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Dressed in a white suit, Michael Jackson returned to court Monday to face off against his longtime nemesis, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon. The hearing focused on whether Sneddon violated attorney-client privilege when he invaded the office of a private investigator who worked for Jackson's former lawyer, Mark Geragos. To psych himself up for the showdown, Jacko made a surprise visit to Los Angeles' First AME Church on Sunday with an entourage that included current lawyer Tom Mesereau Jr., brother Randy and, standing in for Nick and Aaron Carter, comedian Steve Harvey. read more


In her first major role since Ally McBeal went kaput, Calista Flockhart has signed on to play a (presumably rail-thin) nurse employed at a desolate children's hospital in the indie flick Fragile, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Shooting starts later this month in Barcelona. Fasting, however, begins immediately. read more


Paris Hilton found herself in a Las Vegas wedding chapel over the weekend to watch her kid sis, Nicky, marry 33-year-old money manager, Todd Andrew Meister. Also present for the whirlwind predawn ceremony were chapel owner Shirley Harvey, actress Bijou Phillips and, in the back pew, an empty bottle of gin covered with Britney Spears' DNA. read more


The Food Network will air Julia Child: A Tribute, an hour-long retrospective honoring the late culinary queen, on Sunday at 9 pm/ET. The special will cap a day of programming dedicated to Child, who died Friday at the age of 91. read more


Alien vs. Predator scared up some serious coin at the weekend box office, debuting at No. 1 with a monstrous $38.3 million. Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement finished a strong No. 2 with $23 million, bringing its five-day total to $37.2 million. Tom Cruise's Collateral slipped to third with $16 million, followed by Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie (No. 4 with $9.4 million) and The Bourne Supremacy (No. 5 with $8.3 million). read more


Lynda Carter better gas up that invisible jet. The erstwhile Wonder Woman will play the principal of a high school for superpowered teens in the Disney family comedy Sky High. The pic also stars Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston and Dave Foley. read more


Sopranos star James Gandolfini will play Ernest Hemingway in an untitled film about the author's tempestuous romance with war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Variety reports. Robin Wright PennSanta Barbara's original Kelly Capwell — is a possibility to play Gellhorn. read more


Strangers with Candy goofball Amy Sedaris is the frontrunner to replace Craig Kilborn as host of CBS's Late Late Show, the New York Post reports. read more

SUNDAY The Olympics It's that...


The Olympics
It's that time again. The time when we suddenly develop a deep, strangely sincere passion for a variety of sports that normally many of us couldn't care less about (except my colleague Rich, who's a real track and field freak). I don't know what was wrong with me. At one point this weekend I actually answered the phone by saying, "Why are you calling me during the fencing finals?!" I know, sad.

Now let's face it, there are tons of places you can get comprehensive Olympics results. But where else can you get a rundown of random comments and odd observations from the first two days of competition (plus the opening ceremony, which is at the bottom of the page)? With that out of the way, away we go:

A Few Noteworthy Moments:
  • Michael Phelps winning his first gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley, and later going head to head with Australia's man in black, Ian Thorpe, in the 200-meter fr
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    Farscape Vixen Returns

    Like every Farscape cast member, Claudia Black spent the first three seasons of Sci Fi Channel's cult hit convinced it could be yanked off the air at any moment. "The fourth year was the first time I actually believed we'd be back," says the actress, who played steely Peacekeeper warrior Aeryn Sun. "We were shooting the last scene of the final episode, and I said to Ben Browder [aka Crichton], 'We'll be back. We always come back. It's the boomerang show!' And he said, 'No, I don't think so.'"

    Unfortunately, Browder was right... until now, anyway. Against the odds, Farscape is returning to Sci Fi this October in a four-hour miniseries called Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. As happy as Black was to be back onboard Moya, the project came at an awkward time. "It was filmed just before Christmas," she says. "We had all scattered to the four winds and getting everybody back was really difficult. read more

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