CBS Paychecks, Cher and Dancing Girls

CBS paychecks, Cher and dancing girls all in the two drink minimum glow of The Foxlight.

Expensive week to be CBS. They're up to $31.5 million a year for Letterman to stay. That's no stupid human trick. And now comes word that they'll continue to love Raymond for two more years at a cost of $40 million — plus a piece of syndication for Romano. Ray's mulling it over. What's to mull over? Want to go back to stand-up at the Chuckle Hut in Anchorage?

Why is Cher still cool? She puts it down to kids. She tells USA Today that kids like her and she's not really sure why. Maybe because you date them, Cher. She says it's a "strange, metaphysical-get-out-of-jail-free card." And that at this point in her life she's surprised to be anywhere because the critics have had her on the way out for some time. She compares herself to a bumper car — saying, "I hit a wall, back up and go again."

And you want hype? How about real Moulin Rouge can-can girls dancing on the Sunset Strip? That wouldn't be such a big deal, except these are on a billboard. It's all part of a new video release of Moulin but it can't help but remind Academy voters that this thing is also trying to dance away with a few Oscars. One pundit thinks Moulin Rouge could win best picture if the others all split the vote.