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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


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


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


Well, not quite, but Geraldo Rivera is considering running for mayor of New York City. According to Variety, the host of CNBC's Rivera Live is telling friends that he wants to replace Rudy Giuliani when his term ends at the end of 2001. The trade paper adds that Rivera likely would run as an independent. read more


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


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

Buffy Star Slays Box Office Rivals

Eliza Dushku scoffs at rumors that she's being groomed to replace Sarah Michelle Gellar as the star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer should the actress eventually make the full-time leap to films. Dushku, whose own movie career got a major boost over the weekend with the first-place box office finish of Bring It On, tells TV Guide Online that there is only one Chosen One.

"Sarah is one of the hardest-working women I know," says the actress, who plays Buffy's arch nemesis, Faith. "It's such a hard job and I could never see myself having the patience to do that kind of a show. I mean, Sarah's there all the time working harder than anybody else. I kind of have ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder]."

Still, Dushku is looking forward to what series creator Joss Whedon has planned this season for her backstabbing alter ego, who when last seen had turned herself in to authorities. "I always joke with Joss, 'I've jumped off a building, gone into a coma, bee read more

Will the Real Richard Hatch Stand Up?

After years of building a TV career on shows like Battlestar Galactica and All My Children, actor Richard Hatch is none too happy about suddenly sharing his moniker with the winner of CBS's wildly popular Survivor series.

"I have to tell you, it feels very violating," the actor tells TV Guide Online. "We forget there are other people with our name and somehow we feel an ownership with our name. Honestly, this is one of the strangest experiences that's ever happened in my life and I'm having to deal with it."

Recently, the actor's own voice-over agent called and asked him to sign an autograph for a secretary who mistook him for the Survivor star. "I said, 'Are you kidding? He's from Rhode Island ? he's not an actor! He's 39 years old; we're 15 years difference in age! I have a son who's 33 years old!' "

The thesp is particularly concerned with what effect the confusion will have on his lecture business (www.richardhatch. read more

The Truth Behind Willis's Emmy No-Show

Bruce Willis was not on hand Saturday evening to pick up his Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his three-episode stint on Friends. But The Sixth Sense star, who nabbed his first golden girl in 1987 for playing David Addison on Moonlighting, wasn't thumbing his nose at the TV industry ? he was just busy working.

"Bruce is in Europe performing with his group and that's why he couldn't be there," the actor's spokesperson tells TV Guide Online, adding that his client was ecstatic upon learning of his win. "He was surprised and flattered and very appreciative." On Friends, Willis played the hostile father of a young college student dating Ross.

Trophies were handed out in 53 categories at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, held Saturday in Pasadena, CA. The major Emmys take place on Sept. 10 in a ceremony broadcast live on ABC (8 pm/ET).

Willis's no-show didn't dampen NBC's mood, however; the Peacock Network picked up 14 a read more

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