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EVERY LITTLE STEP BACK

Singer Bobby Brown is back home — behind bars. Whitney's hubby-turned-albatross was jailed in Atlanta over the weekend for an unspecified parole violation stemming from his prior drunken driving conviction. He's expected to remain in the slammer until a court hearing on Friday. read more

UNWELCOME

Turns out not everybody loves Raymond on the big screen. Ray Romano's live-action feature debut, Welcome to Mooseport, opened in fourth place at the weekend box office with a disappointing $7 million. (That noise you hear is Romano giving CBS the go-ahead for an eighth season of Raymond.) Fellow newcomers Eurotrip and Against the Ropes also crashed and burned, grossing less than $10 million combined. 50 First Dates, meanwhile, held on to the top spot with $21 million, bringing its 10-day total to $72.3 million. read more

SundaySex and the City: A Farewell,...

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Sex and the City: A Farewell, Sex and the City Finale
Looking for 60 minutes of off-the-scale self-aggrandizement, self-stroking and self-importance? Me neither, and it's even more galling that I'm paying 20 bucks a month extra to see it in this retrospective. There's so much going on, in fact, that there's hardly any room for the outside observers to kiss up. Speaking of which, who've we got commenting? Former Average Joe hostess Kathy Griffin and Star Jones. That's some lineup. What, Kato Kaelin and Linda Tripp weren't available? Still, the touching high point of the look back was absolutely the tribute to the crew. And one other thing I got from this: No one in the biz hands out good-sport awards, as far as I know. But when they create one, Kim Cattrall should get the first.

Overall, this show has always been a like-'em, like-'em-not affair, wit read more

AND THE ACTOR GOES TO...

In what could be a preview of Sunday's Oscars, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the top prize — best performance by a cast — at last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards. Individual honors went to Charlize Theron (best actress for Monster), Tim Robbins (best supporting actor for Mystic River), Renee Zellweger (best supporting actress for Cold Mountain) and, in the night's biggest upset, Pirates of the Caribbean's Johnny Depp — who beat out Sean Penn and Bill Mur read more

Hilary Duff's Rival Speaks


Art apparently imitates life for Disney starlet Lindsay Lohan. In Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen — opening today — she copes with a spoiled high-school rival. Off screen, the 17-year-old actress has clashed with another teen diva, Hilary Duff. The young women reportedly have been feuding over pop singer Aaron Carter, whom they've both dated. For Lohan's part, the Hilary tiff is so yesterday.

"I have no problem with her," Lohan tells TV Guide Online. "I don't think she should [have a problem with me]. She doesn't need to. Her career is going great and her CD is doing well. I wish her the best of luck."

Their spat hit the media last year, when Duff and her mother allegedly tried to have Lohan kicked out of the New York premiere of Duff's movie, read more

SHORT CUTS

Fresh off her Grammy windfall, Beyoncé Knowles scored a leading four nominations for the 18th annual Soul Train Music Awards. Winners will be announced March 20... The judge presiding over the dispute between Rosie O'Donnell and the publisher of her now-defunct mag, Rosie, ruled Thursday that neither side was entitled to damages. The two-week trial ended in a draw last November. read more

BOWLED OVER

Not to be outdone, fervent Ed fans took out a full-page ad in today's Variety begging NBC to renew the show for a fifth season. "This was above and beyond," says exec producer Rob Burnett of the $5,000 gesture. "We were touched that people would actually spend their own money for something like this." NBC recently told TV Guide Online that Ed's Feb. 6 season finale was likely the show's swan song. read more

Chris Isaak's American Tribute


When reflects on his career mistakes, his idol — the late, great '60s rocker Roy Orbison — comes to mind. "I got a call from Roy Orbison years ago, when I was out playing some hole-in-the-wall," Isaak says. "He wanted me to play on a special and I said, 'Yeah, I'd love to do it!' My manager said, 'We already booked a gig and they're depending on you.' And from wherever the hell I'm from, I went, 'You're right, they're depending on me.' Now, I realize I should have said, 'Screw them, I'm playing the Roy Orbison thing!'"

It's too late for Isaak to do a gig with Orbison, but thanks to the magic of television, he can go back in time to share in his legacy. The rockabilly guest-stars on Sunday's American Dreams to sing "Pretty Woman" — as Orbison himself.

"That [song is] so much Roy, I u read more

BUH-BYE

Two more reality stars officially joined the has-been ranks Thursday night when 25-year-old New Yorker Rob Cesternino got the boot on CBS' Survivor: All-Stars (Damn you, Boston Rob!) and 36-year-old stockbroker Tammy Lee found herself on the receiving end of a pink slip (way to go, Trump!) on NBC's The Apprentice. TV Guide Online spoke to both G-listers just hours after their respective ousters, so keep an eye out for those Q&A's in this week's Insider. read more

SCENE-STEALER

CSI's Marg Helgenberger has joined the cast of Synergy, the latest big-screen comedy from American Pie auteurs Paul and Chris Weitz. She'll play the wife to Dennis Quaid's character, a 50-year-old businessman who learns that his daughter (Scarlett Johansson) is having an affair with his 26-year-old boss (Topher Grace). read more

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