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August 11, 2006


Jack Black to host 2006 MTV Music Video Awards

New York - The MTV Music Video Awards are about to get a dose of Jack Black.

The actor-slash-rocker will host this year's version of the anything-can-happen extravaganza, set for Aug. 31, MTV announced Thursday.

"Prepare yourself for a rip snortin' humdinger," Black said. "I am Jables, hear me roar."

The awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York. Performers include Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Panic! at the Disco and Ludacris.

Black, 34, is the "perfect mix of comedy, rock, irreverence and star power," MTV President Christina Norman said.

'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' actor files for divorce in L.A.

Los Angeles - Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Will Smith's preppy cousin Carlton on TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," is splitting from his wife of four years.

Ribeiro, 34, filed for divorce from Robin Ribeiro on Wednesday, citing irreconcilable differences, according to Superior Court documents.

He is seeking joint custody of the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Sienna, with physical custody going to the child's mother.

Carmen Electra files for divorce from Dave Navarro

Los Angeles - MTV reality marriages are looking more like "Divorce Court."

The latest celebrity schism moved further toward official kaputness Thursday when Carmen Electra filed for divorce from rocker Dave Navarro, according to Superior Court documents.

The former "Baywatch" babe cited "irreconcilable differences" for the split.

Electra, 34, and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Navarro, 39, chronicled their 2003 nuptials on MTV's "'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave."

The dissolution comes on the heels of two other high-profile MTV breakups.

On Tuesday, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker filed for divorce from ex-beauty queen Shanna Moakler. The two documented their wedding on MTV's "Meet the Barkers."

In late June, singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, who costarred in MTV's "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica," divorced after three years of marriage.

'Survivor' winner finding life in prison difficult

Morgantown, W.Va. - Richard Hatch, who won the $1 million prize on the debut season of "Survivor," says he's finding it difficult to adjust to life in prison.

Hatch, 45, of Newport, R.I., was convicted by a federal jury in January of failing to pay taxes on the prize and other income. He was sentenced in May to 51 months in prison by a judge who said the reality TV star had repeatedly lied on the witness stand.

He arrived at the minimum-security facility in Morgantown on July 25.

Hatch, who became known as the "fat naked guy" for refusing to wear clothes on the CBS show, is now required to wear khaki shirts and pants.

"I'm doing lots of intake stuff, like clothing and getting to know the place ... but I don't think I will adjust to any of this until I can prove I was unethically prosecuted," he told The Dominion Post of Morgantown during a phone interview Wednesday.

McConaughey's car auctioned for $61K for hurricane relief

Dallas - The winning bid for Matthew McConaughey's 1971 Corvette Stingray convertible, auctioned for hurricane relief, was $61,600, according to the eBay Web site.

The name of the winning bidder wasn't immediately released. The Web site indicated that 72 bids were received.

McConaughey, a native of Texas, said he's donating all proceeds from last month's sale to Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network for Katrina and Rita recovery efforts.

Dustin Diamond says woman broke into his hotel room

Omaha, Neb. - Dustin Diamond, who played geeky Screech Powers on the '90s teen comedy "Saved by the Bell," says he scuffled with a woman at an Omaha hotel earlier this week.

Diamond, who performed at the Funny Bone Comedy Club Thursday through Sunday, told a Tampa, Fla., radio station that a woman broke into his room in a west Omaha hotel early Monday morning.

Diamond said the woman grabbed some video games, and he held her until police arrived.

The 28-year-old woman denied attacking Diamond and told police he had assaulted her.


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