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Ratings: Oscars Pull Biggest Audience in Five Years

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The 82nd Academy Awards drew its largest audience since 2005, capping off an awards season that saw ratings growth for every major awards show.

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The Oscars were watched by 41.3 million viewers, improving 13 percent over last year's audience and posting significant gains for the second year in a row, according to Nielsen estimates. The telecast clobbered the competition, which mostly consisted of repeats or movies.

Before the Oscars, Barbara Walters' final Oscars special drew 15 million viewers, its biggest audience since 2002. The half-hour red carpet show drew its largest audience (25.1 million viewers) in three years... read more

James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow Collaborate on Third-Best Video Ever

Before she whupped him for the best directing Oscar, eventual exes Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron collaborated on the third-best music best video of all time. (The best, obviously, is Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The second best is this.)*

The very 1988 clip (first dug up by Movieline) is for a Western-themed track called... read more

Mo'Nique on Oscars Red Carpet: "I Was Excited the Truth Would Be Told"

Supporting actress winner Mo'Nique exuded red carpet excitement as TV Guide Network asked the Precious star what she loved most about her role. Plus: Hear how she was able to separate herself from her character after each day of filming.

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Project Runway Rundown: Emilio Struggles to Cover His Model

This week's Project Runway had its unconventional-material challenge. The designers complained about having to create a look out of items found in a hardware store, and Emilio struggled more than the rest. His look went from a dress, to a bikini, to a micro bikini to a handful of washers strung on a couple feet of cord. Classy. Check Chris March's top and bottom looks of the runway.

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Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous Commits Suicide

Mark Linkous

Singer-songwriter Mark Linkous, leader of the indie rock band Sparklehorse, committed suicide over the weekend, his family said. He was 47.

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"We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There's a heaven and there's a star for you," Linkous' family said on Sparklehorse's site.

Linkous died Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., after he ... read more

Sandra Bullock on Oscars Red Carpet: "I'm Pretty Cool"

There's only one way to answer when asked how cool you are, and Sandra Bullock answered right on the Oscars red carpet: "I'm pretty cool." She was talking about her historic acceptance of two Razzies on Saturday and a best actress Oscar on Sunday, which made her the only person ever to win Hollywood's least and most prestigious awards in the same weekend. Bullock also joined by her Blind Side co-star Quinton Aaron, who described what she's like when the cameras aren't rolling. We're guessing... cool?

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Japanese Fishing Village Defends Dolphin Hunting Depicted in Oscar Winner The Cove

The Cove

The mayor of the fishing village portrayed in the documentary The Cove defended local dolphin hunts as part of local tradition after the film's best documentary Oscar.

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The Bachelor Becomes a Video Game

The Bachelor - Jason Mesnick

If you've always wanted to win the heart of the Bachelor or Bachelorette, now's your chance — well, in the video-game world. 

The Bachelor: The Videogame, which is scheduled to hit shelves by summer for Nintendo Wii and DS, will feature an avatar of host Chris Harrison and the likeness of past stars including Jason Mesnick.

VIDEO: Jason Mesnick's wedding photos

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer Join TBS Comedy Pilot

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer have landed lead roles in TBS' hourlong comedy pilot Franklin and Bash, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The pilot centers on two street lawyers and lifelong pals, Jared Franklin (Meyer) and Steven Bash (Gosselaar), who are ... read more

Poll: Who was the Best Dressed at the Academy Awards?

Cameron Diaz

Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for best actress, but should she also nab the award for best dressed? Take part in our poll and tell us what you think.

Did Cameron Diaz stand out in her gold Oscar de la Renta gown? Was Up in the Air's Anna Kendrick the most dazzling in her off-the-shoulder frock? Perhaps Meryl Streep scored the most style points in sleek and sophisticated white. Or was Queen Latifah's pink gown your favorite of the night?

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