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SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME

Another week, another bizarre Michael Jackson moment caught on tape. On Tuesday, the self-proclaimed King of Pop shocked the world when he dangled his 9-month-old son, Prince Michael II, over the railing of a fourth-floor balcony at a Berlin hotel. Jacko later issued a statement saying he got carried away when fans outside the hotel asked to see the baby. "I made a terrible mistake," he said. "I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children." Not surprisingly, the New York tabs had a field day with the story. "Jacko goes over the edge," blared the New York Post's front-page headline. The New York Daily News, meanwhile, opted for the more simple, "Wacko!" What can we say, when they're right, they're right. read more

AND THE WINNER IS...

On last night's two-hour Bachelor finale, single guy Aaron chose 27-year-old Jersey girl Helene to be his eternal flame. On bended knee, the 28-year-old bank exec proposed marriage to the school psychologist and naturally, she accepted. That left poor Alabama coed Brooke, 22, with, as she put it, "a smashed heart." On the bright side, someday she'll look back on this whole experience and feel really silly. read more

PRIME CRIB

Bidding for Eminem's modest Detroit childhood home — appraised at a mere $91,000 — has surpassed $1 million on eBay. The auction ends on Dec. 14. read more

MICKEY MOUSE PERKS UP!

Don't count ABC out just yet. Buoyed by The Bachelor and Diane Sawyer's Primetime interview with J.Lo, the struggling network scored its biggest audience of the season last week (10.6 million viewers) and finished second only to NBC among adults 18-49. Despite the surge, ABC still placed third among total viewers, behind NBC (13.6 million) and CBS (12.7 million). The top five shows of the week were: CSI, Friends, ER, Survivor: Thailand and Everybody Loves Raymond. read more

COBURN TRIBUTE

Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the career of James Coburn — who died of a heart attack on Monday at age 74 — with a mini-movie marathon this Sunday. Starting at 4:30 pm/ET, TCM will air his classic 1960s action flicks, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven and Charade. read more

TOUGH BREAK

'N Sync's Justin Timberlake fractured his foot over the weekend while working on a dance routine for a UK television show, Launch.com reports. As a result, the hottie was forced to cancel appearances in Britain, France, and Canada to promote his new solo album, Justified. read more

BIG TEASE

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is offering a preview of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, the next installment in the kid wizard saga. But there's a catch: It'll cost you a pretty penny. Rowling has placed 93 random words on a card — tantalizing clues about Phoenix — that goes up for auction next month at Sotheby's in London. Proceeds benefit Book Aid International, which provides books for developing countries. To get folks excited about the item, Sotheby's leaked a few of the 93 words. "Thirty-eight chapters ... might change ... longest volume ... Ron ... broom ... sacked ... house-elf ... new teacher ... dies ... sorry." The auction gets underway Dec. 12. read more

BART HAS A COW

To commemorate The Simpsons's landmark 300th episode in February, Bart reportedly is going to try and divorce his parents. The little tidbit was revealed Monday night at a taping of Bravo's Inside the Actor's Studio, featuring the Simpsons cast. read more

MUSIC KUDOS

Nominees for the American Music Awards came out Tuesday, with hip-hop's usual suspects grabbing up the glory. Glamour girl Ashanti got five noms, including best female artist. On the boys' side, Eminem and Nelly each took four, including nods for favorite male artist. The Osbournes will host ABC's three-hour kudocast, airing Jan. 13. read more

SHORT CUTS

R&B singer D'Angelo was arrested Monday in an alleged road-rage incident near his home in Richmond, Va... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will honor filmmaker Spike Lee on Thursday with a special award for his "consistent body of outstanding work"... The upcoming sixth edition of Survivor reportedly will be set on the banks of the Amazon River near Brazil... Rebecca Gayheart will reunite with her former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Jennie Garth on an upcoming episode of Garth's WB comedy What I Like About You. read more

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