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ACCIDENT REPORT

Honduras authorities determined that TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was trying to pass a car on a highway Thursday night when a truck approached from the other lane, forcing her Mitsubishi Montero off the road and into two trees. She was killed instantly, but eight others in the vehicle survived. Lopes's body will be flown to her hometown of Atlanta this week. read more

SPIDER-MAN'S COMING...

The Scorpion King ruled over the box office for the second consecutive weekend, placing No. 1 with $17.6 million. However, the pic saw its audience erode by more than 50 percent, an indication that Spider-Man will face little competition when it opens Friday. The Ben Affleck-Samuel Jackson thriller Changing Lanes held steady at No. 2 with $9 million, followed by Angelina Jolie's new romantic comedy Life or Something Like It, which made, like, a pitiful $6.65 million. Slasher sequel Jason X read more

LESS SEX

Sarah Jessica Parker's pregnancy is forcing HBO to deprive viewers of Sex and the City. The network announced that the show's fifth season — premiering in mid-July — will feature only eight episodes instead of the usual 13. Meanwhile, Parker's character, Carrie Bradshaw, won't be with child on the show. read more

OUT ON BAIL

Robert Blake posted $1 million bail on Friday for bodyguard Earle Caldwell, who's charged with conspiring to kill the actor's wife. "He's an employee and a friend and Robert felt responsible for him," Blake's attorney Harland Braun said. read more

ANOTHER TV REUNION

Add M*A*S*H to the list of May sweeps TV reunions. Fox will gather Alan Alda, Jamie Farr and the gang for a two-hour 30th anniversary special on May 17. read more

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

The season finale of ABC's The Bachelor attracted 18.2 million viewers Thursday night, beating NBC's combo of Will & Grace and Just Shoot Me. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that not only is the network gearing up for a Bachelor 2, but it's also developing a Bachelorette version. Despite ABC's Bachelor boost, NBC has taken the early lead in the May sweeps derby, which began Thursday. CBS is tops among total viewers. read more

LOTS OF LUCK

Oprah Winfrey and former personal trainer Bob Greene have a new place to go jogging. The duo have purchased seven shoreline lots in Hawaii. read more

DRAMATIC BREAKTHROUGH

Will & Grace Emmy winner Sean Hayes will play Jerry Lewis in the upcoming CBS biopic Martin & Lewis, about the 10-year partnership between Lewis and Dean Martin, Variety reports. Producers are still searching for someone to portray Martin. read more

EMERGENCY ACTING LESSONS?

Madonna's London stage debut has been delayed. Previews of David Williamson's Up for Grabs — scheduled to start on May 9 — will now begin May 12. Producers blame the delay on technical difficulties. The play's official opening is still slated for May 23. read more

THE COMBS'S?

Is MTV hoping to build a franchise around its surprise hit The Osbournes? The network is in discussions to create a reality series starring Sean "Puffy" Combs. However, Combs tells Access Hollywood that the show will not be based on his family life, but on "how I conduct business, how I make recording artists. There's only one Ozzy." Sounds like there'll only be one hit too. read more

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