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MOVIETIME FOR HITLER

Don't feel like shelling out $500 to see Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in The Producers? No worries. You'll soon be able to catch the duo in their signature roles for just $10. According to Variety, Broderick and Lane have inked a seven-figure deal to headline a film adaptation for Universal Pictures. Shooting is expected to get underway in 2005. The project brings The Producers full circle, since the stage show itself is an adaptation of Mel Brooks' 1968 big-screen comedy. Still, if you'd rather see Broderick and Lane in the live version, well, you're too late. Their second Broadway run — which concludes on April 4 — is reportedly sold out. read more

EXEC SHAKE-UP

Fox Television Entertainment Group chairman Sandy Grushow announced Monday that he is stepping down to form his own 20th Century Fox-based production company. "This was a very complicated decision for me to make," he said. "I've accomplished more than I ever thought possible [at Fox] — from helping to launch a network that no one thought would ever succeed, to leading the television studio to industry prominence, to leading the network to a record three consecutive second-place season finishes, including two historic sweeps victories." Now that's modesty for ya. read more

WHAT WILL SHE WEAR?

Nicole Kidman will serve as a presenter at the 76th Academy Awards on Feb. 29. The actress picked up her first Oscar last year for The Hours and is a likely nominee this year for Cold Mountain. read more

Question: When will new ...

Question: When will new episodes of Nip/Tuck air? Thanks! — Anitalyn, San Diego

Televisionary: FX hasn't announced the second season's debut, but I can tell you the network has ordered 15 more episodes and production begins in February. Keep your eyes peeled (and tucked) for more info.

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CROSSING OUT

Crossing Over with John Edward is crossing over to the TV graveyard. Universal has cancelled the syndicated series after three low-rated seasons. read more

MIKEY LIKES IT

Oscar-winning filmmaker Mike Nichols has been tapped to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of America. Nichols' credits include The Graduate, Silkwood, Working Girl and the recent HBO miniseries Angels in America. He also helmed 1991's Regarding Henry, but nobody's perfect. read more

Fear Factor: The Twin Episode...

Fear Factor: The Twin Episode
That bee stunt was evil! Japanese game show type of evil. While one twin was chained between two posts and covered with bees, the other had to dig through drawers filled with the buzzing bugs to find the keys to free the sibling. Ouch. It wasn't cute. And, did you see how Joe Rogan pushed contestants away from him after the stunt? Dude was not trying to get stung.

Still Standing
It's a New Year so I'm trying to watch new things. But sticking with this was hard. Jami Gertz having three kids — two of them teenagers — that's just not easy to grasp. And don't even get me started on the Chi-cah-go accents. Props to the writers, though, for nailing the insurance anguish problem. And for coming up with a TV channel that doesn't exist yet but probably will in five years. The name: The Fairy Tale Channel.

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MUGGING MISHAP

Singer-songwriter Ray Davies of British rock band The Kinks is recovering from a gunshot wound. On Sunday night, he was vacationing in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where a street mugger stole the purse of his unidentified female companion. Davies chased the fleeing Jerome Barra, 25, who then allegedly shot him in the leg. Barra has been arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery, while another suspect is still being sought. Fortunately, Davies wasn't seriously hurt and "should be up and about in a day or so," according to his manager. read more

LITTLE FRIEND

It's official: Friends star Courteney Cox and husband David Arquette are expecting their first child. There's no word on a due date, but rumors that a baby was on the way began swirling in October when David's actor-brother Alexis let the cat out of the bag on The Sharon Osbourne Show. Cox — who has been candid about her struggle to have children — recently told Barbara Walters that she had suffered "many miscarriages" and had begun using pre-genetic testing to lessen the possibility of losing another baby. read more

Question: Who is the actor ...

Question: Who is the actor who plays Adam on Joan of Arcadia? — Rich H.

Televisionary: Good, isn't he? That's Christopher Marquette, who appeared regularly on Lifetime's Strong Medicine and has also shown up on Judging Amy, ER, Even Stevens and Boston Public. And assuming you're a fan, you oughta get a kick of this little teaser: I can't reveal details, but a source tells me we can look for Adam to become a bigger part of Joan's life as their relationship takes "a very interesting turn."

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