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Snoop Dogg accused of rape. DiCaprio gets "lifetime achievement" award. Did Lara Flynn Boyle flash her way through first class?

By Salon Staff

Published February 1, 2005 12:00PM (EST)

Turn On:
Unfortunately for the TiVo-less, all the good stuff is coming on at the same time Tuesday night: At 10 p.m. EST, Discovery Times is airing the documentary "Keeping the Faith: Becoming a Priest in Today's Catholic Church," in which seminary students talk about what inspires and challenges them, and TLC will show "Rides: Biggest Spenders," which surveys the fancy wheels of Jay Leno, Tim Allen and others. Perhaps most interesting of all, PBS will air "February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four" (check local listings for times), about the men who sat at a whites'-only Woolworth's counter in 1960, demanding to be served, and set a standard for nonviolent protests in the civil rights struggle.

Morning Briefing:
Bad Dogg? An Emmy-winning Hollywood makeup artist is suing Snoop Dogg and several members of his posse, along with ABC, the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show and the Walt Disney Company, for $25 million, alleging that Dogg and his buddies drugged and raped her in his dressing room after the rapper guest-hosted Kimmel's show. According to the woman, Kylie Bell, in January 2003, Dogg and his pals slipped her some laced champagne that left her feeling heavy and unable to control her own body, then had their way with her. She says she was reluctant to come forward right away for fear of retaliation, but eventually alerted police and the show's producers, who paid her medical bills and living expenses for a time. The accused rapper, with whom Bell had been trying to negotiate a settlement in recent months, has filed a suit claiming extortion. Bell's lawsuit is posted here. (The Smoking Gun)

Flying high: The latest skinny on Lara Flynn Boyle? The London Mail on Sunday reported over the weekend that first-class passengers on a recent British Airways flight from Los Angeles to Heathrow were treated to a glimpse of Boyle's nekkid breasts and a performance by the actress they won't soon forget. "Lara had two whiskey-based hot toddies when she got on board," one source told the tabloid. Then she reportedly wandered around the cabin half-dressed and, a full four hours before landing, "woke a passenger up, tried to get into bed with him, pulled open the blind and said, 'We're landing, get your clothes on.'" The official word from British Airways? "First-class passengers on board Flight BA 282 from Los Angeles to Heathrow reported to cabin crew that a female passenger in the cabin was behaving strangely. However, the behavior did not result in any formal complaints being made." Boyle's spokesperson, however, says she suspects the story is "completely not true." "It genuinely is completely inconsistent with her character and behavior," she insists. (Mail on Sunday via Rush and Molloy and The Scoop)

Premature honors? In a move that truly stretches the "lifetime achievement" award category to its very limits -- or perhaps beyond -- the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has bestowed just such an award on Leonardo DiCaprio, who showed up to accept it on Sunday night. The irony was not lost on the young actor. "It's a lifetime achievement award, which is completely and utterly surreal, given I'm only 30 years old," a laughing DiCaprio, honored for his "exceptional career," told the press. "But, you know, what has it been? Almost 17 years now. I've done quite a few films." And has admirably mastered the art of spin, too. (Associated Press)

Also: Electric company officials across the land are stepping forward to warn people about the potentially fatal effects of messing with electricity after NBC aired an episode of "Fear Factor" last night in which contestants ran through a thicket of wires attached to a 10,000-volt substation, getting shocked along the way. (N.Y. Daily News) ... Ronald Reagan's smiling visage -- featured just after his death last June -- sold more copies of Time and Newsweek than any other cover image last year. (Paul Colford's Hot Copy) ... Tom Brokaw has signed a two-book deal with Random House, the company behind his big-selling "The Greatest Generation." (Paul Colford's Hot Copy) ... Donald Trump has signed on to host a fourth and fifth season of "The Apprentice." (N.Y. Daily News) ... Alec Baldwin reportedly rushed to the aid of a fellow audience member who fainted during the final scene of the Broadway show "Brooklyn Boy" on Saturday. (Rush and Molloy) ... A&E has reportedly paid a record sum (at least $2.5 million per episode) for the rights to air (presumably sanitized) reruns of HBO's "The Sopranos" on basic cable starting in the fall of 2006. (N.Y. Times) ... After more than two years together, Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth are splitting up. (Associated Press) ... Lotus co-owner Jeffrey Jah may be forced out of the New York hot spot by his partners after blabbing to a Brazilian magazine about the questionable behavior of celebrities like Paris Hilton, Joaquin Phoenix, Courtney Love, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Campbell. (Page Six) ... Michael Jackson wore all white to the courthouse yesterday where jury selection began in his trial. (N.Y. Post) ... Patricia Arquette's new show "Medium" has been picked up for a second season by NBC. (Reuters/Hollywood Reporter) ... At least 18 PBS stations are planning to air the segment of the children's show "Postcards From Buster" currently under fire for depicting lesbian couples with children. (Newsday) ... Keanu Reeves has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (BBC News) ... Marlon Brando's longtime lover Tarita Teriipaia has published a book in France about her relationship with the actor; plans may be afoot for an English translation. (N.Y. Times)

-- Amy Reiter

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