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COBURN TRIBUTE

Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the career of James Coburn — who died of a heart attack on Monday at age 74 — with a mini-movie marathon this Sunday. Starting at 4:30 pm/ET, TCM will air his classic 1960s action flicks, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven and Charade. read more

MICKEY MOUSE PERKS UP!

Don't count ABC out just yet. Buoyed by The Bachelor and Diane Sawyer's Primetime interview with J.Lo, the struggling network scored its biggest audience of the season last week (10.6 million viewers) and finished second only to NBC among adults 18-49. Despite the surge, ABC still placed third among total viewers, behind NBC (13.6 million) and CBS (12.7 million). The top five shows of the week were: CSI, Friends, ER, Survivor: Thailand and Everybody Loves Raymond. read more

MUSIC KUDOS

Nominees for the American Music Awards came out Tuesday, with hip-hop's usual suspects grabbing up the glory. Glamour girl Ashanti got five noms, including best female artist. On the boys' side, Eminem and Nelly each took four, including nods for favorite male artist. The Osbournes will host ABC's three-hour kudocast, airing Jan. 13. read more

TOUGH BREAK

'N Sync's Justin Timberlake fractured his foot over the weekend while working on a dance routine for a UK television show, Launch.com reports. As a result, the hottie was forced to cancel appearances in Britain, France, and Canada to promote his new solo album, Justified. read more

AND THE WINNER IS...

On last night's two-hour Bachelor finale, single guy Aaron chose 27-year-old Jersey girl Helene to be his eternal flame. On bended knee, the 28-year-old bank exec proposed marriage to the school psychologist and naturally, she accepted. That left poor Alabama coed Brooke, 22, with, as she put it, "a smashed heart." On the bright side, someday she'll look back on this whole experience and feel really silly. read more

BART HAS A COW

To commemorate The Simpsons's landmark 300th episode in February, Bart reportedly is going to try and divorce his parents. The little tidbit was revealed Monday night at a taping of Bravo's Inside the Actor's Studio, featuring the Simpsons cast. read more

PRIME CRIB

Bidding for Eminem's modest Detroit childhood home — appraised at a mere $91,000 — has surpassed $1 million on eBay. The auction ends on Dec. 14. read more

SHORT CUTS

R&B singer D'Angelo was arrested Monday in an alleged road-rage incident near his home in Richmond, Va... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will honor filmmaker Spike Lee on Thursday with a special award for his "consistent body of outstanding work"... The upcoming sixth edition of Survivor reportedly will be set on the banks of the Amazon River near Brazil... Rebecca Gayheart will reunite with her former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Jennie Garth on an upcoming episode of Garth's WB comedy What I Like About You. read more

Nicole Kidman: Broadway Bound?


As filmmaker Baz Luhrmann confirmed to TV Guide Online last year, it's only a matter of time before the Great White Way comes alive with the sound of his Oscar-winning movie-musical Moulin Rouge. But one big question mark remains: Will Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor reprise their big-screen roles as tortured lovers Satine and Christian?

For her part, Kidman offers TV Guide Online this song and dance in lieu of a final answer: "I don't think [Baz] would ask me." And if he did? "And if he did? I don't know.... Play Satine again? I don't know."

Luckily, there's no rush for Kidman to decide. L read more

Ex Buffy Librarian Begins a New Chapter

It's the end of the world as Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans know it, and Anthony Stewart Head feels fine. But then, why shouldn't he? Although his spinoff, Ripper, has been put on hold, the dapper Englishman is still working on his UK series, Manchild, which debuts new installments stateside in 2003. Plus, as of tonight's Buffy (airing at 8 ET on UPN), he's back in tweed for nearly a dozen episodes as the Chosen One's father figure and former Watcher, Rupert Giles. What brings him back — and what'll keep him here? Let TV Guide Online get to the bottom of the mystery.

TV Guide Online: So, it took Armageddon, but finally, Giles is home in Sunnydale — seems like a fair trade. Tell us more.
Anthony Stewart Head: There are things afoot that don't just affect Sunnydale; they are actually worldwide, which is kind of a new concept for Buffy. We've always been concerned read more

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