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Scary rocker Marilyn Manson pleaded no contest Wednesday to disorderly conduct charges stemming from a July 30, 2001 concert in which he allegedly rubbed his genitals against a security guard's neck. (And they say romance is dead.) The judge ordered Manson to pay $4,000 in fines. read more

AND THE BACKLASH BEGINS...

Not everyone is a fan of MTV's The Osbournes. "This is a sad, sad family," legendary funnyman Bill Cosby groans to Access Hollywood. "The children are sad and the parents are sad. And this is not entertainment... It is the kind of entertainment that you look at, but you wouldn't want it in your home. And I don't like to look at things like that." Sounds like someone's still angry about that Lisa Bonet diss. read more

Angel Vamp: You Said a Mouthful!


Watching badass blood-suckers cavort on Buffy the Vampire Slayer has made heaven knows how many viewers wish that they could let their inner creatures of the night have their day. But it's not all hemoglobin and hair gel for the undead, reveals Mercedes McNab, who plays Spike's dingbat ex-ghoulfriend Harmony.

In particular, the actress tells TV Guide Online, it's the false teeth that pose a real challenge. "When they fit correctly, it's quite easy for me to talk with my fangs in. As a child, I always had retainers and braces behind my teeth, so I'm kind of used to having weird things in my mouth.

"But after I got my wisdom teeth pulled, my teeth were always moving," she continues, "so every time I'd do an episode, I couldn't get [the faux choppers] in, or I'd put them in and they'd break halfway through a scene and I'd be prancing around, trying read more

YOU GO GIRL!

Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham has nabbed the female lead in the big screen comedy Bad Santa, Variety reports. Billy Bob Thornton stars as a man who masquerades as Santa in order to rob shopping malls. read more

THE GIRL IS HERS

Singer Brandy gave birth to her first child, daughter Sy'rai, on Sunday. The 23-year-old former Moesha star married the baby's father, producer Robert Smith, last summer. The highlights of Brandy's big day will be featured on MTV's Diary Presents: Brandy — Special Delivery, which debuted on Tuesday and will run for about four or five episodes. read more

FRIENDS CLONE?

With Friends likely ending its run next season, NBC has greenlit a remake of the British comedy Couplings — which revolves around the lives of six thirtysomething friends. And they say Hollywood has no original ideas. read more

SAD DAY FOR JERRY FALWELL

Nickelodeon's controversial special on gay parenting, titled My Family Is Different, attracted a record 976,000 viewers Tuesday night. It ranked as the network's most-watched news special ever. read more

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

DNA tests have proven that Hollywood producer Steve Bing is the father of Elizabeth Hurley's two-month-old son, Damian. Bing had questioned the baby's paternity, despite Hurley's insistence that he was indeed the daddy. Hurley could now receive millions of dollars in child support, because, well, diapers are expensive. read more

YOU'RE ONLY HUMAN

Billy Joel has checked himself into a substance abuse and psychiatric hospital in Connecticut. According to The Advocate of Stamford, the 53-year-old singer-songwriter is receiving counseling for chemical dependency. In a statement, Columbia Records said: "Billy Joel recently checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital for a planned 10-day stay to deal with a specific and personal problem that had recently developed. Joel scheduled his stay in Silver Hill several weeks ago and expects to leave in a few days, as planned." In March, Joel postponed his tour with Elton John because he was ill. read more

FRIGHTENING FORESHADOWING

Six months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Fox's X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen premiered with an episode featuring a terrorist plot to fly a commercial airliner into the World Trade Center. Shockingly, this horrifying bit of foreshadowing was never widely reported — until today. "This seems to be collective amnesia of the highest order," marvels Ed Martin, who broke the story in the industry newsletter The Myers Report. "The final act of the Gunmen pilot, which seemingly made no impact last year, now contains some of the most deeply disturbing images ever created for an entertainment program." (Having just viewed the episode again, he's not exaggerating.) read more

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