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Ben Affleck has signed a $2 million deal with L'Oreal to peddle hair products, including shampoo, conditioners and gels, the New York Daily News reports. "Ben embodies a new generation of men who show their strength in their personality," gushes a L'Oreal rep, "but are not afraid to care for their appearance." Sadly, I don't think any of this is a joke. read more


Former Beatle Paul McCartney, 60, and wife Heather Mills, 34, are expecting their first child later this year. In a statement, the couple said "we are delighted with this happy news." McCartney has three adult children from his marriage to Linda McCartney, who died in 1998 from breast cancer. read more


Stephen Glover — aka Steve-O from MTV's Jackass — was released from a Swedish jail Tuesday after paying a $5,871 fine and admitting in court that he had drugs in his hotel room. Glover was arrested on Thursday after boasting in a Swedish newspaper that he kept narcotics in his hotel room and swallowed a drug-filled condom. He later claimed the condom thing was a joke. Of course this begs the question: If a joke is both a) not funny, and b) in poor taste, is it technically still a joke? Discuss. read more


As if the Middle East didn't have enough drama, pop diva Whitney Houston visited Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Tuesday. Houston and hubby Bobby Brown were on a "spiritual retreat," seeking inspiration for her upcoming Christmas album. (Now that has to be a joke.) read more


Liza Minnelli, who broke her kneecap in a weekend fall in Italy, vowed she would perform at last night's Luciano Pavarotti-hosted benefit for Iraqi refugees — and she wasn't fooling. The 57-year-old entertainer sang live on Italian TV from her hospital room. She's scheduled to have surgery today. "I already have two fake hips. Now my right knee will need a metal screw," Minnelli joked to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams. "Somebody up there is trying to get me by the part!" Let's call this paranoia disguised as a joke. read more


Liza Minnelli still plans to perform at a charity concert this evening in Italy, despite breaking her kneecap in a weekend fall. The 58-year-old entertainer tripped while leaving her hotel in Bologna on Sunday. David Gest reportedly heard his wife scream and sashayed, er, I mean ran to her rescue. Tonight's show — organized by Luciano Pavarotti — will raise money for Iraqi refugees. read more


The pink slips are flying at another David E. Kelley drama. The überproducer — who last week fired seven Practice staffers — has released four actors from Fox's Boston Public. Among the new kids not returning next season: Joey McIntyre, Jon Abrahams, Cara DeLizia and China Shavers. read more


Here's a shocker: A film no one has ever heard of won top honors at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend. Gus Van Sant's Elephant, a drama about U.S. students coping with gun violence in their schools, was awarded the coveted Golden Palm prize for best picture. read more


TNT will air reruns of NBC's Boomtown this summer... DreamWorks is developing a sequel to the hit comedy Old School. Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn are all expected to return. read more

Angel Mystery: Will Cordy Wake Up?

Now that Angelus and Co. have assumed control of Wolfram & Hart on Angel, we suggest they use their new seat of power to solve the show's biggest mystery: What the heck happened to Charisma Carpenter and her alter ego Cordelia? Carpenter — a former Buffy cast member who, like David Boreanaz, has been with the show since its inception — went off to have a baby last season and hasn't been heard from since. (Cordy remains in a coma on the show.) Making matters more murky, a new Angel cast list makes no mention of the actress. The WB and 20th Century Fox have been cagey about the omission, and numerous attempts to make contact with Carpenter's agent have proven unsuccessful. So, what's a journalist to do? Go straight to the read more

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