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Are you heinous-looking with low self-esteem? Well, I've got some good news for you! Fox has ordered a second edition of its apocalyptic makeover show The Swan. Prospective contestants can apply at read more


Colombian heartthrob Juanes, late salsa entertainer Celia Cruz and former General Hospital star Ricky Martin snagged three trophies apiece at Thursday's Billboard Latin Music Awards. Other winners included In Living Color's Jennifer Lopez and American Idol's Gloria Estefan. read more


The previously tardy Michael Jackson arrived 40 minutes early at a California courtroom Friday to be formally indicted on child-molestation charges. The former King of Pop pleaded innocent to 10 felony counts: That's four counts of lewd acts on a minor child, one count of an attempted lewd act on a child and four counts of giving an intoxicant to a child. There was also one conspiracy count involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. Flanked by his parents and defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr., Jacko looked almost normal in glasses and a sport coat and tie. Outside the courthouse, he addressed a crowd of 1500 supporters, saying: "I would like to thank the fans around the world for your love and your support on every corner of the Earth." Jackson also gushingly thanked his parents, brother Randy and "the community of Santa Maria," where he lives and — it should be noted  read more

FriendsSigh. Am I the only one...

Friends Sigh. Am I the only one in America who doesn't want to see Ross and Rachel end up together? Don't get me wrong; I'm a hopeless (although I prefer hopeful) romantic who wholeheartedly believes in the notion that "the One" is out there, but I'm also not the sucker I was seven or eight years ago, when these two called it quits romantically the first time. And I'd like to think the same of Rachel, who has evolved from a spoiled, self-absorbed rich girl who'd always depended on Daddy to provide for her into a confident, capable career woman. (Although I seriously question her parenting skills. I don't care if she brought a baby monitor with her — she left Emma alone in the apartment across the hall to attend her going-away party! And I'm only going to assume that Joey was watching Emma when Rachel later stormed over to Ross's place.) It's so disappointing that the character who seems to have evolved the most might possibly end up with the character who has evol read more


The plug has reportedly been pulled on Living It Up! With Ali and Jack! This begs the question: If a talk show is axed, but no one is around to care, does it make a noise? Discuss. read more

Seven Silly Questions for&#133 Tonya Harding

Well, folks, we have now officially heard it all: On Sunday night's season premiere of Comedy Central's The Man Show (10 pm/ET), comedian Doug Stanhope is going to get his funny bone broken in the boxing ring by Tonya Harding, the slap-happy former ice princess who now beats people up legally. In honor of this bizarre and momentous occasion, we are risking life and limb to ask the muscle-bound pugilist seven silly questions. (Oh, the things we do for you people!)

TV Guide Online: As guys go, Doug Stanhope is kind of a wuss. So don't you think the producers should have thrown co-host Joe Rogan into the ring, too... you know, just to keep the fight fair?
Tonya Harding:
Doug's very wussy — he fights like a b---h! I would rather have fought Rogan, because it would have been much more of a challenge.

TVGO: Who screamed more like a girl when they got slugged — Doug or your Celebrity Boxing opponent, Paula Jones?
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World sold 3.5 million DVDs during its first week in stores, making it the month's best-selling title. read more


With sales of 191,000 copies, Prince's new CD, Musicology, debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's album chart, behind Usher's Confessions and Mario Winans' latest disc, Hurt No More. read more


Lost in Translation's Scarlett Johansson is the latest A-lister to join Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 3. Kenneth Branagh and Carrie-Anne Moss round out the all-star cast. read more

Julianne Moore Tabloid Shocker!

The New York Post's "Page Six" gossip column gets a nice plug in the new romantic comedy Laws of Attraction (opening Friday), but the film's leading lady, Julianne Moore, is questioning the scandal sheet's accuracy. The Oscar-nominated actress cites one particular story from several years back that claimed she had been taken to the hospital from the set of Far from Heaven.

"It said somebody had slipped me a piece of birthday cake that had a lot of sugar in it, and that I was highly allergic to sugar," she recalls. "So, they shut down production and rushed me to the hospital, where I managed to come out of my sugar coma and was back at work the next day."

Moore insists there was "zero" truth to the item. "I don't know where it came from," she says, "Anyone who knows me knows that I have quite an affiliation with sugar and no allergies at all."

Still, the down-to-earth thesp admits she was "flattered" the Post devoted read more

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