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Saturday Night Live's Ana Gasteyer announced she's pregnant and expects to give birth to her first child in June. Gasteyer will be the first SNL cast member to be pregnant while on the show. read more

DAY CARE

Greeting card companies rejoice! Michael Jackson wants the world to create a new holiday to celebrate kids. In a recent interview with Vibe magazine, the King of Pop visualized Children's Day — a peaceful occasion that would be similar to Mother's or Father's Day. read more

MORE MUSIC TO OUR EARS?

And if a musical based on a wrestler weren't enough to scare you, '80s pop singer Boy George's life has been immortalized in song as well. Following the journey of the Culture Club lead singer, the new play entitled Taboo opened Tuesday night in London. read more

WHO'S YOUR DADDY?

The Hollywood baby boom is still kickin' as actors Eddie Murphy and Andy Garcia took on the role of proud papas this week. Murphy and wife Nicole welcomed their fifth child on Tuesday night, a girl named Bella Zahara. Garcia (Ocean's Eleven) and his wife added a son to their brood of three daughters. According to The Associated Press, Andres Antonio Garcia-Lorido was delivered Monday in Los Angeles. read more

THIS HAS TO HURT

For the first time ever, Fox News Channel has beaten cable news rival CNN in the ratings. During the month of January, Fox finished ahead of CNN in primetime and total-day ratings. Maybe it's time those Paula Zahn zipper ads made a comeback... read more

West Wing Star's Career Schiff


Fans of West Wing thesp Richard Schiff are in for a rude awakening if they go into his new film, I Am Sam, expecting to find Martin Sheen's trusty communications director, Toby Ziegler. Instead, they'll discover Schiff playing a tough lawyer out to prevent a mentally challenged man (Sean Penn) from retaining custody of his little girl (Dakota Manning).

"People are calling me bad and mean," the 42-year-old Emmy winner laments to TV Guide Online. "I guess my character does have a nasty streak, but I think he's really just trying to do his job. I needed a little convincing [in accepting the role], but I jumped at the chance to work with Sean Penn. I didn't care what judgement read more

LL Cool J: Size Matters


It's rare that a big deal is made over a movie poster, but if you've seen the one-sheets for John McTiernan's Rollerball remake (in theaters Feb. 8), then, like us, you must have asked yourself, "Is that a baseball bat in LL Cool J's pocket or is he just happy to see co-star Rebecca Romijn-Stamos?" Sheesh! You'd have to be blind not to notice that there's something larger-than-life skating behind the zipper of the actor-musician's leather pants.

So, what's the deal? Is it a missile? A zucchini? A submarine? "We took a picture and did nothing to it," an unnamed MGM exec insists to TV Guide On read more

ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE

HBO is developing a new reality series that will chronicle one person's quest to become President of the United States. Candidate 2012 is being produced by American High's R.J. Cutler — who will soon launch a nationwide search for a candidate. read more

CHURCH POLITICS

While in Germany last week promoting Vanilla Sky, Church of Scientology follower Tom Cruise met with U.S. ambassador Dan Coats and lobbied to improve the Church's status in that country — where it is not officially recognized. Germany believes Scientology masquerades as a religion to make money, and some Scientologists are even barred from government jobs. Incidentally, Coats later attended a screening of stink bomb Vanilla Sky — which certainly couldn't have helped Cruise's cause. read more

THE COMPETITION IS OUT THERE

Fox really needs David Duchovny now: CBS will air the two-hour finale of its upcoming Survivor: Marquesas on Sunday, May 19 — likely pitting it against Fox's series finale for The X-Files. Why move the climax from the show's traditional Thursday night slot? One theory: CBS wants to maximize its May sweeps performance by cramming in as many Survivor hours as possible. (Network execs, however, deny that was the reason.) Meanwhile, CBS will launch the second edition of The Amazing Race on Monday, March 11 at 10 pm/ET. It will then move to its regular Wednesday 9 pm timeslot. read more

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