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MAD PROPS

The low-budget revenge flick Diary of a Mad Black Woman — the unauthorized story of Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth — topped the weekend box office with $22.7 million, sending Will Smith's Hitch to No. 2 with $21 million. Constantine was third with $11.8 million, followed by the new horror flick Cursed (No. 4 with $9.6 million) and the Tommy Lee Jones sorority comedy Man of the House (No. 5 with $9.0 million). read more

BAD DAY LIVE

Good Day Live has been put out to pasture after three years, sending hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Arthel Neville back on the unemployment line. Steve Edwards will continue hosting the local version, Good Day L.A., alongside Jillian Barberie and Dorothy Lucey — both of whom should be on the unemployment line. read more

NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT

Sideways may have only nabbed one Oscar — for best adapted screenplay — but the road-trip comedy was the toast of Hollywood's indie community Saturday, winning six Independent Spirit Awards, including best picture, best director for Alexander Payne and best lead actor for Paul Giamatti (take that, Oscar.) Zach Braff, meanwhile, scored best first-feature kudos for Garden State. Hey, a win for Garden State is a win for Scrubs! read more

OSCAR RATINGS

Despite Rock's lackluster performance, Sunday's Oscarcast didn't suck too badly in the ratings. According to preliminary figures, the three-hour-plus ceremony averaged a 30.1 rating — up slightly over 2004, and its best performance in five years. Viewership totals will be released later today, but Nielsen warns that the data won't reflect the number of people who died of boredom halfway through. read more

BAD DAY LIVE

Good Day Live has been put out to pasture after three years, sending hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Arthel Neville back on the unemployment line. Steve Edwards will continue hosting the local version, Good Day L.A., alongside Jillian Barberie and Dorothy Lucey — both of whom should be on the unemployment line. read more

PURRFECT DISASTER

And the award for Good Sport of the Year goes to... Halle Berry! The Oscar champ was dishonored as the worst actress of 2004 at Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards for her performance in Catwoman — and she actually showed up to accept her trophy! "I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece of s---," she cracked, clutching her Razzie in one hand and her 2002 Oscar for Monster's Ball in the other. Catwoman also "won" worst picture, worst directing and worst screenplay. The Razzies elected President Bush worst actor for his career-defining turn in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, one of four awards the doc earned. To quote Natalie Portman from last night's Oscars, "All of the winners were uniformly awful, and for that, I applaud them." read more

DAMN!

It looks like Tom Arnold's Best Damn days are over. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that producers of Fox's Best Damn Sports Show Period are unlikely to renew Arnold's $1.1 million-a-year contract. In related news, Tom Arnold was making $1.1 million a year!?!?!?!?! read more

IT'S A KNOCKOUT!

In case you didn't hear, Clint Eastwood's boxing saga Million Dollar Baby KO'd a potential Aviator sweep at Sunday's Academy Awards, winning best picture, best actress for Hilary Swank, best supporting actor for Morgan Freeman and best director for Eastwood. Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic still managed to walk off with the most wins with five, including best supporting actress for Cate Blanchett. (For those keeping track, Marty is now 0-5 with Oscar.) And defying oddsmakers from Atlantic City to Vegas, Jamie Foxx won best lead actor for his underrated performance in Ray. For a complete list of the winners, click here. read more

SUNDAYFor Michael Ausiello and...

SUNDAY

For Michael Ausiello and Damian Holbrook's complete recap of the Oscars and the preshow, click here.

The L Word
How is that Shane's the one who feels stupid because she doesn't know how to order at the new coffee joint, when it's know-it-all Tonya who asks for "EXpresso"? (That bugs me almost as much as when the people who make nuclear policy call it "nucular.")

And how irritating is Jenny? Robin accuses her of just wanting to sleep with people so they can fall in love with her and she can mess (not the word she used, of course) with their heads. Well, yeah — that's what she does. Don't you watch this show?

FRIDAY

Talk about working at a fever pitch. You want to know how weird Friday is for me before I even turn the TV on? Rising temperature from some unknown bug, and I'm keeping track of it by grabbing the d read more

PURRFECT DISASTER

And the award for Good Sport of the Year goes to... Halle Berry! The Oscar champ was dishonored as the worst actress of 2004 at Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards for her performance in Catwoman — and she actually showed up to accept her trophy! "I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece of s---," she cracked, clutching her Razzie in one hand and her 2002 Oscar for Monster's Ball in the other. Catwoman also "won" worst picture, worst directing and worst screenplay. The Razzies elected President Bush worst actor for his career-defining turn in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, one of four awards the doc earned. To quote Natalie Portman from last night's Oscars, "All of the winners were uniformly awful, and for that, I applaud them." read more

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