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RUSH TO JUDGEMENT

Authorities in Palm Beach are reportedly investigating whether Rush Limbaugh illegally funneled money to buy prescription painkillers. On his radio show, the right-winger denied the allegations. "I was not laundering money," he said. "I was withdrawing money, for crying out loud." Limbaugh returned to the airwaves Monday after a five-week stint in rehab. read more

THE HANDCUFFED ONE

Sporting handcuffs and a sizeable entourage, Michael Jackson surrendered to Santa Barbara authorities today to face child abuse charges that could send him to the slammer for 10 years. He was booked and released on $3 million bail. In an expletive-laced tirade on CNN, Jacko's bro, G-lister Jermaine Jackson, called the accusations "nothing more than a modern-day lynching." (Someone needs to simmer!) New details, meanwhile, are surfacing about the case against the singer. According to reports, the allegations were made by a 12-year-old cancer victim who said the King Of Pop plied him with wine and then molested him at his Neverland Ranch. read more

Daily Show Star Rises

Although Jim Carrey was ostensibly the star of the summer box-office hit Bruce Almighty, the movie's most memorable performance came from Daily Show correspondent-turned-actor Steven Carell. In Bruce's funniest sequence (which was featured in almost all of the trailers), Carrey uses his God-given powers to make Carell's boorish anchorman speak in tongues during a live broadcast. Although Carell may deny it, that's the kind of moment that turns a first-time actor into a first-rate scene-stealer...


TV Guide Online: So what's it like to steal a movie away from Jim Carrey?
Steven Carrell:
(Laughs) That's not true! That's not what happened. Totally not the case. It was pretty intimidating to be playing opposite someone like him, especially since this is really the first movie I've ever done. But he's a pretty amazing guy, very low-key, nice and easy read more

CHARGED

Record producer Phil Spector was formally charged Thursday with murder in the shooting death of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson last February. Spector is currently free on $1 million bail. read more

FOR THE BOYS (AND GIRLS)

Jay Leno hosts an audience made up entirely of firefighters who battled the devastating California wildfires on The Tonight Show tonight. Mike Myers will be on hand to provide the yuks, and Al Green is the musical guest. read more

MASS DEBATE

Showtime will broadcast a live roundtable discussion on The Reagans Dec. 1 at 9 pm/ET — a day after it airs the controversial telepic. In a press release, the cable network — which acquired the movie after CBS dropped it — said the forum will bring together an "eclectic and experienced" panel comprised of journalists, historians, biographers and educators with wide-ranging knowledge of the former president. Translation: Zzzzzzzz...... read more

SLUMMING IT

Patrick Swayze will join the national touring company of Chicago next month as song-and-dance lawyer Billy Flynn. This would be really exciting if it weren't so gosh darn sad. read more

DOES SHOWTIME WANT IT?

In light of Jacko's latest child abuse scandal, CBS has decided to postpone its Michael Jackson Number Ones special, which was scheduled to air next Wednesday. "Given the gravity of the charges against Mr. Jackson, we believe it would be inappropriate at this time to broadcast an entertainment special," the network said in a statement. News programs on Jackson, however, are fair game. The major networks are busy prepping specials on the singer's latest troubles. First up: NBC's Dateline, which will devote its entire Friday show to the baby-danglin' Gloved One. read more

PARIS PULLS OUT

David Letterman has been stood up by Paris Hilton! The hotel heiress-turned-sex tape siren has reportedly pulled out of her planned appearance on Wednesday's Late Show. Hilton was booked to talk about her upcoming Fox reality show The Simple Life. read more

COME ON DOWN!

Bob Barker will celebrate his 80th birthday with The Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular, a CBS primetime special airing Dec. 13. The Emmy winner turns the big 8-0 on Dec. 12. read more

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