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NO AVERAGE JOE

Fox hit pay dirt with Monday's Joe Millionaire finale. The two-hour climax — during which Fox awarded lovebirds Evan and Zora $1 million — delivered the best ratings for a night of entertainment programming in the network's history. Nearly 35 million viewers watched the former construction worker struggle to find the right words to explain away his $50 million lie. (Spend some of that dough on communication training, dude!) Next Monday, Fox airs a special hourlong post-Joe Millionaire in which viewers will learn why Evan and Zora eventually broke up, um... I mean, what their future holds. read more

Weighty Issues for Kelly Osbourne


If you're an Osbournes fan, you know the dysfunctional clan's love of foul language and outrageous antics. (Who else would throw meat products into a neighbor's yard for payback?) But if you really want to make KellyOzzy's youngest daughter — bloody angry, just ask the petite pop tartlet about her weight.

"People think that I weigh 200 lbs. and I'm, like, 5-foot-10," says Osbourne, who actually stands about 5 feet tall. "When they introduce themselves to me, they say, 'Ohmigod, you are so much smaller in real life. I thought you were fat!'"

In fact, that perception about Osbourne's size is so prevalent, she recently was invited to sing at a fashion show for Lane Bryant, a plus-size women's clothing chain. "In a way, I was read more

DID HE CRY?

After much legal wrangling, alleged murderer Robert Blake finally got to tell his side of the story to Barbara Walters. The jailhouse interview — taped Monday — will air Feb. 28 on ABC's 20/20. The ex-Baretta star has pleaded innocent to charges he killed his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, in 2001. read more

LOOK OUT, BOYS

Yoko Ono has moved one step closer to breaking up the Pet Shop Boys. John Lennon's widow has teamed up with the Boys to record a dance version of the Beatle's final song "Walking on Thin Ice." read more

CREEK'S SAVIOR?

Dawson's Creek has put out an S.O.S. call to its creator Kevin Williamson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williamson, at the urging of James Van Der Beek and Co., has agreed to return to the WB drama to pen the show's two-hour swan song, scheduled for May 14. The finale reportedly will see Dawson, Joey, Jen, Pacey and the rest of the gang several years in the future... competing on Celebrity Mole. read more

Catwoman Lets the Fur Fly!


As Nicole Kidman contemplates becoming the next sex kitten to purr-loin the part of Catwoman, she might want to factor into her deliberation a word of warning from Lee Meriwether, the feline femme fatale in the 1966 feature based on ABC's colorful Batman serial: You can take the actress out of the catsuit, but doggone, it ain't easy! "I was not a comfortable puppy!" she exclaims to TV Guide Online. "I left [the form-fitting get-up] on all day and didn't drink many liquids. It was very difficult to sit in, too."

Regardless of the costume's constraints, the ageless former Miss America had been eager to suit up once more herself, to join Caped Crusader Adam West and old read more

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE LUNCH

The Spice Girls are reuniting — but thankfully, it's just for tea. A spokeswoman for Ginger, Baby, Sporty, Posh and Scary confirms reports that the Girls are planning a "social get together" this week for the first time in five years. However, the rep adds that a possible comeback won't be on the menu. Phew. read more

NO AVERAGE JOE

Fox hit pay dirt with last night's Joe Millionaire finale. The two-hour climax — during which Fox awarded lovebirds Evan and Zora $1 million — delivered the best ratings for a night of entertainment programming in the network's history. Nearly 35 million viewers watched the former construction worker struggle to find the right words to explain away his $50 million lie. (Spend some of that dough on communication training, dude!) Next Monday, Fox airs a special hourlong post-Joe Millionaire in which viewers will learn why Evan and Zora eventually broke up, um... I mean, what their future holds. read more

TRUTH OR DAREDEVIL

As expected, Daredevil blindsided the competition over the weekend. Ben Affleck's sight-challenged superhero debuted at No. 1 with $43.5 million in ticket sales. It was the second-best February bow ever, behind the $58 million opening of Hannibal two years ago. Last weekend's top flick, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, fell to No. 2 with a still-strong $19 million, followed by Oscar frontrunner Chicago (No. 3 with $12.6 million). read more

YODA'S RICH

HBO has agreed to pay $15 million for the exclusive pay TV rights to Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones. By my calculations, that's $14 million more than the film is worth. read more

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