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In case you missed Queen Latifah's shameless box office reports during last night's Grammys, Barbershop 2: Back in Business opened at No. 1 over the weekend. The ensemble comedy grossed $25.1 million — that's $4 million better than the first Barbershop took in two years ago. The hockey flick Miracle also scored with a strong $19.4 million opening. And buoyed by Charlize Theron's Oscar-nominated performance, Monster entered the top 10 for the first time. The dark drama earned $3.5 million, tying at No. 6 with Mystic River. read more

Sunday E!'s Live From the Red...


E!'s Live From the Red Carpet
Apparently, it takes a village to prep Joan Rivers for her award show ramblings. And a harem of blonds to get Hugh Hefner down this year's oddly green carpet. Mr. Playboy had eight dates for the night. Eight! And one of them had the nerve to get snappy when Joan asked how they decided who would wear which dress. "We do have minds of our own," the bimbette said. Uh-huh. Yeah. Right.

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I turned from Joan putting her foot in her mouth by asking Bootsy Collins why he was wearing the same outfit again this year just in time to see Lupillo Rivera walk down the red carpet with a full marching band behind him. Banda music kills me. Each group always seems to have a dozen guys wearing the same thing. And the accordion player always gets the biggest applause. Talk about a cultural divide. Later in this 10th anniversary broadcast, Mr. Rivera came on stage to lip-synch " read more


Jennifer Aniston has lined up her first post-Friends film gig. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Along Came Polly headliner has signed on to star in an untitled comedy about a young woman who discovers that her family's darkest secret was the inspiration for The Graduate. And, to add injury to insult, she may have been the biological offspring of that scandal. D'oh! read more


NBC has ordered a second season of Donald Trump's surprise reality-TV hit, The Apprentice. How will the next edition be different? No word on that yet, but here's an idea: Instead of torturing 16 yuppie hopefuls, the Donald should hold "the ultimate job interview" to hire a hairdresser brave enough to tackle his Flowbee 'do. read more


More Boobygate backlash: According to, a Tennessee woman has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit, claiming Janet Jackson's Super Bowl striptease caused TV viewers to "suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury." Terri Carlin, 47 — a Knoxville bank employee — named Miss Jackson, Justin Timberlake, CBS, MTV, Viacom and pretty much anyone her lawyer could think of as defendants in the case. Meanwhile, Laguna Beach High has cited Janet's scandal as the reason for nixing MTV's plans to film students' lives at the California school. To sum up, the whole world's gone mad. read more


Speaking of Diane Sawyer, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne will discuss their latest crisis with Sawyer on ABC's Primetime Thursday Feb. 19. Just to recap: Ozzy was seriously injured when his all-terrain vehicle flipped over on top of him at their estate in Southern England. The couple is also expected to lament the axing of Shar's low-rated chat show. They'll probably also vow to quit The Osbournes... again. read more

Tammy Faye's Surreal Deal

For 35 years, she was the first lady of Christian TV. But in 1989, Tammy Faye Bakker fell from grace when her husband, James, was jailed for misappropriating $158 million from his ministry. But that's the past. It's Tammy Faye Messner now. (She married millionaire church builder Roe Messner in 1993.) And she can be found in the place where has-beens look for celebrity salvation, WB's Surreal Life. For its second season, the reality show put a Baywatch babe, a fallen rap star, a porn star, a Real World grad and CHiPs' Erik Estrada in the same house with the matronly minister and dared them all to make like family.

TV Guide Online: How does a televangelist end up living with a porn star?
The producers begged. [Laughs] And we weren't told who was going to be there. I'd alread read more

The End of Ed?

The NBC promos have not been subtle. "On the final episode of Ed, it's the moment you've waited four years for. America's favorite love story ends with a wedding finale." (Those nuptials are tonight at 9 pm/ET, by the way.) That seems pretty clear cut, and yet, there's been no official cancellation of the show. So on this last day of filming at Ed's Stuckeybowl set in New Jersey, it's a bittersweet moment. "I think we look at this as a series finale," says exec producer Rob Burnett. "The story began with Ed coming back to Stuckeyville and asking out this girl who didn't know him and today we're filming their wedding. It feels to me, and to all of us, this is the end of the story."

To say that there have been a few obstacle-filled chapters along the way would be an understatement. For Carol (Julie Bowen), it began with an arrogant boyfriend, continued with a read more


A snowboard champion performing a stunt on Thursday's Late Show with David Letterman was injured when she veered off a ramp and fell 25 feet to the ground. Tara Dakides, nicknamed the Terrorizer, was hospitalized and remains in stable condition. Because of the mishap, the Late Show stopped taping Thursday and was slated to air a repeat last night instead. read more


Robert Blake's defense attorney, Tom Mesereau, has quit — citing undisclosed "irreconcilable differences" with the Baretta star. This comes as a blow to Blake, whose case was just two weeks away from jury selection. His trial for the murder of wife Bonny Lee Bakley could now be delayed up to six months while Blake's new defense gets up to speed. Just to refresh your memory, Mesereau inherited the Blake case from lawyer Harland Braun, who quit after the actor granted a jailhouse interview to Diane Sawyer. Mesereau's co-counsel, Jennifer Keller, also quit a while back. To sum up, Bobby has a headache THIS BIG and it's got Excedrin written all over it. read more

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