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IT WAS HER DESTINY

Beyonce Knowles's solo debut Dangerously in Love entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with sales of 317,000 copies. Michelle Branch's new CD landed at No. 2 with 157,000 copies sold. read more

THE GREAT GREEN WAY

DreamWorks confirms that it is developing a Broadway musical based on Shrek, USA Today reports. American Beauty director Sam Mendes may helm the project. read more

BREAKING HIS SILENCE

Jack Osbourne is speaking out for the first time about his recent stint in rehab. The 17-year-old tells MTV in a special airing Tuesday at 11 pm/ET that he was addicted to the painkiller OxyContin and other drugs. "I was really loaded and I just sat on my mom's bed and I just said, 'I am going to go pack my bags,'" he recalls. "'I'm ready to go, I want to go, I need to go.'" read more

J.LO FIGHTS BACK

Jennifer Lopez has filed a petition against former manager, Benny Medina, accusing him of diverting and misappropriating monies belonging to her. She also accuses him of preventing other representatives from speaking with her. Naturally, Medina is denying the allegations. read more

IT'S OVER

Sharon Stone has followed her basic instinct and split from her husband of five years, newspaper editor Phil Bronstein, the New York Post reports. The couple — who married on Valentine's Day, 1998, and adopted a baby boy, Roan, two years later — allegedly decided to call it quits after Stone returned from filming her latest flick, A Different Loyalty, in London and Moscow. read more

FAREWELL

Legendary jazz flutist Herbie Mann, who is credited with helping popularize world music, died Tuesday in Santa Fe of prostate cancer. He was 73. read more

TARGET ROCKS

Target is getting into business with Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. The highly-addictive discount chain is offering an exclusive six-track CD featuring songs from the pair, who are currently on tour together. Among the singles on the disc: Remixes of Aguilera's "Beautiful" and "Fighter," as well as Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" and "Cry Me a River." read more

OFF AND RUNNING

Despite competition from UPN's America's Next Top Model, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines grossed $4 million in early previews Tuesday night. In related news, T3 star Arnold Schwarzenegger will spend the Fourth of July weekend in Iraq, where he will screen the flick for the troops. read more

Amanda Byram's Paradise Found


You might think it laughable that the randy roomies of Fox's hook-up-or-ship-out shagfest Paradise Hotel wail whenever a hottie's eliminated. However, saucy ringmaster Amanda Byram extends great empathy to passion's playthings. "If I was just watching at home, I'd be saying, 'For God's sake! You've only known each other for a couple of weeks!'" the Irishwoman admits to TV Guide Online. "But I'm in that house every day. I've actually been in the toilet when Toni threw up because she couldn't handle choosing [between two bunkmates].

"The [cohabitants] spend so much time with each other that it's almost like sensory deprivation," she adds. "I'm even getting so close to the crew that I haven't phoned my parents in weeks! They're calling me, going, 'Where the hell are you?' I'm like, 'Sorry. I'm getting along so well with the crew, they're my new family.'"

Although the onetime host of England's The Big Breakfast morning show underst read more

Doogie Howser: The Next Spider-Man

Yes, Neil Patrick Harris was the boy genius on Doogie Howser, M.D for four seasons. But that was more than a decade ago. Since then, Harris, 30, has taken on an array of anti-Doogie roles, including parts in Starship Troopers and Undercover Brother, as well as the lecherous emcee in Broadway's Cabaret. Starting July 11 at 10 pm, he lends his wholesome vocal cords to Peter Parker in MTV's super-stylized animated version of Spider-Man. Here Harris happily spins a web for us.


TV Guide Online: When superheroes fight, it seems like they're always crying out in pain: Ow! Umph! Does that get tedious to record?
Harris:
No, I enjoy that. That's when you get to use your imagination, because we don't see the animation. We just hear the director say, " read more

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