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THE DEFENSE RESTS

Martha Stewart and her former stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, both rested their cases Wednesday. Just before that, the domestic diva's defense called attorney Steven Pearl as its sole witness. Now, see if you can follow this: The government claimed Stewart told investigators she didn't recall whether Bacanovic left her a message on the day she sold her ImClone stock. But Pearl testified that Stewart actually just said she didn't recall what time Bacanovic called. Hmmm... Next up: Closing arguments. Then, the jury could begin deliberations as early as Monday. read more

SPEED RACER

We're nearly two months into the third season of American Idol and we finally have our first arrest, folks! Yipee! Semifinalist Donnie Williams was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Monday morning. Cops pulled him over in Northern California after clocking his speed at 100 mph. Williams, 20, reportedly told the police he was heading home from a party celebrating his shot on Idol. After being arrested, he complained to them, "You're ruining my life!" The drama queen has since been cited and released. read more

SUSPICIOUS TIMING...

On the heels of news that Janet Jackson quit ABC's Lena Horne biopic, the singer's Boobygate costar, Justin Timberlake, has backed out of cohosting ABC's upcoming Motown 45 special. However, his reps insist the move was not more fallout from his now-legendary Super Bowl duet with Jackson. The special apparently conflicts with production of Timberlake's feature film debut, Edison. read more

MORE SEX

Appearing on NBC's Today show this morning, Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed that the in-the-works Sex and the City feature film likely will pick up where Sunday's climax left off. Incidentally, cohost Katie Couric made no mention of a story in Tuesday's New York Post that said long-rumored friction between Parker and Sex costar Kim Cattrall was threatening to derail the project. Katie dear, you're slipping. read more

PURPLE REIGN

Prince is launching a 38-city arena tour — his first in six years — on March 29 in Los Angeles. The 45-year-old artist formerly known as Symbol says he'll perform classics such as "When Doves Cry" and "Little Red Corvette," but warns that they're "going to be played in a newer way." That's code for, "I'm old, folks." read more

One on One How can UPN possibly...

One on One
How can UPN possibly compete with Fox during American Idol? Can't hurt to bring on Ruben Studdard to guest-star on One on One. They gave him some silly story line with Flex Washington as an excuse to sing his new song, "I'm Sorry 2004." Cute! But why you gotta diss my man Clay, dawg?

Gilmore Girls
This show is always making with the witty pop-culture references. At the mall, Lorelai sees a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels and channels Gollum from The Lord of the Rings: "Me wants the preciousssss!" I feel the same way about Juicy Couture velvet sweatsuits and chocolate ganache torte. Mmm...

During GG, the WB ran a commercial boasting "a full hour of Reba" this Friday. And this is a good thing?!

American Idol
Southern girl Charly Lowry needed to wear a bra under that Barbie prom dress. Was she cold on that stage or what? A mo read more

SEX SELLS

Nearly 13 million viewers watched Carrie pick Big over that slap-happy Russian on Sex and the City's 45-minute finale Sunday night, roughly double the show's usual audience. Meanwhile, the secret about those so-called alternate endings is out. (Producers shot three different conclusions in order to keep the Big climax under wraps.) Sarah Jessica Parker tells USA Today that all three endings brought Carrie home to the Big Apple. "The second one was that Petrovsky was coming home after me," she says. "And the third one was me coming home to New York alone." A rumored fourth ending revealed Big's name to be Hermie. read more

BAT SIGNAL

Ken Watanabe, who's currently basking in his first Oscar nomination for The Last Samurai, has joined the cast of Warner Bros.' upcoming Batman film. He'll play villain Ra's Al Ghul to Christian Bale's Dark Knight. read more

REMEMBERED

Pug-faced character actor Joe Viterelli, best known for his role as likable henchman Jelly in Analyze This and its sequel, died of complications from heart surgery on Jan. 29. He was 66. read more

Apprentice Reject Mouths Off!

She dissed Carson Daly. Mangled Regis Philbin's moniker. And stabbed her fellow Versacorpers in the back by siding with the enemy. So, it came as no surprise when, on last Thursday's The Apprentice, 36-year-old stockbroker Tammy Lee found herself on the receiving end of a Donald Trump pink slip. Now, in an interview with TV Guide Online, the plucky Asian-American defends her controversial negotiation style, responds to The Donald's boardroom tongue-lashing and answers the question on everyone's mind: What the heck is Omarosa's damage?

TV Guide Online: Why do you think you didn't gel with your teammates?
Tammy Lee:
I'm not afraid to be different and think outside the box. I take huge risks. And I don't think they were comfortable with the fact that I was a fun, zany business person. I'm al read more

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