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NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

Rumor has it that the Grammys are headed back to Gotham. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences is expected to announce Wednesday that after a four-year hiatus, the Grammy Awards will return to New York in 2003. read more

MUST-SEE TV

ABC's Monday Night Football will kick off its new season on Sept. 9 with a doozy of a game: Super Bowl champs New England Patriots will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of the AFC Championship Game. read more

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

More fallout from Britney Spears's split with Justin Timberlake: The pop starlet has changed the name of her new Manhattan eatery from Pinkey (Justin's pet name for her) to Nyla (in honor of New York and her home state of Louisiana). read more

HOLLYWOOD LOSES ANOTHER GREAT

Austrian-born filmmaker Billy Wilder, who was behind such classics as Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot and Double Indemnity, died Wednesday of pneumonia. He was 95. Among Wilder's accomplishments: He collected three Oscars for co-writing, directing and producing the 1960 pic The Apartment — the only person to do so for one film. "The great master is finished here," said Shirley MacLaine, who co-starred in The Apartment. "He will write and direct another masterpiece in heaven." read more

BANG, ZOOM!

Paramount Pictures is developing a feature version of the TV classic The Honeymooners to be set in contemporary New York. Mad About You co-creator Danny Jacobson is penning the script. read more

SOUR NOTE

Las Vegas police are investigating a Los Angeles woman's claim that pop diva Celine Dion's husband, René Angélil, raped her two years ago. Yun Kyeong Sung Kwon says she met him at a casino and he followed her to her room where he raped her. Ang&#233lil says the allegations "don't stand up." read more

Remembering TV's Uncle Miltie


You think NBC's current Thursday night lineup is Must-See TV? Well, you clearly weren't around from 1948-1953, when Milton Berle's NBC variety hour Texaco Star Theater owned Tuesday nights. How popular was his outrageous shtick? When the city of Detroit investigated why water levels dropped dramatically at 9 pm on Tuesdays, they discovered that people waited until Texaco concluded to go to the bathroom. Store owners across America put up signs that read: "Closed tonight to watch Milton Berle." And Texaco was the only show not dropped to make room for coverage of Harry S. Truman's upset victory over Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election.

However, the biggest indication of Berle's phenomenal appeal is in this little factoid: When Texaco debuted in 1948, there were 500,000 TV sets in the U.S. When the show ended in 1953, there were 26 million.

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Survivor's Sarah: Did She or Didn't She?


Survivor: Marquesas's buxom castoff Sarah Jones wants to get something off her chest concerning the authenticity of her breasts: They are most definitely hers — and she has the receipt to prove it!

The 23-year-old cocktail waitress can thank fellow contestant Vecepia Towery for leaking news of her boob job to the masses: In the first episode, Towery cracked: "Sarah has a very cute body. She paid a lot for it."

Towery's sound bite was reprinted everywhere — including in TV Guide magazine. "The part that everybody left out was when she then said, 'Well, if you've got it, flaunt it,'" Jones groans to TV Guide Online, before adding, "I took her comment as a compliment. I didn't take it as derogatory."

So, how did Towery uncover Jones's not-so-little secret — aside from, um, taking a lucky guess? "She had asked me earlier if my boobs were real and I said read more

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Glenn Close and Danny DeVito have joined the cast of Woody Allen's next movie. The plot of the as-yet-untitled pic is being kept hush-hush (big surprise!), but according to The Hollywood Reporter, it will revolve around three young adults, two of whom will be played by Christina Ricci and Jason Biggs. read more

AWARD WORTHY

ABC News and National Public Radio won Peabody Awards on Wednesday for their coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. ABC's embattled Nightline also was honored, as was Fox's The Bernie Mac Show and HBO's Band of Brothers. read more

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