Today's News: Our Take


HEAVEN SENT

Todd Haynes's 1950s melodrama Far From Heaven may have gotten shut out by Oscar, but the acclaimed film won five trophies at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, including best picture, best actress (Julianne Moore), best director (Haynes), best supporting actor (Dennis Quaid) and cinematography. Antwone Fisher's breakout star Derek Luke won best actor and Emily Mortimer was named best supporting actress for Lovely & Amazing. read more

STAR SEARCH UPDATE

With war coverage blanketing the airwaves, the networks have been forced to make some schedule changes. Among the shifts: ABC is holding the remaining episodes of its struggling reality show The Family until summer; the finale of CBS's Star Search, interrupted last Wednesday, will air on April 2; and NBC will go with reruns of its Must-See Thursday comedies on Tuesday. read more

HOUSE RULES

Bringing Down the House was the No. 1 film at the box office for the third-consecutive weekend. The Steve Martin-Queen Latifah comedy grossed another $16.2 million for a three-week total of $83.4 million. Horror flick Dreamcatcher, which opened at No. 2 with $15.3 million, fared much better than fellow newcomers View from the Top (No. 4 with $7.6 million), Piglet's Big Movie (No. 7 with $6.1 million) and the Cuba Gooding Jr. farce Boat Trip (No. 10 with $3.7 million). Note to Cuba: Bitch-slap your agent, and then fire him. read more

CITY SLICKER

Gap model Jason Lewis has been cast on Sex and the City as a love interest for maneater Samantha (Kim Cattrall). The new season kicks off this summer. read more

GET OUT THE BROOM

Madonna made headlines on Oscar weekend — but not the kind she would have liked. The aspiring actress's stink bomb of a film, Swept Away, was the big "winner" at the 23rd annual Razzie awards, which recognize the year's sorriest cinema efforts. The movie picked up five trophies, including worst film, worst performance by an actress (Madonna), worst remake, worst screen couple (Madonna and co-star Adriano Giannini) and worst director (Madge's hubby Guy Ritchie.) Adding insult to injury, the singer — who shared worst actress honors with pop tart Britney Spears for Crossroads — was also singled out as worst supporting actress for her cameo in Di read more

THEY HAD IT COMING...

The 75th Annual Academy Awards went on as scheduled Sunday night, and war politics and jazz were in the air. As expected, Chicago danced off with a field-best six trophies, including best picture and best supporting actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones. In two major upsets, Roman Polanski scored best director kudos for The Pianist and the film's star, Adrien Brody, walked off with best actor honors. Elsewhere, a tearful Nicole Kidman won best actress for The Hours, and read more

SHORT CUTS

The Hours, featuring Nicole Kidman's Oscar-winning performance, arrives on DVD June 24... War jitters have led Lisa Marie Presley to cancel plans for a European promotional tour on behalf of her debut album, To Whom It May Concern. read more

IS FOX NEWS BEHIND THIS?

CNN is being driven out of Baghdad. The network confirms that Iraqi officials have expelled four of its staffers — including correspondent Nic Robertson — from the war-torn country. read more

Stars Pick Their Oscar Faves!


On Oscar night, the Hollywood celebs who aren't nominated usually sit and watch the three-hour plus ceremony on TV. Many attend lavishly catered "viewing parties" — while others park it on the sofa with some munchies, just like you. Of course, world events could mean Sunday night's Oscar ceremony will be postponed at the last minute. Just in case, though, TV Guide Online polled Tinseltowners to learn which movies and movie stars they're rooting for. According to them, the 75th Annual Academy Awards should go to...

Vin Diesel (A Man Apart): Catherine Zeta-Jones worked her ass off in Chicago. And you could tell she enjoyed it!

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MEMORABLE DAY

The "shock and awe" portion of the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq kicked off Friday afternoon — and it's safe to assume the entire planet was glued to their TV sets. MSNBC's Peter Arnett, one of the few remaining journalists still in Baghdad, referred to the air strikes as much more intense than those he witnessed during the 1991 Gulf War. Later, an emotional Tom Brokaw broke down on air after the mother of one of the U.S. Marines killed in combat called into the program and cautioned the news media to remember the toll war takes on servicemen and their families. It was an extraordinary moment in a day full of them. read more