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February 6, 2004

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Joe Jackson opens restaurant

West Hollywood, Calif. -- While Michael and Janet Jackson have been all over the news lately, they weren't at the gala opening of their father's restaurant.

But their brother, Jermaine, spoke about his sister's infamous Super Bowl halftime show at the Wednesday night opening of Katherine's, saying it looked like the clothing removal was an accident. Joseph Jackson's restaurant, named for the family matriarch, features Southern cooking such as collard greens and catfish.

Joseph Jackson declined to talk about his daughter: "The family's fine," he said. "We're going to eat some of this food."

McGraw lands first big film role

Nashville, Tenn. -- Country singer Tim McGraw has landed his first studio film deal, playing the alcoholic father of a football player in a movie starring Billy Bob Thornton.

Filming starts this week on "Friday Night Lights," adapted from H.G. Bissinger's book about a west Texas town's devotion to its high school football team, according to McGraw's publicist.

McGraw will play Charlie Billingsley, who tries to relive his glory days through his son, an Odessa, Texas, high school player. Thornton plays the team's coach.

"It's an amazing opportunity and of course I couldn't help but be drawn to a story about high school football," McGraw, 36, said in a statement. "I've played a lot of music in Odessa, so this will definitely be a big change. I can't wait to get started."

Johnny Rotten quits reality TV

London -- Former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon -- who let fly with a string of expletives on a live celebrity reality TV show -- walked off the set Thursday.

Early morning viewers of "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" saw Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten, hug his fellow contestants before walking off the set in the Australian rain forest.

Television station ITV said they lowered a drawbridge that separates the "Big Brother"-style camp from the outside world to let Lydon leave.

His departure came just hours after ITV producers gave the 47-year-old a dressing down for swearing on a live segment of the popular program, which about 10 million Britons watch each night.

'That '70s Show' nears end

New York -- One more season of "That '70s Show" and Topher Grace is outta there.

Grace told reporters in Los Angeles recently that he and co-star Ashton Kutcher had planned to quit after this season, but decided to stay on the Fox sitcom one more year, AP Radio reported recently.

"This year was going to be my last year, and Ashton and I both signed on for an extra year," the 25-year-old actor said.

"We're lucky in the sense that we were very young when it started so we actually only became good I believe halfway through the show, I mean just as actors. So, we would love to leave with people wanting more."

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