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Wannabe California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was hit in the head with an egg Wednesday as he arrived at a campaign rally in Long Beach. But the Terminator star shrugged off the attack, joking, "This guy owes me bacon now." (Where's Bruce Vilanch when you need him?) read more


Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes captured five Latin Grammys Wednesday night, including album of the year for Un Dia Normal and record and song of the year for "Es Por Ti." The Miami-based ceremony kicked off with a rousing tribute to late Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz. read more


Fox's much-anticipated Joe Millionaire sequel will air twice a week this fall — Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET — beginning Oct. 27, the network confirms. The second helping of Joe replaces American Juniors, which was banished from the schedule after its dreadful performance this summer. There's still no word on what Joe's twist will be, although the New York Daily News speculates that the second edition will use women living overseas who were unfamiliar with the original. And the Hilton sisters. read more


It's official: Buffy sire Joss Whedon has signed a deal with Universal to turn his short-lived Fox series Firefly into a feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon — who will pen the script — will make his big-screen directorial debut with the project. Shooting is expected to begin in early 2004, and it's Whedon's hope that the show's original cast will return. read more


Jada Pinkett Smith is in talks to star opposite Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx in the upcoming thriller Collateral, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the film, Cruise stars as a contract killer who forces a cab driver (Foxx) to chauffeur him around on a series of hits. Pinkett Smith would play Foxx's love interest. read more


Britney Spears says her parents got a kick out of the sapphic smooch she shared with Madonna at last week's MTV Video Music Awards. "My mom liked it actually," she tells Access Hollywood. "And my dad, weirdly enough, thought it was fine, too." (That's dirty.) On CNN's Crossfire Wednesday, Spears admitted that she didn't know the kiss "was going to be that long... I have never kissed a woman before. Would I do it again? No. Oh, maybe with Madonna." Next thing you know she'll be applying for a Home Depot credit card. read more


Actress Raquel Welch, 63, was hospitalized after suffering multiple arm fractures in a car accident over the weekend in Beverly Hills. In related news, Cameron Diaz spent her 31st birthday Saturday nursing a broken nose she sustained while surfing in Hawaii. Diaz was allegedly smacked in the face with someone's surfboard. (Geez, Brit. Try and be more careful next time.) read more


Here's some "TV News" scoop from next week's issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale Monday): Just Shoot Me grad Wendie Malick has been cast on Frasier as a love interest for Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and his dad. In the multi-episode arc, Malick will play Frasier and Niles's childhood baby-sitter, who, upon becoming reacquainted with the Crane clan, gets caught up in a love triangle with Frasier and Martin (John Mahoney). "It ultimately becomes a competition between the two of them," says exec producer Joe Keenan. "It's classic Frasier." read more


ABC has signed a deal with Emmy guru Don Mischer to produce a two-hour awards show this fall devoted strictly to reality television, Variety reports. Somewhere, Paradise Hotel's Toni is preparing her acceptance speech — and that's precisely why we love her. read more

Jon Lovitz Takes on Reality TV

Jon Lovitz was a cult fave as irascible movie reviewer Jay Sherman on the animated series The Critic. Now, this former Saturday Night Live regular is sparing the silver screen, instead turning his evil eye on reality TV shows!

"I don't like them that much," Lovitz plainly tells TV Guide Online. "But, the first Bachelor I thought was pretty fascinating. That I really got into. I couldn't believe that the women were taking it this seriously and crying over somebody they didn't know. Even after six weeks, you couldn't know the person.

"It is ridiculous," the 46-year-old actor adds. "I couldn't believe it, but I liked seeing that house they were at because I'd seen it before and I thought, 'Oh, I wanted to buy that house!'"

Lovitz's new movie, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (opening Friday), spoofs Fox's Celebrity Boxing in its opening scene. He's got a gripe with that show's concept, too. "I think it is read more

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