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Idol Semifinalist Deemed Ineligible for Competition

Joanna Pacitti

American Idol just named its Top 36 Wednesday, but you won't get to vote for one of them.

Joanna Pacitti, who has been hotly debated on Idol fansites because of her former record deal with A&M Records, has been booted from the competition, according to a Fox press release. "It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition," the statement read. No further explanation was offered.

In addition to chatter about Pacitti's previous recording career ... read more

Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman: The Hoax Continues?

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix's Andy Kaufman-esque career suicide tour just keeps getting weirder.

The actor, who recently announced he was giving up his on-screen career to become a rapper, made a squirm-inducing appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday to promote his new — and last, to hear Phoenix tell it — movie, Two Lovers.

Dressed in a suit, shades, and a beard Letterman likened to the Unabomber's, Phoenix chewed gum while fidgeting through Dave's questions, rarely giving more than one-sentence answers. Read on for more on Joaquin's appearance and watch the video! read more

Holy Lesbian, Batman! DC Comics Names Dark Knight's Successor

Batwoman

How do you heal a fanboy's broken heart? Lesbians. Or at least that what's DC Comics is hoping.

After recently killing off Batman, DC has announced that Batwoman, a red-headed, stiletto-wearing "lesbian socialite by night and a crime-fighter by later in the night," will be headlining Detective Comics. Batwoman — and her alter ego Kathy Kane — will be the subject of at least 12 issues beginning in June, marking the first major storyline for a gay character in DC's history.

The character was first introduced read more

Nearly 500 Broadcasters Plan to Go All-Digital on Feb. 17

Digital TV Transition

Even though Congress voted to delay the digital TV transition until June 12, nearly 40 percent of U.S. broadcasters have notified the Federal Communications Commission that they want to end analog broadcasting next week.

If the FCC allows the stations to switch, no one who relies on an over-the-air antenna or rabbit ears will be able to view them. Viewers will need to purchase and install an analog-to-digital converter box. (Anyone currently using a cable or satellite set-top box, or receiving a signal with a digital-ready TV will not be affected.)

The FCC's website's says 491 stations have asked permission to convert to digital-only broadcasting on Feb. 17, the date stations had originally been expected to transition from analog. An additional 190 stations have already terminated or will terminate analog broadcasts before Feb. 17, as part of a pre-arranged agreement with the FCC.

Of those stations seeking to terminate analog broadcasts early, 105 are ... read more

Tate Donovan: "Tough Decisions" Ahead for Damages' Tom

Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan always plays the nice guy. Remember The O.C.'s Jimmy Cooper? Friends' Joshua? His character on Damages (Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET, FX) might have gotten his hands dirty a time or two, but he's a regular saint compared to his colleagues. But is that about to change? We chatted with Donovan to get his take on swimming with the sharks, and to see how close his character comes to the dark side before the season wraps.

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Anne Heche Joins HBO's Hung

Anne Heche

Former Men in Trees star Anne Heche is returning to the small screen in HBO's Hung.

The dark comedy, which stars Thomas Jane as a well-endowed struggling high school basketball coach, was recently picked up for 10 episodes. Heche will play Jane's ex-wife, who is now remarried, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Heche, who is due to give birth to her second child this spring, replaces Kristin Bauer, who played the role in the pilot. Bauer's scenes ... read more

The Sopranos' Big Pussy Settles Domestic Assault Suit

Vincent Pastore

Sopranos snitch Vincent Pastore has settled a civil suit filed by his ex-fiancée, according to The Associated Press.

Lisa Regina's $5.5 million suit alleged that Pastore hit her during a dispute in 2005. Pastore pleaded guilty that year to attempted assault and was sentenced to 70 hours of community service, but the actor has since claimed his innocence and said he regretted not fighting the charge. During the trial, he testified that he and Regina did get into a loud argument, but he insists he never touched her.

The terms of the settlement deal were not disclosed... read more

She's Got (Voice) Mail: Aniston Hangs on to Pitt's Messages

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston believes in hanging on to relationship mementos, even when the guy's just not into her anymore.

The former Friends star tells Marie Claire magazine that she can't bring herself to erase some of ex-husband Brad Pitt's voicemails. In fact, she has trouble erasing many of her past flames from her life. "I still have the cassette tapes of messages from my first boyfriend, my second boyfriend, my husband," she said.

Though it may seems strange, Aniston insists ... read more

Nick Cannon's Got Talent... and a New Job

Nick Cannon

Actor-rapper-celebrity husband Nick Cannon is adding a hyphenate: reality-TV host.

Cannon will man the mic for the upcoming fourth season of NBC's summer reality competition America's Got Talent, according to Variety. As part of the deal, Cannon will also take part in other projects for the Peacock.

Mr. Mariah Carey replaces Jerry Springer, who recently ... read more

Madonna and Boy Toy Strip Down for W

Madonna, W Cover

Madonna's got a new boy toy, and he's predictably young and naked.

The 50-year-old Madge, who is newly divorced from Guy Ritchie and has never, ever tolerated rumors of a hot new relationship to grab a little spotlight, appears in various stages of undress in the March issue of W magazine with 22-year-old Jesus Luz. The 46-page spread features the duo making out, Madonna lying on top of Luz, and Luz standing wet wearing only a towel.

The photos were taken by Steven Klein in a hotel in Rio de Janeiro in December. Madonna and Luz first met ... read more

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