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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

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Sunday

Arrested Development
Quote of the weekend: "That is quite a basket you've got there, Michael." — Tobias

Aaah, you had to be there. Sight gag. But speaking of sight gags, nobody does 'em better than Martin Short, whose fake Uncle Jack was a classic.

So... why aren't more people watching this? I'm not yelling at you guys, since if you're reading this, you probably tuned in. But tell your friends to, too, 'cause this show's too good to let die without a fight. Please?

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Looking at the blood-covered bottle, I can't help but wonder: Is real blood that bright red? Aside from blood 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

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

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

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

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

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

Joan and Melissa: Live at the...

Joan and Melissa: Live at the Grammy Awards
5:59 I turned on the TV Guide Channel now to see Joan and Melissa tackle the Grammy arrivals. And my head is already spinning from watching Joan have tea with Jadakiss on her Grammy preview special.
6:00 I can't wait to see what Gwen Stefani is wearing, she's always outrageously cool. That might throw the Rivers' gals for a loop.
6:02 No red carpet — its green. Joan is already trying unsuccessfully to be hip: "The green rug is off the hook and stupid."
6:06 First case of misinformation. Missy just asked Rob Thomas and his wife about their two children. They don't have any. This after I just learned way too much about Joan's pregnancy with Melissa.
6:12 Modern polka. I guess with like, 170 categories there really is something for everyone.
6:13 Joan just actually made me laugh out loud, saying that Mr. Britney Spea read more

Desperate Housewives Spin-off News


It was as inevitable as Mrs. Huber's murder: Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has had informal talks with ABC about giving his monster hit a sister soap.

"The network has saved an area [on the schedule] for me when I'm ready to write it," he reveals. "[But] it's going to take me a couple of seasons before I have the energy/time."

At least the scribe's idea is ready to roll — he came up with the concept before Housewives even premiered. "I knew another angle on telling the stories of the people in this neighborhood," the recent Golden Globe winner says, cryptically acknowledging that Housewives 2 would focus on a "segment of Wisteria Lane's population... but set somewhere else."

Like, maybe, a dorm? The most popular spin-off theory has Cherry sending one of Housewives' teens to college. But TV analyst Steve Sternberg of Magna Global USA believes "it makes more sense to do it with a main character. Once the read more

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