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Hope you're ready for a little Katie Couric.

Or, as reports come flodding in, A LOT of Katie Couric.

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The CBS anchor woman's first news program will take place on September 5. One night later, viewers can watch Couric's first-ever prime time special:

Five Years Later - How Safe Are We?, an hour commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and examining the aftershocks Americans continue to feel.

Then, on the anniversary itself, Couric will read the news from Ground Zero.

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Believe it or not, you are that old! Or at least some of you are. Today, August 1, 2006, is the 25th Anniversary of MTV. Surprisingly, the network has no apparent plans to honor, or even mention the birthday. Maybe that's because MTV has always (as you will soon read) feared dating itself.

Who knows. But Entertainment Tonight is not about to let this milestone slip by without acknowledgment. Here's a look at the Top 25 MTV Moments, from the inauspicious beginning to the days of Laguna Beach.

MTV Logo pic

1. THE DEBUT: August 1, 1981.

The first video? The prophetic "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the now-forgotten Buggles. Only a few thousand people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey could see it.

2. BEAT IT: March 31, 1983.

Michael Jackson becomes the first black artist with a video on MTV. Soon enough, he ceases to be black. But a great song nonetheless.

3. THRILLER: December 2, 1983.

Less music video than 14-minute mini-movie (starring Vincent Price, ghouls and goblins), the premiere of Jackson's "Thriller" was an event. MTV gave it a set time on the schedule, even. It was, and may remain, the pinnacle of the concept of music videos as art.

4. MADONNA BUSTS OUT: September 14, 1984.

Performing "Like a Virgin" at the first Video Music Awards, Madonna popped out of a cake dressed in a wedding gown and writhed through her hit. Her gift of shock value resonates to this day.

5. MONEY FOR NOTHING: Pretty Much All Of 1985.

The Dire Straits song was about MTV, mocked the very idea of MTV, and became a monster hit â€" possibly the band's biggest â€" because of MTV. The circle is complete.

6. VJs GO BYE-BYE: 1985-1986.

Original video jock J.J. Jackson's contract expired in 1985. Nina Blackwood followed him out the door a year later, as did Martha Quinn. Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman were next, with only Adam Curry making it into the '90s. In a trend that still continues, MTV abandoned its first generation of fans, courting teens instead. The network also realized that airing videos was a dead end street, and began developing other programs.

7. SPRRRRRING BREAK!!!!!!!: March, 1985:

College students who couldn't make it south in person could turn on MTV to catch the party. Each year since, the drunken bash with young, firm, hot bodies undulating to the music has returned. We need a cold shower.

8. RAP TAKES OFF: August 6, 1986.

It's no coincidence that "Yo! MTV Raps!" premiered about the same time rap started becoming the dominant music form for young America. Hip white kids like Rick Rubin or the Beastie Boys may have loved rap before, but "Yo! MTV Raps!" brought it into every suburban living room.

9. PEE-WEE'S RETURN: September 5, 1991.

It was a hard fall for Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, from star of one of TV's most popular kids' shows to a national punchline after he was busted by undercover officer for masturbating in an adult theater. Herman returned to the stage at that year's VMAs, sending the crowd into raucous laughter with question "Heard any good jokes lately?"

10. SMELLS LIKE GRUNGE: September 29, 1991:

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video officially killed the hair metal scene and signaled the ascendancy of grunge.

11. CLAPTON UNPLUGGED: March 11, 1992.

Only the most desperate of fading 1980s bands responded to MTV's requests to show off their acoustic chops, but in the early '90s, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton, in his first performance since his son died after falling from a building window, brought the house down with acoustic sets. Clapton had to be talked into releasing the show on CD, but it became his biggest-selling album.

12. BILL SPEAKS: April 19, 1994.

Two years into his first term, President Bill Clinton fielded 90 minutes of questions on complex policy issues by 16-20-year-olds before a live MTV audience. Today, most candidates use MTV to reach first-time voters.

13. SHUT UP, BEAVIS!!: March 24, 1994.

Who'd have guessed that Beavis and Butt-head would make the cover of Rolling Stone? Sure, the show was stupid, gross and low-class. But it was funny to millions of viewers, and many older people no doubt wished they could act that way.

14. REALITY CHECK: June 23, 1994.

Check the listings nowadays and take a look at what's on. It's hard to recall a time in which setting up a group of strangers in a camera-filled home was a new idea, but the 1992 debut of The Real World essentially invented Reality TV. The original reality series is still on the air, to boot.

15. FEEDBACK LOOP: April 14, 1998.

Jesse Camp wins the first "I Wanna Be a VJ" contest. Sensing another TV trend that may have spawned from this?

16. TIMES SQUARE TIME: October 22, 1998.

The somehow wildly popular Backstreet Boys shut down Times Square during a Total Request Live appearance. The ruckus cemented TRL's role as pop culture's home page, with Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as king and queen.

17. GETTIN' JIGGLE WIT IT: September 9, 1999.

When Lil' Kim presented a VMA with a pasty-clad breast, Diana Ross couldn't resist a playful fondle. Lucky Ross wasn't there eight years earlier, when Prince performed wearing pants with the butt cut out.

18. FEELING TIPSY: October 1, 2000.

Thinking about Johnny Knoxville getting tipped over in a port-a-potty still makes us hold your noses. Yet Jackass quickly became MTV's most popular show.

19. MARIAH'S MELTDOWN: July 19, 2001.

No one knew quite how to react when the diva made a surprise appearance on "TRL," pushing an ice cream cart filled with popsicles. A nervous Carson Daly kept trying to cut to a commercial, but Carey wouldn't stop talking. She took off an oversized T-shirt to reveal a tight tank top and skimpy shorts. A week later Carey was hospitalized for exhaustion.

20. F&$%#!: March 5, 2002.

The first bleeped-out swear word on The Osbournes premiere was followed by 58 others. The foggy-headed rocker, his type-A wife and self-involved kids became America's first family, if only for a time.

21. DOGGING EMINEM: August 29, 2002.

The rap star was in no mood to hear Triumph the Insult Comic Dog chew over his feud with Moby. So when approached by the puppet on the VMAs, Eminem delivered a sucker punch and then flew into a rage backstage. Really. He rampaged against a puppet.

22. JUSTIN GETS PUNK'D: March 17, 2003.

The debut of Punk'd, starring Ashton Kutcher, involved a crew posing as the "Tax Enforcement Agency" seizing some of Justin Timberlake's possessions after claiming he owed $900,000 in back taxes. The show, and its title, are now entrenched in the pop culture lexicon.

23. CHICKEN OR TUNA: August 19, 2003.

Newlyweds followed the telegenic Jessica Simpson and hubby Nick Lachey as they navigated marital bliss. Jess endeared herself as American's leading dumb blonde. They have since divorced.

24. THE KISS: August 28, 2003.

It was MTV's idea to bring back Madonna for a reprise of "Like a Virgin" for the 20th video music awards, and MTV's idea to pair her with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The open-mouthed kiss that she planted on Britney? That was just Madonna being Madonna.

25. STEPHEN & LC: November 26, 2004.

Viewers were gripped by the love triangle on new MTV hit Laguna Beach, in which the partying of Kristin Cavallari (right) on spring break temporarily cost her a boyfriend. Lauren Conrad, current star of The Hills, hooked up with Kristin's beau, Stephen Colletti. MTV's original idea was a reality version of Beverly Hills 90210, but they ended up with a reality version of The O.C. instead.

As usual, fans loved it.

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Does Suri Cruise actually exist, or is this all a well-orchestrated publicity stunt? Given the dearth of evidence to support a conspiracy, such as a bogus birth certificate and some very fake-looking pictures of alleged mom Katie Holmes, we are convinced there is no baby. But do fans across the nation share our opinion, or are we going out of our minds? That's precisely what the Gossip wanted to find out with our EXCLUSIVE POLL (above, right).

As of the time of this post, 231 of you have voted, with 58 PERCENT believing that there is no baby. If you have not cast your vote yet, please do so, as we can gauge the general population's opinion more accurately with a larger sample size! There appears to be widespread belief that this is all a hoax, or at least very suspicious.

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Below is a sampling of some reader comments we've gotten re: Suri. Some of them may surprise you. Others may offend you. All are pretty much guaranteed to amuse you:


"Suri?!? More like surreal! No way this kid exists." -- Amanda

"Wow, that picture looks totally fake... if she really WAS that big, then her stomach should be much lower. I know everyone carries differently but come one... also, there is no possible way to be wearing regular jeans when you are that big. Well, I suppose there is but it is SOOO uncomfortable." -- Teresa

"I believe she's real. Why she would stay hidden all this time is weird though." -- V

"There is no way that a woman's stomach can appear as Katie's does in this [sic] pix. It does not look real, and even though my teen tried to tell me, I am now convinced that Suri is fake also. Shame on TomKat if it's not true." -- Missy

"OK, well... I have actually believed that there really was a baby. But... either there was some doctring [sic] to this pic or that is a totally fake tummy. I've had 2 kids and all my friends have too, and I have NEVER seen something as freaky as that! lol" -- Katherine

"Here's the REAL question: which is more real - Suri Cruise or Ashlee Simpson's chin? At least we've seen a picture of Ashlee's chin." -- Allen

"I honestly believe that Suri Cruise is fake. I love Leah Remini but i think that Tomkat asked her to say that they saw her just so people wouldnt catch on to Suri not being real." -- CoJo


"ya know - who cares - I was a huge Tom fan from the early 1980's - after he totally dissed Nicole Kiddman [sic], I could care less about him, who he is currently bedding nor his freaky alledged [sic] child - don't care!" -- DeeCee

"I don't get it - we criticize celebrities so often for being in the spotlight too much. Now, we have a loving couple choosing to keep their baby and private life private … and we make fun of them for it? What does that say about our society? Our need to be nosy?" -- Donna

"Suri is real and she's almost 8 months old; born last December, daddy unknown. Remember Katie got really big really quickly?! She was '3' months and looked like 8 -- and don't forget Katie is tall... tall women usually hide the bump well. And did anyone actually believe the whirlwind romance in the first place? But these guys are supposed to be actors -- you really think they could have done a better job -- stoopid heads! Neither of them have ever really struck me as mental giants -- which might explain why the bump kept changing size. The real question is... why did they bother in the first place? We'll see Suri when she's too old to tell the difference -- e.g. 'is this a 12 or a 16 month baby?'" -- Claire

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Elizabeth Hurley announced in an interview that she is planning to marry her boyfriend of several years, Arun Nayar. Hurley, 41, gushed over her upcoming nuptials with the millionaire business tycoon of Indian descent.

"I can't reveal the date, but it's very soon. And we're even thinking about having a baby," she told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair.

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Hurley's 13-year relationship with Hugh Grant, who didn't exactly help his chances of keeping Liz when he was busted soliciting sex from an unattractive hooker, ended in 2000. Two years later, she had a baby boy, Damian, with U.S. film producer Steve Bing, but brought the child up as a single mother, telling Vanity Fair that it was "a choice that I never would have made."

Still, Hurley continued, "I wouldn't change a comma of what has happened. My life with Damian has been splendid. He is the perfect child."

The actress says marriage will not be a major life change for her.

"I'll tell (what it's like) when I'm married. But with Hugh Grant... we were like husband and wife. I don't think there is a big difference," she said.

Hurley met Nayar shortly after her child was born, and says they were instantly attracted to one another. Which is not surprising, really, since she is Elizabeth Hurley -- if you know what we're saying. We're saying she's hot.

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He rides bikes with Lance Armstrong, and also goes running with the seven-time Tour de France champ (as well as their alternate training partner, Jake Gyllenhaal). We've even brought you pictures of Matthew McConaughey doing yoga on the beach. Now, Us Magazine has a shot of the Sexiest Man Alive enjoying yet another form of exercise: surfing. See below.

Matthew McConaughey Surfing Photo

McConaughey's grueling exercise regimen apparently knows few boundaries. Not unlike his increasing amount of hair. Maybe he's auditioning for a new movie role as some sort of (sexy, charming, fun-loving) Merman?

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Heath Ledger, who won widespread acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his role in last year's Brokeback Mountain, will be swapping the cowboy boots and Western charm for whiteface and an evil grin. The Aussie star will be Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker, in the latest Batman picture.

Heath Ledger Picture

The sequel to last year's Batman Begins will be titled The Dark Knight, and is slated to go into production early next year, Warner Brothers announced.

In addition to Ledger, the film will reportedly feature the return of last year's caped crusader, Christian Bale, as superhero Bruce Wayne. Michael Caine is also scheduled to return as Alfred the butler, and Gary Oldman will be coming back as Lt. James Gordon.

Internet speculation has run rampant over the past year as to what director Christopher Nolan has in store for the follow up his first Batman, which was considered by many critics to be the best of the Batman films to date.

In addition to the Joker, there could be another casting announcement on the horizon. One Batman fan site reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman, who beat out Ledger for Best Actor last year with his performance in Capote, may be in talks to play the Penguin.

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Lauren Conrad, former Laguna Beach cutie and current star of The Hills (right) isn't ready to live her life off-camera just yet.

MTV has ordered a second season of the not-entirely-scripted series that follows Lauren as she moves to Los Angeles and attempts to start her own adult life. Several of Lauren's friends have also assumed starring roles on the show, in the same vein as Laguna's ensemble cast.

LC at Lunch

This season, Lauren's transition into the real world meant an internship at Teen Vogue, new friends, struggling to balance her career and personal life, and an on-and-off romance with fellow Laguna alum Jason. After initial success with the 10-episode first season, MTV is excited to be bringing it back for another round.

"The Hills took our audience on an exciting ride told through the eyes of four young ladies trying to survive in L.A.," said Lois Curren, MTV's Head of Programming. "The series really connected with our viewers, so it was an easy decision to bring it back for another season, and we are delighted to continue working with the cast as we showcase the next stage of all their lives."

The Hills has become one of MTV's most popular shows since its May debut, drawing about 2 million viewers per week in the target demographic of teens and young adults. The show also generates heavy traffic on MTV's website and its broadband channel, Overdrive.

Laguna Beach fans first got to know Lauren as the sworn enemy (for no apparent reason) of co-star Kristin Cavallari. The first season of The Hills ends Wednesday, with Lauren facing the tough decision of whether to go on a work-related trip to Paris, or stay home and rent a house with Jason.

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Kristin Cavallari and boyfriend Brody Jenner are ready to lay some rumors to rest. After a rough split a couple months back, reports that the two have gotten back together, and have been seen hand-on-ass… er, hand-in-hand.

  • Awesome Bikini Shot
  • B. Jenner

While she's all smiles these days, Cavallari admits the media attention put on the split (and her rumored hook ups with Nick Lachey, among others) was daunting.

"It's hard reading about it, your ex-boyfriend hanging out or hooking up with these other girls, it's just like a stab in the back. I read that I was dating Joaquin Phoenix and I've never even met him," she said.

Jenner says he initiated the reconciliation while Cavallari was shooting a film in Oklahoma. His recollection:

"While she was on set I was thinking about her… I hadn't talked to her, we ended on very sour terms, I just kind of got over it, sucked it all up and texted her ‘I love you' … her text message back was ‘beep you!'"

Safe to say, that wasn't the response he was looking for. But, unlike Kristin's feud with Lauren Conrad on last season's Laguna Beach, this ended well. The hottie and her beau have certainly worked out their differences since then.

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Stunningly, in the wake of the Mel Gibson DUI arrest / anti-semetic rampage, ABC has pulled the plug on a miniseries about the Holocaust that it was developing with actor's production company, Icon.

"Given that it has been nearly two years and we have yet to see the first draft of a script, we have decided to no longer pursue this project with Icon," an ABC representative told the Wall Street Journal.


The representative declined to comment further on why the project had been shelved, but the timing is awfully convenient, no?

The series was canceled despite the support of Oren Aviv, the new head of the Disney film studio, who released a statement earlier this week saying:

"I've worked with Mel on several films over the years and we have a great relationship. We all make mistakes and I've accepted his apology to what was a regrettable situation. I wish him the very best on his path to healing," Aviv said.

Disney, which is owned by ABC, said yesterday that it would continue with plans to distribute Gibson's next movie, Apocalypto, about the fall of the Mayan empire, which is scheduled for release December 8.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has just released actor Mel Gibson's booking photo (below) from his Friday morning arrest, and the story-breakers at have posted it. Mel looks like he's had a few!

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Every time we believe that the adventures of Britney Spears and her aspiring rap star husband, Kevin Federline, cannot get any weirder, the bar is somehow raised yet again.

Try and wrap your brain around this one. The Gossip has learned from the celebrity stalkers at the New York Post that, during Federline's recent trip to Vegas to shoot his upcoming music disgrace video, his mother was spotted partying in a VIP sky box at Tao Las Vegas.

Kevin Federline and Posse

With Ron Jeremy.

While K-Fed and wife Brit dined downstairs, the original Mrs. Federline reportedly partied with porn star Jeremy upstairs at the club. Ron had no comment on whether he thinks Tori Spelling enjoys his work, or would like to star in an X-rated flick. Probably because no one asked.

No one seems to know where Jeremy and the woman who brought Federline into this cruel world met, or why they were hanging out, or what transpired during their interaction. But we are confident saying that it's funny enough as is.

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