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'Survivor' hindsight: I should've been conniving!

NEW YORK -- Didn't she learn anything from watching Richard Hatch?

Amber Brkich, the latest to be kicked off the CBS reality game show "Survivor: The Australian Outback," realizes now she shouldn't have been so nice to fellow competitors.

"I guess, you know, I needed to be ... more die-hard about the game," Brkich said Friday on CBS' "The Early Show," less than 24 hours after the episode aired that showed her getting the heave-ho. "I needed to be a little bit more conniving and thinking more about the game."

Instead, Brkich, 22, even made friends with Jerri Manthey, the 30- year-old aspiring actress whom everyone else hated. She got the boot during the March 29 episode.

"Jerri ... was really the only younger girl closest to my age," explains the administrative assistant from Beaver, Pennsylvania. "And when you're out there, you kind of just want somebody to bond with and I think that's really why we got close."

Now, Brkich has a million reasons to rethink that strategy. "Survivor" announces its winner, who will receive $1 million, on its special two- hour May 3 episode. The remaining participants: Colby, Elisabeth, Keith, Rodger, and Tina.



Joe Comic reveals how he thought up 'Joe Dirt'

LOS ANGELES, California -- You just never known when inspiration might strike.

For comic actor David Spade, the moment when he thought up the basic idea for the movie "Joe Dirt," currently in theaters, came when he was driving down the road.

"I remember we were thinking of this character, and me and my buddy were driving in Phoenix and I saw this guy walking with a gas can," Spade tells The Associated Press. "And I go, 'Check out Joe Dirtball over there.' And I was like, 'Joe Dirtball's actually a funny name.' So, we shortened it."

Spade stars as the title character in the comedy, about a janitor whose parents left him at the Grand Canyon when he was 8.

But "Joe Dirt" is just the latest in a long line of Joes that Spade has encountered. "Anybody was Joe whatever," Spade says. "Check out Joe Huge, Joe Steroids. ... We'd just say that for anybody walking down the street."



It's not too late for Biff to lose weight

NEW YORK -- Biff Henderson, stage manager of the "Late Show With David Letterman," is trying to lose weight.

This is news because he's attempting the healthy feat on "Weight- Off With The Early Show," on the CBS morning program hosted by Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson.

For eight weeks, Henderson and other participants will try to shed pounds under the guidance of Dr. Lou Arrone, an obesity specialist and director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Henderson, 55, says he needs to break some unhealthy habits to succeed.

"I've always lived by the thought that the more food there is, the merrier, and my exercise routine consists of walking to and from the subway," he said. "If I can make it through spring training with the Yankees each year, I have to be able to make it through this."



It's just mellow DMC now

NEW YORK -- Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC of Run DMC, is walking a different way these days, artistically speaking.

McDaniels says his new solo record, which will be released later this year, reflects the mellow mood he's in these days. He describes it as "Bob Dylan meets Neil Young and the Rolling Stones."

It came about only after he parted ways from Run DMC while the trio recorded its latest release, "Crown Royal," a rap-infused work that includes collaborations with artists like Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst.

McDaniels tells The Associated Press he stopped working on the record because he's not into that kind of music anymore.

"I wanted to work with Sheryl Crow," he says. "I wanted to work with Eric Clapton."

McDaniels' frustrations were so great that he says he saw a psychiatrist, who encouraged him to bow out and work on his own material.

Run DMC rose to fame in 1986 with the release of "Raising Hell," the first rap album to go multi-platinum, which included a rap rendition of the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way."




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