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TEMPERATURE DROPPING

Looks like the Iowa-based Fridley theater chain isn't the only one giving Fahrenheit 9/11 the cold shoulder. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Illinois-based GKC Theatres, which screens movies in Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, has also refused to show the film. Both companies are protesting the content of Michael Moore's controversial documentary. read more

Smallville Seeks Super Star


Next season on Smallville, the Boy of Steel will encounter a force more powerful than even the Kryptonite that brings him to his knees: true love. Producers have begun scouring Superman's adopted planet for an actress to play his eventual sweetheart, Lois Lane. And, while we may lack Clark Kent's X-ray vision, even we can see that any of these rising starlets could turn Lana Lang green with envy.

Michelle Williams: The thinking fan's Katie Holmes has proven in one independent movie after another that she was wasted among the loquacious poseurs of Dawson's Creek. But, while the brainier writing of Smallville would better serve Williams' intellect, even Lex Luthor probably couldn't squeeze a few episodes into her busy film schedule. (Would it help if we begged?)

Shelly Cole: We have long looked forward to the pseudo goth chick's every fleeting appearance on Gilmore Girls as Rory's droll Chilton classmate, Madeline, an read more

REMEMBERING SLAVERY

Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey has donated $1 million to Cincinnati's brand-new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. If you were paying attention in American History class, you know that the Underground Railroad was a secret network that helped Southern slaves escape to the free North during the 1800s. Oprah will also narrate an interactive short film for the museum called "Brothers of the Borderland." read more

BRENDA LIVES

Hurrah! SoapNet has acquired exclusive broadcast rights to all 10 seasons of Beverly Hills, 90210 and all 7 seasons of Melrose Place. Melrose reruns kick off Sept. 13, but for some reason, you'll have to wait until sometime in early 2005 to start reliving Shannen Doherty's golden years. read more

JUST SAY NO

Ex-Stone Temple Pilots rocker Scott Weiland, 36, has been sentenced to six months in drug rehab, Reuters reports. Weiland, who's currently the front man for Velvet Revolver, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI after crashing into a parked car in October. The troubled musician has previously done time in jail and rehab for using heroin and other illegal narcotics. read more

BRANDO WASN'T BROKE

Despite reports that Godfather star Marlon Brando died insolvent, he actually left an estate valued at approximately $21.6 million. The legendary actor's major assets were his $10-million Beverly Hills home and Tetiaroa, his chain of 11 small islands in Tahiti. "He was such a private man," Brando's attorney told USA Today, "that it was easy to make comments about him, because everyone knew he would never set the record straight." While Brando's will hasn't yet been made public, his eight kids by four different women are expected to benefit from his financial legacy. read more

REQUEST DENIED

Martha Stewart won't get another chance to spruce up the courtroom. The domestic diva's request for a second trial was rejected by a U.S. District judge on Thursday. Tossing aside allegations that an ink expert lied on the witness stand, the judge stated that "overwhelming independent evidence" supported the initial guilty verdict. Stewart and her stockbroker cohort, Peter Bacanovic, will most likely be sentenced to 10 to 16 months in prison. read more

BUT THINGS ARE HEATING UP...

For Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon, who are set to star in Fever Pitch, the latest vehicle by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy). The Farrelly brothers will direct the semiautobiographical memoir centered on the game of soccer. read more

DYNAMIC DUO

Hollywood power players Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg are joining forces to bring the Battle of Iwo Jima to the big screen. Eastwood will direct an adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima for Spielberg's company DreamWorks. The story chronicles the 1945 battle on the small Japanese island, which produced the historic photograph of six American soldiers raising the nation's flag on Mount Suribachi, the island's commanding high point. read more

BE VERY AFRAID...

Kathleen Turner is once again Broadway-bound. The smoky-voiced actress will star opposite body contortionist Bill Irwin in the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The searing drama will open in late March 2005. A very bare Turner last appeared on Broadway in 2002 in the stage version of The Graduate. read more

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