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PICTURE PERFECT

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are happy campers today. The Oscar-winning lovebirds won their lawsuit against Hello! magazine, which they alleged published "cheap and tacky" pics of their November 2000 wedding. A London court judge ruled on Friday that the couple's "commercial confidence" was breached. The amount of damages was not announced, but the newlyweds were seeking $775,000. In a statement, Zeta-Jones and Douglas said: "We deeply appreciate that the court has recognized the principle that every individual has the right to be protected from excessive and unwanted media intrusion into their private lives." read more

HE'S A STAR

Regis Philbin received his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday. Later that night, Will & Grace inserted annoying pop-up comments throughout a repeat episode. What do these two things have in common? Absolutely nothing. read more

HOMEY DOES PLAY THAT

Damon Wayans is resurrecting Homey the Clown for a big screen adventure. According to Variety, the My Wife and Kids star has signed a deal to write and star in a feature film based on the moody and militant clown, a character he created on the early-'90s Fox skit show In Living Color. Damon's bro Keenen Ivory will direct. There's no word if ex-Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez will open the film with a dance number. read more

HITLER FLAP

Ed Gernon, a producer on CBS's upcoming Hitler miniseries, has been fired over comments he made in the current issue of TV Guide magazine. In the article, Gernon suggested that fear fueled the public's acceptance of President Bush's preemptive strike in Iraq, and said a similar national mood led to Hitler's rise to power. CBS called the remark "insensitive and outright wrong." In related news, that same issue of TV Guide (on newsstands now) also features a fantastic story about Madonna on page 4. I don't recall who wrote it, but it's a brilliant read. read more

CYBORG FOR GOVERNOR

Arnold Schwarzenegger met Thursday with President Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove — fueling speculation that the aging Terminator star will indeed run for California governor in 2006. However, Schwarzenegger may face some stiff competition from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, who also may make a run for California's top job. read more

YOO-HOO... YOO-HOO!

Betting that viewers have not gotten their fill of Michael Jackson, Fox will kick off May sweeps on April 24 with Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies, a two-hour special in which the scandal-prone baby dangler will give "unprecedented access to thousands of hours of never-before-seen footage." The special will also feature an exclusive interview with Jackson, to be accompanied by a laugh track. read more

SHORT CUTS

Newlyweds Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer have purchased a waterfront penthouse apartment in Sydney for $8.5 million... Warner Bros. is releasing four Barbra Streisand films — Up the Sandbox, What's Up, Doc?, The Main Event and Nuts — on DVD July 1... In honor of Mother's Day, Cartoon Network will air a seven-hour tribute to Wilma Flintstone on Sunday, May 11 beginning at 12 pm/ ET. read more

Seven Silly Questions for Broadway's Urban Cowboy

Urban Cowboy may have gotten bull-whipped by critics when it opened (and dang near closed) on Broadway last month, but 24-year-old scene-wrangler Matt Cavenaugh seems to have escaped the ambush relatively unscathed. Yessirree, the buzz on the theater scene is that even though Cowboy is a turkey, John Travolta's successor in the musical adaptation of his 1980 film is a star on the rise. Nonetheless, challenges remain on the horizon. Eventually, the Arkansas native will have to convince folks that, contrary to what all those risqué publicity stills suggest, he's more than just a purdy face and washboard abs. And right now, Gotham's new It boy must stare down our Seven Silly Questions about... um, his purdy face and washboard abs.
TV Guide Online: Ads for Urban Cowboy show you riding a mechanical bull with a half-opene read more

METEORA STILL TOPS

Despite a 67 percent sales decline, Linkin Park's Meteora held on to the No. 1 position on Billboard's album chart for a second-consecutive week. The band's sophomore CD sold another 265,000 copies. White Stripes' new Elephant disc debuted at No. 6 with sales of 126,000 copies, edging out The Very Best of Cher, which entered the chart at No. 7 with with 122,000 copies. In related news, Cher's farewell special on NBC Tuesday night attracted 16.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched music special this season. read more

HERCULES GETS CRUSHED

American Idol viewers' love for Rickey Smith was anything but endless. The 23-year-old student teacher got the boot on last night's show, narrowing the field to just seven finalists. Surprisingly, Kimberly Caldwell, who once again ranked among the bottom three, didn't have an emotional breakdown following the announcement. Meanwhile, if you have questions for Rickey — who will be sitting down with TV Guide Online in the next few days — send them via the link at the bottom of this page. Extra consideration will be given to folks whose questions end with kind words about me. read more

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