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X2: X-Men United ruled the box office for the second consecutive weekend. The freaky mutant flick collected another $41.4 million, bringing its 10-day total to an X-ceptional $149 million. (The original tallied $157 million during its entire run.) After a series of high profile flops, Eddie Murphy finally spied the makings of a hit with kiddie comedy Daddy Day Care, which opened at No. 2 with a better-than-expected $27.6 million. Next weekend, look for X2 and Daddy to get their butts kicked by a little art-house film called The Matrix Reloaded. read more


Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano has inked a new deal with CBS that will make him the highest-paid TV star in the land. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Romano will pocket $50 million for the sitcom's upcoming eighth season — that's roughly $1.8 million per episode. And despite talk that Raymond would bow out next season, CBS has picked up the sitcom for another two years. read more


Here's some news that doesn't make sense: ABC has decided not to take The Practice off life support, opting to pick up the struggling legal drama for an eighth season. ABC announces its new fall lineup tomorrow. read more


Here's another reminder that it's sweeps time on TV: Next Thursday's Late Night with Conan O'Brien will be a clay animated re-creation of an October episode featuring Jackass star Johnny Knoxville, comedian Richard Lewis and musical guest David Bowie. read more


Tony nominations were announced today and Hairspray scored a leading 13 nods, including best musical. Billy Joel's Movin' Out was next in line with 10 nods. The 2003 Tony ceremony airs June 8 live on CBS. read more


Here's some news that doesn't suck: The WB has renewed Angel for a fifth season. The acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff will hold on to its 9 pm/ET-Wednesday timeslot, but it will get a much stronger lead-in this fall when Smallville moves to Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET. Meanwhile, Buffy's James Marsters (Spike) will cross over to Angel full time next season. read more


Carol Channing, 82, married her high school sweetheart Harry Kullijian, 83, over the weekend in Atherton, Calif. Rumor has it the newlyweds spent their first night as husband and wife engaged in a heated game of gin rummy. read more


After 23 years, Sharon Osbourne has announced that husband Ozzy will dump his label, Sony Music. No reason was cited for the "amicable split," except that the rocker is looking for "fresh ideas." In related news, Sony stock was expected to skyrocket on word that Ozzy's tin-eared daughter Kelly will also be leaving the label. read more


Limp Bizkit's oft-delayed new album has been retitled and rescheduled again. The CD, now called Panty Sniffer, will arrive in stores in September. And contrary to rampant rumors, the disc will not come wrapped in a pair of Fred Durst's undies. read more

Shannen Doherty Speaks!

No one was more surprised that Shannen Doherty agreed to participate in Fox's Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion special than, well, Shannen Doherty. "To be honest with you, my first reaction was, 'Hmmm... no thanks,'" admits the 31-year-old actress. So, what made West Beverly's most notorious bad girl change her mind and sign up for 90210: 10 Year High School Reunion (airing Sunday, 9-10 pm/ET)? And what about talk that zip-code-mate Tori Spelling bowed out due to a long-standing feud with her? To set the record straight, the Scare Tactics ringmaster spoke to TV Guide Online and served up enough hot dish to make good ol' Nat proud.
TV Guide Online: So, why did you agree to participate in the reunion?
Shannen Doherty:
I started thinking about it, and the 90210 fans are read more

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