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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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Outrageous Moments on Live...

Most Outrageous Moments on Live TV
Call me crazy, but there is something perversely hilarious about these clip shows. Mostly since this one was all about way uptight foreign-news dorks getting the "Hi, how are ya" from some very frisky animals. Oh, live TV. The land of anything goes. And when that dog mounted the Australian chick during the report on unfriendly pets, I nearly wet myself.

That '70s Show
I had to tune in, solely because Seth Green was doing a guest spot. Not because I particularly like him. It's just that he used to date my friend's sister back in high school and was such a twerp. So I'm glad to see that it's still working for him. How else can someone get me to snort by making a play for Donna with a come-on over omelets? But come on, folks, Brooke Shields moving in with Donna's pop? I can buy the beauty as Jackie's mom, but Bob's Brill-O 'fro alone is scarier than the entire run of Suddenly Susan 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

Reba ''Cashes'' In


Since Nashville legend Reba McEntire had already won just about every prize in existence, CMT's Flame-Worthy VMAs had to go and invent a new one for her: the Johnny Cash Visionary Award, which she'll receive during Wednesday night's live ceremony (beginning at 8 pm/ET). "It's an honor to be placed in any category with Johnny," the modest star of WB's Reba tells TV Guide Online. However, she won't be saluting the original man in black by donning his trademark funereal attire. "I normally wear black, but I have chosen something different for this show."

We shouldn't be surprised. Change, it seems, is the one constant in McEntire's life at the moment. For starters, she's about to hit the road for the first time in three years. "I needed that break after touring for 25 years straight," she says. "Now I'm energized by the music again." So much so that, while the Britneys of the world have come to rely on smoke and mirrors to make their concerts mem read more

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