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SECOND CHANCE

Last month's charges against Dionne Warwick for marijuana possession have been dropped, Reuters reports. The singer earned a second chance by completing a pretrial program aimed at first-time offenders. read more

DOWN TO EARTH

The beloved alien film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will finally get a DVD release, of both the original film and the re-release, on Oct. 22. However, this limited DVD Collector's Edition will only be available in stores for 10 weeks. read more

WE'RE PLUM TIRED OF WAITING

Ever since Russell Crowe's shoulder injury stalled shooting, director Jodie Foster's 1930s circus romance, Flora Plum, has been in limbo. But she hasn't given up on making the film, which stars Claire Danes as its title trapeze artist. "I hope to get it off the ground soon," Foster tells TV Guide Online, adding that Crowe's role "will be the one part we'll recast. Everything else will be the same." read more

GO GET 'EM, ROSIE!

Nickelodeon tackles the hot-button issue of gay parenting when Linda Ellerbee hosts Nick News Special Edition: My Family Is Different (airing June 18 at 9 pm/ET). Viewers will hear from kids who have one or more gay parents — plus, various experts from Rosie O'Donnell to televangelist Jerry Falwell will have their say. Yikes! Is the kiddie channel ready for the inevitable fireworks? Notes Ellerbee: "If we're saying gay people deserve tolerance and respect, we're also saying that people are entitled to their own opinions." read more

MORE BLING FOR SHADY

Eminem's The Eminem Show — which sold 285,000 discs in its first three days of release — has broken a new record: The No. 1 album has racked up the richest single-week sales this year, with 1.3 million copies sold in its first full week in U.S. stores. Cha-ching! Too bad all that money can't buy the rapper any class. read more

KILLER RERUNS

So you've only heard about the deviant doings of Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) on Six Feet Under? Now you can catch up on all the debauchery and dysfunction! Starting Sunday night at 8 pm/ET, HBO kicks off 26 weeks of reruns, recapping the funeral drama's first two seasons. read more

BUSTED

R&#038B star R. Kelly was indicted and arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges. Prosecutors allegedly have a videotape showing the now 33-year-old singer committing various sex acts with a 14-year-old girl. If convicted, he faces a 15-year prison term and a fine of up to $100,000. Meanwhile, tonight's VH1 News Special: R. Kelly Sex Scandal — airing at 8:30 and 11 pm/ET — promises more dish on the rapper's legal woes. read more

MUSIC TRAGEDY

Mop-haired punk rocker Dee Dee Ramone — a founding member of the Ramones — was found dead in his Hollywood home on Wednesday night. The 50-year-old bassist (né Douglas Glenn Colvin) may have succumbed to an accidental drug overdose. According to The Associated Press, cops found drug paraphernalia, including a syringe on his kitchen counter. Sadly, tragedy also struck the band last year when lead singer Joey Ramone died of lymphoma. read more

KEEP PLAYING HARDBALL

Chris Matthews — host of MSNBC's top-rated Hardball with Chris Matthews — has signed on to remain with the cable network through June 2009. In addition to emceeing Hardball, he'll be anchoring MSNBC's prime-time coverage of upcoming major elections. read more

OUT WITH A BANG

FX's controversial drama series, The Shield, celebrated its finale on Tuesday night by bringing in the highest ratings since its debut. The series took in 4.1 million viewers, which is helping put the up-and-coming network on the map. read more

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