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Usher picked up two trophies at Monday's Radio Music Awards, including Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and Hip-Hop Song of the Year for "Yeah!" Other winners included Linkin Park, Beyonce and Tim McGraw. In case you care. read more

I'LL TAKE "STATE THE OBVIOUS" FOR $500, ALEX

Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings, who passed the $2 million mark on Monday's show, drops a bombshell on tonight's Inside Edition, confessing, "I'm very good at answering questions about a wide array of subjects." Get out! read more

SPOOKY SYNERGY

NBC is celebrating Mischief Night on Saturday by airing a pair of reality shows from sister network Sci Fi Channel. In place of Apprentice and Law & Order repeats, the Peacock will run two installments of Scare Tactics at 8 pm followed by an episode of Ghost Hunters. read more

NICK AT NITE

Nick Lachey will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Hope & Faith as a hot single dad who gets majorly crushed on by Kelly Ripa. Ripa's sidekick Regis Philbin, meanwhile, will reprise his role as an over-the-top car dealer on Dec. 6. read more

MEAN FLU?

Lindsay Lohan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles with an "undiagnosed illness" that may or may not be meningitis. After feeling ill for several days, the 18-year-old Mean Girls actress was admitted over the weekend with a temperature of 103. The illness forced Lohan to postpone a guest spot opposite real-life boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama on Fox's That '70s Show, as well as the filming of her new movie, Herbie: Fully Loaded. Meanwhile, The Insider reports that Lohan's messed-up family has flown in from New York in an effort to make things worse. read more

NAKED TRUTH

Cell phone/wedding-photo hawker Catherine Zeta-Jones is suing a Nevada topless club for using her image on its website, thus creating the false impression that she "endorsed or approved of the sexually explicit content." But Kent Wallace, the marketing director for The Spice House, claims the pics of Jones were downloaded from a German website that offered royalty-free graphics. "It was an image of a beautiful woman," he said. "We had no idea it was Catherine Zeta-Jones." And let's face it, no one in their right mind would ever associate the words "royalty-free" with "Zeta-Jones." read more

SHORT CUTS

Veteran TV producer Stephen J. Cannell (The A-Team, The Rockford Files) is developing a drama series for TNT that revolves around a special FBI team that hunts dangerous serial criminals, Variety reports.... Boomtown grad Donnie Wahlberg is teaming with ER producer Jack Orman on a Warner Bros.-produced drama series about a good cop who goes undercover in a world of bad cops. read more

LOVE MATCH

I see a quickie annulment in Paris Hilton's future: The Simple Life star is reportedly hot for Aussie tennis hunk Mark Philippoussis. "I've got a new man and I'm head over heels in love," she told reporters Saturday. "I adore him." read more

THE OH IN UH-OH

O.C. star Mischa Barton is in talks to join Parker Posey and Danny DeVito in the indie feature The OH in Ohio, per The Hollywood Reporter. Barton will play a young student wooed by DeVito. The deal apparently hinges on Barton's ability to act totally skeeved out. read more

ASHLEE STRIKES BACK

Lip-syncin' teenybopper Ashlee Simpson is in full-tilt damage control following her big Saturday Night Live debacle. On MTV's TRL Monday, Jessica's kid sis said she was suffering from "severe acid reflux" prior to her SNL performance, forcing her to sing with the aid of a guide track (i.e., lip-sync). But in a previous interview with Lucky magazine, Simpson said she was "totally against" lip-syncing, adding, "I'm going out to let my real talent show, not to just stand there and dance around. Personally, I'd never lip-sync. It's just not me." Well, a subsequent cortisone shot allowed Simpson to perform live (I think) and without incident at last night's Radio Music Awards. She also poked a little fun at her big goof, announcing just as her band read more

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