Today's News: Our Take


SAM STRIKES AGAIN

Apprentice loon Sam Solovey — who finally got pink-slipped by The Donald on last night's episode — popped the question to his girlfriend this morning live on the Today show. "I have to do everything big," he joked before placing the ring on Laurie's finger. (Believe it or not, she said yes.) For Sam's thoughts on his ouster, read Bruce Fretts' Q&A with him in today's Insider. read more

SCHOOL'S OUT

Boston Public's school year has been cut short. Fox, which ordered only 15 episodes of the show this season, has opted not to pick up additional installments. The network has yet to decide whether the show will be back next season, but I'll go out on a limb and say it doesn't look good. read more

OUT OF WORK

Randi Coy, the dimwit bride-to-be at the center of Fox's My Big, Fat Obnoxious Fiancé, has lost her job as a Catholic school teacher in Phoenix, Ariz. Officials gave Coy until this week to decide whether to return to class or continue her association with the show through promotional appearances. The ultimatum came after parents complained to school officials that the show didn't go hand-in-hand with Catholic values. Ya think? read more

TITANIC FOLLOW-UP, DEAD AHEAD!

Six years after James Cameron became king of the movie world with Titanic, the Oscar-winning auteur is preparing his next big-screen venture. Cameron describes the top-secret, untitled project as "a big-budget science-fiction film with a pile of special effects" and a 3-D component. Production is slated to begin later this year. read more

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED...

Britney Spears is gunning for her second Razzie. The newly single Crossroads star has signed on to headline Door to Door, an adaptation of Tobi Tobin's novel about an ambitious teenager who leaves Michigan to become an actress in Los Angeles. read more

IT'S GIGLI OVER THIS TIME

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's tumultuous 18-month courtship is over. "I am confirming the reports that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck," read a statement from Lopez's camp. "At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy." According to reports, the romance ended on Jan. 20, just three days after Affleck returned to Los Angeles from the Sundance Film Festival and four months after the duo called off their lavish, million-dollar nuptials. Let's all share a moment of silence in memory of Bennifer. read more

WHAT WOULD SIMON SAY?

Art Garfunkel found himself in some troubled waters over the weekend when he was arrested for marijuana possession. Cops pulled over the singer's limo Saturday afternoon in upstate New York and discovered the pot in his jacket pocket. He's scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 28. read more

BAD HAIR DAY

Donald Trump can wipe that smug look off his face. His hit NBC reality show The Apprentice got clobbered in the ratings last night by Fox's American Idol. Clobbered. In its first Wednesday outing opposite Simon Cowell and Co., The Apprentice attracted 12 million viewers to Idol's 29 million viewers. The Apprentice had been averaging 20 million viewers on Thursday nights. In other Apprentice news... read more

KUDOS KING

The Chicago Film Critics Association has chosen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as the best picture of 2003. Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) and Charlize Theron (Monster) won top acting honors. read more

TITANIC FOLLOW-UP, DEAD AHEAD!

Six years after James Cameron became king of the movie world with Titanic, the Oscar-winning auteur is preparing his next big-screen venture. Cameron describes the top-secret, untitled project as "a big-budget science-fiction film with a pile of special effects" and a 3-D component. Production is slated to begin later. read more

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