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White Stripes frontman Jack White and Von Bondies singer/guitarist Jason Stollsteimer got into a fistfight Saturday night at a Detroit club. Stollsteimer told police that White punched him seven times in the face. White, however, says he attacked Stollsteimer in self-defense. Police are investigating. read more


American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken has topped the list of the Ten Best-Mannered People of 2003, as chosen by the National League of Junior Cotillions. Oprah Winfrey came in second, followed by Gen. Tommy Franks, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and injured surfer Bethany Hamilton. read more

Music Lover Hits It Big

If anybody has a cooler job than Luke Eddins, we don't know who it is. (And that includes Party Boy!) Night and day, the music lover listens to demos submitted via his website,, then picks the most ear-catching tracks for the mix CDs he circulates among commercial, TV and movie producers. When all is said and done, industry bigwigs have gotten a great song for a great price, and the middleman has helped a wannabe become what they wanna be. What did we tell you? Cool!

"I had this crazy-ass idea," the 27-year-old Virginia native tells TV Guide Online, "to become a sort of human Google guy, sifting through all the clutter — only in my case, my search results would yield hit songs. I felt that no one had the guts to listen to the thousands of often frightening demos out there to find that one diamond in the rough.

"I'm in the needle-in-a-haystack business," he sums up, "and I'm the first to admit it."

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Regis's current and former leading ladies are taking their "rivalry" to the small screen. Kathie Lee Gifford will guest star on Kelly Ripa's ABC sitcom Hope & Faith in early '04. Gifford will play a waitress who competes with Faith (Ripa) for an acting gig. read more


Supermodel Heidi Klum and her Italian boyfriend Flavio Briatore are expecting their first child in the spring, reports the New York Daily News. read more


"I know for a fact he likes girls. I've seen him totally make out with a girl." — Teenypopper Aaron Carter voicing support for Michael Jackson in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. read more


Ozzy Osbourne is once again breathing on his own, but wife Sharon tells Britain's ITV television that it would be "probably about six months" before her husband is back to his old cussing self following last week's quad bike accident. "But he will be back, he's not going anywhere," she added. "He'll be ordering everybody around, don't worry." read more


Late Night with Conan O'Brien is heading to Toronto in mid-February to shoot a week's worth of episodes. Local officials are hoping the exposure will revive tourism, which has slumped in the wake of the SARS outbreak. read more


Ben Affleck will serve as the grand marshall of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 15, which means the actor/NASCAR fan gets to utter the traditional command, "Gentlemen, start your engines... and why exactly did I agree to do this?" In related news, at a press conference today to promote his new pic Paycheck, Affleck confirmed that his HBO reality series Project Greenlight is headed to Bravo. read more


In a surprise move, the traditionally indie-skewing New York Film Critics Circle chose a veritable blockbuster — The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King — as the top film of 2003. (The pic sneaks into 2,000 theaters at midnight tonight before officially opening tomorrow.) Bill Murray was named best actor for Lost in Translation and Hope Davis won best actress for American Splendor and The Secret Lives of Dentists. Meanwhile, the New York Film Critics Online and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle singled out Lost in Translation as the year's best movie. read more

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