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POTTY MOUTH

A Jamaican court issued an arrest warrant Monday for rapper Ja Rule after he failed to appear on charges of using profanity during a concert last year. The 21-year-old faces a maximum $20 penalty if convicted. Run while you still have the chance! read more

OOPS, SHE VANISHED!

Britney Spears ended her world tour on a sour note Sunday night when security concerns forced her to cut short her final show in Mexico City. In the middle of singing her fifth song — oddly enough, "Stronger" — Spears apologized, saying, "I'm sorry Mexico. I love you. Bye," Mexico City's Milenio newspaper reports. Minutes later, fans allegedly began hurling Spears-related merchandise and chanting "fraud, fraud." Concert organizers — who will offer patrons a full refund beginning Thursday — said that an approaching thunderstorm was to blame. All this comes just days after the 20-year-old was caught flipping the bird to a crowd gathered at an airport in Toluca, about 40 miles from Mexico City. She later insisted that the gesture was meant for the intrusive paparazzi — not her Mexican fans. read more

RISING TO THE OCCASION

Forget all those pollution jokes, New Jersey was the place to be this morning. Some 10,000 fans — including Gov. James E. McGreevey — flooded the boardwalk in Asbury Park to catch hometown heroes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform a special concert, broadcast live on the Today show. The rare appearance coincided with today's release of The Rising, Springsteen's first album with E Street since 1984. read more

Question: Do you know the ...

Question: Do you know the name of the actor who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld? My friend says it's Tony Shalhoub, but I know it's not him. Thank you! — Sarah

Televisionary: Right you are, Sarah. That was actor Larry Thomas playing the temperamental genius-with-a-ladle. If you're a fan, you might keep an eye on the reruns of The Weakest Link (see our Listings for time-and-channel details). The acidic Anne Robinson recently laid into an assortment of minor Seinfeld players, including Thomas, Phil Morris (who played Jackie Chiles) and Susan Walter (Mulva).

Just don't expect the allegedly mercurial Al Yeganeh — the real-life New York soup master upon whom the character was based, to show up singing the praises of t read more

Question: In the season ...

Question: In the season finale of 24, Teri Bauer (Leslie Hope) was shot. Did she die? Since there is a season two coming, can we hope to see her character alive again? Thank you. — Katie

Televisionary: Well, now that we've nearly ruined it for our overseas friends who haven't finished watching the series, let me warn them to stop reading this answer now lest they suck more of the suspense out of Fox's critically acclaimed cult phenomenon.

As fans know, poor Teri didn't live through the first-season ordeal faced by herself, her husband (Kiefer Sutherland) and their daughter (Elisha Cuthbert). And as far as Hope knows, that's the end of her character. She sai read more

AS BAD AS IT GETS

Jack Nicholson is in talks to star in an untitled comedy about an aging man torn between his young girlfriend and her mother, Variety reports. What Women Want filmmaker Nancy Meyers will direct. read more

AND BABY MAKES THREE

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her husband of three months, British film producer Matthew Vaughn, are expecting their first child. "We can confirm she is pregnant and has got through the first trimester," the couple's spokeswoman tells Reuters. "Matt and Claudia are absolutely over the moon and think it is great news." read more

GOD FOR A DAY

Jim Carrey will play a grumpy TV reporter who is given the opportunity to run the universe for a day in the upcoming comedy, Bruce Almighty. Tom Shadyac — who directed Carrey in Liar Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective — will helm the pic. read more

SEND IN THE CLONES

Fox has ordered 15 episodes of Star Chamber, a reality version of Fame that picks up where American Idol leaves off. Set to premiere next summer, Chamber will focus on the behind-the-scenes process of turning regular folk into superstars. read more

MAYBE IT SHOULD BE CALLED OZ

Big Brother 3 housemate Amy Crews is the latest contestant revealed to have a rap sheet. According to TheSmokingGun.com, the 24-year-old Southern belle was arrested in 1999 for drunk driving. Responds CBS spokesman Chris Ender: "It's a reality show. In reality, people aren't perfect." read more

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