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AND THE WINNERS ARE...

Controversial rapper Eminem, veteran jazz-pop duo Steely Dan, country diva Faith Hill and Irish rock group U2 were the big winners at last night's Grammy Awards, taking home three trophies apiece. Eminem swept all three rap categories, including Best Rap Album for The Marshall Mathers LP, although he lost the night's biggest prize — Album of the Year — to Steely Dan's Two Against Nature. U2's track "Beautiful Day" won record and song of the year, and the band picked up honors for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. Hill's Breathe won Best Country Album, and the title track earned her the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Her duet with hubby Tim McGraw, "Let's Make Love," won Best Country Collaboration. Double winners included R&#038B singer D'Angelo, rockers Foo Fighters and Destiny's Child's Beyonc&#233 Knowles. Shelby Lynne was named Best New Artist, the i read more

PROOF OF FAILURE

Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan's high profile yet short-lived love affair was to blame for their film, Proof of Life, tanking at the box office. "It had an indelible and very destructive effect on the release of the film in the U.S. because the real life story overpowered the film," Proof director Taylor Hackford told reporters prior to the film's London premiere. Crowe, meanwhile, spoke out for the first time about his break-up with Ryan. "[She] is a beautiful and courageous woman, and I grieve the loss of her companionship," he said. "But I've not lost her friendship." read more

REUNITED

Darva Conger and Rick Rockwell — the couple who wed last year on Fox's Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire — reunited Wednesday night on CNN's Larry King Live. Conger took the opportunity to apologize to her ex. "I'm so sorry I put myself in that situation," she said. "I never should have been there... This was never a relationship. This was a bad TV show." read more

SHORT CUTS

Cindy Crawford and hubby Rande Gerber are expecting their second child in September... Director Bryan Singer (X-Men) has signed a deal with Studios USA to develop a TV update of the classic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, Variety reports... Also according to the trade paper, Fox has ordered eight episodes of a partially scripted reality show described as a cross between The Real World and Twin Peaks, in which contestants solve a fictional mystery. — Michael Ausiello read more

GRAMMY PROTEST

About 100 demonstrators were positioned outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday to protest Eminem's four Grammy nominations — not to mention his showstopping duet with gay pop star Elton John. "We're here so that we don't miss an opportunity to talk about bigotry and the escalation of bigotry to violence against women or gay men," said Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization for Women, referring to the rapper's anti-gay/misogynistic lyrics. "Eminem is not Lenny Bruce or Allen Ginsberg or Tupac Shakur, who was rallying against injustice and the war on drugs. This is old-fashioned bigotry." In accepting his award for best rap album, Eminem responded to the criticism. "I want to thank everybody who could look through the controversy and see the album for what it was — and also for what it isn't," he said. Backstage, techno rocker Moby weighed in on the debate, saying, "He's very good at what he does and he's read more

SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!

Kathie Lee Gifford has taped a guest spot on NBC's Just Shoot Me to air during May sweeps. Regis Philbin's former sidekick will play a flamboyant romance novelist named Allison Spencer who ends up in the Blush offices when the magazine decides to serialize one of her books. As Gifford explains, her alter ego becomes sort of a "sugar-momma" to Finch (David Spade). "David Spade becomes my boy toy," she cracks to TV Guide Online, adding that she hardly misses the daily talk-show grind. "I am having so much fun. I feel like every day is Saturday now. I never have to show up for school." read more

Happy St. Patrick's Gay?


For an actor, the most difficult part of playing a gay character isn't the threat of Hollywood typecasting. No, it's the grilling they will undoubtedly receive from the media about their own sexual orientation.

Well, former All My Children star Mathew St. Patrick discovered just that recently when TV Guide Online asked the thesp — who plays a non-hetero in love with Anthony C. Hall in American Beauty scribe Alan Ball's upcoming HBO drama series Six Feet Under — what team he bats for in real life.

"I'm not going to answer it," St. Patrick responds. "I kind of find humor in it, I really do... You're talking about a show, you're talking about a character, and yet at the same time, it's like the question is... 'Are you gay?' It's got nothing to do with the show. I'm not offended by it, I just find it humorous.

"If you look at anyone and just base everything on their sex... there's more than just sex or a particular person' read more

Sweet November Trailer Worries Theron


It's a problem — an unfortunate trend, if you will — that affects more and more theatrical releases these days: trailers/commercials that reveal far too much of the film's plot. And while the story you're reading now, on this screen, will address how such an affliction has touched the recently released Sweet November, rest assured that no story points will be given away.

Charlize Theron, who co-stars with Keanu Reeves in the romance (a remake of the 1968 film by the same name), is slightly taken aback when advised by TV Guide Online that the film's TV promos spell out just a little too much of what transpires on-screen. "Really?" she asks back, her actor's heart apparently a bit broken. "I didn't know. I haven't seen that [particular commercial]. But I've got a memo... I thought that it had been agreed upon that [too much] not be revealed.

"Then again," she says, with a shoulder shrug, "I'm just an actor."

Actually, according to those who read more

Will Moviegoers Love Raymond?


Everybody loves Raymond, and for some reason, people seem to like The King of Queens, so why not team the CBS funnymen for a feature film? Apparently, that's a question the sitcom's stars — Everybody Loves Raymond's Ray Romano and King's Kevin James — asked themselves as they agreed to join forces for the upcoming Paramount pic Bridge and Tunnel.

The film's writer/director, Jon Favreau, tells TV Guide Online that the comedians approached him to helm the project because they enjoyed his humor in Swingers and Very Bad Things. "They wanted to find something with that sense of humor and tone," explains the auteur, who plans to shoot from April to June. "These two have a lot over most stand-ups that I've seen in film — a lot of chemistry together that no one's seen yet."

Romano describes the comedy as read more

Powerpuff to the People


Now that they have conquered the small screen, not to mention countless villains, the diminutive do-gooders of the Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls are setting their sights on a new goal: to sell as many movie tickets to adults as children. But even with their special gifts, can the wide-eyed sisters, whose first feature is due out next year, possibly accomplish their mission?

E.G. Daily, who supplies the voice of Buttercup (aka the green spitfire), certainly thinks so. "The show is very hip," she suggests to TV Guide Online. "When I'm in a recording session and see the producers and writers in the booth, they look like some kind of an alternative [rock] band. That's why the show is so hip — the guys themselves are. They come up with the most twisted ideas."

Still, if the actress (Pee-wee's Big Adventure) and singer (whose latest CD is available through her egdaily.com website) were to choose a sup read more

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