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Finally, they agree on something. Pamela Anderson and ex-hubby Tommy Lee have at long last reached an agreement for custody of their two children, Brandon, 6, and Dylan, 4. According to, the couple will share custody of the kids. "Tommy is obviously thrilled with the outcome," Lee's rep says. read more


This weekend's 28th season premiere of Saturday Night Live will mark the debut for two new cast members: Actor-comic Fred Armisen and Groundlings alum Will Forte. We're going to go out on a limb and predict that neither one will fill Will Ferrell's shoes. Also, we really miss Cheri Oteri. And Molly Shannon. And... read more


After a 16-year Broadway run (6,612 performances to date), Les Miserables will close on March 15, 2003. It's second only to Cats as Broadway's longest running show. Producers will bring back the musical's original 1987 top ticket price of $47.50 for performances Monday through Friday, Oct. 3-Dec. 20. However, 200 prime orchestra seats will still sell for $100. read more


British pop hottie Robbie Williams has signed a multi-CD deal with EMI worth an estimated $125 million. "My mum said it would be really uncouth of me to talk about money," he said, "but I'm rich beyond my wildest dreams." read more


Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to play Davy Crockett in Disney's upcoming $75 million period drama The Alamo. The Rookie's John Lee Hancock will direct, replacing Ron Howard, who dropped out over creative differences. The Beautiful Mind Oscar winner agreed to stay on as a producer. read more

Katie Holmes on Shagging Dawson!

The likely final season of Dawson's Creek gets underway tonight with a special two-hour episode that finds one of the show's longest story arcs — the love saga of Dawson and Joey — coming full circle. Finally, after six years of foreplay, the angst-ridden duo finally get it on.

But for Joey's portrayer, Katie Holmes, the long-awaited tryst didn't get her all hot and bothered. "It was like kissing your brother!" she laughs of co-star James Van Der Beek, adding, "I love when Dawson and Joey are together; it's fun to play. They have this really strange, manipulative relationship.

"Things don't particularly work out," she adds of the inevitable post-coital fall-out. Holmes also reveals that Joey's life is further complicated by a new professor (played by One read more


Low ratings have led E! to drop reruns of Last Call with Carson Daly. How low is low, you ask? According to the New York Post, barely more than 100,000 people were watching the repeats. Original Last Calls still run on NBC at 1:35 am/ET. read more


It's going to take more than a koosh ball to get Rosie O'Donnell out of this mess. The publisher behind Rosie magazine is filing a $100 million lawsuit against the former talk-show host for abruptly pulling out of their business partnership last month. In court papers, Gruner + Jahr says that O'Donnell's exit will cost them "in excess of $100 million dollars in damages." O'Donnell reportedly plans to counter-sue. read more

Seven Silly Questions with Phil Keoghan

Survivor may pull in the ratings, but when it comes to critical acclaim, CBS's The Amazing Race is the reality show to beat. Race's mix of adrenaline-pumping action and angsty relationship drama have earned it bragging rights as TV's coolest thrill ride. And let's face it, host Phil Keoghan ain't that bad looking either. To help kick off the globe-trotting series' third edition (airing tonight at 8 pm/ET), Keoghan agreed to answer seven questions that are actually more random than silly.

TV Guide Online: Can you please do something about those cheesy intros during the opening title sequence? Are they intentionally over the top?
Phil Keoghan: I think we're just trying to have some fun — like the shot with Dennis and Andrew [the Baptist father and his gay cheerleader son] where Andr read more


As expected, Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits has debuted at No. 1 on the album charts with sales of more than 500,000 copies... Danny Huston has backed out as the star of ABC's upcoming Dragnet revival. Producer Dick Wolf is searching for a replacement... CBS is adapting the John Grisham bestseller A Painted House into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie to air early next year... MTV is developing a TV movie about Napster founder Shawn Fanning... USA Network has greenlit a drama pilot loosely based on the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Eraser... US Weekly reports that read more

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