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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's tumultuous 18-month courtship is over. "I am confirming the reports that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck," read a statement from Lopez's camp. "At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy." According to reports, the romance ended on Jan. 20, just three days after Affleck returned to Los Angeles from the Sundance Film Festival and four months after the duo called off their lavish, million-dollar nuptials. Let's all share a moment of silence in memory of Bennifer. read more


Boston Public's school year has been cut short. Fox, which ordered only 15 episodes of the show this season, has opted not to pick up additional installments. The network has yet to decide whether the show will be back next season, but I'll go out on a limb and say it doesn't look good. read more


Apprentice loon Sam Solovey — who finally got pink-slipped by The Donald on last night's episode — popped the question to his girlfriend this morning live on the Today show. "I have to do everything big," he joked before placing the ring on Laurie's finger. (Believe it or not, she said yes.) For Sam's thoughts on his ouster, read Bruce Fretts' Q&A with him in today's Insider. read more


Randi Coy, the dimwit bride-to-be at the center of Fox's My Big, Fat Obnoxious Fiancé, has lost her job as a Catholic school teacher in Phoenix, Ariz. Officials gave Coy until this week to decide whether to return to class or continue her association with the show through promotional appearances. The ultimatum came after parents complained to school officials that the show didn't go hand-in-hand with Catholic values. Ya think? read more

The Apprentice Oh, Sammy. We hardly...

The Apprentice
Oh, Sammy. We hardly knew ya'. Well, actually, we did. We just didn't like you. Nor did your Versacorp cohorts, apparently. Maybe it was because you were so weasely while managing the shopping project. Then again, it could have been that ridiculous cowboy hat. Needless to say, your firing was less of a surprise than the fact that Trump has one nightmare of a black-and-yellow couch in his lobby. As far as strategies go, though, I beg to differ with Katrina. Life isn't too short to be a bitch. Just look at Omarosa.

American Idol
You know, I tell my office administrator that her sweater makes her look, um, chesty, and I get in trouble. Simon calls some poor kid "musical food poisoning" and he gets to be on TV. What is wrong here?! The Houston auditions were as scary as the couch in Trump's lobby, made only slightly bearable by the out-of-nowhere fight between Randy and read more


Paris Hilton is getting all literary on us. The Simple Life star is reportedly shopping around a proposal for Tongue in Chic: Confessions of an Heiress, a book that contains tips on how to be rich and useless. read more


Six years after James Cameron became king of the movie world with Titanic, the Oscar-winning auteur is preparing his next big-screen venture. Cameron describes the top-secret, untitled project as "a big-budget science-fiction film with a pile of special effects" and a 3-D component. Production is slated to begin later this year. read more


Red-hot Las Vegas star Josh Duhamel has landed the lead role in Disney's upcoming big-screen epic Antarctica. The project is based on the true story of a group of explorers fighting for their lives in the bitter cold. Duhamel's latest film, Win A Date with Tad Hamilton, opens Friday. read more


Donald Trump can wipe that smug look off his face. His hit NBC reality show The Apprentice got clobbered in the ratings last night by Fox's American Idol. Clobbered. In its first Wednesday outing opposite Simon Cowell and Co., The Apprentice attracted 12 million viewers to Idol's 29 million viewers. The Apprentice had been averaging 20 million viewers on Thursday nights. In other Apprentice news... read more


The Chicago Film Critics Association has chosen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as the best picture of 2003. Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) and Charlize Theron (Monster) won top acting honors. read more

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