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Moviegoers made love, not war, their genre of choice at the box office this weekend, as the Jack Nicholson-Diane Keaton romance Something's Gotta Give debuted at No. 1 with $17 million. That pushed Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai to second with $14 million, followed by the new Matt Damon-Greg Kinnear conjoined comedy Stuck on You (No. 3 with $10 million) and Love Don't Cost a Thing (No. 4 with $6.5 million). read more


Oprah Winfrey has extended an olive branch to David Letterman, just as the duo's very public tiff had started to get ugly. On Friday's Late Show, Letterman announced that Winfrey had finally invited him to appear on her program — an offer he has yet to formally accept. "It can't possibly happen because that would screw up the Super Bowl of Love," he said. "Because here's what would happen: I would go on the Oprah show and I would break down and sob like a little girl." read more


The American Film Institute has unveiled its picks for the 10 best movies of 2003, and there's not a Jennifer Lopez flick in the bunch. The unranked list includes American Splendor, Finding Nemo, The Human Stain, In America, The Last Samurai, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Monster and Mystic River. read more


Nearly a month after his arrest, Michael Jackson is expected to be formally charged with multiple counts of child molestation this week. Someone better sedate Jermaine. read more


Outspoken office manager Sandra Diaz-Twine outwitted a double-crossing Boy Scout leader and a really good liar with really scary hair to win Survivor: Pearl Islands last night. The 29-year-old mother of two collects $1 million, a new SUV and a 10 percent discount at the CBS commissary. Meanwhile, Nielsen estimates an average 25 million viewers watched the two-hour finale, easily making it Sunday's top program. read more


Paris Hilton's latest escapades are headed to a video store near you — but they won't be packaged in a big fat box or hidden in a seedy back room. Fox Home Entertainment has announced plans to release the entire first season of The Simple Life on DVD Jan 20 — a week after the hit reality show ends its seven-episode run on TV. Now that's what I call a quickie. read more


A judge gave convicted shoplifter Winona Ryder high marks for abiding by the rules of her probation at a hearing today in Los Angeles. If she keeps it up, there's talk her felony convictions could be reduced to misdemeanors. Ryder's next progress report hearing is slated for May 26. read more


Stephen King is turning his apocalyptic best-seller Desperation into a three-hour ABC movie... NBC has ordered four additional episodes of its low-rated Alicia Silverstone dramedy Miss Match. read more


Keiko, the beloved killer whale who starred in the Free Willy movies, was buried Monday in a private ceremony in Norway. The six-ton orca died Friday of pneumonia at age 27, which is considered old for a captive whale. read more


Here's some "TV News" scoop from the new issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Sarah Michelle Gellar won't be back as Buffy this season after all. The erstwhile Slayer — who was in talks to do a two-episode arc on Buffy spinoff Angel during May sweeps — has opted against picking up stakes again. Says Joss Whedon, creator of both series: "She feels it's not the right time." Gellar's rep declined to comment. In related news, the Scooby-Doo thesp has signed on to star in the horror film The Grudge, an English-language remake of the Japanese thriller Ju-On. read more

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