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The head of the Motion Picture Association of America said Wednesday that he believes the public could be watching newly-released movies on the Internet by 2005... The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna that crashed in the Bahamas in 2001, killing actress-singer Aaliyah and eight other people, had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body, an autopsy found... Jessica Lynch's authorized biography I Am a Soldier, Too has debuted atop the New York Times' nonfiction bestseller list. read more

Ed I think it's time to check...

Ed
I think it's time to check into the Betty Ford Clinic for TV fans addicted to cute. Because no matter how much I gripe about the down-home dorkiness of Stuckeyville, I have to admit it: I am powerless over Ed and Carol. Love 'em! Presenting Carol her 25 favorite things, then popping the question, I'm sorry. It just doesn't get any sweeter and more prime-time adorable than that. And while it was a hoot to see Burt Reynolds as Mike's strap of a dad, even better was the feuding twosome's barb-fueled reconciliation. Who knew "You're impotent" and "Sorry I burned down your house" could make for such a heartwarming Thanksgiving?

It's All Relative
Hmmm. A bit of a misfire here, with Liz and Bobby trying to trick their folks into throwing them an engagement party. Granted, it made for some great back-and-forth bickering between the O'Neils and Liz's dads, but there has to be a better way to ruffle their feathers than showing twentysomet read more

FAREWELL

Gene Anthony Ray, best known for playing street-smart teen Leroy in the 1980 movie Fame and the subsequent TV series, died Friday of complications from a recent stroke. He was 41. In related news, actress Kellie Waymire, who guest-starred on Six Feet Under and Friends, and had a recurring role as Elizabeth Cutler on Star Trek: Enterprise, died last week of natural causes. She was 36. read more

Heidi Klum Struts Her Bad Self

Übermodel Heidi Klum is living proof that, when it comes to clothing, less is sometimes more. With wholesome looks and traffic-stopping curves, this 30-year-old German native has quickly become one of Victoria's best-kept secrets. We sat down with Klum on the eve of tonight's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (10 pm/ET on CBS) to chat about working the catwalk in your underwear, and what happens when a sweet apple-strudel girl turns into an evil video-game Bond girl and locks lips with Pierce Brosnan.


TV Guide Online: It must be a little nerve-wracking, walking down the runway in your underwear with millions of people at home watching you. What happens if you trip? Do they yell "Cut!" and give you a do-over?
Klum:
If you mess up, they're not going to stop the whole show, because everything is lined up with the music and there's 27 other girls beh read more

THIS IS BAD

Michael Jackson is a wanted man. At a press conference today, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson confirmed that an arrest warrant has been issued for the King of Pop stemming from multiple allegations of sexual abuse. The warrant was for violation of Section 288 of the California Penal Code — which prohibits lewd or lascivious acts with a child under age 14. Bail has been set at $3 million. If convicted on a single count, Jacko faces from three to eight years in prison. In light of today's events, CBS has decided to postpone its Michael Jackson Number Ones special, which was scheduled to air next Wednesday. "Given the gravity of the charges against Mr. Jackson, we believe it would be inappropriate at this time to broadcast an entertainment special," the network said in a statement. read more

UP AND CATWALKING

The second edition of America's Top Model debuts Jan. 13, UPN confirmed today. Tyra Banks returns as mentor/judge. Scary Janice Dickinson is back too. read more

BOB ON TRIAL

Former TV toughie Robert Conrad was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on DUI charges stemming from a collision last March near his California home. The actor is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 8. read more

CSI Fan Plays Dead


You'd think Charlene Hubenthal would get enough of the grisly and gory in her real life as a firefighter, ambulance driver and former reserve cop in North Charleston, S.C. You'd be wrong. Hubenthal, the only female in her firehouse, just loves watching CSI. So much that the single mom wrote to CBS's Early Show for its "Week of Wishes" requesting the chance to play a corpse on her favorite crime drama. Her back-up faves were JAG and Without a Trace, but she got her first choice!

"I got a phone call from an Early Show producer," she says, "telling me they'd fulfill my wish." So Hubenthal and daughter Jessica were flown to Los Angeles, where they were given a whirlwind tour. Then, she got her 15 minutes of fame — literally. That's about how long she had to lie on a morgue slab, eyes closed and read more

WOW

In other Frog developments, the WB is fast-tracking production on a half-hour comedy starring rapper-turned-actor Bow Wow. Slated to debut at midseason, the show finds the artist formerly known as Lil Bow Wow playing a gifted music student who enrolls at an elite boarding school. Murder One's Daniel Benzali plays the headmaster. read more

NEW CRIME WAVE

USA Network is developing a limited series that would resurrect the characters from Scarface, Brian De Palma's 1983 classic starring Al Pacino. The film is currently enjoying a rebirth thanks to repeated cable airings and its recent release on DVD. read more

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