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It looks like Paramount Pictures is developing a sort-of-sequel to the Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has optioned the rights to the book How to Tell He's Not the One in 10 Days, Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long's follow-up to Lose. read more

BOOBYGATE UPDATE

Are Janet Jackson's breasts worth $5000? Not according to a Salt Lake City judge, who on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was blindsided by the diva's Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. Eric Stephenson, the father of three young children, says CBS parent company Viacom led him to believe that the halftime show would be a family-oriented celebration complete with balloons, pom-poms and eye-popping spectacles. Yet despite all those warnings, the dude just didn't see it coming. read more

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ER's Noah Wyle has signed on to play the title role in TNT's action-adventure telepic The Librarian. The story centers ono the discovery of a repository of ancient artifacts hidden beneath the New York Public Library. Wyle's character is tasked with keeping the treasures safe from evildoers. read more

SOUNDS AMAZING

For those who always wondered what a male version of Fox's Simple Life would look like, well, wonder no more. The Discovery Channel has tapped Kevin O'Connell and Drew Feinberg, the chrome-domed New Yawkers from the first season of CBS's Amazing Race, to venture cross-country for a three-part reality show airing in July. Kevin and Drew Unleashed finds the former frat brothers tackling wacky jobs such as alligator wrestling, teaching water aerobics and herding cattle. Can a sex scandal be far behind? If so, let's pray the tape never surfaces. read more

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The title that makes you wonder, is it a television show or a new fruit-flavored soft drink? Either way, it's pretty flat. (Yes, I did spend 10 minutes thinking up that punchline. Buckle up kids, there's plenty more where that came from.) The WB's summer concert series returns for a second season with yawn-inducing results. During the show, Lenny "I Dated Nicole Freakin' Kidman" Kravitz modeled an impressive array of designer sunglasses, while Fred "Monkey Man" Durst demonstrated his continued mastery of the English language, letting the country's three remaining Limp Bizkit fans know to expect the unexpectable when the band hits the road this summer. Counting Crows showed up to play a song that somehow found its way onto the Shrek 2 soundtrack (I guess even Smashmouth is officially sick of All Star by now), and a band called Hoobastank proved that a dumb name alone won't distinguish you from all t read more

SUPERTEEN!

It's Jack McFarland's worst nightmare come true: His son's stardom is eclipsing his! Michael Angarano — best known as Sean Hayes' offspring on Will & Grace — has signed on to headline Disney's in-the-works teen superhero comedy Sky High. He'll play a kid who attends a high school for superpowered teens. read more

KHAKI COUTURE

Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker is trading in vintage ball gowns and Manolo Blahniks for gaucho pants and jelly thongs. The 39-year-old fashion icon has inked a yearlong deal to serve as pitchwoman for the Gap. She'll appear in a series of print and television ads beginning in August. read more

ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD

An estimated 31.4 million people watched gospel-tinged soul diva Fantasia "Bo-Bo" Barrino edge out perpetually perky Diana DeGarmo on American Idol's grand finale Wednesday night. That's down slighly from last year's Clay-Ruben matchup. The 19-year-old single mom from High Point, N.C., collapsed in DeGarmo's arms the moment Ryan Seacrest called out her name. "I always said I've been through some things, but I've worked hard to get where I'm at," she sobbed to the "star-studded" audience that included Fonzie, Nicole Richie and Paula Abdul's breasts. Fantasia follows in the footsteps of previous Idol title-holders read more

Harry Potter Star Hits Puberty


Actor Daniel Radcliffe — star of the Harry Potter films — has begun to surpass his boy-wizard character. Seems the 14-year-old is aging faster than the cinema adaptations of J.K. Rowling's novels can be made! While Harry's technically still prepubescent in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (opening June 4), his portrayer already shows signs of adolescence.

"Hormones are interesting things," he admits. "Most of [the cast] is noticing members of the opposite sex because we're now 14."

Adolescence is hard enough for most kids, but being known worldwide as the bespectacled student of sorcery must be even tougher. "It is not as different as people would expect," says the poised young man. "I'm going through what every other teenager goes through, except with posters [of me everywhere]."

Of course, starring in enormous blockbuster films does have its perks: Cute teenage girls pay extra attentio read more

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"Damn, I'd probably breast-feed all of 'em if I could. Now maybe that's why I wore the dress tonight!" Paula Abdul commenting on her role as American Idol's mother figure in an interview with our own Daniel R. Coleridge backstage at last night's Idol finale. read more

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