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|Thu, 04-03-2003 - 11:06am|
MORE IDOL: Where do ex-American Idol stars go to die? The mall. Behind-the-Scenes with American Idol, a 14-city, 21-mall tour starring such Idol alums as Ejay Day and Vanessa Olivarez, kicks off Saturday at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island. For more information, go to simon.com. Meanwhile, USA Today reports that Codemasters is releasing an American Idol video game this fall that will feature computer-generated likenesses of judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Abdul's CGI alter ego will be programmed to utter just three words: "You were amazing!"
RETURNING FAVORITES: Tom Green is returning to MTV as the star of his own late-night reality show. The series — in which viewers will be invited into Green's personal life (we assume at their own risk) — debuts June 16 at midnight. MTV has also picked up reality shows centered around Jackass cast member Bam Margera and newly-wedded pop stars Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. On the latter show, Lachey and Simpson will allow MTV's cameras to capture the trials and tribulations of their first year of marriage. Like the time they fought over whose zit was bigger.
MORE SHOCK AND AWE: The cable news wars are heating up. On Wednesday, Fox News aired a promo that took a shot at MSNBC for its connection to embattled war correspondent Peter Arnett. The clip showed Arnett's controversial interview on Iraqi TV, with the following narration: "He spoke out against America's armed forces. He said America's war against terrorism has failed. He even vilified America's leadership and worked for MSNBC. Ask yourself: Is this 'America's news channel?'" Fox reportedly ran the spot after MSNBC refused to correct information on its crawl about Fox's own scandal-ridden correspondent, Geraldo Rivera — who left Iraq after drawing a map in the sand indicating troop movement and location. My take? The world was a much nicer place when CNN was the only game in town.
METEORIC OPENING: Linkin Park's latest CD Meteora debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart with sales of 810,000 copies. Celine Dion's One Heart bowed at No. 2 with 432,000 copies sold.
JANE DOUGH: Jim Carrey's ex-wife claims their daughter cannot get by on $10,000 a month, and has asked a judge to award her more child support. According to court papers obtained by TheSmokingGun.com, Melissa Carrey says her 15-year-old daughter Jane wants to pursue a career in showbiz, and therefore needs the extra cash to pay for things like, um, her own bodyguard (natch), a personal trainer (but of course) and fitness equipment (goes without saying). Groans the the ex-Mrs. Carrey: "Jane enjoys Pilates and takes classes at the local Pilates studio but does not have her own personal trainer or her own Pilates equipment." In other words, Mom wants a new car.
SOUL SINGER DIES: Motown star Edwin Starr, best known for his 1970 hit "War," died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at his home in England. He was 61.
ROCK ON: Actress Liv Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, married Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon on March 25 in a private ceremony in the Caribbean. This is the first marriage for both.
SHORT CUTS: Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia has landed a recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of The Sopranos... Queen Latifah is in talks to headline Beauty Shop, a female version of last year's hit film Barbershop, Variety reports.