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WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD

Alton Williams, one of the stars of MTV's The Real World: Las Vegas, was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with assault and resisting arrest after he took a swing at a bar manager during a North Carolina fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Court TV's TheSmokingGun.com reports. The 23-year-old was accompanied to the squad car by girlfriend and fellow RW castmate Irulan. That's, like, so romantic. read more

WHERE THERE'S A WILL...

During a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, Britney Spears set the record straight about her wild romantic life: She's dating Will Ferrell, not Colin Farrell. "Don't believe the tabloids, you guys, the truth is, I'm living on a farm in northern California with Will Ferrell," she joked during the "Weekend Update" segment, in which Will also appeared. "I love him so much!" Stop, please... you're killing me. read more

INTERRACIAL ROMANCE

Friends has tapped former Talk Soup host Aisha Tyler to play a professor of paleontology who becomes involved in a love triangle with Ross (David Schwimmer) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc). According to Variety, her multi-episode story arc kicks off April 24 — just in time for May sweeps! What a coincidence! read more

CLASS ACT

Daredevil fended off a strong debut by Old School to (barely) hold on to the No. 1 box office position for a second consecutive week. The Ben Affleck-Jennifer Garner superhero flick grossed $18.9 million, pushing its 10-day total to $70.3 million. Old School, starring Will Ferrell as a thirtysomething frat boy, opened at No. 2 with $17.5 million. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days ($11.9 million), The Jungle Book 2 ($8.6 million) and Chicago ($8.5 million) rounded out the top five. Meanwhile, new dramas The Life of David Gale (No. 6 with $7.2 million), read more

SLIM FIT

Macy's announced Monday that it will start selling some of Eminem's Shady Ltd. apparel line at select stores in April. Great, because I really need some new work clothes. read more

PIANIST AND POLITICS

The Pianist got a big Oscar boost over the weekend, winning top honors at both Britain's and France's annual film kudos. At Saturday's Cesar Awards, the French bestowed seven trophies on Roman Polanski's Holocaust drama, including best film, best director and best actor for Adrien Brody. The Brits, meanwhile, also handed The Pianist wins for best film and director, but gave Gangs of New York's scenery-chewer Daniel Day-Lewis the BAFTA for best actor. Other winners at Sunday's British Academy Awards included Nicole Kidman (best actress for read more

GRAMMY KNOWS WHY

The music industry crowned a new boss at last night's Grammy Awards. Pop-jazz chanteuse Norah Jones won a field-best five trophies, including album of the year for Come Away With Me, record of the year for "Don't Know Why," best new artist and best female pop vocal performance. The producer, engineers and the writer of "Don't Know Why" were honored as well. Bruce Springsteen, the night's frontrunner, had to settle for just three awards for his Sept. 11-inspired The Rising. The Dixie Chicks also took home three awards, including best country album for Home. Among the double winners were Eminem, Coldplay, India.Arie and Nelly. Nielsen, meanwhile, estimates that 24.9 million viewers watched the CBS telecast — up 31 percent from last year. For a rundown of the major winners, clic read more

MIXED MESSAGE

How's this for dramatic irony: Tonight's Boston Public revolves around a closeted teen named Devon who comes to terms with his same-sex feelings after witnessing a gay bashing. There's just one problem — Matt Lutz, the actor playing Devon, is about as pro-gay as Jesse Helmes. "I think homosexuality is a sin," the conservative Christian tells The Advocate. "I think that it is a lifestyle that I don't necessarily... I think it can be unhealthy." My take? Sounds like this guy's looking to blame someone for Will & Grace's uneven season. read more

ROOF ON HOLD

The prospect of war in Iraq has led ABC to postpone production of its three-hour musical remake of Fiddler on the Roof. Shooting on the TV movie was slated to begin in Prague in June, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, security concerns and increased insurance costs for projects shooting in Europe forced the network to delay the film. read more

HARRY'S NEW SCHOOLMASTER

Warner Bros. finally confirmed on Friday what we've all known for months: Irish actor Michael Gambon has been tapped to replace the late Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore in the third installment of the Harry Potter film series, The Prisoner of Azkaban. In related news, production on Prisoner was halted over the weekend when a grass fire broke out near a railroad bridge in Scotland where crews were filming. read more

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