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The producers behind Jerry Springer: The Opera — currently the hottest ticket in London — are exploring a possible Broadway run, Playbill.com reports... Cher was forced to postpone a concert Thursday night at Milwaukee's Bradley Center due to a sinus and throat infection. read more

DIVINE INTERVENTION

Jim Carrey's God-like comedy Bruce Almighty, ahem, deified the odds over the four-day Memorial Day weekend by crushing the all-powerful Matrix Reloaded. Bruce debuted at No. 1 with a miraculous $86.4 million, the best non-sequel comedy opening in history and a personal best for Carrey. That pushed Matrix to No. 2 with $45.6 million — a steep 60 percent decline from its huge opening weekend haul. (Again, I blame that painfully drawn-out Zion dance sequence.) Rounding out the top five: Daddy Day Care (No. 3 with $18 million), X2: X-Men United (No. 4 with $13 million) and the new Michael Douglas-Albert Brooks comedy The In-Laws (No. 5 with $9.1 million). read more

HE HAS MORE TO SAY

Michael Moore will strike back at critics of his Oscar-night acceptance speech on the upcoming DVD of Bowling for Columbine. The disc, due in stores on Aug. 19, will include an interview in which Moore addresses the controversy surrounding his anti-Bush tirade. Of course, said interview will be drowned out by lots of loud booing. read more

Spoiler Alert! Cliffhanger Mysteries Resolved!


Attention: The following story contains answers to some of the just-concluded television season's biggest questions. No kidding, we're talking about major spoilage here, folks. So, if you would prefer to spend the summer agonizing over the fates of Presidents Palmer and Bartlet, then read no further. However, if the idea of waiting 'til fall for news about Sydney's two-year-long nap and Rory's disappearing beaus has you popping Xanax at the same rate you do Tic-Tacs, then we're more than happy to help simmer you the heck down. But please, don't say we didn't warn you. Because we did. Numerous times.

24: Mad bomber Mandy (Mia Kirshner) — one of the few, surviving evildoers from Season One — resurfaced in the final scene to poison President Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) with a biotoxic handshake! Is the commander-in-chief DOA? Fox isn't squealing, but according to Bill Martel, an expert in weapons of mass destruction read more

Buffy Postmortem: Is Spike Dead?


As far as series finales go, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's was a doozy. We laughed, we cried, we hurled large objects at the TV in utter despair. But darnit if the show's creator, Joss Whedon, didn't leave us wanting more... closure, that is. For example, why of all the Scoobies did Anya (Emma Caulfield) have to die? And what's the deal with Spike (James Marsters), who bit the dust just days after making a date with Angel this fall? For answers to those questions and more, read on...

TV Guide Online: I have a bone to pick with you: When last we spoke, you claimed that "no decision" had been made about bringing Spike over to Angel next season. Then, days later, the WB announced that, well, Spike would be making his way to Angel next season. Why did you lie to me, man?
Joss Whedon:
It wasn't until the last minute that it was actually d read more

Candice Bergen's Second Act


Candice Bergen is best known as that feisty reporter from CBS's Murphy Brown — and her accompanying family values dustup with former Vice President Dan Quayle. But lately, the 57-year-old actress has been stealing scenes in comedies like Miss Congeniality, Sweet Home Alabama, View From the Top, and The In-Laws (opening today.) While she never sought out all these oddball parts, she hopes to keep the barrel of laughs rolling as long Hollywood will allow.

"It's not like they offer you 500 things and you have to chose the quirky one," Bergen tells TV Guide Online. "There's not that much stuff going around for people my age, so it just sort of happens. I didn't make any effort. I didn't want to do another series, read more

MORE IDOL

Idol champ Ruben Studdard will reportedly spend the holiday weekend in the studio recording his debut album, which is due out in September. His first single, "Flying Without Wings," will be released next week. read more

THE PARTY'S OVER

Scott Bairstow, best known for playing Neve Campbell's abusive boyfriend on Party of Five, has been charged with second-degree rape for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl. According to E! Online, the 33-year-old actor — who is married with two children — is due in court for arraignment on June 3. read more

DID CLAY KNOW?

If Clay Aiken seemed a little too pulled together Wednesday night after learning he had lost the American Idol crown to Ruben Studdard, it may be because he already knew the outcome! Idol judge Simon Cowell told Fox's Good Day Live Thursday that Aiken peeked over host Ryan Seacrest's shoulder and saw Studdard's name on the card "about five minutes before he was due to go out [on stage]." Aiken, however, insisted to Extra that he was "completely in the dark" about who won. Meanwhile, Nielsen estimates that an average 33.7 million viewers watched the two-hour climax, giving Fox its best Wednesday ratings in history. read more

STOP PAYMENT

Matrix Reloaded may be raking in millions at the box office, but the film's co-director, Larry Wachowski, can't spend a dime of it. According to TheSmokingGun.com, a Los Angeles judge has frozen the filmmaker's business assets in a bitter divorce fight between him and his estranged wife, Thea Bloom. Apparently, Bloom claims her hubby concealed "large payments" he had received for his Matrix work. read more

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