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Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star in a big-screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, per The Hollywood Reporter... After 34 years on CBS, the annual Country Music Association awards (the CMA's) will move to ABC next year... Paul Bettany (Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander) has joined the cast of The Da Vinci Code. He'll play that creepy albino dude, Silas. (I know it's a stretch, but go ahead and enter your own Paula Abdul joke here.) read more

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Roughly 30 million viewers watched Carrie Underwood win American Idol Wednesday night, easily cementing Fox's May sweeps win among adults 18-to-49. The two-hour finale of Lost, meanwhile, averaged a best-yet 21 million viewers. read more

CASH AND CAREY

Mariah Carey's comeback is complete. Her new ballad, "We Belong Together," has become her 16th single to reach No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 list — a new record for a female artist. Carey celebrated the feat by going out dressed like a tramp. read more

FRIDAY The Daytime Emmy Awards...

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The Daytime Emmy Awards
Ellen DeGeneres is right. Daytime is the new nighttime! It's also educational, and not just in the Sesame Street way. No, there are true lessons to be learned from all the high cheekbones and low-cut dresses. Check it out...
1) Soap religion lesson: Show openers Deidre Hall, Eric Braeden and Susan Lucci are the holy trinity of daytime. Sadly, they were saddled with ungodly dialogue. And could someone please get Erica Kane a doughnut?!
2) LOVING that The Young and the Restless' Greg Rikaart and Christian Jules LeBlanc took Outstanding Supporting and Lead Actor for playing the scariest brothers this side of the Menendez boys. Gives me hope for the Holbrook sibs.
3) Soap math lesson: A cancer survivor who was raped by her fianc&#233's evil look-alike is greater than, not equal to, a baby snatcher, two barely ex-alcoholics, a white-trash barfly and C read more

Experts Idolize Bo and Carrie

Phew! Talk about a nation divided. Last night America had to make the tough choice between a pair of sweet Southerners with killer sets of pipes. After two hours of grueling suspense, we learned Bo Bice, the soulful 29-year-old rocker from Alabama, had triumphed over Carrie Underwood, the bright-eyed 21-year-old from Oklahoma. [ALTERNATE TEXT: Carrie Underwood, the bright-eyed 21-year-old from Oklahoma, had triumphed over Bo Bice, the soulful 29-year-old rocker from Alabama.]

All season long, TVGuide.com has brought you expert commentary from Kimberly Caldwell and Rosanna Tavarez, the sassy hostesses of TV Guide Channel's Idol Chat. Here's their take on Bo and Carrie's final showdown, as well as this week's weird song selections.

TVGuide.com: How do you feel about Bo's win?
Kimberly Caldwell:
It's finally time that a rocker takes over American Idol. I think he's possibly going to be the bigges read more

CATWALK CASUALTY

It looks like Janice Dickinson is in the running to become America's next out-of-work former supermodel. UPN announced today that Dickinson is being replaced on America's Next Top Model by '60s runway icon Twiggy. A network rep says Dickinson was "leaving to pursue other projects including VH-1's Surreal Life" as well as a TV production deal and a new book. Our sources, however, say the ol' bat was angling for a pay raise and didn't get along with host Tyra Banks. Who are you gonna believe? read more

Top Model 4 Champ Wins Gracefully

Ordinarily, when TVGuide.com interviews America's Next Top Model mannequins, we want them to quit smiling and bare their fangs already. However, we hoped for just the opposite during our Q&A with Naima Mora shortly after she became the fourth diva to inherit the coveted title. Although the judges dissed her for being, in essence, too good to be true, we fell hard for the multi-culti 20-year-old former waitress' serene demeanor. No, she wasn't in your face like so many of the inarticulate nut jobs she bested. But we'd much prefer to worship a sweetheart who thinks before she speaks than a sour tart who can't do both at the same time. Indeed, for once, Tyra Banks and the judges may have picked a winner in every sense of the word.
TVGuide.com: Is it my imagination, or did you seriously sharpen your competitive edge in the homestretch?
Naima Mora:
I'm a very laid-back, ea read more

CR&#220E CUT FROM NBC

M&#246tley Cr&#252e has sued NBC for banning the group from its airwaves after frontman Vince Neil dropped the F-bomb during the 2004 live New Year's Eve broadcast of The Tonight Show. The suit accuses the Peacock of violating the band's free-speech rights in an attempt to score points with the FCC. NBC issued a statement saying it "has the right to decide not to invite back guests who violate those standards and use an expletive during a live entertainment program." Washed-up acts are said to be especially vulnerable to this policy. read more

How Girl Power Won The Apprentice

In last week's Apprentice finale, Kendra Todd, 26, became the youngest player — and the first female — to be told "You're hired!" The dynamic Floridian realtor got off to a slow start but really powered through some tough tasks in the end. Of course, it didn't hurt that her final rival was the mouthy Tana Goertz. Here, TVGuide.com chatters with Donald Trump's newest employee about her adventure.

TVGuide.com: Why'd you choose the real-estate job in Florida when you already have that background? Wouldn't the Miss Universe job be more of a fun challenge?
Kendra Todd:
Real estate is my life. It is not a profession, it is a lifestyle. I couldn't imagine a better fit.

TVG: In that case, this'll be a pretty cool job for the next year.
Kendra:
Certainly. Before this show, I've always traveled around the country giving seminars and lectures on how to put read more

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the latest thesp to join the cast of the J.J. Abrams-helmed Mission: Impossible 3, per The Hollywood Reporter. The actor, who recently channeled the King in CBS' Elvis miniseries, will play a member of Tom Cruise's posse. (Speaking of J.J., yo, dude, last night's Alias climax was not cool. Those were brand-new boxers I was wearing!) read more

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