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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


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


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


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


Winona Ryder's publicist confirms that the Oscar-nominated actress and accused shoplifter broke her right arm during a mishap in court on Monday. Still, Ryder is expected back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing. read more

James Garner Blasts CBS!

Maverick and The Rockford Files made James Garner a TV star in the '50s, '60s and '70s, but the actor's none too fond of the small screen these days. After CBS cancelled his low-rated Supreme Court drama First Monday — where he presided as a right-wing justice — Garner says he'll stick to movies.

"After this last fiasco with CBS, it would take a lot of talking to get me to do television again," says Garner, who co-stars in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (opening Friday). "I don't think the business knows what they want. I don't think they have a clue — and I guarantee that if they'd left First Monday on, it would still be on six read more

CNN to Snag Another Blue Babe?

The news bug that NYPD Blue castmember-turned-anchor Andrea Thompson caught is apparently contagious. Current Blue star Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon — who plays ADA Valerie Heywood — confesses that she's jonesing for a career in journalism, too.

"I always wanted to be a reporter," she tells TV Guide Online. "That didn't happen, but that's always been what I wanted to do."

As a fellow news-lovin' thesp, Beauvais-Nilon cops to harboring a little bias toward Thompson — who raised eyebrows when she was tapped by CNN last year to anchor its newly-revamped Headline News despite her limited broadcasting experience. Critics groaned that she landed the high-profile gig because of her notoriety, not talent.

"Honestly, of course [the recognition factor] read more


The American Arbitration Association has ordered direct marketer Traffix Inc. to pay former Miami Vice hotshot Philip Michael Thomas $2.3 million, ending an eight-year-old dispute over the company's use of the actor's name and likeness in infomercials. read more


Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks has been named the recipient of the American Film Institute's 30th Life Achievement Award. Steven Spielberg will present him with the trophy at a June 12 ceremony. The event airs June 24 on USA Network. read more


Former Fugees singer Wyclef Jean was arrested Tuesday at a star-studded rally to protest proposed cuts in New York City school funding. Jean was one of 13 people arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Also attending the City Hall rally, but not busted: Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Mayor Bloomberg insists the budget cuts are necessary to bridge the city's $5 billion budget deficit. read more

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