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Actor Paul Reubens — aka Pee-wee Herman — has plead guilty to a misdemeanor obscenity charge for possessing allegedly pornographic photos of kids. He'll be on informal probation for three years, during which time he must stay away from children. In exchange, California prosecutors dropped a more serious child-pornography charge against him. "I am disappointed any part of my art collection was ever deemed inappropriate," Reubens said in a statement. "Taking responsibility by calling a few images in this collection 'obscene' and paying a $100 fine seemed like the sanest way to make it end." read more


Bravo has enlisted NewsRadio's Dave Foley, currently seen as Jack's beau on Will & Grace, to host the second season of Celebrity Poker Showdown this spring... Fox is moving The Bernie Mac Show from Sunday to Monday nights beginning March 22. read more


Relative newcomer Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip) has been cast as Matt LeBlanc's twentysomething nephew on NBC's Friends spin-off, Joey, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In other casting news, Amy Adams — who played Leonardo DiCaprio's cute-as-a-button nursemate in Catch Me If You Can — will star opposite Rob Lowe in CBS' casino-based drama Dr. Vegas. read more


Janet Jackson will make her first post-Super Bowl TV appearance on the very network she shamed — CBS. Jackson will visit the Late Show With David Letterman on Monday, March 29, to promote her new album and chat about Boobygate. As previously reported, Jackson is also slated to guest on Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live and On Air With Ryan Seacrest. read more


Jon Stewart has inked a new four-year deal with Comedy Central to remain as host of The Daily Show at least through the 2008 presidential elections. "A lot of people like to get out when their show's still going well," Stewart said. "This gives me the opportunity to beat this thing into the ground." read more


Donald Trump is seeking to trademark his Apprentice phrase "You're Fired" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to The Smoking Gun. If he gets the OK, the hair-challenged mogul will be able to slap those words on clothing, games and playthings. In related news, rumor has it Omarosa is trying to trademark her signature phrases, "Ouch — my head!" and "Can we take a break?" read more


Speaking of The Apprentice, an estimated 2,000 aspiring moguls showed up Thursday in New York for a casting call to appear on the show's second season. Open auditions are also scheduled in Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Miami; Cleveland; San Francisco; Austin, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; Little Rock, Arkansas; Portland, Oregon and New Orleans. read more


Miss Match's Alicia Silverstone and Oscar-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou have joined the cast of Beauty Shop, MGM's forthcoming Barbershop spin-off starring Queen Latifah. Shooting begins next month. Onetime hobbit Elijah Wood, meanwhile, has signed on to star in Everything Is Illuminated, an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling novel about a young American Jew's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Finally, Gilmore Girls hottie Jared Padalecki rounds out the cast of horror remake House of Wax, which also stars Elisha Cuthbert (24), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) and Paris Hilton (porn). read more

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Say, did you catch "The One That's A Popular Episode with Viewers?" Repeats haven't been this hyped since networks acquired the Zapruder film.

Tru Calling
"Just once I would like to go somewhere and have everyone stay alive," sighs Eliza Dukshu's habitually future-shocked heroine, not realizing that if her wish came, ahem, true, she wouldn't have a show to sigh in. That said, in the context of that curious genre known as the "Prevent-a-Tragedy-Before-It-Happens Series," Tru beats the hell out of Early Edition and is nearly as fun as Seven Days. I had a vision I would enjoy the vision of Tru entering the Miss Fresh Face Pageant. Happily, my vision was right. The Actress Formerly Known As Faith the Vampire Slayer made a believer out of my eyes when she sauntered down the runway and seductively fluffed her tresses in front of her brother and his fellow judges. The reason she entered was to prevent read more

Silent Bob Speaks Out!

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is no stranger to religious scandal. His 1999 film Dogma — featuring two fallen angels and a happy-go-lucky Jesus — had the entire Catholic League up in arms. But unlike Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which spun a little controversy into record-breaking box-office returns, Dogma barely caused a blip — and Smith has a theory why.

"I wish we put a bloody Christ in our movie instead of the Buddy Christ," he jokes to TV Guide Online. "We would have cleaned up, [too]. Who knew?

"We had death threats and 300,000 pieces of hate mail," Smith continues, "and Bill Donahue on the news every night heading up the Catholic League, rallying against our movie and calling for Disney to drop it — essentially, pitting Mickey Mouse against Jesus Christ." (In the end, Disney-owned Miramax caved and Lion's Gate released the film.)

Smith fears controversy will also hurt his lat read more

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