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PLACE YOUR BETS, FOLKS

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

PUPPET MASTER

In one of the biggest upsets in Tony history, Broadway's little puppet show that could, Avenue Q, was named Best Musical of the year at Sunday's 58th annual ceremony. That honor was widely expected to go to the Wizard of Oz riff Wicked, which entered the ceremony with 10 nominations but left with just three wins. Q also picked up awards for Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. The rest of the evening went down as predicted, with Best Play going to I Am My Own Wife, Hugh Jackman winning Best Actor in a Musical for The Boy from Oz and Assassins scoring Best Musical Revival kudos. And history was made when Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable became the first black woman to win for Lead Actress in a Play for Raisin in the Sun. read more

IT'S RAINING MEN

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

BUSTED

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

SUNDAY The Sopranos Bang! Straight...

SUNDAY

The Sopranos
Bang! Straight through the head! And Tony B. drops like a sack of bloody cement at the feet and rubber-gloved hands of his conflicted, guilt-ridden cousin Tony. As the HBO promos ominously trumpeted for weeks, "Hell hath no fury like the Family." It's still amazing to me that I can watch a guy commit a cold-blooded murder — never mind that it's his cousin whom he supposedly loves — and thanks to phenomenal writing and a multilayered performance by James Gandolfini, I can actually, on some level, fathom his warped motivations.

Johnny Sack may be the New York big man, but when Tony leaned into him and growled, "I've paid enough, John. I've paid a lot," I could've sworn that the physically smaller boss may have flinched a little bit there. Of course that heated exchange was rudely interrupted by the FBI approaching Sack's house and arresting him after his brief escape attempt. (Why bother, dude?) Wha read more

STILL WILD ABOUT HARRY

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

CASTING COUPS

Sitcom vets Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) and John Mahoney (Frasier) are in talks to join the cast of Dick Wolf's latest Law & Order spinoff, Trial by Jury, Variety reports. And as first reported last week by TV Guide Online, former Law & Order star Carey Lowell is also near a deal to reprise her role as Jamie Ross on the upcoming offshoot. read more

Hugh Jackman Toasts Tonys

Some people know him as the hunky X-man Wolverine, others as monster hunter Dr. Gabriel Van Helsing. But on Sunday, Hugh Jackman will just be The Boy from Oz. Nominated for a lead-actor trophy for his portrayal of flamboyant Aussie songwriter Peter Allen in the hit Broadway musical, Jackman will host the 58th Annual Tony Awards. And he promises it will be loads of fun.


TV Guide Online: Hosting the Tonys must be like working the room at a really big party.
Hugh Jackman:
That's a good way to put it. There are 6000 people there. Broadway people. And they're the most lively crowd you've ever seen.

TVGO: How do you prepare for a thing like that?
Jackman:
The only bit I'm doing is to get contact lenses. I didn't think my eyesight was that bad until I tried to read the TelePrompTer at last year's Tonys — and couldn't. Oy. It was like being at the eye doctor and being asked to read that tiny little line — on n read more

PLACE YOUR BETS, FOLKS

Serial wedder Jennifer Lopez reportedly 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 by the time I'm done writing this item. read more

PRENUP NIXED?

Halle Berry's estranged hubby, Eric Benet, is asking a judge to determine the "validity" of their prenup in an effort to obtain spousal support from his famous wife. Berry, who filed for divorce from Benet in April, recently told Oprah that her soon-to-be-ex had cheated on her and was being treated for sexual addiction. The rest of their marriage was an absolute fairytale, though. read more

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