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MR. OSBOURNE GOES TO WASHINGTON

Cable TV's newest superstar, Ozzy Osbourne, will be breaking bread with the President of the United States. According to MTV News, Osbourne — the star of MTV's hit reality show The Osbournes — is slated to attend next month's annual White House Correspondents Association dinner. He will be the guest of Fox News Channel anchor Greta Van Susteren. read more

EMERGENCY!

Embattled scribe Megan McTavish has stepped down from her post as headwriter of ABC's struggling sudser General Hospital. She will be replaced by former GH-Santa Barbara-Sunset Beach writers Charles Pratt Jr. and Bob Guza. In other GH news, Steve Burton is reprising his role as Jason Morgan. read more

WE SAW THIS COMING

ABC has found a new name for its low-rated comedy Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central): Canceled After Two Episodes. In its place, the network is bringing back The Job for three weeks. In other TV news, Fox has renewed Mad TV for two more seasons. read more

R.I.P. KENNY

South Park's red-hooded Kenny has been dead for weeks — and the show's die-hard fans apparently don't care. Kenny — whose death in every episode is among the show's many running gags — died at the end of last season of a terminal muscular disease. However, when South Park's new season kicked off last month, Kenny was M.I.A. Turns out, series creator Matt Stone decided he was tired of bringing the hapless little guy back to life. "I think a lot of people probably haven't noticed," Stone says. "I couldn't care less. I am so sick of that character." read more

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"I lost my appetite — I was numb. I literally thought I couldn't breathe. I went to five shrinks, and nothing made sense." — Tara Reid recalling her painful split from Carson Daly in May's CosmoGIRL! read more

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Martin Scorsese's long-awaited, big budget epic Gangs of New York will open this Christmas. The pic — which was originally slated to hit theaters last Christmas — stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz. Meanwhile, Gangs's running time — once more than three hours — has been trimmed to two hours and 40 minutes. read more

FEMALE FORCE

Girl power ruled at the box office over the weekend as two female-driven flicks took the top spots. The Jodie Foster thriller Panic Room remained No. 1 for the second consecutive weekend, grossing another $18.5 million. It edged out the new Ashley Judd military drama High Crimes, which brought in $15 million. Rounding out the top five was Ice Age (No. 3 with $14.3 million), The Rookie (No. 4 with $11.7 million) and National Lampoon's Van Wilder (No. 5 with $7.5 million). Tim Allen's new farce Big Trouble, meanwhile, made litt read more

WELL, DUH!

Three years after Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace hit theaters, Ewan McGregor (aka Obi-Wan Kenobi) is finally confirming what we all knew: The film was a big ol' turkey. "I thought it was ... kind of flat," McGregor said in an interview released by UK film company FilmFour. "I think there is much more humor and there is much more color in [Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones]." read more

MORE OPRAH NEWS...

Oprah Winfrey has a TV show coming soon to the Oxygen network — although she's hush-hush on details. "I think people are going to like it cause I'm in it and I'm really good," she tells Entertainment Tonight. read more

FAMED TV PRODUCER DIES

Roy Huggins, the writer-producer behind such TV classics as Maverick and The Fugitive, died of natural causes on Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 87. read more

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