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WILL SHE SMILE NOW?

Avril Lavigne's sophomore CD, Under My Skin, dethroned Usher from the top spot on Billboard's album chart. Skin sold 381,500 copies during its first week in stores. After eight weeks at No. 1, Usher's Confessions fell to No. 3 behind the debut of Slipknot's Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. Meanwhile, first-season American Idol alum Tamyra Gray entered the chart at No. 23 with her solo debut, The Dreamer. read more

FROM THE GRAPEVINE...

NBC is developing a 12-hour limited series about the history of Motown, Variety reports. The project, which wouldn't air until the 2005-06 season, is based on founder Berry Gordy's autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown. read more

SIMPSON SUES

Jessica Simpson has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a New Jersey producer-promoter she claims owes her $140,000. According to the suit, Nick's other half agreed to perform at the Grand Prix of Puerto Rico on Oct. 23 but was never paid for her troubles. She also agreed to wear a T-shirt imprinted with the racing company logo "MOTOROCK" while shooting one of her music videos. I wondered what the significance of that T-shirt was. (Actually, that's a lie. I never gave it a second thought.) read more

THE NEXT CLAY AIKEN?

Don't feel too sorry for Diana DeGarmo, folks. The American Idol runner-up will release her first single on June 22 — one week after winner Fantasia Barrino's debut track, "I Believe," hits stores. RCA Records is keeping the title of DeGarmo's single under wraps, but here's a sample lyric: "I've reached my rainbow's end, too! And there was plenty of gold there. Plenty!" read more

The Last Ride Come back to The...

The Last Ride
Come back to The O.C., Chris Carmack, Chris Carmack! Ugh, how heartbreaking to see our beloved bad-boy-turned-misfit taking a backseat to a set of wheels in this GTO ad on 'roids disguised as a TV-movie. Desperately wanting to be The Fast and The Furious-ly campy, we instead get the slow and aggravatingly crappy with Dennis Hopper, looking like someone Liz Taylor would pick up in rehab, as an ex-con bent on clearing his name and Carmack as the gear-head grandson trying to reunite him with his classic getaway car. What follows is a super-unleaded mess of family drama, shameless plugs and overheated chase sequences, including one through an auto-show crowd that has too few mullets and too many teeth to even tickle plausibility. In fact, the only thing I'm buying here is that Hopper must need the money, Pontiac must need the sales and Coop needs to give Luke a call immediately. And I need to steer clear of oncoming car read more

LOHAN IN FASHION

Current Mean Girl Lindsay Lohan is in talks to star in Fashionistas, a feature film based on Lynn Messina's novel about a revolt at a glossy magazine. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lohan would play Vig, the fashion designer who leads the charge against the mag's demanding female editor. read more

BIG GET

CBS newsman Dan Rather has snagged an exclusive sit-down with Bill Clinton. The ex prez will discuss his upcoming memoir, My Life, on the June 20 edition of 60 Minutes. read more

Gloria Estefan's Idol Gossip

The third season of American Idol ended last week, but people are still buzzing about it, including former guest judge Gloria Estefan. The Latina diva took a break from her busy pre-tour schedule to discuss her experience with the pop-culture phenom, Fantasia's victory and, of course, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell.

Do you think these reality-music contests are taking away from "real" musicians? Gloria Estefan: I think it's kind of arrogant of us to think that we're the only "real" musicians. If you think back, there have been these kinds of shows since the dawn of time; all the way back to Arthur Godfrey, there's always been talent shows. I think the difference with this one and why it's had such success, quite honestly, is Simon. We started watching, my daughter and I, a couple seasons ago, because of "the mean guy."

Is Simon really that nasty in real life? Gloria: No, of course not. It's a shtick and he's gotta do it. He' read more

Girl Power Socks Potter


In the first two Harry Potter films, Hogwarts' reigning diva Hermione was all bark and no bite. But all that changes in installment No. 3, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (opening Friday). You see, the wannabe witch gets to slug school bully Draco Malfoy — and it's a rather impressive jab at that! The fisticuffs mark a major turning point for Hermione, but you don't have to tell that to actress Emma Watson.

"I loved it," says the character's 14-year-old portrayer. "I loved every single second of it. Girl power!

"I would have done [the punching scene] for a whole week," she continues. "But we got it in a couple of takes. I was like, 'I want to do it again!' It was fantastic. It is a great moment. At the premiere, everybody cheered." (TV Guide Online was present at last month's world premiere in New York and can confirm that the crowd welcomed the wallop.)

But being the poster child for young female e read more

SHE LOVES HIM, SHE LOVES HIM, SHE LOVES HIM!

Former SNL star Molly Shannon married artist Fritz Chestnut Saturday in Santa Barbara. The ceremony was attended by a handful of local bigwigs, including C.C. Capwell, Minx Lockridge and former district attorney Keith Timmons. read more

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