TELEVISION: That's Entertainment? E.T. Gets a New Challenger, and Show-Biz Fluff Triumphs Again

Journalists are not known as a self-effacing bunch, but for flagrant self- promotion, there is nothing quite like TV's entertainment-news shows. "Now an Extra exclusive!" boasts the latest entrant in the field, hyping a visit with Michael Douglas on the set of Disclosure. "Only on Entertainment Tonight," trumpets its competitor, "can you get an exclusive look" at the new Star Trek movie. "You won't see it anywhere else . . ." "Now, only on Extra!" -- the reporting coups come faster than commercials during the Super Bowl.

Well, somebody's got to get people's attention. Entertainment news on TV is hopping as...

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