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America's love affair with schlocky teen films continues: The horror flick Darkness Falls debuted atop the box office over the weekend with $12.5 million. Last weekend's No. 1 movie, Kangaroo Jack, fell to second place with $11.9 million. Golden Globe winner Chicago, meanwhile, expanded to more theaters and climbed to No. 3 with $8.5 million. Rounding out the top five: Just Married (No. 4 with $7.5 million) and National Security (No. 5 with $7.4 million). read more


Billy Joel, 53, spent several hours in a New York hospital after crashing his Mercedes-Benz into a tree on Long Island late Saturday night. Police apparently don't believe alcohol was a factor in the incident. And why would it have been? Well, last June the Piano Man checked himself into rehab for a "personal problem." read more

Joe Millionaire Pitches Fox a Sequel

Fox may not be able to produce a sequel to its reality phenom Joe Millionaire — the secret being out and all — but we still have to wonder: What if the network reversed the genders and next recruited 20 gold-diggin' studs to drool over a well-to-do Princess Charming? Would viewers find a Jane Millionaire as richly rewarding?

"No," theorizes Evan Marriott, the 28-year-old construction worker at the center of the $50 million big white lie, in an interview with TV Guide Online. "I don't think women are portrayed as breadwinners in America. I think it's an old-fashioned reality that men are the breadwinners."

That said, Marriott believes a female-driven Millionaire would work if producers dangled a different booty in front of her male suitors. "They ought to call it Jane Big Boobs," he suggests with a grin. "They get a woman with big, fake boobs, have all these guys go after her, and then, in the end, she takes them off a read more

Splitting Hairs with an '80s Trendsetter

Today, New Wave hitmakers Berlin are fondly remembered for whizz-bang synth-pop chart-toppers like "No More Words" and the Top Gun love theme "Take My Breath Away." But back in the 1980s, the group was as widely recognized for lead singer Terri Nunn's wild mane as her powerful voice.

Shortly after MTV made a visual medium of music, the sometime actress perfected the look that would become her trademark: black-tipped platinum-blonde locks. "The black-and-white [style] was really cool — until my hair gave out on me and said '[Bleep] you!' and fell out," she tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "It couldn't take all that bleach anymore.

"But in the beginning, wow, what great hair that was," she continues. "It was so easy 'cause my hair hung straight. It had no body to it, so it was the perfect style for me. Let it hang, give it a blunt cut, and stick black on the end of it. It was perfect."

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A whole lot of people watched Simon Cowell call Christina Aguilera a slut last night on American Idol. The show's second season premiere averaged a staggering 26.5 million viewers, giving Fox its biggest non-sports night in history. read more


Disc jockey Fatboy Slim and wife Zoe Ball have separated after three years of marriage... Sunday's Golden Globe Awards on NBC averaged 20 million viewers, the smallest turnout for the show in six years. read more


Rumor has it that Britney Spears is in talks to play Bruce Willis's daughter in Die Hard 4. That'll change once Willis gets around to seeing Crossroads. read more


Fox's Joe Millionaire is unstoppable. Monday's episode attracted its largest audience to date (nearly 19 million viewers) and was up 5 percent week-to-week in adults 18-49. read more

Gilmore Girls Seeks Top of the Pops

Make room for Daddy! Now that the WB has decided to give Gilmore Girls hottie Milo Ventimiglia his own spinoff, the search is on for a mature looker to play the estranged father of his character, rebellious teen toughie Jess. While the network's taste in baby-faced heartthrobs is unimpeachable — the frog channel has introduced us to a host of prime-time princes, from James Van Der Beek and Scott Speedman to Jason Behr and Chad Michael Murray — when it comes to fathers, we think we kno read more


Five men are in the running for the Directors Guild Award for best director of 2002. The helmers are Stephen Daldry (The Hours), Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Rob Marshall (Chicago), Roman Polanski (The Pianist) and Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York). read more

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