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SUPER COMEBACK!

ABC announced late Friday that Super Millionaire will return in May with Regis Philbin once again at the helm. read more

WHO IS THAT MASKED MAN?

Michael Jackson was briefly pulled over by police Friday in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and asked to identify himself after shopping at a local Wal-Mart wearing a ski mask. Jacko was reportedly vacationing in the area with his kids when he decided to stock up on discounted Jesus Juice and dangle-proof baby blankets. read more

YOU GOT SPIRIT?

Lost in Translation was the big winner at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, nabbing honors for best film, best director and screenplay for Sofia Coppola and best actor for Bill Murray. Oscar's indie equivalent also singled out Charlize Theron for Monster, Djimon Hounsou for In America and Shohreh Aghdashloo for House of Sand and Fog. read more

HOLY MOSES!

No debate here: The Passion of the Christ is a hit of biblical proportions. Mel Gibson's controversial labor of love grossed a staggering $76.2 million over the weekend — $117.5 million since opening Wednesday — making it the biggest February debut of all time and the seventh-best bow in history. Passion crucified the competition, including fellow newcomers Twisted, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Broken Lizard's Club Dread; the three pics brought in less than $20 million combined. read more

RINGS ROUT

The third time was indeed the charm for The Lord of the Rings. The fantasy trilogy's final installment, The Return of the King, was named best picture at Sunday's 76th annual Academy Awards — one of 11 Oscars the film picked up (tying Titanic and Ben-Hur for most wins in a single year). King was also honored for best director (Peter Jackson), adapted screenplay, makeup, costumes, sound, editing, original score, visual effects, art direction and original song. There were no surprises in the lead acting races as front-runners Sean Penn and Charlize Theron struck gold for their respective roles in read more

SUNDAY The 76th Annual Academy...

SUNDAY

The 76th Annual Academy Awards and Countdown To The Oscars 2004
OK, here we go (and you thought the telecast was long...):
8:00Access Hollywood's Billy Bush shares a limo with 13-year-old nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes and finds out she would most like to meet Johnny Depp tonight "because he's a stud."
8:05 — After a preshow interview, Susan Sarandon nearly trips as she walks down from a minipodium on the red carpet.
8:12 — At the end of a comedy bit with Starsky & Hutch costar Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson checks out correspondent Maria Menounos' chest and casually asks, "Are those real, by the way?"
8:13 — One of the Oscar accountants waves to the crowd as he passes by with a briefcase full of secrets. The crowd collectively thinks, "Chill out, loser."
8:14 — Correspondent Chris Connel read more

SUPER COMEBACK!

ABC announced late Friday that Super Millionaire will return in May with Regis Philbin once again at the helm. read more

IT'S GIGLI THAT BAD

At last, closure has come to a nation terrorized by Gigli. Bennifer's high-profile stink bomb picked up a leading six Razzie Awards on Saturday, including worst film, worst actor for Ben Affleck, worst actress for Jennifer Lopez, worst screen couple, worst director and worst screenplay. It was the first time in Razzie history that a single film swept all of the top categories. Elsewhere, Sylvester Stallone scored a record 10th Razzie for his multiple supporting turns in Spy Kids 3-D, Demi Moore was named worst supporting actress for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and From Justin to Kelly received a special governor's award for distinguished underachievement in choreography. read more

HOLY MOSES!

No debate here: The Passion of the Christ is a hit of biblical porportions. Mel Gibson's controversial labor of love grossed a staggering $76.2 million over the weekend — $117.5 million since opening Wednesday — making it the biggest February debut of all time and the seventh-best bow in history. Passion crucified the competition, including fellow newcomers Twisted, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Broken Lizard's Club Dread; the three pics brought in less than $20 million combined. read more

YOU GOT SPIRIT?

Lost in Translation was the big winner at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, nabbing honors for best film, best director and screenplay for Sofia Coppola and best actor for Bill Murray. Oscar's indie equivalent also singled out Charlize Theron for Monster, Djimon Hounsou for In America and Shohreh Aghdashloo for House of Sand and Fog. read more

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