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NEXT STOP, OSCAR?

Martin Scorsese's The Aviator soared above the competition at Saturday's British Academy Awards (aka the BAFTAs), winning best picture and best supporting actress for Cate Blanchett. Vera Drake helmer Mike Leigh was named best director (sorry, Marty), and the film's star, Imelda Staunton, won best actress. Best supporting actor went to Closer's Clive Owen and best actor went to — brace yourself — Jamie Foxx. read more

Race's Kris and Jon Move On


With a whopping 92 percent popularity rating on CBS.com, Jon Buehler and Kris Perkins easily qualify as this season's most beloved Amazing Racers. Honestly, how could you dislike these sweet long-distance daters? In a season filled with screaming matches and shoving incidents, the hot couple charmed viewers with their positive attitudes and genuine affection for each other. Believe it or not, they are just as nice in real life. Here, Jon and Kris discuss their relationship and why they're really OK with finishing second.

TV Guide Online: It's safe to say that, like last time, this race was determined by a single plane ride.
Jon Buehler:
Yeah, that was definitely the deciding factor. We did ask the American Airlines guy several times, "Are you sure this is the first plane to land in Chicago?" And he kept saying that he was absolutely positive. So we just took his word for it, got the tickets and ran over to the Internet cafe to find i read more

EVERYBODY LOVES RAY

In the end, the 47th Annual Grammy Awards belonged to Ray Charles. The late music legend was honored with a field-best eight trophies Sunday night, including album of the year for his final work, Genius Loves Company. Charles also won for best pop album and record of the year for "Here We Go Again," with Norah Jones. Song of the year went to John Mayer for "Daughters," and best new artist — in the evening's biggest shocker — went to Maroon 5 and not Kanye West. West had to settle for three consolation prizes, including best rap album for The College Dropout. Elsewhere, Grammy darling Alicia Keys picked up four awards, while U2 and Usher nabbed three apiece. Among the non-musicians garnering wins were former President Bill Clinton (best spoken word album for his autobiography My Life), Scrubs star Zach Braff (best soundtrack compilation read more

WHERE THERE'S A WILL...

Valentine-minded moviegoers flocked to their local megaplex this weekend, but there was just one Hitch: The Will Smith-Kevin James romantic comedy bowed at No. 1 with a record-shattering $45.3 million. It was the biggest opening ever for a romantic comedy starring two dudes, surpassing In & Out's $15 million debut in 1992. read more

WHAT A GIRL WANTS

... is a huge rock. Christina Aguilera got engaged to longtime boyfriend, music exec Jordan Bratman, on Friday while on vacation at an undisclosed location. The couple have not set a wedding date. read more

FRIEND IN NEED

Former Friend Matthew Perry was briefly hospitalized in Los Angeles last week after reportedly suffering a bad reaction to prescription medication. If this sounds just a wee bit suspect, it's probably because Perry previously sought treatment for a prescription drug problem in 1997 and 2001. read more

TECHNOBABBLE

The father of "blue-screen" technology, the designers behind camera cranes and the creator of special-effects makeup were among those honored Saturday at the sci-tech Oscars. Scarlett Johansson hosted the 77th annual geekfest, which also recognized the inventors of audio systems, animation software and pocket protectors. read more

THE BUS STOPS HERE

A Florida bus driver is in a heap of trouble after she encouraged students to jump around, throw things and act like little demons on a moving bus so she could make a lively audition videotape for Survivor. Maureen Monaghan has been charged with reckless endangerment and, if convicted, faces a two-year development deal with Fox. read more

Aussie Avril's All-Star Trek


For better or worse... Wait. No, actually, just for better: Samantha Lombardi doesn't have a big sister in the music biz to pave the way for her. But the 15-year-old Australian — think Avril Lavigne but with rock on the brain, not rocks in her head — clearly has friends in high places. The proof: Her radio-ready debut album, Take Your Pic (which drops in May), features raucous and catchy tunes written by no less than Nine Inch Nails and Paul Stanley of KISS.

"When I first got the songs, I was really excited — I mean, those guys are huge!" Lombardi exclaims to TV Guide Online. "But I was nervous, too, because I didn't wanna screw 'em up. I didn't want them to hear me singing their songs and think, 'Yeah, it sounds all right.' I wanted them to kick ass!"

Mission accomplished, and then some. On swinging singles-to-be like the star-crossed love song "Black Hole" and the kiss-off anthem "I'm Over You," the read more

STAY AWAY!

A judge has agreed to extend a temporary restraining order obtained by Joan of Arcadia star Amber Tamblyn against a man the actress claims has been stalking her. According to court documents, Frederick Cragin Demetz Jr. left threatening messages for Tamblyn and broke into her trailer on the set. He now must stay 100 yards away from her or face criminal penalties, not to mention the wrath of God. read more

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