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Bobby Brown will remain in a Georgia jail cell until Wednesday, when he appears in court on a parole violation stemming from an earlier drunk driving conviction. Brown was arrested last Friday while dining with his wife, Whitney Houston. The 33-year-old singer was picked up because he did not show up for court-ordered community service, drug treatment or a random drug test. read more


If Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly seems pricklier than usual these days, there's good reason. On Friday, a federal judge rejected O'Reilly's, er, I mean Fox's request to stop the sale of Al Franken's new book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. The network accused the liberal satirist (and O'Reilly nemesis) of trademark infringement for using its signature "fair and balanced" phrase on his book's cover. read more


Here's further proof that summer is almost over: Freddy vs. Jason lost 63 percent of its business from its debut last week and still held on to the No. 1 spot at the box office. The slasher pic grossed $13.5 million over the weekend and became the first movie since X2: X-Men United to retain the top spot for two consecutive weekends. Among new pics, Jackie Chan's action comedy The Medallion captured fifth place with $8.2 million and Ashton Kutcher's romantic comedy My Boss's Daughter debuted in 10th place with $5 million. The Lisa Kudrow-Damon Wayans dud read more

Amazing Racers Party Down!

Don't believe everything you see on TV. Although the fourth (but hopefully not final) season of The Amazing Race was filled with backbiting, everyone was all smiles and hugs at Thursday night's wrap party — held in Times Square at the Manhattan Chili Company — especially champs Chip and Reichen. After watching the finale episode, the reunited Racers happily dished their memories and what they're up to now.

They may've been eliminated on the first leg of the race, but spouses Debra and Steve are convinced their departure paved the way for Chip and Reichen's victory. "In the first episode, we were on that last bus with Tian and Jaree, Jeff and Dave and Chip and Reichen," Steve explained. "When we reached Cortina, we all put our hands in the middle and said, 'The winner of this race is riding on this bus.'" Sure enough, their prediction came to pass. "We strategized it!" laughed Debra. "We sacri read more


In other box office news, the players behind HBO's latest Project Greenlight saga have something new to bicker about this morning: whether or not their film had a successful opening weekend. The Battle of Shaker Heights grossed $52,000 in five theaters in Los Angeles and New York over the weekend. That puts the movie's per-screen-average at $10,400 — a decent tally but well below Miramax's initial $20,000 per-venue mandate. Regardless, the indie is slated to expand to eight other cities next week. In the meantime, smarmy producer Chris Moore will continue to talk smack about amateur directors Kyle Rankin and Efram Potelle — but not to their faces, of course. read more


American Idol champ Ruben Studdard is apparently throwing his weight behind a new cause: higher taxes. The Velvet Teddy Bear will perform two free concerts in his native Alabama on Sept. 2 and 5 to help promote Republican Gov. Bob Riley's tax increase proposals. In related news, AI runner-up Clay Aiken will perform his hit single "This Is the Night" at the Sept. 20 Miss America pageant. read more


Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore and her longtime beau, film director Bart Fruendlich, tied the knot Saturday night in New York City, E! reports. read more


Rocker Dave Matthews is in talks to make his feature film debut in the Wayne Wang-directed dramedy Because of Winn-Dixie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Dave Matthews Band frontman would play a drifter who is befriended by a 10-year-old girl. read more


Everything has changed for former Boy Meets Boy contestant Michael Jason Tiner. The Navy combat instructor was discharged from the military after he violated the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by revealing he was gay on the show. "I was fully aware of what would happen," Tiner said. "I was ready for it." read more

All About Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson has more in common with his All About the Andersons character than name only. His new WB comedy — Fridays at 9:30 pm/ET starting Sept. 12 — is about a struggling actor who moves back into his parents' home with an 8-year-old son in tow. And he's not exactly welcomed with open arms.

The sitcom's headliner and co-creator says the story is "92 percent" based on his own post-college experiences at home. Before landing co-starring roles in Barbershop and Me, Myself & Irene, he faced some un-starlike treatment! "To make it tough on me, my father took all the phone jacks out of the house and put a pay phone in the family room for us to use," recalls Anderson. "He put a pay washer and dryer in the garage. Then, once he reali read more

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