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IN OTHER SUPER BOWL NEWS...

According to preliminary Nielsen data, the ABC-televised contest attracted an averaged more than 88 million viewers — making it the most-watched Super Bowl in five years. read more

HELLO BIRDIE

With movie musicals hot again, Columbia Pictures is hoping to mount a big-screen adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new Birdie would be a remake of the studio's 1963 film version, which starred Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton and Bobby Rydell. read more

LONDON CALLING

Nominations for Britain's version of the Oscars (the BAFTAs) were announced Monday and Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Pianist will compete for best film honors. Overall, Chicago and Gangs scored a field-best 12 nods apiece. Winners will be announced Feb. 23. read more

RECOVERING

Billy Joel, 53, spent several hours in a New York hospital after crashing his Mercedes-Benz into a tree on Long Island late Saturday night. Police apparently don't believe alcohol was a factor in the incident. And why would it have been? Well, last June the Piano Man checked himself into rehab for a "personal problem." read more

COMMERCIAL SUCCESS

Budweiser's spot featuring a zebra referee reviewing a call on instant replay ranked as viewers' favorite Super Bowl commercial, according to USA Today's annual ad meter poll. The beer maker also scored with its ad about a guy who skirts a bar's "no pets allowed" rule by using his dog as his hairdo. Movie trailers, meanwhile, got a cool response from couch potatoes, with The Hulk, Charlie's Angels, T3 and Bad Boys 2 all getting low marks. Viewers also rejected Subway's latest Jared spot as well as Celine Dion's Chrysler ad. And as far as the game went, the team with the pretty red uniforms won. read more

FALLS SOARS

America's love affair with schlocky teen films continues: The horror flick Darkness Falls debuted atop the box office over the weekend with $12.5 million. Last weekend's No. 1 movie, Kangaroo Jack, fell to second place with $11.9 million. Golden Globe winner Chicago, meanwhile, expanded to more theaters and climbed to No. 3 with $8.5 million. Rounding out the top five: Just Married (No. 4 with $7.5 million) and National Security (No. 5 with $7.4 million). read more

JUST CAST HER!

Former General Hospital Emmy winner Rena Sofer, currently slumming it on Just Shoot Me, has been tapped to replace actress Melissa George on NBC's upcoming Friends-esque sitcom Coupling. The comedy, slated to debut in the fall, is based on the hit British series of the same name. read more

BUSTED

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Zach Galligan, best known as the star of Gremlins, was arrested Wednesday in Hollywood on suspicion of pulling a Winona Ryder. Police allegedly caught the 38-year-old actor taking a Deep Purple CD from a Tower Records store. Sounds like someone's in deep trouble. Thank you very much. I'm here all week, folks. Tell your friends... read more

Splitting Hairs with an '80s Trendsetter


Today, New Wave hitmakers Berlin are fondly remembered for whizz-bang synth-pop chart-toppers like "No More Words" and the Top Gun love theme "Take My Breath Away." But back in the 1980s, the group was as widely recognized for lead singer Terri Nunn's wild mane as her powerful voice.

Shortly after MTV made a visual medium of music, the sometime actress perfected the look that would become her trademark: black-tipped platinum-blonde locks. "The black-and-white [style] was really cool — until my hair gave out on me and said '[Bleep] you!' and fell out," she tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "It couldn't take all that bleach anymore.

"But in the beginning, wow, what great hair that was," she continues. "It was so easy 'cause my hair hung straight. It had no body to it, so it was the perfect style for me. Let it hang, give it a blunt cut, and stick black on the end of it. It was perfect."

Certainly, read more

Joe Millionaire Pitches Fox a Sequel


Fox may not be able to produce a sequel to its reality phenom Joe Millionaire — the secret being out and all — but we still have to wonder: What if the network reversed the genders and next recruited 20 gold-diggin' studs to drool over a well-to-do Princess Charming? Would viewers find a Jane Millionaire as richly rewarding?

"No," theorizes Evan Marriott, the 28-year-old construction worker at the center of the $50 million big white lie, in an interview with TV Guide Online. "I don't think women are portrayed as breadwinners in America. I think it's an old-fashioned reality that men are the breadwinners."

That said, Marriott believes a female-driven Millionaire would work if producers dangled a different booty in front of her male suitors. "They ought to call it Jane Big Boobs," he suggests with a grin. "They get a woman with big, fake boobs, have all these guys go after her, and then, in the end, she takes them off a read more

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