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Just so you know

OSCAR DEADLINE

Polls closed at 5 p.m. PT on Friday for the 2002 Oscar nominations. After the initial votes are tallied, final nominees will be annouced February 12. The Academy Award ceremony is March 24.

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Why Winona?

GIRL INTERRUPTED

Prosecutors are charging “actress” Winona Ryder with felony counts of grand theft, burglary, vandalism and drug possession stemming from her recent arrest on suspicion of shoplifting. The charges carry a maximum penalty of three years and eight months in prison. She’s due in court February 8 for arraignment.

Not surprsingly, her reps say she’s innocent.

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Here’s hoping he doesn’t behave himself

BACKSTREET BOY BUST UPDATE

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is copping a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time stemming from his January arrest in a barroom altercation. The St. Petersburg Times says Carter, 22, will be placed on probation, perform community service and pay a fine.

Charges will be dropped if he behaves himself.

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1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12!

Starting on Monday, Sesame Street will be getting a makeover.

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

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Hello, he’s Johnny Cash!

Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are recording songs for a tribute to Johnny Cash.

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I also charge her with being a bad actress!

Winona Ryder has been officially charged with shoplifting.

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Goldmember is no more!

A VIEW TO A KILL

On Thursday the Motion Picture Association of America rejected New Line Cinema’s appeal of an earlier decision blocking the use of the title “Austin Powers in Goldmember” for the third installment of the studio’s successful Austin Powers franchise.

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Batman guest stars on Frasier

Making a rare television apperance Michael Keaton will guest star on Frasier. And you’ll never guess who his character is!

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Sarah Connor is no more

Linda Hamilton Says “No” To Terminator 3

“I retired as a champ. I read the script and it didn’t take my character in any new direction. It was like a no-win situation for me.”

So says Linda Hamilton as to why the machine-like Arnie won’t have her to kick around anymore when Terminator 3 is released. Hamilton was also inspired to say no thank you over the absence of filmmaker and former husband James Cameron in the mix.

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“New” George Harrison video bows tonight

My Sweet Lord- The Video

Tonight, Friday, at 9 pm EST MuchMoreMusic has the exclusive video debut of George Harrison’s re-released classic My Sweet Lord.

The video shows a bearded Harrison circa 1971 at the Concert for Bangladesh. That will be followed by an hour-long doc on the late, great ex-Beatle, Here Comes The Sun: Remembering George Harrison.