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Question: I must get my husband Raymond on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He is intelligent, charming and handsome, the gene pool blessed him with an Encyclopedia Britannica brain, and we're in debt. Please, dear 'Visionary, tell us how we can change our lives and show the American public the real Everybody Loves Raymond. Phone numbers and any tips on the secret juju of television game show magic are most appreciated. A winner's reward is in your future. — Jayne McKenzie

Televisionary: Well, say, thanks for the good vibes, Jayne!

As luck would have it, the gene pool granted me only a Bazooka Joe Comix brain, but I do what I can. The best I can offer you is a link to the official ABC Millionaire page, where they post the toll-free number at times when calls are being accepted. (Last I checked, we should be right in the middle of the latest read more


Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar says she's not going anywhere, despite reports that the popular series is being sought by other networks. "I will stay on Buffy if, and only if, Buffy stays on the WB," Gellar told E! Online. "The WB has been so supportive, such a great network over the past four years. It feels like home. I don't want the show to move, because I feel that we belong on the WB. It's where our fans are. If Buffy leaves the WB, I'm out." read more


After a day of suspended jury selection in the case against rap star Sean "Puffy" Combs for the infamous December 1999 nightclub shootout, the case is said to be back on track today. Reuters reports that the gun possession and bribery trial hit a snag yesterday after Puffy's co-defendant, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, was arrested for driving with a suspended license following a Manhattan car accident on Sunday night. Barrow, who is also facing attempted murder charges, was arraigned Monday. Jury selection in the case will resume today. read more


'N Sync's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone are headed for the big screen in Miramax's new romantic comedy, On the Line. reports that Bass signed a deal yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival to make his first movie through his own production company, which will star fellow band member Fatone. The boy-meets-girl plot will feature Bass courting a mystery woman he sees while riding the el train in Chicago. read more


Election star Reese Witherspoon has signed on to produce and star in a big-screen adaptation of the short story collection The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, reports Variety. The flick will combine two of the short stories, chronicling a young woman's life and relationships in the publishing world. "When I read the book, I knew immediately that this was a character I had to play," Witherspoon said. read more


Former talk show host and teen singing sensation Marie Osmond is singing the blues no more. After a highly publicized bout with postpartum depression, Osmond has announced she has written a book on the subject. AP reports that Osmond, the mother of seven, has penned Behind the Smile in order to help others who are suffering. "My only hope is that other women will gain something from it," said Osmond. read more


Newlywed and new mother Catherine Zeta-Jones says the media attention surrounding her family has her fearing for her son Dylan's future. The Traffic star told TV Times she feels that pressure from the media will leave her son — with hubby Michael Douglas — vulnerable. "Think about it: He's the son of a famous mum, dad and grandfather. His self-identity could be knocked constantly, because he may have to work harder to make a name for himself as a lot of people will have the attitude, 'Oh, he's from that family — everything is an easy ride for him.'... It terrifies me." read more

When Billy Elliot Met Pretty Woman

Young Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell was the main attraction at DreamWorks's post-Golden-Globe fete, held Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton's Polynesian-themed eatery Trader Vics. Gladiator hunk Russell Crowe approached the up-and-comer and, as Bell confided to TV Guide Online, the two "had a good ol' chat. He's just telling me how [the whole awards thing] works."

The advice could come in handy if Bell earns an Oscar nod, as some predict he might. Already sounding like an old pro, he jokingly discounted the hype. "We don't believe it," he laughed. "It's all a lot of hot air."

The star of the evening — Julia Roberts — made it her personal mission to hunt down Bell. "I have an almost 10-year-old niece who said 'Oh my God! He's gonna be there? Can I come?,' Roberts explained to TV Guide Online. "I'll just say hello and I'll tell her tomorrow that I shook his hand."

Well, the Golden Globe-winning Erin Brockovich a read more

E! Pre-Show: Two Rivers Run Through It

Prior to the onset of E! Entertainment Television's Golden Globes Pre-Show, my wife was curious as to how much of our evening was going to be gobbled up by Joan and Melissa Rivers's live red carpet review. "Two hours?!" she remarked with incredulity. "Can they make that much small talk?"

Valid question. And the answer is a pained "No." Oh, but they try. And what their interviews lack in quality, Team Rivers tries to make up for in quantity. In fact, if the mother-daughter co-hosts are determined to approach 71 celebrities over the course of 80 on-screen minutes — as they did this past Sunday night — then Melissa's six-week-old son, Cooper, had better grow up quick and grab a microphone!

Kicking off the event, Joan spent the first three minutes shoehorning in jokes about yeast infection (always welcome at the dinner hour), freezing her eggs, wearing E!'s new "NippleCam" (she was kidding, thank God), and the overuse of vibrators causing read more


I Know What You Did Last Summer's Jennifer Love Hewitt will star with Sigourney Weaver in the upcoming comedy Breakers, according to the New York Daily News. The two will play a mother-daughter team who con wealthy men... Singer Michael Bolton lost a Supreme Court battle to overturn their ruling that his 1991 hit "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" copied parts of an Isley Brothers song, reports Reuters...Variety confirms that Madonna and U2 will perform Feb. 21 at the Grammys. — Lauren Kane read more

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