Today's News: Our Take


LEGAL THRILLER

Dressed in a white suit, Michael Jackson returned to court Monday to face off against his longtime nemesis, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon. The hearing focused on whether Sneddon violated attorney-client privilege when he invaded the office of a private investigator who worked for Jackson's former lawyer, Mark Geragos. To psych himself up for the showdown, Jacko made a surprise visit to Los Angeles' First AME Church on Sunday with an entourage that included current lawyer Tom Mesereau Jr., brother Randy and, standing in for Nick and Aaron Carter, comedian Steve Harvey. read more

NEW NANNY

The star of Mark Burnett's upcoming semiautobiographical WB sitcom Commando Nanny has been let go just weeks before the show's premiere. According to Variety, Philip Winchester was dropped after he broke his foot in an accident. He has been replaced by newcomer Owain Yeoman, who will probably break his agent's foot when he figures out what a dud this show is. read more

HOWDY, STRANGER

Strangers with Candy goofball Amy Sedaris is the frontrunner to replace Craig Kilborn as host of CBS's Late Late Show, the New York Post reports. read more

NICKY HILTON VS. REALITY

Paris Hilton found herself in a Las Vegas wedding chapel over the weekend to watch her kid sis, Nicky, marry 33-year-old money manager, Todd Andrew Meister. Also present for the whirlwind predawn ceremony were chapel owner Shirley Harvey, actress Bijou Phillips and, in the back pew, an empty bottle of gin covered with Britney Spears' DNA. read more

ALIEN NATION

Alien vs. Predator scared up some serious coin at the weekend box office, debuting at No. 1 with a monstrous $38.3 million. Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement finished a strong No. 2 with $23 million, bringing its five-day total to $37.2 million. Tom Cruise's Collateral slipped to third with $16 million, followed by Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie (No. 4 with $9.4 million) and The Bourne Supremacy (No. 5 with $8.3 million). read more

REMEMBERED

The Food Network will air Julia Child: A Tribute, an hour-long retrospective honoring the late culinary queen, on Sunday at 9 pm/ET. The special will cap a day of programming dedicated to Child, who died Friday at the age of 91. read more

CALISTA'S FRAGILE

In her first major role since Ally McBeal went kaput, Calista Flockhart has signed on to play a (presumably rail-thin) nurse employed at a desolate children's hospital in the indie flick Fragile, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Shooting starts later this month in Barcelona. Fasting, however, begins immediately. read more

AN OFFER HE COULDN'T REFUSE

Sopranos star James Gandolfini will play Ernest Hemingway in an untitled film about the author's tempestuous romance with war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Variety reports. Robin Wright PennSanta Barbara's original Kelly Capwell — is a possibility to play Gellhorn. read more

WONDERFUL NEWS

Lynda Carter better gas up that invisible jet. The erstwhile Wonder Woman will play the principal of a high school for superpowered teens in the Disney family comedy Sky High. The pic also stars Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston and Dave Foley. read more

SUNDAY The Olympics It's that...

SUNDAY

The Olympics
It's that time again. The time when we suddenly develop a deep, strangely sincere passion for a variety of sports that normally many of us couldn't care less about (except my colleague Rich, who's a real track and field freak). I don't know what was wrong with me. At one point this weekend I actually answered the phone by saying, "Why are you calling me during the fencing finals?!" I know, sad.

Now let's face it, there are tons of places you can get comprehensive Olympics results. But where else can you get a rundown of random comments and odd observations from the first two days of competition (plus the opening ceremony, which is at the bottom of the page)? With that out of the way, away we go:

A Few Noteworthy Moments:
  • Michael Phelps winning his first gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley, and later going head to head with Australia's man in black, Ian Thorpe, in the 200-meter fr
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