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Ice princess Michelle Kwan and Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp are the first two MVPs to sign up for The Simpsons' post-Super Bowl episode. read more

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Pepsi Smash You know how covers of popular songs can really suck sometimes? I'm thrilled to report that that is so not the case with 311's cover of the Cure's "Love Song." The band, which has been around for more than 10 years (a fact that ironically makes me feel just as old as I normally do watching this show) infuses just enough of their trademark ska-punk-funk into their version without making it painfully unrecognizable to fans of the original. But the true treat of the night was not Destiny's Child wannabes-but-never-will-bes Mis-Teeq, oddball rockers the Killers or even emo poster band Dashboard Confessional (whose "Vindicated" seems to be the current anthem of their female fans — me included; I'm not that old). It was the fact that not only did virtual unknown Texas rockers Los Lonely Boys rattle the rafters with their first song, but that viewers actually recognized true musical talent and chose the read more


Twentieth Television has picked up Ryan Seacrest's option to host a second season of the syndicated On-Air With Ryan Seacrest. But strangely enough, the deal only applies to Seacrest and not the show itself. Long story short: I'm confused. read more


Five months after Clear Channel pulled the plug, Howard Stern's radio show will be back on the air in Rochester, Orlando, Pittsburgh and San Diego beginning July 19. The program will now air on Infinity-owned stations... Pop star Michelle Branch, 20, has married her bass player, Teddy Landau, Entertainment Tonight reports... Janet Jackson's Super Bowl peep show could cost 20 Viacom-owned CBS stations a total of $550,000 in fines, payable in singles. read more


Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly failing to pay a $3800 bill for several suites at a posh Long Island hotel. He was released on $250 bail. Lindsay's pa also faces charges in two separate cases, one involving a scuffle with his brother-in-law and another for swearing at a sanitation worker whose truck was blocking his car. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we just found Courtney Love's new best friend! read more


A 16-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday at a Los Angeles theater after he was caught taping Spider-Man 2 with a camcorder. Under a new anti-piracy program instituted by the MPAA, the projectionist who spotted the culprit is eligible for a $500 reward and a pack of Twizzlers. read more


Spider-Man 2 proved anything but itsy bitsy in its opening day. The acclaimed sequel grossed $40.5 million Wednesday, the largest single-day haul in history. The previous record was set by the original Spider-Man, which brought in $39.4 million. Now let's see if part deux can surpass the first film's three-day-weekend gross of $114.8 million. read more


FX has ordered a pilot for a Jack Black-hosted reality competition that pits wannabe TV producers against each other, Variety reports. Inspired by Black's live show, Channel 101 will give contestants one week to create a five-minute comedy pilot. A studio audience will view the finished products, renewing the best ones for a second episode and canceling the stinkers. The goal is to go the longest without getting axed. read more


American Idol winner Fantasia's first single, "I Believe," debuted atop the singles chart with 142,000 copies sold. The figure pales in comparison to previous Idol winners Ruben Studdard and Kelly Clarkson, whose debut tracks sold 286,000 and 236,000, respectively. Not that it's a competition or anything. read more


A potential strike among hotel workers in Los Angeles is threatening to derail the Television Critics Association press tour, which kicks off July 8. And no TCA press tour means no TCA diaries, folks. So, for everyone's sake, let's hope that members of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union can reach a new deal. read more

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