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Strange things happen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel all the time, but none stranger than this. Buffy's Alyson Hannigan, who plays the Chosen One's sorceress sidekick Willow, will be appearing on the spinoff series in the March 26 episode of Angel. Since the supernatural shows are now on different networks — Buffy left the WB for UPN last season; Angel stayed put — how did the crossover come to pass? Sources tell TV Guide Online that, because this is likely Buffy's last season and could be Angel's as well, the networks are giving wunderkind creator Joss Whedon the leeway to do whatever he likes. Gee, talk about a good news/bad news scenario! read more


Embattled R&B singer R. Kelly, who's already facing child pornography charges in Illinois, was arrested today in Florida on additional child porn charges after investigators allegedly found 12 photographs of a nude girl at the singer's home. Bond was set at $12,000. read more


Bobby Brown, currently serving an eight-day prison sentence in DeKalb County, Ga., for DUI, was rushed to an Atlanta hospital on Tuesday. There's no word on the nature of his illness, but maybe the singer was treated to a special jailhouse screening of that disastrous Primetime interview he did with Whitney. I still sweat just thinking about it. read more


Bob Hope, who turns 100 on May 29, is being honored with a year-long birthday party. The festivities kick off Sunday with a special tribute during ABC's Super Bowl pregame show, although Hope will not attend, USA Today reports. Other events include nationwide film festivals and exhibits at presidential libraries. Speaking of Super Bowl XXXVII, Sting is the latest entertainer to sign on as a performer during the halftime show. read more


Fox is raiding CBS's stable of hits to bring Mr. Ed back to the small screen. According to Variety, the network is developing an updated version of the classic talking horse comedy featuring a more "urban" voice behind Ed — i.e. Eddie Murphy or Eddie Griffin. Saturday Night Live scribe Jack Handey — the guy responsible for "Deep Thoughts" and Toonces the driving cat — is the creative force behind the remake. The original Mr. Ed ran on CBS from 1961 to 1966. read more


The Bee Gees died along with band member Maurice Gibb, twin brother Robin announced on Tuesday. "The Bee Gees to us was the three brothers," he told GMTV television. "Anything [Barry and I] do, we will do together, but it'll be as brothers and not under the name of the Bee Gees. We don't want to be the Bee Gees again." Maurice died of cardiac arrest during emergency abdominal surgery on Jan. 12. read more


Actor Taye Diggs, 32, wed longtime girlfriend Idina Menzel, 31, on Jan. 11 at the Round Hill resort in Montego Bay — the same location where he filmed How Stella Got Her Groove Back, People reports. The couple met while performing in the original Broadway production of Rent. read more


Lord of the Rings co-star Sean Astin moves behind the camera to direct the Feb. 5 installment of Angel, titled "Soulless." We don't have a problem with that. Just so long as he doesn't make a hobbit of it. Get it? Hobbit? Oh, never mind. read more

Joan Said What at the Globes?

On Sunday evening, when E!'s From The Red Carpet: 2003 Golden Globes special went live, a technical glitch found co-host Joan Rivers squawking away, but without any sound. And for a brief moment, viewers may have thought they'd be spared the inane drivel that accompanies the pretty pictures of stars in their finest (or to Joan's sadistic delight, their worst). Later, the producers of NBC's own Golden Globes Arrivals special may have wished their sound died when one actor got a bit too colorful for broadcast television. But such is the nature of live television, when anything can — and oftentimes does — get blurted. Here's a recap of the night's verbal highlights:

Groaners & Gaffes
Following a miss-or-miss opening salvo of one-liners — including two tries at an already-dated Michael Jackson dangling read more

Christina Christian's Idol Chatter

Though Kelly Clarkson took the top prize on American Idol, finalist Christina Christian still feels like a winner. She's currently working on a record of her own, which she hopes to release sometime this summer. Did the normally surly Simon Cowell — who had an obvious soft spot for this 21-year-old crooner — offer her a helping hand?

"He'll be involved with my career," Christian confirms to TV Guide Online. "He works really closely with Simon Fuller, who is my manager, and [19 Entertainment], the recording company that I'm signed with. So he's very much involved."

For some reason we can't imagine, Christian thinks the Idol judge has gotten a bit of a bad rap. "He just genuinely seemed to be nice," she insists. "We got along very well and he's a very nice person. I have nothing bad to say about him."

If she ever does feel like getting back at Paula, Randy and Simon, thou read more

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