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SCARY MOVIE DEUX

MGM's remake of The Amityville Horror topped the weekend box office with $23.3 million, knocking last week's No. 1 flick, Sahara, into second place with $13.1 million. Rounding out the Top Five were Fever Pitch (No. 3 with $8.8 million), Sin City (No. 4 with $6.7 million) and Guess Who (No. 5 with 4.9 million). With overall receipts down for an eighth straight weekend, the movie biz is officially in the throes of a major slump. Things have gotten so bad that the major studios may soon be forced to make movies that don't suck real bad. Let's hope it doesn't come to that. read more

JACKO TRIAL UPDATE

Under cross-examination Friday, the mother of Michael Jackson's accuser described Neverland as a den of "booze, pornography and sex with boys" during a heated exchange with lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau. The judge ordered the outburst (and future NAMBLA slogan) stricken from the record. read more

HELLO AGAIN

Turn on your heartlight, folks: Neil Diamond's overseas tour is coming to America this summer. According to Billboard, the Jazz Singer's 34-city U.S. leg kicks off July 25 in Omaha and will end when Babs finally brings him some freakin' flowers. read more

ET PHONES TRL

TRL cohost Vanessa Minnillo has been named a New York correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. But don't worry, she's not leaving MTV; she'll juggle both jobs. Talk about a workhorse. read more

SHORT CUTS

Focus Features has given the thumbs-up to a remake of the 1986 C. Thomas Howell-Rutger Hauer thriller The Hitcher... Ryan Seacrest will receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday. The ceremony is slated to take place at 11:30 am/PT and will be followed immediately by an all-new House! read more

THE PROGNOSIS OF MIMI

Mariah Carey is on track to land her first No. 1 album since 1997. First-day sales of Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi suggest that the CD could surpass 350,000 units in its first week, easily placing it at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart. Her last No. 1, Butterfly, bowed with 235,000 copies in 1997. read more

TUBE WATCHERS WANTED

Jimmy Kimmel is embarking on a nationwide couch-potato hunt. The late-night funnyman is looking to pay someone roughly $500 a week to watch TV all day and gather clips for his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Candidates must have at least five years experience in being brain dead and be proficient in absolutely nothing. Got to ABC.com for an application. read more

BUSTED

Rapper DMX was arrested over the weekend following a three-car crash involving a police cruiser on a major New York City expressway. Two police officers and the driver of the other vehicle were treated for minor injuries. DMX was charged with driving with a suspended license and released. read more

HOLY CANNOLI!

Yeah, we saw this coming a mile away: CBS has firmed up plans to broadcast Rob and Amber's wedding during May sweeps. The two-hour special will air Tuesday, May 24, and include a behind the scenes look at the preparation for the wedding as well as exclusive footage of her bridal shower, their bachelor and bachelorette parties, their rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony, reception and that scene in Amazing Race when they sped past Brian and Greg's car wreck. Bring your tissues! read more

TURNOVER!

Are you ready for some major football news? The NFL has confirmed that NBC will become the exclusive home of Sunday Night Football — as in prime time — beginning in 2006. That same year, ESPN will take over Monday Night Football from its corporate cousin ABC. I told you it was major. read more

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