FOUND MONEY: Touchstone Television reportedly offering the original stars of Lost a substantial pay raise in exchange for adding an additional year onto their current contracts. Per the Hollywood Reporter, the raise would bump salaries up to almost $80,000 an episode; most of the cast now makes between $20,000 to $40,000 per episode.
NOT SO IDYLLIC: GLAAD responding to remarks made by Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on American Idol, stating that the judges' quips, which included asking a male contestant if he was a girl, were offensive to the gay community.
OUTWITTED: Original Survivor winner Richard Hatch testifying in his tax evasion trial that he decided not to pay taxes on his winnings from the show because he thought producers had paid them.
MODEL BEHAVIOR: Kate Moss planning to talk to British police regarding their investigation into allegations that she used cocaine, but no timetable has been set for the interview, the model's rep said.
HOW SWEET IT IS: James Taylor to be honored Feb. 6 as the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his contributions to the arts, as well as to humanitarian and environmental causes.
CRACKING THE CODE: The Da Vinci Code slated to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, two days before it is released worldwide. The film will screen out of competition, organizers said.
NICE RIDE: A Swiss businessman shelling out $1.9 million to purchase the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe featured in James Bond films, including Goldfinger and Thunderball.
TRES BIEN: Madonna, Shakira and Robbie Williams among the big winners at France's NRJ Music Awards Saturday night.
NOT A FAN: Johnny Cash's daughter, Rosanne, telling Newsweek that she considers Walk the Line more fictional than fact. "You know, I just don't have a need to see the Hollywood version of my father's drug addiction and my parents' breakup," she said.
SCOLDED: Jack Abramoff's father penning a public letter to George Clooney, claiming the actor made the disgraced lobbyist's 12-year-old daughter cry when he mocked her father's name during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
PEACOCK PRUNING: NBC announcing the cancellation of The West Wing after seven seasons and Will & Grace after eight seasons. Both shows will conclude with extended episodes and retrospectives in May.
A POX ON HIS HOUSE: Meanwhile, NBC temporarily shutting down production on My Name Is Earl after star Jason Lee was diagnosed with chickenpox, but will be picking up the rookie sitcom for a second season.
BROKEBACK'S BACK: Underworld: Evolution topping the box office with an estimated $27.6 million in its opening weekend, but the big news was Brokeback Mountain. Boosted by its four Golden Globe awards, the cowboy drama bounced into the top five, finishing in fifth place with an estimated $7.8 million.
MOUNTAIN OF AWARDS: Brokeback Mountain producers Diana Ossana and James Schamus winning the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year prize at the 15th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards on Sunday.
LIVING ON A PRAYER: A Boeing 707 carrying members of Bon Jovi skidded off a Toronto runway early Saturday after landing in severe weather. All 14 crew and passengers aboard escaped unharmed.
A B.I.G. PAYMENT: A federal judge ordering the city of Los Angeles to pay $1.1 million to the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. for intentionally withholding evidence during the family's civil lawsuit trial.