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Proving that old hobbits are hard to break, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has expressed interest in securing film rights to The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to the Rings trilogy. "I'd be interested in doing it," he says, "because I think it would give continuity to the overall chapter." read more


In what's being billed as his first major project since Seinfeld went off the air in 1998, Jerry Seinfeld has inked a deal to write, produce and star in Bee Movie, a CGI-animated feature for DreamWorks, Variety reports. read more


ABC has picked up Jimmy Kimmel Live through the 2004-05 season. The late-nighter turned in a respectable performance during November sweeps. And by respectable, I mean good but not great. read more


... and by golly, this time they were right! Bachelor No. 3 Andrew Firestone and fiancée Jennifer Schefft have split. "This is a decision we made together through long and thoughtful discussion," Firestone said in a statement released to Extra. "It is totally amicable and, though we care for each other deeply, we have come to realize that our future goals are different." In other words, Kirsten was better in bed. read more

Survivor's Christa: So Hated!

Survivor: Pearl Islands castoff Christa Hastie decided to go on the adventure of a lifetime because, well, she liked her chances. "You don't get better odds for winning a million bucks," she tells TV Guide Online. "[A] one in sixteen chance — you might as well go for it."

In a nasty twist, the 24-year-old computer programmer from Los Angeles lost out on the $1 million, thanks to her closest friend and ally, Sandra — who sabotaged their tribe's fish supply and let Christa take the heat for it! "I'm totally fine with what she did," Christa shrugs. "I never would have thrown out the fish in the first place, but if I did, I never would have told anybody, either. It sucked to be me at the time."

It seems as though it sucked to be anyone left on the island with the insidious and deceitful Jon. Playing for sympathy, the guy tricked his tribe with a sob story about his be read more


Indie filmmakers Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) are splitting up after four years of marriage. Coppola cited "irreconcilable differences" as the cause. read more


The New York Post is reporting that expectant parents Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin tied the knot last Friday in a small ceremony. The alleged newlyweds are currently honeymooning in Cabo San Lucas. read more


Ozzy Osbourne was badly injured Monday in an all-terrain vehicle accident at his estate in England. The rocker — who suffered eight fractured ribs, a broken collarbone and a cracked vertebra in his neck — underwent emergency surgery to repair a damaged blood vessel. He's currently in stable condition. read more


Friends star Lisa Kudrow is lending her voice to an untitled animated pilot under consideration at Fox. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kudrow would voice the mother of a family whose life is disrupted when their uncle moves in. read more


Finally, some good news for Michael Jackson. According to a "bombshell internal government memo" obtained by, a confidential investigation by Los Angeles police and child welfare officials concluded earlier this year that the allegations that Jacko sexually abused a cancer-stricken boy were "unfounded." According to the memo, the boy allegedly told investigators that Jacko had not sexually abused them. read more

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