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Thoroughly Modern Millie was the big winner at Sunday's Tony Awards, winning a field-best six trophies including best musical and best actress for 27-year-old newcomer Sutton Foster. Edward Albee's dark comic drama The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? was named best play. Other winners: John Lithgow (best actor in a musical for Sweet Smell of Success), Private Lives (best play revival) and Into the Woods (best musical revival). Finally, sleeper hit Urinetown the Musical won for best book, original score and direction. read more


Madonna's father can't keep a secret. Tony Ciccone ended weeks of speculation over the weekend when he reportedly confirmed to a British newspaper that his superstar daughter was pregnant with her third child, her second with hubby Guy Ritchie. The new baby will join sister Lourdes, 5, and brother Rocco, 18 months. read more


Liza Minnelli kicked off her mini-comeback tour Friday night, performing her first of seven sold-out shows at New York's Beacon Theatre. "God, am I glad to be home," the 56-year-old entertainer told the crowd. While on stage, she thanked new hubby David Gest. "He not only saved my life," she gushed, "he brought me back to life." read more


When it came to finding an actress to play Sydney's mom on Alias, producers apparently didn't like any of the suggestions given by TV Guide Online's Armchair Casting Director. Veteran Swedish actress Lena Olin has landed the coveted role, and will appear in at least 16 episodes next season. read more


More than 30 years after dropping out, Steven Spielberg finally received his bachelor of arts degree in film and electronic arts Friday from California State University at Long Beach. The theme from Indiana Jones played as Spielberg walked across the stage to accept his diploma. The 55-year-old filmmaker completed his degree requirements through independent and directed studies. read more


Post-Sept. 11 anxiety didn't keep moviegoers from seeing the Ben Affleck nuke thriller The Sum of All Fears. Tom Clancy's latest big-screen adaptation, which finds Affleck succeeding Harrison Ford as CIA hero Jack Ryan, debuted at No. 1 with $31.2 million. After two weeks on top, Star Wars: Episode II &#150 Attack of the Clones fell to No. 2 with $20.7 million; its total stands at $232 million. Clones is performing well below Star Wars: Episode I &#150 The Phantom Menace and will undoubtedly finish the year behind Spider-Man — making it the first Star Wars pic that fai read more


Not to be outdone, Hollywood hosted its own awards show over the weekend — but it wasn't nearly as highbrow as the Tony's. The 2002 MTV Movie Awards were taped Saturday at Los Angeles's Shrine Auditorium and winners included American Pie 2 same-sex smoochers Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott (best kiss), Pearl Harbor (best action sequence) and Paul Walker and Vin Diesel (best on-screen team for The Fast and the Furious). In the more traditional categories, best actor went to read more


Joan Rivers finally has what she's always wanted: daughter Melissa all to herself. Missy's husband John Endicott has filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. The couple — who wed in 1998 — have a one-year-old son, Edgar. read more

New Alias Baddie: Mom's the Word

Since villains as treacherous as Alias secret-agent woman Sydney Bristow's mother, Laura, are hard to come by in the real world, we can all rest a little easier. The ABC sleeper's producers, on the other hand, can't afford a moment's shut-eye. Since they teased the character's introduction in the season finale, they now are faced with the formidable task of filling the role — no mean feat, considering that the double-dealing spy babe, also known as Irina Derevko, is hot enough to have enticed Sydney's dad, Jack, into marriage and cold enough to have iced good guy Michael Vaughn's father. "We are on the verge of casting it," series creator J.J. Abrams tells TV Guide Online. "It's very exciting!" But, before the powers that be settle on an actress, perhaps they should break into our top-secret files and peruse the list of contenders we think might kick read more


The underrated cast of Friends won't be playing second fiddle in this year's Emmy race. For the first time, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer have decided to submit their names for consideration in the best lead actor and actress slots, Variety reports. Until now, the group had always entered themselves in the supporting actor categories. Of course, they picked a good year to make the leap: Buoyed by a creative resurgence, Friends read more

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