> Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper will once again host CNN's New Year's Eve coverage; and just to up the gay ante (gaynte?) for the new millennium, LANCE FREAKING BASS will join them via telecast from Las Vegas.
> Forget Kanye -- Susan Boyle is the real threat to Taylor Swift's relevance. I Dreamed a Dream is at the top of the Billboard chart for a third consecutive week, and if sales continue apace it's poised to overtake Swift's Fearless, which has heretofore been the biggest seller this year.
> Yeeeesh, though, as Billboard also names Nickelback the rock group of the decade. NICKELBACK!?
> Meredith Baxter is working on her memoir.
> L.A.'s Autry center is rolling out an exhibit/performance/lecture/discussion series called "Out West" which will explore "the roles of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in frontier history."
> James Franco brings his patented brand of performance-art-cum-lowbrow-something to SNL this weekend.
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