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Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones crossed the $300 million mark at the domestic box office on Tuesday. The prequel ranks as the 13th highest-grossing film of all time, just behind Independence Day. Among 2002 releases, only Spider-Man has grossed more ($403 million and counting). read more


Let's face it: Beta never got the respect it deserved. And now, the dying format is being put out of its misery. Sony announced on Tuesday that it would make only 2,000 more Betamax machines before discontinuing the 27-year-old product altogether. Damn you DVD! Damn you! read more


American Pie beauty Natasha Lyonne pleaded guilty Monday to a drunken driving charge stemming from a crash last year in Miami Beach. As part of the plea deal, the 23-year-old actress will have her driver's license suspended and be sentenced to six months probation and 50 hours of community service. read more


Jerry Seinfeld and wife Jessica Sklar are expecting their second child in February, the New York Post reports. The couple's daughter Sascha was born Nov. 7, 2000. read more


The WB is developing an hourlong series starring Full House alum Lori Loughlin... Look for Michael Jackson to make a surprise appearance at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards, the New York Daily News reports... TNN is running a 12-hour VIP marathon on Labor Day beginning at 9 am/ET. read more

George Lopez's Seinfeld Connection

Is The George Lopez Show poised to become the next Seinfeld? Well, of course not, but Constance Marie — who plays Lopez matriarch Angie — says her ABC comedy does share one thing in common with the late, great Peacock phenom: Both shows got very little love from critics when they premiered.

"Seinfeld supposedly sucked when it came out," she tells TV Guide Online. "Nobody liked it and it got bad reviews." As a result, when Lopez debuted last March to mostly negative notices, Marie hardly saw it as a sign that she should start updating her resumé. (Neither, apparently did ABC: The show returns for its second season on Oct. 2.)

"I've been on shows that the critics loved that tanked and shows that sucked that [did well] — so, who's right?," she muses. "I don't read more


Fox has recruited quite a diverse mix of has-beens for Celebrity Boot Camp. Among the B- and C-listers signed up: rapper Coolio, '80s pop tart Tiffany, Kato Kaelin, former Married... With Children weasel David Faustino, ex-Milli Vanilli "singer" Fabrice Morvan, Renegade star Lorenzo Lamas and Brady Bunch son Barry Williams. The two-hour special will air Sept. 30 at 8 pm/ET. read more


As predicted, Peter Jennings has signed a new contract with ABC News that will keep him behind the World News Tonight anchor desk for three more years, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 64-year-old will reportedly make in the neighborhood of $10 million a year. read more

Mummy Hunk: Outnumbered and Loving It!

Not since Charlie's Angels cast David Doyle as a bosom buddy of Farrah, Kate and Jaclyn has an actor been placed in as heavenly a situation as Oded Fehr, the ladies' man among the female docs on the new CBS drama Presidio Med.

"I'm outnumbered in a very good way," he tells TV Guide Online, referring to the show's 5-to-1 gals-to-guys ratio. "Working with all these women is just lovely. The set is so relaxed. There's a really great atmosphere."

It's certainly a drastic change from Fehr's last TV gig: NBC's short-lived, male-dr read more


Onetime Baywatch babe Yasmine Bleeth is off the market. Bleeth married Paul Cerrito at the exclusive Bacara resort in Santa Barbara, according to Entertainment Tonight. In a tale as old as time, the two reportedly met in rehab. ET also reports that morning show staple Bryant Gumbel and longtime girlfriend Hilary Quinlan tied the knot on Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla. read more

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