One Life to Live) who also spent three seasons on Baywatch. "I sort of had that feeling. I think that it's really a Don Johnson show, and no woman has really ever lasted for more than one season."

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St. Martin's Press will pay Survivor winner Rich Hatch $500,000 to write a book about his time on Pulau Tiga, reports. The tome — described as part memoir/part how-to-succeed-in-life — reportedly will feature a commentary on each Survivor episode, as well as personal musings about his childhood and his experience coming out. Meanwhile, some 10,000 people turned out last night at Virginia Beach's Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base to welcome home Survivor's second runner-up, Rudy Boesch. For an onsite report from Rudypalooza, check out tomorrow's Insider. read more


Jim Carrey is in talks to star in the romantic dramedy Bijou, to be directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile), Variety reports. Set in 1951, the film centers around a blacklisted writer with amnesia who stumbles into a small town and is mistaken for a soldier who died. Carrey's decision to take on a more serious role comes after his latest film, the lowbrow farce Me, Myself & Irene, performed disappointingly at the box office. He'll next appear in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, opening Nov. 17. read more

98 Degrees' Big Revelation

What happens when you fuse the Latin explosion with the boy band craze? According to singing sensation 98 Degrees, you get a Revelation. The band's new album, in stores Sept. 26, features some Latin flavoring in addition to a few other surprises.

"The new record is very diverse," member Drew Lachey tells TV Guide Online. "No two songs on it sound alike, which is definitely something that we set out to accomplish. We also wrote 10 out of the 12 songs on this record, which for us was great to be a part of the creative process in such a large way."

Nick Lachey is confident that fans will not be disappointed with Revelation. "[They] can expect the best work from 98 Degrees that we've ever done," he says. "This has taken everything to a new level ? the up tempos, the ballads... everything's better and it's more of a reflection of who we really are as artists and the direction that we really wanted to go."

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Rumors are rampant that Madonna will marry her boyfriend, British film director Guy Ritchie, by year's end. Britain's Sun tabloid quotes a Ritchie colleague as saying, "He intends to marry Madonna by Christmas." Intensifying speculation, the New York Daily News ran a photo of the singer/actress/businesswoman/diva sporting a diamond ring. The couple have a son, Rocco, born three weeks ago. Madonna, who previously was married to Sean Penn, also has a 3-year-old daughter, Lourdes, with ex Carlos Leon. Madonna's spokesperson, Liz Rosenberg, was unavailable for comment at press time. read more


Rick Kaplan is out as CNN's president, apparently due to the cable news channel's continued ratings woes.... As we hinted last week, USA Network is bringing back La Femme Nikita, which was canceled in May over a money dispute between the channel and Warner Bros.... Katie Couric will join Bob Costas in hosting NBC's coverage of the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics. — Michael Ausiello read more

Just Scoop Me!

Producers of NBC's Just Shoot Me are pulling out all the stops this season as the comedy settles into its new Thursday night time slot following Will & Grace. Some highlights: Nina becomes a mom, Jack gets a divorce and Finch is reunited with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos... well, maybe.

"We're talking about bringing Rebecca Romijn-Stamos back for another adventure with David Spade," says executive producer Marsh McCall, adding that, "David signed a paper saying he's going to show up every day [if that happens]."

Well, aside from Romijn-Stamos's possible return, life at Blush magazine will be anything but business as usual this year. For starters, Nina will find herself in the throes of motherhood. "We'll leave her with a surrogate daughter to take care of," McCall reveals. "The one thing we've never explored with Nina ? except in very quick ways ? are her misguided maternal instincts." The exec adds that Nina also will "get in a real r read more


Survivor enemies Kelly Wiglesworth and Susan Hawk came face to face on CBS's The Early Show this morning and announced that their truce is holding — despite a very public salvo fired by Wiglesworth while hosting Talk Soup on E! Entertainment Television on Monday. In response to Hawk's now-legendary rat/snake speech, Wiglesworth called the tapioca-loving Wisconsin truck driver two-faced and said she "formed an alliance with the other seven of her 15 personalities." Early Show host Bryant Gumbel showed a portion of Wiglesworth's Talk Soup rant, to which Hawk responded, "That was funny. We have to make fun of it now... lighten up America!" Although Hawk insists she doesn't regret her tirade against her fellow former castaway — including the part where she said, "If I were ever to pass you along in life again, and you were laying there dying of thirst, I would not give you a drink of water" — she did bring Wiglesworth a read more

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