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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

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


"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


Undeterred by her Miss Match misfire, Alicia Silverstone has signed a one-year talent deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop a new comedy or drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more


Toby Keith scored a leading four trophies at Wednesday's Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Best Male Vocalist, Best Album for Shock 'n Y'All and Best Video for "Beer for My Horses." Last year, a disgruntled Keith stormed out of the ACMs after he didn't get all the trophies he wanted. This guy must be fun to shop for at Christmas. read more


Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow (that's Apple's mama!) will channel screen legend Marlene Dietrich in an upcoming big-screen biopic produced by DreamWorks, Variety reports. The film will be based on Maria Riva's memoir, Marlene Dietrich by Her Daughter. read more


Can a shot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer bring Fox's deadly-dull Tru Calling to life next season? Well, it certainly couldn't hurt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, longtime Slayer scribe Jane Espenson is joining the show as a co-executive producer. read more


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


Halle Berry has filed a restraining order against a 35-year-old Louisiana man who is allegedly stalking her, Celebrity Justice reports. In court papers, Berry claims Greg Broussard "has imagined a relationship with me wherein he and I are engaged to be married." While she's at it, she may wanna file a restraining order against my brother David, too. And my older brother, Pete. And three of my co-workers... read more


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

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