January 14, 2004  
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The People’s crappy Choices
This IS a popularity contest. This past Sunday, the 30th annual People’s Choice Awards were doled out to stars in television, motion pictures and music for being favourites of the “people.” The “people” loved Friends as Favourite Comedy Series, Jennifer Aniston as Favourite Female Television Performer and CSI as Favourite Dramatic Series. These “people” also loved Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Bruce Almighty, as these films picked up awards for the motion picture categories. The winning Julia Roberts is always loved by the “people,” picking up Favourite Motion Picture Actress, while Favourite Actor went to Mel Gibson, who didn’t even appear in a motion picture this year. In the music categories, the “people” chose Faith Hill and Beyoncé who tied for Female Performer, while Hill’s studly hubby Tim McGraw won for Male Performer. Let’s just say that we don’t know these “people.”

Nick and Jessica
return for second season

They might not be newlyweds anymore, but the comedy duo (sic) of Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson will be returning Jan. 21 for another season of their coupledom reality show on MTV (Canadians will have to wait a bit longer as CTV is still stuck on the first season). Hey, at least frolicking on reality TV will prevent these two from creating more bland and uninteresting music. The return of Nick & Jessica will be followed by the debut of Dave & Carmen; ‘Til Death Do Us Part follows rocker Dave Navarro and famous-for-being-hot Carmen Electra in the months leading up to their nuptials.

Big Fish swims
to the top of the box office

In a controversial photo finish that had studio executives for the third Lord of the Rings film accusing their rivals of over-estimating their weekend grosses, Tim Burton’s storytelling fantasy Big Fish was announced as last weekend’s top film, drawing in $14.5 million, just a cut above The Return of the King’s $14.1 million. Hey, Lord of the Rings people: your movie’s already been at the top for three weeks and it’s already passed the $300 million mark — share the wealth!

—Brian Wong



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