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Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul is said to be "finalizing a deal" to star in a new version of Star Search, the '80s-era talent show hosted by Ed McMahon.

Hope her contract includes open bar.

Slated for Summer 2010, the Star Search reboot is said to feature Abdul serving as a combination judge and host, although details are still being worked out.

ABC, which is said to be developing the show, did not comment to Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the news about the recently departed Idol staple.

Paula Abdul Photograph

Is Paula Abdul nearing a return to reality TV?

Rumors suggesting Paula was headed for Dancing With the Stars as well as Idol frenemy Simon Cowell's upcoming X Factor series have also circulated recently.

The original Star Search wasn't just for singers: actors, comedians and models vied to win the competition. So basically, it's like Britain's / America's Got Talent.

One alum of the long-running show: Britney Spears.

What do you think of a revamped Star Search and the idea of Paula on board? Do we really need more shows like this - and is she the right person to host one?

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"You are a sexual predator, a sexual deviant. They should lock you up."

With these words, ESPN reporter Erin Andrews tore into Michael David Barrett, the stalker who pleaded guilty in December to following her to at least three cities and shooting nude videos of her through hotel peepholes without her consent.

"You violated me and you violated all women," Erin said told the total creep and now convicted stalker, who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for videotaping her.

The Illinois insurance executive gave a tearful apology for the peephole video of Erin Andrews nude, but it fell upon deaf ears and was harshly rebuked by his victim.

In fact, Andrews urged q judge at the hearing to levy an even harsher sentence against Barrett and said that she now fears for her life every time she enters a hotel.

After the sentencing, she said, "Thirty months isn't enough."

NOT ENOUGH: Erin says the perv's 30-month sentence doled out yesterday is not nearly long enough for his creepy behavior. We find it hard to argue with her there.

Michael Barrett, who has until May 3 to surrender, was ordered to have supervised probation for three years after his release and is prohibited from contacting Erin.

He will not be allowed to stay in a hotel without approval of a probation officer and if he accepts employment somewhere, Andrews will be notified by the court.

You can watch Erin Andrews in less creepy fashion beginning next week, when she joins the cast of Dancing with the Stars. Last week, we sized up her chances.

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Actress Amanda Seyfried is 24 years old, gorgeous, talented and actually does not seem like a desperate, Kim Kardashian or Heidi Montag-style attention monger.

Basically, that makes the girl a prime catch.

The departing Big Love cast member recently posed for Esquire magazine, and let's just say that if you aren't familiar with her by now, you will be soon enough:

Esquire Hottie

Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried as you've never seen her before ...

In addition to the HBO series, you may recognize Seyfried from her roles in various daytime dramas, and more recently Mamma Mia, Jennifer's Body and Dear John.

She's also known for being in seriously sexy lingerie as of now.

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Corey Feldman will not be at Corey Haim's funeral today out of respect for his best friend and fellow former child star's family's wishes, the actor said in a statement.

"In the days following my best friend Corey Haim's death, I have spent much time with his mother Judy, who has always been like a mother to me," Feldman said.

"Due to their strong religious beliefs and need for privacy," he continued. "The family has decided to make Corey Haim's funeral on Tuesday a small private affair."

The private funeral service will take place Tuesday in Toronto, and is funded Startifacts, a celebrity memorabilia Web site, which volunteered to donate $20,000.

The money for the funeral will come from the auctioning off Haim's belongings. His family asks fans to send flowers to a local cancer ward instead of the service.

Corey Feldman will be MIA today, but says he will be planning a separate, public memorial for his Lost Boys co-star that will reportedly take place around April 2.

"I am working with a few people who were close to Corey to put a memorial together within the next month," he said. "The media will be invited to honor and celebrate the legacy he left behind, along with friends, fans and the Hollywood community."

Corey Haim died Wednesday at the age of 38 of an apparent drug overdose while at his mother's Los Angeles. He fought a long battle with substance abuse in life.

Haim's mom said he had an enlarged heart, pulmonary congestion and water in his lungs at the time of his death, which has been linked to a massive drug ring.

The L.A. County Coroner's office is awaiting results of toxicology tests and has not ruled out a drug overdose, though it does not appear to be foul play or suicide.

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Rielle Hunter "cried for two hours" after seeing those "repulsive" photos of herself in GQ. Pictures she posed and removed her pants for very much willingly.

Just the same, the baby mama of disgraced politician John Edwards is apparently not pleased with several suggestive photographs in the magazine spread.

Oh, boo freaking hoo, Rielle.

First, you took off your own damn pants. Second, you're the third party in a huge sex scandal in which a politician cheated on his terminally ill wife with you.

In short, just shut the hell up.

Rielle Hunter, No Pants

How dare GQ print Rielle Hunter pics Rielle Hunter posed for?!?

On The View this morning, co-host Barbara Walters said she had already spoken to Hunter, who trusted photographer Mark Seliger to take "classy photos."

That's not entirely how it played out.

What transpired were Rielle Hunter pictures showing her in no pants, a button-down shirt, posing provocatively in pearls on a bed full of stuffed animals.

Quite racy. And weird.

Walters quoted her saying that she "went with the flow" during the GQ photo shoot, which also showed her holding John Edwards love child Frances Quinn.

When asked about the current state of her relationship with Edwards, Hunter reportedly replied, "We are co-parents and have a very loving relationship."

Rielle Hunter and Daughter

Rielle Hunter bares her belly. Her soul? Long gone.

Hunter says she's still in love with "Johnny" and believes he loves her. She saidthat his marriage was "toxic," and that he feared "the wrath of Elizabeth."

The weird videographer also confirms her first words to Edwards were, "You're so hot." He's a Casanova, that guy. They met in his room that very night.

No word on when they made the John Edwards sex tape. Word has it she was pregnant at the time, which pretty much ups the grossness factor tenfold.

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If Kim Kardashian is known for one thing involving cameras, it's moanin' and groanin' as Ray J worked his magic up in dat thang. But if she's known for a second thing, it's totally E!’s hit reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

A show that may no longer be able to afford her.

Now a household name for whatever reason, Kim's professional celebrity status has thrown a wrench into negotiations for the fifth season of Keeping Up.

Her star power has been a boost for the show, but as Kim Kardashian becomes increasingly popular, she may have options more lucrative than E! can match.

"Kim's advisors feel it may be time to explore bigger deals on bigger networks,” a TV insider with alleged knowledge of the ongoing negotiations says.

Just Too Famous

BIG TIME: That applies to Kim's booty, and level of fame apparently.

“She's right to feel like she doesn't need to open up her life to make a living. It looks like Kim can make a lot more money than the TV show can pay her, especially through her endorsement deals and doing appearances on bigger shows.”

Huh? Really, insider? The only reason she makes a living is by opening up her life ... and legs, for Ray J. But that's neither here nor there at this point.

At this juncture, E!'s options could be limited. The source says that they can dig deep and make Kim an offer she and her representatives can't refuse.

On the flip side, the network re-fashion Keeping Up With The Kardashians to focus on the remaining cast members. Talk about a ticking time bomb!

"Neither path makes much business sense, especially when the Miami spinoff is doing just fine," says the Kim source. "The most likely scenario is shutting down the show altogether and focusing resources on the Miami-Khloe and Kourtney franchise."

Wow. Kim potentially putting the kibosh on Keeping Up? Krushing.

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Ali Fedotowsky endeared herself to millions on The Bachelor this winter, partly on her own merits but partly because she stood up to the hated Vienna Girardi.

In any event, the "energetic and charismatic career-oriented" girl from San Francisco "has re-prioritized her life" and will be doling out the roses this time.

On Monday, May 24, Ali Fedotowsky will star on the sixth season of The Bachelorette. Jake Pavelka who? The Bachelor is just a distant, stiff memory by now.

I Made a Mistake!

Ali pretends to "regret" leaving as she asks Jake for a do-over.

All but certain to be named The Bachelorette after her decision to leave the show was orchestrated by producers broke the hearts of many fans, this fan favorite is ready to make the right decision this time around - and put love first!

A native of Williamstown, Mass., she has set her sights on a reliable, funny and humble guy who can challenge her. Even though she's known for her work ethic, she loves to play. She enjoys hiking, wake boarding, soccer, and wine tastings.

Get your resumes ready, guys! Just no lame pilots from Dallas, please.

Was Ali Fedotowsky a good choice for The Bachelorette?

 

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Where does Lauren Conrad turn when she needs a wardrobe update?

To the fashion collection she herself designed for Kohl’s, of course.

“I think if you’re not willing to wear your own clothes, you’re doing something wrong," she says. "This line was meant to be about my style, pieces I want to walk in the store and buy. If you’re not wearing your own line, you’re taking the fun out of it!”

Here's Lauren looking fabulous in one of her pieces ...

So Gorgeous

Known for her flirty frocks and California cool girl style, Lauren tells Glamour her staple piece is the blazer. “We have one in every collection, and we usually tweak it a little bit. In this specific collection, I also really love the biker jacket we did.”

Come spring, the former star of The Hills says she’ll be pairing her sharp toppers with lots of watercolor prints: “I think they’re very romantic and kind of timeless."

"I almost did too much of it with this collection," she says. "When we were shopping for prints with Kohl’s, everything I picked was watercolor and floral."

"They’re very in because of the whole Alice in Wonderland thing.”

However one fashion fad the style author won’t be trying this season is hot pants: “You can’t wear them to the club, because you’re going to look like one of the dancers, but they could look cute on the beach!” says LC.

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Charlie Sheen is prepared to plead guilty following his drunken Christmas melee with wife Brooke Mueller. The only thing left is to hammer out the logistics.

The prosecution in the assault case is reportedly not looking for jail time, but wants Sheen to either cop a guilty plea to a felony or stand trial for the attack.

Charlie Sheen and Cloris Leachman

The Two and a Half Men star is more than willing to plead guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor with no jail time, which means this boils down to one issue:

Whether Charlie pleads to a misdemeanor or a felony. Charlie's position is that Aspen, Colo., prosecutors routinely accept misdemeanor pleas in such cases.

Charlie and Brooke have been through a lot lately.

Sheen also wants the case dismissed outright at the end of the probationary period, which is likely to span a year or more. So what's the hangup here?

The Aspen D.A. is reluctant to let Charlie already off too easily.

In 1997, the troubled star pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery in a domestic violence case involving then-girlfriend Brittany Ashland. That's an issue.

The Aspen D.A. feels that given Charlie's history, a felony is appropriate. So his fate in the Brooke Mueller incident may involve more legal wrangling yet.

Stay tuned ...

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The Hills just isn't the same without Lauren Conrad. Take away the entertainment of Spencer Pratt and it's pretty much worthless ... which we'd better get used to.

The reality TV villain says he's leaving the show, and we think he's serious, to take his career in a surprising new direction: To protect America from cyber threats.

Seriously. People reported this.

"In the last few months I discovered a new passion and new purpose to my life," Pratt said. "With this in mind, I have decided to take a break from MTV's The Hills."

Now studying software engineering with a focus on encryption at USC, Spencer Pratt says he's off to work for American Defense Enterprises' cyber security division.

His first mission? Making sure all Heidi Montag pictures are secure!

V. I. Pimp

Our first, and hopefully not last line of defense against hackers.

"Upon learning of President Obama's declaration that the 'cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,' I have decided to refocus my energy and resources to helping America," he says.

"My new mission is this: To do my part in maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent emerging technologies from threatening our nation's security as we face this and other unprecedented challenges."

That's ... awesome actually. But this is Spencer Pratt. He can't possibly be serious, right? Is there a reality TV crew on call to film him fighting cyber-terrorists?

"I am saddened to take this break from MTV's The Hills," he admits. "However I feel I would not be honoring my country if I were to continue when I have the ability and opportunity to assist our nation against these prevalent threats."

Pratt's wife, Heidi Montag, remains on The Hills. Spencer has also been relieved of managerial duties for Heidi, who's now using Malibu-based psychic Aiden Chase.

Cyber Threat

These jerks have met their sleazy match.

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