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Courtney Love's back in the news, folks. The one-woman train wreck was charged Wednesday with attacking a female pal of her ex-manager in April with a bottle and a metal flashlight. An arrest warrant has been issued for the rocker. Factoring in this latest flap, Love now faces charges in four separate cases — silencing critics who say she can't multitask. read more


The fifth-season finale of The Sopranos attracted 11 million viewers Sunday, down from the 12.5 million who tuned in for the fourth-season finale in December 2002. Why the tumble? Well, my colleague Stephen Battaglio addresses that very question in today's The Biz. read more


Homer Simpson's signature expression "D'oh!" has topped a British poll of fave TV-comedy catchphrases. The rest of the poll's top 10 all come from UK shows that I've never heard of. read more


WB is moving its upcoming prime-time soap The Mountain out of its planned Thursday at 8 pm timeslot, where it would have gone head-to-head with Fox's newly relocated The O.C. Instead, the show — think One Tree Hill on a ski slope — will air Wednesdays at 9 pm following Smallville. What'll the Frog net air on Thursdays now? Jeff Foxworthy's Blue Collar TV and Drew Carey's Green Screen Show. In other words, absolutely nothing. read more


Clear Channel Communications has agreed to shell out $1.75 million to settle indecency complaints against Howard Stern and other radio personalities. It's the largest settlement negotiated by the FCC and a broadcaster. read more


Mel Gibson's distribution company is suing Regal Entertainment Group for more than $40 million, claiming the nation's largest theater chain shortchanged him on revenues from The Passion of the Christ. Regal allegedly agreed to pay Gibson's Icon Distribution 55 percent of the film's receipts, but so far have offered only 34 percent, a box of Sno Caps and unlimited refills on Diet Coke. read more


Despite boasting some serious star power (Renee! Sarah! Nicole! Wolverine!), Sunday's Tony Awards telecast was the least-watched ever. According to Nielsen, only 6.6 million viewers tuned in, down from 7.86 million last year. read more


Matt LeBlanc's upcoming Joey spinoff is down one friend. Ashley Scott (Birds of Prey) — who was set to play Joey's sexy (and married) next-door neighbor in Los Angeles — has been let go and the role will be tweaked and recast. Variety reports that the character will now be single and serve as a potential love interest for Joey. read more


ABC has ordered 13 episodes of an untitled comedy starring John Stamos, Variety reports. The project initially was to feature a 24-type component, in which the entire first season followed Stamos' character on a first date. That idea has been shuttered and the sitcom will now be, well, ordinary. read more


A New York judge gave celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito permission to enter his self-titled eatery Tuesday to be photographed for an upcoming cookbook. In February, the restaurant's financial backers sued DiSpirito for mismanaging the joint; they have barred him from entering ever since. Per the judge's order, the embattled cook cannot return to Rocco's until the current legal fight is resolved. read more

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