WEEK AHEAD: Malfunction-Free Super Bowl?
SUNDAY, FEB. 6: Paul McCartney jokes that he "doesn't have a wardrobe to malfunction," so there's no threat of a Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake redux at the Super Bowl XXXIX. Things are likely to be more family-friendly when the former Beatle takes center stage at the halftime show of the gridiron battle between the New England Patriots (led by quarterback Tom Brady) and the Philadelphia Eagles, led by Mr. Campbell Soup himself, Donovan McNabb. Alicia Keys will get the party started at Jacksonville, Fla.'s Alltel Stadium when she sings "America the Beautiful" with students from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in a tribute to Ray Charles. And for those more interested in commercial breaks, Brad Pitt will reportedly appear in a Heineken ad while Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will be hawking Diet Pepsi. The Super Bowl airs at 6 p.m. ET on FOX.
TUESDAY, FEB. 8: They've trekked 40,000 miles around the world, from Norway to Ethiopia, and now four teams will make their way across continents to race to the finish line for $1 million during the two-hour finale of CBS's The Amazing Race (9 p.m. ET). With married wrestlers Lori & Bolo down for the count, the dough will either go to personal trainers Adam & Rebecca, engaged models Freddy & Kendra, long-distance daters Kris & Jon or dating actors Hayden & Aaron. Count on more bickering from Adam & Rebecca and whining from Kendra & Hayden as the groups strive to be the first to complete the quest.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9: Four days of yukking it up in the Rockies kicks off with the start of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo. While new and established stand-ups will be doing their schtick (including Colin Quinn and Eddie Izzard) a film festival will showcase independent comedic features and Jim Carrey will be honored with the AFI Star Award (previously given to Mike Myers, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Jerry Seinfeld, among others) in a ceremony and tribute hosted by Conan O'Brien. The festival runs through Feb. 13.
THURSDAY, FEB. 10: Sting joins the roster of celebrities doing their part to aid the tsunami victims when he headlines a sold-out show at the 6,000-seat Leeuwin Estate Winery in Perth, Australia, benefiting the relief efforts for the Dec. 26 South Asia disaster. The majority of the money raised will go to UNICEF, for whom the musician's wife Trudy is a goodwill ambassador.
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