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Monica's After the Storm debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album charts with sales of 186,000 copies... Miramax, which just acquired rights to bring Damn Yankees to the big screen, is giving another Broadway musical the movie-star treatment: Pippin. read more

SNOOP DOGGED

Los Angeles police are considering whether to file charges against Snoop Dogg for riding to Tuesday's BET Awards with armed bodyguards. As a convicted felon, the rapper-turned-Doggy Fizzle Televizzle host is prohibited from possessing firearms or hiring armed security. In related news, three members of Snoop's posse were arrested outside the awards show; two of the men were wanted for unidentified misdemeanor charges and the third on a parole violation. read more

WHEN BAD MOVIES GET BOOTLEGGED

A New Jersey man faces a year in prison for making a bootleg copy of The Hulk and posting it on the Internet before the movie was released. Kerry Gonzalez pleaded guilty Wednesday to to a single count of copyright infringement. read more

IDOL UPDATE

Remember Corey Clark? He was the disgraced American Idol 2 contestant who failed to disclose to producers that he had been arrested for allegedly hitting his 15-year-old sister. Well, this story has a happy ending — sort of. Two misdemeanor assault charges have been dismissed against the Justin Guarini poser, but the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to "obstruction of legal process." He was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation. read more

Showtime Newcomer Defies Death


In the new Showtime series Dead Like Me (debuting Friday at 10 pm/ET), apathetic, directionless 18-year-old George Lass is forced to become a grim reaper after she's killed by a flying toilet seat. Sure, the premise is fantastical, but the teen's insecure, "whatever" attitude is something many of us can relate to — except maybe George's portrayer, 22-year-old up-and-comer Ellen Muth.

"George didn't know what she wanted to do with her life," the actress tells TV Guide Online. "[As a teenager], I knew I wanted to be an actress, but I always had that kind of isolating feeling that nobody liked me or wanted to be around me. George is not enthusiastic about anything. I would get enthusiastic about things. And I get along with my mother very well, actually. We're both completely different in that aspect."

One thing that makes Muth sound downright excited about life is her longtime death-defying hobby, racing her Camaro SS. "I have a hot car, read more

WHITEWASHED GIRLS

Snoop Dogg says he has ended his association with Girls Gone Wild because the raunchy video series doesn't feature women of color. As a result, he tells The Associated Press that he's dreaming up his own version of Girls to "bring some flavor to the table." In related news, Robin Givens has joined the cast of Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, CBS's TV movie based on Jackie Collins's best-selling novel. read more

WATCH OUT FOR SPLINTERS

South Park scribes Trey Parker and Matt Stone are developing a big-screen comedy for Paramount that will feature an all-marionette cast, Variety reports. Described as a spoof of action films, Team America centers around a prototypical action hero who leads the charge to fight the world's evil forces. "We hate those actors who take themselves so seriously and think they are a productive and important part of society," Parker says. "The subtle joke here is that all actors are puppets." read more

Deana Carter Masters Bathroom 101

Country songbird Deana Carter recently had the opportunity to try another career on for size: home designer. Carter, 37, was one of several musicians (including Brad Paisley and Jo Dee Messina) employed by Country Music Television for the series, Ultimate Country Home, which airs its final episode this Saturday at 6 pm/ET. The premise is simple: CMT purchased a house in Tennessee and assigned each artist a specific room to "make over" in their own style. Once the remodeling is complete, the home will be given away to one lucky couple. Carter, of course, isn't eligible to win the house, but she did walk away with the secrets behind designing the ultimate master bath.


TV Guide Online: How did you get involved with Ultimate Country Home?
Deana Carter:
I had heard it was coming around and that kind of show is just my bag. I love Trading Spaces, Changing Rooms read more

HE'S SUCH A ROMANTIC

Eminem shocked 65,000 fans at a concert in England on Monday when he leaned over into the audience and handed a $450,000 diamond-encrusted necklace to one lucky girl. "I'm going to give this to the sexiest woman I see," he announced from the stage. According to eyewitnesses, the girl was blond, pretty and in her early 20s. Sounds like someone never got over his Brittany Murphy crush. read more

BEST BETS

50 Cent enjoyed an embarrassment of riches at last night's BET Awards. The rapper was named best new artist and best male hip-hop artist at the third annual ceremony. Other winners included R&B quartet B2K for best group, Queen Latifah for best actress and R. Kelly for best male R&B artist (tied with Jaheim). Michael Jackson, meanwhile, showed up to dangle a lifetime achievement award in front of James Brown. read more

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