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HE'S BACK

MSNBC's Chris Matthews returns to Hardball tonight after a three-week recovery from malaria. "I am thrilled to be back," he says. "And very touched by the expressions of concern from Hardball viewers, guests and friends." read more

PARTY CRASHERS

A rap and hip-hop concert Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif., was halted when a huge fight broke out, sending all 15,000 fans home early. Six nearby police agencies were called in to break up the mêlée, which injured four people. No arrests were made. LL Cool J and Nelly were among the event's headliners. read more

BRAVE FACE

Veteran actor Charlton Heston said Friday that he's suffering from a neurological illness whose symptoms are consistent with Alzheimer's disease. The 77-year-old explained he's announcing this now "because when the time comes, I might not be able to." He's "neither giving up nor giving in," though, and plans to serve out his term as National Rifle Association president until it ends in April. He's also in preliminary talks to do a film. read more

Meet Style's New Alterna-Martha


Why do they call Katie Brown "a young Martha Stewart on a budget" and "Martha for Generation X"? Well, her show does urge busy, urban women to go the extra mile in their cooking, decorating, and gardening pursuits. But that's where these ladies' similarities end.

Brown's new show Katie Brown (debuting Sunday at 7 pm/ET on Style) has more in common with some of her favorite do-it-yourself personalities — like British homemaking vixen Nigella Lawson and cutie chef Bobby Flay — than Martha's more traditional take on hostessing the perfect dinner party.

Still, Brown's start as a TV lifestyle guru does resemble Martha's path to success. Ms. Stewart started out as a fashion model, then parlayed her natural culinary talent into a catering business. As a struggling young actress back in her salad days, Brown also went the catering route. Later, she read more

Matthew Perry: No Friends Forever


Jennifer Aniston isn't the only member of Friends's coffee-guzzling sextet keeping alive the possibility of a 10th season. Matthew Perry tells TV Guide Online that although he and his fellow castmates are "emotionally preparing ourselves for the very weird, scary moment when this is all going to be over," he concedes that "we thought last year was going to be the last year, too, though, so you can never say never."

When the death knell is finally sounded — likely at the end of the show's upcoming ninth season — don't look to get your Chandler fix from a spinoff. "I feel like I've just been involved in maybe one of the greatest shows of all time, so I don't think I'm going to be too quick to head back into a risky situation, tel read more

PIE JUNKIES

Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy are the latest actors agreeing to return for American Pie 3. They join Seann William Scott, who earlier this week signed on to reprise his role. Filming begins in January for an August 2003 release. read more

SHAMELESS STUNT

TV Guide Online has uncovered more information about Jack Osbourne's appearance on the season premiere of Dawson's Creek. Ozzy's son will play himself in the Oct. 2 episode. Apparently, Pacey and Audrey hitch a ride back to Boston with Audrey's childhood pal — Jack! It's such a small world! read more

Berlin's Terri Nunn: Oops... She's Doing It Again

Watch your back, Britney SpearsBerlin vocalist Terri Nunn is about to hit the pop charts, baby, one more time. That's right, although it's been more than 15 years since she shot to No. 1 with the love theme from Top Gun, the New Wave siren can still take our breath away. In fact, on Voyeur, her revamped group's first full-length album of original material (out Sept. 3), the once-and-future MTV star, hotter than ever at age 41, tears through 11 tracks that are as provocative as the original line-up's classics, "Sex (I'm a... )" and "No More Words." Plus, she tells TV Guide Online that after this month's video shoot for the disc's first single, "Blink of an Eye," she aims to make the recording industry safe once again for every other female artist who is not a girl, not yet an old woman read more

Jennifer Aniston: Films or Friends


Poor Jennifer Aniston. She's doing a round of interviews to promote her starring role in the new film The Good Girl, but the only thing reporters want to talk about is her TV show, Friends. She could hardly blame us, though. NBC execs have left the door wide open for the hit sitcom to continue after its upcoming ninth season, and even she isn't quite willing to slam it shut. "I think they're allowed to think that [it could go on], because God knows, actors are fickle," she tells TV Guide Online. "But I'm pretty sure it is [the last year]."

With that out of the way, we gave Aniston a break and turned our attention to the day's real order of business: Which of Rachel's guy pals does she think her character should end up with — Ross or Joey? "I really read more

NERVOUS WRECK

Christina Christian was the latest finalist booted from American Idol last night — but the pop-star wannabe wasn't around to receive the news firsthand. The 21-year-old was taken to the hospital shortly before last night's live show because she was stressed out. She must be a basket case now. read more

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