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R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband, record executive Todd Russaw, were arrested Wednesday in Atlanta on drug possession charges. They were allegedly caught with cocaine and marijuana. read more

GOING LEGIT

Kelly Osbourne is doing it — branching out into acting, that is. The Osbournes star has been cast in Doing It, an ABC pilot that centers around the sexual antics of three 16-year-old Seattle boys. It's based on British author Melvin Burgess' controversial young-adult novel. read more

BAD SINGING = GOOD RATINGS

The return of American Idol propelled Fox to the top of the ratings heap last week. With Idol holding the top three spots, the network won the week with an average 12.8 million viewers. Wednesday's Idol ranked as the most-watched show with 29.4 million viewers, followed by Monday's and Tuesday's installments. Idol also boosted the premiere of My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (No. 8) and lifted The O.C. to its best numbers yet. NBC, buoyed by Sunday's highly rated Golden Globe Awards, finished a close second with 12.7 million viewers. read more

Quote of the Night "Pick a character!...

Quote of the Night
"Pick a character! Either you are this scared crapless girl, or you are this attitude-having diva. You can't be both." — Xiomara calling out rival Catie's phony dramatic antics on America's Next Top Model

Gilmore Girls
Bad Gilmores! Bad! "Stan Green" may be a character we've never met, but their behavior at his funeral was still awful. Lorelai and Rory can never quit their incessant, cutesy banter, even during the singing of a kaddish (which is a Jewish mourner's prayer). Worse yet, the ladies wore matching black berets! Good grief. However, my girls do win points for referencing The Witches of Eastwick — one of my all-time fave films — and fearing they'll "take the Craziest Mother and Daughter title away from Judy and Liza."

American Idol
Idol's bad auditions often make me grab for the clicker. Karaoke cuckoo Tomomi Tamura read more

LORD OF THE OSCARS

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was officially crowned the Oscar front-runner today by scoring a field-best 11 Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best director for Peter Jackson. Competing with Rings for best picture are Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Lost in Translation, Mystic River and Seabiscuit. In a surprising twist, Anthony Minghella's Civil War epic Cold Mountain failed to secure nominations for best picture or best actress for Nicole Kidman, although Jude Law and read more

Scrubs Diagnosis: Wanderlust


Actors on godawful series thank their lucky stars every time that their audiences shrink. But, since Zach Braff headlines the cast of NBC's sublime hospital sitcom Scrubs, he's kinda eager for more viewers to tune in. Unfortunately, frequent time-slot changes have made a chore of finding his show, never mind getting hooked on it. This week, for example, the show has yet another brand-new berth: tonight at 9:30 pm/ET.

"My parents called and told me they sometimes can't figure out when we're on," the endearingly dorky 28-year-old says. "So [if we just stayed in one place] that would be two more people who would be watching every week."

On the plus side, outside of the United States, Braff and Co. are revered like the A-listers of Friends. Who knew "zany" lost so little in translation? "I had thought of Scrubs as such an American show," he notes. "There's a lot of pop-culture references to [the States]. Yet when we went on a big pre read more

DID SOMEONE SCRATCH HER?

Halle Berry was injured Saturday on the Vancouver set of Catwoman in what Warner Bros. describes as a "minor accident." Berry was treated at a local hospital and released. She returned to work on Monday. read more

Scrubs Diagnosis: Wanderlust


Actors on godawful series thank their lucky stars every time that their audiences shrink. But, since Zach Braff headlines the cast of NBC's sublime hospital sitcom Scrubs, he's kinda eager for more viewers to tune in. Unfortunately, frequent time-slot changes have made a chore of finding his show, never mind getting hooked on it. This week, for example, the show has yet another brand-new berth: tonight at 9:30 pm/ET.

"My parents called and told me they sometimes can't figure out when we're on," the endearingly dorky 28-year-old says. "So [if we just stayed in one place] that would be two more people who would be watching every week."

On the plus side, outside of the United States, Braff and Co. are revered like the A-listers of Friends. Who knew "zany" lost so little in translation? "I had thought of Scrubs as such an American show," he notes. "There's a lot of pop-culture references to [the States]. Yet when we went on a big pre read more

Golden Globe Questions Answered!


Some mysteries are best left unsolved. Take, for instance, the enigma that is Donald Trump's creepy coif. Other unexplained phenomena, however, warrant further investigation — especially when said perplexities occur at a major Hollywood shindig like the 61st annual Golden Globe Awards. Here's what left us scratching our comb-overs Sunday night...

Is Tyra Banks appearing in Matt LeBlanc's spin-off, Joey? The Friends himbo and Victoria's Secret model made a head-turning pair as the presenters for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy. But when the duo was introduced, it sure sounded like the announcer said Miss Tyra was going to star on Joey. Is she?
"It's not true," says a Friends rep. Adds Banks' spokeswoman: "They said, 'The creator and executive producer of America's Next Top Model and from the upcoming NBC show Joey.' Because they said it quickly, it sounded as if she was doing both. But she's n read more

GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND

Late-night legend Jack Paar — host of NBC's The Tonight Show from 1957 until 1962 — has died at 85 from a long illness. Johnny Carson, who inherited the Tonight reins from Parr, said he was "very saddened to hear of [Parr's] passing. He was a unique personality who brought a new dimension to late night television." Indeed, Parr — whose guests included everyone from JFK to Judy Garland — was dubbed "one of America's most popular indoor pastimes" just weeks after his debut. read more

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