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'Survivor'-speak: 'Outback daddy' = friend

RADNOR, Pennsylvania -- Now that they've both been voted off "Survivor: The Australian Outback," contestants Rodger Bingham and Elisabeth Filarski can get one thing straight: They were never more than friends.

Filarski, 23, raised eyebrows of suspicious viewers when she referred to Bingham, 53, as her "Outback daddy."

"It was never, ever like that," Bingham tells TV Guide Online. "It was like a father-daughter relationship. That's all it was. We got so close out there because she wanted to learn how to fish, so I taught her how. And I sort of took it upon myself to see that she didn't get hurt out there. We'll probably be lifelong friends."

Bingham was voted off the show during last week's episode. Filarski got the heave-ho Thursday.

The finale of this season's "Survivor" airs Thursday, May 3.



Sharon Stone gets 'purple' role

LOS ANGELES, California -- A basic maternal instinct is taking over Sharon Stone, it seems.

The actress, who recently adopted a baby boy, will narrate an upcoming HBO animated children's series, "Harold and the Purple Crayon," according to Reuters.

This is a departure from Stone's steamy roles in films like "Basic Instinct" (1992) and "Sliver" (1993), and her forays into drama in movies like "Gloria" (1999), and comedy in "The Muse" (1999).

Production is under way on the series of 13 half-hour episodes, which will premiere in December on HBO Family, according to Sony Pictures Family Entertainment. HBO's "Harold and the Purple Crayon" is based on the classic children's book by Crocket Johnson.

But fret not, fans of steam. Stone, 43, is set to star in the upcoming sequel to "Basic Instinct," according to the Internet Movie Database.



Brosnan: The whales have had enough

SANTA MONICA, California -- The Navy's new plan just sounds bad to the man who plays super-spy James Bond.

Actor Pierce Brosnan, speaking at a news conference Thursday put together by the Natural Resources Defense Council, protested the Navy's stronger, low-frequency sonar, saying the equipment adversely affects whales and marine animals, Reuters reports.

"We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that active sonars cause whales to beach themselves. ... I don't believe we can take the risks," Brosnan said.

"It's like a bad case of deja vu," Brosnan said. "I thought we had already saved the whales."



Julie Andrews earns Ella

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- Actress and singer Julie Andrews is sharing company with Ella Fitzgerald -- or, to be precise, the award named after the jazz great.

Andrews was honored with the Ella award Wednesday night from the Society of Singers. Named after Fitzgerald, the distinction highlights the careers of vocalists whose musical careers are paralleled by contributions to humanitarian causes.

The nonprofit Society of Singers benefits the health and welfare of professional singers who need assistance.

Andrews' career includes the films "Mary Poppins" (1964) "The Sound of Music" (1965) and "Victor/Victoria" (1982).




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