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KOOKY KUDOS

Pirates of the Caribbean nabbed a leading six nods Wednesday for MTV's annual Movie Awards, including Best Film, Best Actor for Johnny Depp and Breakthrough Female for Keira Knightley. Pirates will compete with Finding Nemo, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 50 First Dates and X2: X-Men United for Best Movie. And sticking to tradition, MTV included a sapphic smooch — Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci's Monster buss — in its Best Kiss category. The ceremony tapes June 5 and airs June 10. read more

SOLDIER'S STORY

Toby Keith was the big winner at Wednesday's CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards, picking up three trophies, including Video of the Year for his patriotic tune "American Soldier." Kenny Chesney scored Hottest Video kudos for "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems." If only it were that simple. read more

THE ULTIMATE TABOO

Princess Diana's family is "shocked and sickened" by CBS's decision to broadcast pics of the dying princess on last night's 48 Hours. It was the first time a major media outlet ran photos of Diana at the scene of the Aug. 31, 1997, car crash in Paris. CBS insists the images were "placed in a journalistic context — an examination of the medical treatment given to Princess Diana just after the crash — and are in no way graphic or exploitative." read more

FACE THE MUSIC

Michael Jackson was indicted Wednesday by a Santa Barbara grand jury investigating child-molestation allegations against the Jesus Juice-lovin' pop star, clearing the way for a sensational trial later this year. Jackson, who is free on $3-million bail, stands accused of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland ranch in 2003. He's expected to plead not guilty in a scary getup at his April 30 arraignment. read more

CONSPIRACY THEORY

FX is developing an original film that explores a possible Middle Eastern link to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's based on Jayna Davis's book, The Third Terrorist. read more

JUST THE TICKET

Wanna attend the May 9 finale of Survivor: All-Stars at New York's Madison Square Garden? Well, StubHub.com is auctioning off tickets to the big event, with proceeds benefiting the Museum of Television and Radio. read more

DIVA DISMISSED

American Idol fans are demanding a recount following last night's elimination of Jennifer Hudson, who was one of the competition's (and TV Guide Online's) clear favorites. Even more shocking: Fellow frontrunners Fantasia Barrino and LaToya London joined Hudson in the bottom three! On the bright side, Idol producers have finally decided to put poor John Stevens out of his misery by making next week's show Latin-themed. read more

FUZZY MATH

It looks like Bill Rancic has been spending too much time around Omarosa. According to TheSmokingGun.com, the Apprentice champ uttered a little white one when he claimed that his Internet operation — Cigars Around the World — was a "multimillion dollar" business. Apparently, the company only fetched $425,000 when Rancic sold it last June. read more

CANNES-DO SPIRIT

Shrek 2, The Ladykillers, Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 911 and HBO's biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers are among the American pics competing at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off May 12. Quentin Tarantino, fresh off his well-reviewed stint as guest judge on American Idol, will preside over the jury. read more

ANOTHER DAY

Fox has renewed 24, The O.C., Malcolm in the Middle and The Bernie Mac Show for next season. The network also picked up Mad TV for three additional seasons. (That '70s Show, King of the Hill and The Simpsons were renewed earlier this year. Arrested Development remains on the bubble.) Speaking of 24, Tuesday's thrilling hour — featuring a knockout performance by Elisha Cuthbert — attracted 11 million viewers, matching the show's best ratings of the season. Translation: 24 is back, folks. read more

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