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ER star Alex Kingston — she plays Dr. Corday — claims she was fired from NBC's long-running hospital drama for being too old. In an interview with London's Radio Times magazine, the 41-year-old actress said her contract wasn't renewed because "according to the producers and the writers, [I] am part of the old fogies who are no longer interesting." Let's hope CBS can find something for this old fogie to do. read more


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban cast a spell on the weekend box office, conjuring up a magical $92.7 million and setting a new opening record for the wizardly franchise. (Puns are fun!) The first two films — 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets — opened with $90.3 million and $88.4 million, respectively. Azkaban ranks as the second-best three-day debut on record, behind Spider-Man's $114.8 million haul. After two weeks at the top, Shrek 2 slipped to No. 2 with $37 million for a 19-day total of $313.6 million. The Day After Tomorrow, meanwhile, fell to No. 3 with $28.2 million for a $128.8 million total. The disaster pic is expected to surpass the $135 million mark by read more


If you TiVo'd Sunday's Sopranos finale for viewing at a later date, stop reading now because a mini recap is coming. Okay, here it goes: The show's fifth season ended on a hopeful note as Tony's rival kingpin, Johnny Sack, was busted by the FBI during the episode's final minutes. But it was too late for Steve Buscemi's Tony B, who got whacked in the left temple by Tony S. himself. (To quote the six merry murderesses of the Crookem County Jail, "He had it comin'.") Elsewhere, that Benny dude got his face busted in by that old grump Phil; Adriana's death was all but confirmed; and Tony and Carmela questioned son AJ's sexuality after he showed interest in event planning. And Clay Aiken music. (C'mon, you know that's what he was secretly downloading on his iBook.) read more


Serial wedder Jennifer Lopez married Latin pop star Marc Anthony Saturday in a small ceremony at her Beverly Hills home. The nuptials come six months after Bennifer went kaput and just five days after Anthony's divorce from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres became final. Vegas handicappers, meanwhile, have placed 2-1 odds on the marriage ending right... about... wait for it... now. read more


Martha Stewart's sentencing has been pushed back three weeks until July 8 to give the judge time to consider the domestic diva's request for a new trial. Stewart's lawyers contend that their client was wrongfully convicted because a government witness lied on the stand. What, did he say she was nice? read more


Actor-turned-president Ronald Reagan died Saturday at his home in Bel Air, Calif., after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 93. The nation's 40th president, Reagan announced five years after leaving office in 1994 that he had been diagnosed with the brain-wasting disease; he remained in virtual seclusion ever since. Reagan's body will be flown to Washington on Wednesday to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. The funeral will be held Friday at Washington National Cathedral. President Bush will be among the speakers. Click here to read excerpts from previous TV Guide interviews with Reagan. read more


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was crowned Best Film at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, which were doled out Saturday in Los Angeles. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 picked up three popcorn buckets, including Best Female Performance for Uma Thurman and Best Villain for Lucy Liu. The night's top honor — Best Kiss — went to Amy Smart, Carmen Electra and Owen Wilson for their three-way smooch in Starsky & Hutch. Electra, who accepted solo, celebrated her big win by planting wet ones on presenters Snoop Dogg and Paris Hilton — and I'm not talking ab read more


German singing sensation David Hasselhoff was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving a talking car under the influence, Entertainment Tonight reports. Hasselhoff spent the night in jail before being released Sunday morning on $15,000 bail. In 2002, the Knight Rider star checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for treatment of alcoholism. read more


Bill Rancic is the latest Apprentice star to jump on the publishing bandwagon. Donald Trump's new recruit will pen You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life, due out this fall. As previously reported, Trump adviser Carolyn Kepcher will release a business advice book for women in September. read more


Tyra Banks may not be interested in doing a male version of America's Next Top Model, but Bravo sure is. The Queer Eye network has ordered eight episodes of Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model for the fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

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