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R.E.M. will perform an acoustic version of "Losing My Religion" during Boston Public's Christmas-themed episode Dec. 19. As part of the deal, producers agreed to play the group's new single "Bad Day" in the background of the episode. So, everyone wins. read more


More trouble for Courtney Love. The actress-singer was charged Tuesday with illegally possessing the painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone. The charges stem from an incident earlier this month when Love was booked on two misdemeanor drug counts after she allegedly tried to break into her ex-boyfriend's Los Angeles home. The court is considering whether Love is eligible for a drug diversion program. read more


Whitney Houston will release One Wish — The Holiday Album on Nov. 18... New episodes of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will begin airing Nov. 18. read more


Director Ridley Scott has tapped Orlando Bloom to star in the Gladiator-esque epic Kingdom of Heaven, Variety reports. The Lord of the Rings star will play a peasant who becomes a knight, saves a kingdom and falls in love with a princess (big deal) in the film, which takes place during the 12th century. read more


Ashton Kutcher better hope he's not getting Punk'd by A.C. Nielsen. The second season premiere of Kutcher's celeb prank-a-thon on Sunday drew 3.6 million viewers — its best ratings ever. (Was it just me, or did Missy Elliott quickly figure out she was getting punk'd?) read more


Rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is responding to allegations that he uses sweatshop labor to produce his Sean John clothing line. "If there is any proof of any wrongdoing, we will terminate our relationship with this factory immediately," Combs said. "I will not tolerate any violation of labor laws at any facility where Sean John is manufactured." read more


Joe Millionaire inched closer to bankruptcy this week. The show's second episode averaged 6.1 million viewers on Monday — off 700,000 viewers from its faint premiere last week. Skin also continues to struggle, attracting just 5.1 million viewers in its second outing. The news isn't all bad for Fox, however. Buoyed by its telecast of the World Series, the network easily won the Nielsen derby last week. Still, CBS had the top show with CSI. read more

Gilmore Girls How odd! Since Rory...

Gilmore Girls
How odd! Since Rory (Alexis Bledel) left Stars Hollow for Yale, the allure she holds for the male sex seems to have waned. Last week, a boy in her dorm's laundry room rudely rejected her when she asked him out. This week, a churlish dude was sitting under Rory's favorite tree, where she loves to study, and refused to make room for her! What accounts for this sudden lack of chivalry? Most guys, like Jess and Dean, would fall all over themselves to win this beauty's favor — unless they're gay, which wouldn't exactly be unusual at a progressive school like Yale. The real problem, like I've said, is that Rory should never have gotten that short haircut. Shearing her long, lustrous chestnut locks was like Delilah cutting the heroic Samson's hair in the Bible.

I have a confession to make: Before watching this third-season opener, I'd never sat through an episode of 24. Foolish boy that I am, I used to go read more


The NAACP released its annual report card on diversity Tuesday and the group gave high marks to CBS and Fox for their gains in hiring minority actors during the 2002-03 TV season. NBC and ABC also showed improvement compared to the prior year. That said, the group says the industry is still doing a poor job of hiring minorities behind the scenes. read more


Rob Lowe may want to see if there are any job openings at The West Wing. NBC has pulled the ex-Brat Packer's new drama The Lyon's Den off the schedule for November sweeps. A second helping of Law & Order: Criminal Intent will air in its place. The show is expected to return in December, but for how long? (That was a rhetorical question.) read more

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