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MEKKA LEKKA MARVELOUS!

All 45 episodes of the late, great Pee Wee's Playhouse — plus six "lost" shows — will arrive on DVD this fall. A collector's set will include commentary and bonus material from star Paul Reubens. read more

THE VERDICT IS IN

Only 4 million viewers showed up for Jury duty on Fox Tuesday night. The courtroom drama's two-hour premiere lagged behind the NBA finals on ABC, Last Comic Standing on NBC and Summerland on WB. read more

Elaine Stritch at Liberty Ahhhh....

Elaine Stritch at Liberty
Ahhhh. There's nothing like a stage diva waxing musical about her golden years. Though from the looks of Stritch, we may be talking about sometime around the dawn of man. What is she, 108? Jeez. Still looks amazing in a dress shirt and black stockings, I gotta give her that. And the voice! Like aged whiskey poured over a carton of unfiltered smokes. No wonder Richard Burton once confessed to having an, um, arousing time at one of her matinees. And after this year's Tonys, it's obvious they don't make 'em like this Broadway baby anymore. Now they make 'em like a gay Wolverine and dirty Muppets. Which ain't bad either.

The Simple Life
Speaking of bad, I have a confession of my own to make. I adore Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. I know, I know. Let the stoning begin. It's just that they're so dumb! "What's a Wal-Mart?" "What does generic mean?" "Let's have a threesome!" God read more

WELCOME TO THE AIRPORT, BITCH!

A politician in Orange County, Calif., wants to change the name of the local airport from John Wayne Airport to The O.C. Airport, after the Fox smash. Supervisor Chris Norby sees it as an opportunity to capitalize on the county's growing recognition and make it a more appealing destination for tourists. And if that doesn't entice travelers, there's talk of renaming the entire county The Caribbean. read more

SAD DAY IN HOLLYWOOD

Music legend Ray Charles passed away this morning at 11:35 am/PT due to complications from liver disease. The 73-year-old was surrounded by family members and his manager at his Beverly Hills home. In his life, Charles overcame obstacles such as childhood poverty, blindness and heroin addiction to pioneer the soul sound — and win 12 Grammys along the way. read more

WILL POWER

Dolly Parton's 1974 single "I Will Always Love You" has topped Country Music Television's list of the 100 greatest love songs. The song enjoyed a rebirth 18 years after its debut, when Whitney Houston's version went to No. 1 on the pop charts. And it was all downhill from there. read more

OOPS!

Britney Spears underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday after injuring herself during a video shoot in Manhattan. The 22-year-old lip-synching superstar was doing choreography for her "Outrageous" video when her bum left knee gave out. An MRI scan later found floating cartilage and a dollop of silicone in her knee. There's no word on how this will impact the second leg of her Onyx Hotel Tour, slated to resume June 22 in Hartford, Conn. read more

Nicole Kidman: "I'm Not Perfect"


Starting Friday, Nicole Kidman can be seen in Frank Oz and Paul Rudnick's remake of the 1975 cult classic, The Stepford Wives. In this version, Joanna's a powerful TV-network president and Matthew Broderick is the insecure husband who plots not only to alter her hair color — from brunet to blond — but her whole personality! Will she end up a sexy, subservient robot? We won't tell. As for the ex-Mrs. Tom Cruise, she can't understand the desire for a "perfect" mate.

"I don't want perfect," insists the stunning 36-year-old Oscar winner. "Happiness is not found through perfection, or even trying to achieve it. The fun thing is discovering someone — the things that somebody else might think are appalling, you might think are really cute.

"I am nowhere near perfect, and I'm not ever trying to be," she adds. "The thing I find most attractive in people is their flaws. I like the mystery."

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TONY TUMBLES

The fifth-season finale of The Sopranos attracted 11 million viewers Sunday, down from the 12.5 million who tuned in for the fourth-season finale in December 2002. Why the tumble? Well, my colleague Stephen Battaglio addresses that very question in today's The Biz. read more

NOT AGAIN...

Courtney Love's back in the news, folks. The one-woman train wreck was charged Wednesday with attacking a female pal of her ex-manager in April with a bottle and a metal flashlight. An arrest warrant has been issued for the rocker. Factoring in this latest flap, Love now faces charges in four separate cases — silencing critics who say she can't multitask. read more

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