LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED: "Love Me Do," the first single released by the Beatles, issued exactly 40 years ago today after being recorded in 18 takes in London's Abbey Road Studios.
BEATLEMANIA: The city of Rome kicking off a 17-day "Fab Four" festival on Saturday, including cover bands blaring the group's songs around Rome from trucks, theatrical productions and other activities.
TIVO HITS: According to TiVo, the five most popular new shows, based on the number of users who have configured their recorder to automatically record every episode, are CBS's CSI: Miami and Without a Trace, Fox's Firefly and John Doe, and ABC's Push, Nevada.
SPEAKING OF CSI: Following CSI's success in the Thursday, 9 p.m. ultra-competitive time slot, CBS quietly doubling the salaries of the show's two stars, William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger and hiking the pay for other key cast members.
KUDOS! Jackie Chan receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday. To show his appreciation, the action star said he promised to make better movies.
LIVIN' ON A COURT ORDER: A federal judge on Friday rejecting an injunction that would have barred the sale of rock group Bon Jovi's new CD, Bounce, by an Internet company, clearing the way for the album's release as planned on October 8.
DAVE'S ROAD? David Letterman offering to pay for new road signs if Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson renames the highway that circles the city the "Dave Letterman Expressway."
MUGGLE ALERT! Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets premiering in London on November 5. The film will be released to the public in North America and the United Kingdom on November 15.
BLAKE UPDATE: Prosecutors filing for a delay in Robert Blake's bail hearing, asking that it be combined with the preliminary hearing on November 13 to determine whether he should go to trial for murdering his wife.
MOURNED: Belgian film director Andre Delvaux, considered the godfather of the country's film industry whose works include the 1968 feature A Night, a Train starring French actor Anouk Aimee, died Friday after suffering a fatal heart attack. He was 76.
STICKING AROUND: ABC ordering up full seasons of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter starring John Ritter and Life With Bonnie, headlining Bonnie Hunt after solid performances in the ratings.
A BEAUTIFUL MIND: Kirsten Dunst in talks to join Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a drama set in the deep recesses of the brain about a man who tries to erase a particularly steamy relationship he had with his ex-mate. The film was written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich).
LEADING THE REVOLUTION: Antonio Banderas playing the title role in the HBO Films production And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, a true story about early Hollywood filmmakers making a silent movie about Villa as he heads the Mexican revolution.LATE NIGHT BATTLE: CBS' Late Show with David Letterman falling farther behind NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the ratings so far this season, drawing 4.1 million viewers compared to Leno's 5.9 million, down seven percent from last year.