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BAD GIRL

ABC's new reality competition All American Girl is turning out to be a national disgrace ratings-wise. Wednesday's debut posted a 3.0 rating and 8 share among adults 18-49. To put those numbers in perspective, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here performed better than that on Wednesdays. read more

NO SHOW

Eminem is apparently too cool to attend next week's Oscars. Show producer Gil Cates confirms to USA Today that Slim Shady — whose single "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile is up for best song — won't be attending the March 23 ceremony. Should he win, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog has agreed to accept the golden guy on the rapper's behalf. read more

LOVE OR WAR

Twentieth Century Fox has decided to release the much-anticipated Renée Zellweger-Ewan McGregor romantic comedy Down With Love on May 16 — the same weekend Warner Bros. is bowing The Matrix Reloaded. Says Fox bigwig Bruce Cohen: "While males flock to The Matrix Reloaded, women will be up for some Love." Gay men, meanwhile, will face their biggest dilemma since the WB moved Gilmore Girls to Tuesdays opposite Buffy. read more

CHANDLER HEADS WEST

Chandler Bing is going to Washington. Friends funny guy Matthew Perry will guest star on two episodes of The West Wing to air April 23 and 30. He'll play a Republican lawyer looking for a job in the White House. read more

ARE YOU A COPYCAT?

Shock jock Howard Stern is suing ABC, claiming the reality series Are You Hot? is a rip-off of one of his radio segments. He's seeking $100 million in damages. read more

HOMO ALONE

Macaulay Culkin will guest star on an upcoming episode of Will & Grace. He'll play Karen's divorce lawyer. read more

CAT'S MEOW

Halle Berry has gotten her paws on one of the most sought-after parts in Hollywood: Catwoman. The Oscar winner has been tapped to play the felonious feline in Warner Bros.'s upcoming Batman spinoff. Ashley Judd and Nicole Kidman had previously been attached to the role, but both eventually passed. Berry's not the first black woman to play Catwoman. That honor belongs to Eartha Kitt, who donned whiskers in the 1960s Batman TV series. read more

Benicio Del Toro Confesses: "I'm Lazy!"


As a Special Forces assassin who's lost his marbles, Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro spends most of his screen time in The Hunted (opening tomorrow) crawling, climbing, running and grinning devilishly. Although the Traffic star says he relished the non-verbal role, all that action came at a price during the final days of shooting — when he broke his wrist rehearsing a climactic brawl with co-star Tommy Lee Jones.

"It was in one of those scenes when we were practicing diving for a knife, and I fell on Tommy and he fell on me," Del Toro tells TV Guide Online of the accident, which sidelined him for five months. Despite the mishap, the 36-year-old actor — who reportedly still undergoes three hours of daily therapy read more

Buffy Spinoff: Willow the Vampire Slayer?


With Sarah Michelle Gellar preparing to dust her last blood-suckers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Eliza Dushku committed to the Fox pilot Heroine, who ever will protect viewers from things that go bump in the night? Our chosen one is Alyson Hannigan, aka the wickedly funny witch Willow. And series creator Joss Whedon just might agree with us, too. "The concept sounds cool," he admits to TV Guide Online.

However, that's not the reason that Whedon is crossing over the powerful wiccan from UPN's Buffy to its sister show on Wednesday's read more

YOO-HOO...

Michael Jackson will have to start cutting back on his plastic surgery expenses. A jury decided Thursday that the baby dangler owes a concert promoter $5.3 million for backing out of two millennium concerts on New Year's Eve 1999. The $21 million breach-of-contract trial made headlines when Jackson took to the witness stand and revealed to the world that his nose had disappeared. read more

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