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JANET JACKSON SPLITS FROM HUBBY

Holy double whammy, Batman! Janet Jackson is married, and her estranged husband, Rene Elizondo, is filing for divorce! Reuters reports that Jackson acknowledged the secret marriage in a statement, explaining that she tried to keep the nine-year marriage "private in an effort to have a normal family life. It pains me greatly that despite my sincere efforts, my marriage to Rene did not work out." read more

TITO PUENTE DEAD AT 77

Latin bandleader Tito Puente died Thursday in New York at age 77; according to AP, he was recently treated for a heart condition. Puente cut more than 100 albums during his long career, recently winning his fifth Grammy Award in February. read more

REESE WITHERSPOON GOES BLONDE

The woman from Pleasantville is about to be Legally Blonde. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reese Witherspoon is in final talks to star in the MGM movie Legally Blonde, about a flashy blonde who goes to law school. Aussie newcomer Robert Luketic is set to direct the film later this year. read more

Alicia Silverstone Explains It All


Could there be traces of killer drugs in your dinner? Clueless star and die-hard vegan Alicia Silverstone seems to think so.

"When you eat a piece of meat or a piece of chicken, you're actually eating euthanization drugs," the 23-year-old actress tells TV Guide Online. "They take all the dogs and cats that are euthanized in the pound and they take all the roadkill ? you know, like animals that get killed in the road ? and they grind them all up ? even the cows that are deemed unfit for human consumption ? and they're all ground up and fed back to cows and chickens and turkeys and pigs."

Silverstone, who stars opposite Kenneth Branagh in the movie-musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost, gets downright preachy when it comes to promoting the vegan lifestyle. The actress, whose tight-fitting Batgirl outfit in Batman and Robin prompted some of the read more

THE TRUTH ABOUT TOMMY LEE'S LEGAL WOES

Tommy Lee has released a statement explaining why he spent five days in the Los Angeles County jail due to a parole violation. Apparently, Lee's estranged wife, Pamela Lee, contacted the district attorney's office May 5 to report that she and Tommy had a glass of champagne on New Year's Eve. Wham, bam — no thank you, Pam! read more

BUSY CLOONEY IS UNFAITHFUL

George Clooney was faithful to his old pals at ER a few weeks ago, but Variety reports that the busy actor is in talks to be Unfaithful — a new flick from director Adrian Lyne tentatively scheduled to begin filming this fall. Clooney is set to play a man who learns that his wife is cheating on him. No word on who will star opposite Clooney in the flick. read more

Fun With Liz and Dick


Get ready for some fabulous Hollywood gossip if Rosemary Harris ever sits down to write her autobiography. She's shared stage and screen with Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep, Richard Burton and Ralph Fiennes ? and she'll gladly dish about them! For instance, she tells TV Guide Online that she was careful to remain "just friends" with Burton.

"I loved him dearly. He was the sweetest, kindest and most generous man. When I heard I was to play opposite him, my heart [jumped]. I didn't want anything to muddle that up. If you've had a lover's quarrel offstage, how can you come together and play Desdemona and Othello?"

Harris and Taylor, meanwhile, co-starred in Beau Brummell. "Elizabeth used to very sweetly take me home in her car at night. I remember going to the Dorchester Hotel and the babies were in the bath an read more

PARTY HUNK MEETS DAWSON'S BABE

Former Party of Five hunk Michael Goorjian is in final talks to star opposite Dawson's Creek cutie Michelle Williams in the independent film Beatrice. Variety reports that Goorjian would play a disturbed young man who escapes from a mental hospital in the flick, which he also wrote. read more

CELINE DION: ON THE MEND

Chest-pounding chanteuse Celine Dion is recovering from two operations of an undisclosed nature, her spokeswoman has confirmed. Reuters reports that the singer was treated at a fertility clinic in New York in the hopes of having a child with her husband/manager, Rene Angelil. "I have no comment on that," Dion's publicist tells Reuters. read more

Fonzie's Inner Struggle


Henry Winkler knew how to play it cool as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on the 1970s sitcom Happy Days, but friends and family members say the actor's tough-guy swagger was all just an act.

"Henry did not have the self-confidence," recalls wife Stacey on an upcoming A&E Biography (airing June 19). "It was always, 'Was I OK?' He was nervous a lot of the time. He was very insecure."

Happy Days co-star Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) says the Fonzie character that audiences saw at home was nothing like the Yale-trained, serious actor he got to know off-camera. "Fonzie was this kind of big, bold, vivid character and Henry is a mild, gentle, intellectual man," he explains.

Despite Winkler's insecurities, Happy Days hit it big and drew an estimated 65 million viewers a week. And Winkler, whose popular Fonzie character was originally meant to be a sup read more

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