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Raise your hand if you want this iconic piece of apparel

Perhaps the most famous glove in the world - better-known, even, than the gloves that didn't fit in the O.J. Simpson trial - is going on the auction block.

Yep, the glittery white glove Michael Jackson wore in his 1983 video for "Billie Jean" will be part of a five-day auction next year, Julien's Auctions announced yesterday in Los Angeles.

Jackson is unloading more than 2,000 personal items in an auction that begins April 21. Bids will be accepted in person and online. The sale is to be broadcast live on Auction Network.

Jackson plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to MusiCares, a charitable group that helps musicians in need.

The gloves are off

CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves challenged Jay Leno to a ratings duel when the late-night talk show host moves his NBC show to a 10 p.m. prime-time slot next fall.

"I will bet anybody who would like to bet that CSI: Miami on Monday night at 10 o'clock will beat Jay by a lot. Remember that: By a lot," Moonves said yesterday in New York.

Moonves said CBS was winning the ratings war in four of the five weeknights in the 10 p.m. time slot, with shows such as Without a Trace and CSI: NY.

Leno, for his part, said Tuesday that he didn't expect his nightly show to beat any other 10 p.m. show at first but would benefit from being on the air at least 46 weeks of the year, including when other shows are in reruns.

Awards, awards

Milk, director Gus Van Sant's biopic about gay activist Harvey Milk, continued to gain awards momentum yesterday, winning best film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Sean Penn was chosen as best actor for his performance as Milk, the openly gay San Francisco politician who was assassinated in 1978. Josh Brolin won best supporting actor for his portrayal of Milk's political rival and killer, Dan White.

Sally Hawkins was picked as best actress for her performance in Happy-Go-Lucky, which earned Mike Leigh best director honors.

Best supporting actress went to Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Jenny Lumet, daughter of director Sidney Lumet, won for her screenplay of Rachel Getting Married.

Man on Wire won best documentary, WALL-E won best animated film and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days won best foreign film. Anthony Dod Mantle won for cinematography in Slumdog Millionaire. Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) won for best first film.

The New York Film Critics Circle is a group of 33 New York-based critics. Its picks are one of the early film honors in Hollywood's long awards season, which continues today with the nominations for the Golden Globes.


Actress Rita Moreno, 77.

Singer Brenda Lee, 64.

Music producer Tony Brown, 62.

Actress Bess Armstrong, 55.

Singer Jermaine Jackson, 54.

Actress Mo'Nique, 40.

Rapper Mos Def, 35.

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