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Music Lover Hits It Big


If anybody has a cooler job than Luke Eddins, we don't know who it is. (And that includes Party Boy!) Night and day, the music lover listens to demos submitted via his website, lukehits.com, then picks the most ear-catching tracks for the mix CDs he circulates among commercial, TV and movie producers. When all is said and done, industry bigwigs have gotten a great song for a great price, and the middleman has helped a wannabe become what they wanna be. What did we tell you? Cool!

"I had this crazy-ass idea," the 27-year-old Virginia native tells TV Guide Online, "to become a sort of human Google guy, sifting through all the clutter — only in my case, my search results would yield hit songs. I felt that no one had the guts to listen to the thousands of often frightening demos out there to find that one diamond in the rough.

"I'm in the needle-in-a-haystack business," he sums up, "and I'm the first to admit it."

Since lukehits.com's read more

HEADING NORTH

Late Night with Conan O'Brien is heading to Toronto in mid-February to shoot a week's worth of episodes. Local officials are hoping the exposure will revive tourism, which has slumped in the wake of the SARS outbreak. read more

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"I know for a fact he likes girls. I've seen him totally make out with a girl." — Teenypopper Aaron Carter voicing support for Michael Jackson in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. read more

LIVE WIRES

Regis's current and former leading ladies are taking their "rivalry" to the small screen. Kathie Lee Gifford will guest star on Kelly Ripa's ABC sitcom Hope & Faith in early '04. Gifford will play a waitress who competes with Faith (Ripa) for an acting gig. read more

AIN'T IT GRAND?

Ben Affleck will serve as the grand marshall of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 15, which means the actor/NASCAR fan gets to utter the traditional command, "Gentlemen, start your engines... and why exactly did I agree to do this?" In related news, at a press conference today to promote his new pic Paycheck, Affleck confirmed that his HBO reality series Project Greenlight is headed to Bravo. read more

MODEL MOM

Supermodel Heidi Klum and her Italian boyfriend Flavio Briatore are expecting their first child in the spring, reports the New York Daily News. read more

HE SAID, HE SAID

White Stripes frontman Jack White and Von Bondies singer/guitarist Jason Stollsteimer got into a fistfight Saturday night at a Detroit club. Stollsteimer told police that White punched him seven times in the face. White, however, says he attacked Stollsteimer in self-defense. Police are investigating. read more

Survivor Villain Talks Trash

Jon Dalton may go down in history as the most notorious Survivor ever. Even Richard Hatch couldn't top some of this dude's dastardly deeds. He lied to his Survivor: Pearl Islands teammates, telling them his grandmother died. He constantly spewed misogynistic comments. No one's intelligence escaped insult on the show. The guy who calls himself Jonny Fairplay — that's his wrestling moniker — felt any nasty move was "just part of the game." Well, he did make the final three. And surprisingly, the other 15 Pearl Islands contestants didn't lynch him during Sunday night's reunion show! Here, the smooth talker spares a few minutes for TV Guide Online to chat about his future plans, his scary fantasies, and the upcoming Survivor: All Stars edition.


TVGO: Has the WWE called to sign up Jonny Fairplay as a new wrestler?
Jon: Maybe. Can't say. I'm not allowed to say. What do you think? How is that for an answer read more

MR. MANNERS

American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken has topped the list of the Ten Best-Mannered People of 2003, as chosen by the National League of Junior Cotillions. Oprah Winfrey came in second, followed by Gen. Tommy Franks, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and injured surfer Bethany Hamilton. read more

ON THE MEND

Ozzy Osbourne is once again breathing on his own, but wife Sharon tells Britain's ITV television that it would be "probably about six months" before her husband is back to his old cussing self following last week's quad bike accident. "But he will be back, he's not going anywhere," she added. "He'll be ordering everybody around, don't worry." read more

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