What the country is talking about this week...

1 FRIENDS A 30-second ad on the hit show costs $455,700. Something to think about while you’re in the bathroom.

2 NIRVANA The legal battle with Courtney Love was settled amicably, allowing the group to release its first new single in nearly a decade. It’s called ”You Hateful Harpy Witch.”

3 RAY ROMANO The Emmy-winning sitcom star says next season may be his last. Which is Hollywood for ”I want a big raise.”

4 ROSIE Her former publisher is suing her for $100 million. For a women’s magazine, they sure didn’t know much about keeping her happy.

5 RED DRAGON Hannibal Lecter helps police find a serial killer. He’ll get a range-fed cell mate for good behavior.

6 ELVIS He has the No. 1 album in the country. He now plans to relax and enjoy being dead for another 25 years.

7 REESE WITHERSPOON For her next film, she wants to stretch to see if she can play the hardest role for a Hollywood actress. A brunette.

8 KATE MOSS The model gave birth to her first child. It weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces — three pounds more than Miss Moss weighs.

9 $6,000 SHOWER CURTAIN Tyco’s ex-CEO reportedly charged one to his floundering firm. What did he do with it? Launder money?

10 MUSEUM OF SEX New York City’s latest cultural attraction. It’s a two-block stretch of sidewalk near a meat market, open from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

11 BARBERSHOP Some civil rights leaders want the film’s producers to cut jokes about civil rights leaders. But it’s okay if they offend anyone else.

12 HARRY POTTER In Britain, they’re selling tickets for film No. 2 more than a month before the opening. And cooking the popcorn so it’ll be stale in time.

13 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CBS says ABC is ripping off Survivor with a new stranded-on-a-desert-island show featuring celebs. If anyone’s suing, it should be Gilligan.

14 THE AMAZING RACE 3 Twelve two-person teams travel around the world for $1 million. It sounds like a drug deal, not a TV show.

15 HELL ON HEELS: THE BATTLE OF MARY KAY A CBS bio of the cosmetics queen. Was she tough? How far do you think Donald Trump would have got in a pink suit?

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