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Wonder twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen turned 18 on Sunday... Britney Spears is launching a new fragrance line this fall called Curious. Just curious: Why? read more

ABORT TAKEOFF

A politician in Orange County, Calif., has reportedly dropped plans to rename the John Wayne Airport after Fox's hit sudser The O.C. Apparently, fans of the Duke — and some lunatic named Oliver — complained. read more

CRIKEY!

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin is once again under attack — this time for breaching regulations governing how close people can get to wildlife in the Antarctic. While swimming with two whales in the ocean off Antarctica, Irwin allegedly got too close to penguins and seals. The loony thrill-seeker claims he merely climbed onto an iceberg after his dry suit ripped. Likely story. read more

DIVORCE COURT

Ali Landry has filed for divorce from Saved by the Bell's Mario Lopez after just six weeks of marriage. I never thought I'd say this, but I kinda wish The Other Half was still on the air. Speaking of celeb splits, Rush Limbaugh announced Friday that he and wife Marta are going their separate ways after 10 years of marriage. I never thought I'd say this, but I kinda wish Rush Limbaugh: The TV Show was... oh, who am I kidding, no I don't. read more

MAGIC TOUCH

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban fended off a trio of newcomers to maintain its hold atop the box office. Despite tumbling a steep 63 percent from last weekend's debut, the third chapter in the boy-wizard saga brought in $35.1 million for a 10-day total of $158.1 million. Vin Diesel's Pitch Black follow-up, The Chronicles of Riddick, opened at No. 2 with a so-so $24.6 million, while Nicole Kidman's black comedy remake of The Stepford Wives — alright, were they robots or not? — exceeded expectations by taking in $22.2 million for fourth place. Rounding out the top five was Garfield: The Movie, which survived a critical pummeling to gobble up a pretty fat $21.7 million. read more

A NEW FRIEND

Friends star Courteney Cox and her hubby, David Arquette, became the proud parents of a baby girl early Sunday — one week ahead of schedule. Continuing the weird baby-naming trend sweeping Hollywood, the couple named her Coco. But Cox may have a good excuse: According to published reports, the 39-year-old actress, like Gwyneth Paltrow before her, endured a long labor and therefore was probably out of her freakin' mind. read more

LOVE TROUBLE

Here's a quick Courtney Love update, folks: The 39-year-old singer is still in the throes of a major meltdown. Meanwhile, the basket case surrendered to police Friday on charges she assaulted a woman with a liquor bottle at the home of her former manager. She posted $55,000 bail and was released to go do something else stupid. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Hollywood's acting elite turned out en masse Thursday to watch Meryl Streep (of 19 West 12th Street) receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute. Among the heavyweights offering glowing testimonials at the Kodak Theater: Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Shirley MacLaine and Jim Carrey. read more

MIKEY DOESN'T LIKE IT

The MPAA has assigned an R-rating to Michael Moore's anti-Dubya doc, Fahrenheit 9/11, for "violent and disturbing images and for language." Distributor Lions Gate plans to contest the ruling. The film opens June 25. read more

TOO MUCH SUN?

Rap mogul-turned-Broadway star Sean Combs left A Raisin in the Sun during intermission on Saturday after suffering stomach pains. Understudy Billy Eugene Jones stood in for him during the second half. Combs — who called in sick again on Sunday — hopes to return for Tuesday's performance. read more

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