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AMERICA LOVES CELINE

Celine Dion can officially tell her critics to "hush, now." The Canadian songbird's comeback CD, A New Day Has Come, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart. So far, the chart-topper has sold a whopping 527,000 copies. read more

MORE LEGAL DRAMA...

Marilyn Manson is being sued for the wrongful death of actress Jennifer Syme — an ex-girlfriend of Keanu Reeves — last year. Syme's mother, Maria St. John, accuses the Goth rocker of negligence in giving her daughter drugs and then letting her drive "in her incapacitated condition." The 28-year-old Syme died after crashing into three parked cars in Los Angeles. read more

DALY NEWS

Carson Daly's days as host of MTV's TRL may be numbered. According to TV Guide's Max Robins, Daly may be replaced as the network's countdown king before his contract expires in mid-2003. Daly has cut back his TRL duties since the January debut of his NBC late-night show Last Call, and the show's ratings have dropped 30 percent from 2001 among its target 12- to 17-year-old audience. For more on the story, pick up a copy of the April 13 issue of TV Guide magazine, on newsstands Monday. read more

LEGAL DRAMA

Liza Minnelli's aging stepmother is suing her for elder abuse and breach of contract. Lee Anderson Minnelli claims the singer tried to evict her from her Beverly Hills home by shutting off the power and firing the gardener and pool man. Court papers say: "While Defendant is honeymooning all over the world, having fed 850 of her closest friends a 12-foot cake, Plaintiff is alone in a cold, dark house at age 94." Liza's spokesperson counters that while she sold the house — where Lee lived rent-free for years — she did offer to buy her stepmom a condo, which was refused. read more

SPLITSVILLE

Pioneering heavy metal band Megadeth is breaking up after frontman Dave Mustaine sustained an injury to his arm and hand — leaving him unable to play the guitar. Bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Al Pitrelli and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso opted not to continue without him. read more

STILL MORE LEGAL DRAMA

Former All My Children star Michael Nader has filed a $32 million lawsuit against ABC, claiming the network lied to him and damaged him professionally and financially. The 57-year-old onetime Dynasty actor — who left AMC last year to enter rehab following a narcotics arrest — says ABC refused to let him reprise his role or release him from his contract so he could work elsewhere. Nader is seeking $1.74 million in unpaid wages, $25 million in compensatory damages and $5 million for emotional distress. read more

SHORT CUTS

Comic Bob Newhart will receive the Kennedy Center's annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 29... ESPN received 25 nominations for the Sports Emmy Awards, the most of any network. read more

THE WRIGHT STUFF

Robin Wright Penn has been cast opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming film The Singing Detective, Variety reports. Meanwhile, Mel Gibson — who is producing the pic — has signed on to play a supporting role. read more

MIDLIFE CRISIS?

First the Oscars and now this: Woody Allen will open the Cannes film festival on May 15 with his new comedy, Hollywood Ending. It's the first time the film legend has attended the festival. read more

CAUGHT ON TAPE

Today's New York Post features a photo of Harrison Ford and Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart holding hands while shopping in Santa Monica, Calif. — all but confirming rumors that the two are an item. Maybe we should just let them be now. read more

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