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WHEN DOES HE SLEEP?

As if Ryan Seacrest weren't busy enough, the host of American Idol, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest and the syndicated American Top 40 radio countdown is adding a fourth gig to his repertoire. The well-groomed emcee has been named the new host of KIIS-FM's popular L.A.-based morning radio program. He replaces Rick Dees, who got the big KIIS off after 22 years with the station. Still, he's gotta be feeling better than Brian Dunkleman right about now. read more

SUN RISES

Kenny Chesney's When the Sun Goes Down entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with sales of 551,000 copies — the biggest debut of the year. Incubus' A Crow Left of the Murder opened at No. 2 with 332,000 copies sold. read more

CASE CLOSED

Art Garfunkel pleaded guilty to drug possession in upstate New York and paid $200 in fines. Police stopped Garfunkel's speeding limo last month and caught the singer with 6 grams of marijuana. read more

WHERE'S THE LOVE?

A Beverly Hills judge briefly issued an arrest warrant for Courtney Love Wednesday after the troubled singer skipped a court hearing on drug charges. But the warrant was put on hold after Love's attorney explained that his client — who is charged with illegal possession of two painkillers — was MIA due to a "security" issue. The hearing was postponed until Tuesday. read more

DIVINE INTERVENTION

Here's proof that God is a hopeless romantic: Chris Marquette — who recurs as Amber Tamblyn's sometime lab partner/love interest, Adam, on CBS' heavenly drama, Joan of Arcadia — has been promoted to a full-fledged series regular. Word is the man upstairs has big plans for these two. Now, if only he would ditch those lame crime subplots... read more

WHAT'S THE TWIST?

The WB, the only network without a hit reality franchise, has green-lighted Big Man on Campus — a six-episode dating show set at a university. The series comes from producer Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor). read more

IF THEY CAN'T MAKE IT WORK...

In a blow to anatomically incorrect couples everywhere, Mattel announced today that after more than 43 years together, the storybook romance that is Barbie and Ken has come to an end. "They feel it's time to spend some quality time apart," says Mattel marketing VP Russell Arons, who adds that come spring, Barbie will sport a whole new look that reflects her life as a "carefree and independent" woman. Ken, meanwhile, will sport a whole new look that reflects his life as an out and proud homosexual. Just kidding. About the last part. The rest of it is true. Really. read more

LORDY!

In a bit of an upset, the London Film Critics named Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World — and not the latest Lord of the Rings flick — the best picture of the year on Wednesday. read more

NASTY GIRL

Janet Jackson has experienced another wardrobe malfunction, but this time it has disappeared altogether. The Boobygate star appears topless on the cover of her new album, Damita Jo, due in stores March 30. Clad only in jeans with her arms covering her breasts, Jackson was going for a "simple and youthful picture that she felt people would like," her rep tells USA Today. read more

BATMAN CASTING

Liam Neeson is in talks to join the cast of Warner Bros.' upcoming Batman flick. It's not clear who the Oscar nominee would play, but this much we know: Christian Bale stars as the Caped Crusader and Michael Caine will appear as Alfred the butler. read more

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