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Twentieth Century Fox is developing a sequel to last fall's surprise family hit Cheaper by the Dozen... In what is being billed as "the first film-marketing venture of its kind," Sony is distributing free preview DVDs of its forthcoming flick Hellboy at Best Buy stores nationwide. read more

Century City Must Hector Elizondo...

Century City
Must Hector Elizondo be hired as the boss on every new ensemble drama about doctors or lawyers? This is your 11th series to date, Hector. Enough already. The rest of the Screen Actors Guild could use some work, too.

Oooh, look! It's curly-tressed Ioan Gruffudd — from A&E's Horatio Hornblower movies — playing that tired old stock character, the Earnest Young Lawyer. I much preferred his dashing 19th-century British Navy uniform over the modern business suit. Still, he's likable on Century City — TV's umpteenth show about an L.A. law firm. This one's twist is it's set in 2030, making today's "What If?" controversies (like human cloning) the everyday reality of the future. I was genuinely fascinated by the questions this show raises: Is your clone baby really your twin brother, and not your son? Either way, considering guest star David Paymer knows how he has turned out &# read more

LETTERMAN FINDS LOVE

Courtney Love — who showed up two hours late to a court hearing Tuesday on drug charges and was berated by the judge for talking out of turn — will be a guest on tonight's Late Show with David Letterman. She'll perform (slur) a song from her new album, America's Sweetheart (Scariest Woman). read more

SCENE STEALER

It's official: Gary Sinise has signed on to headline the cast of CSI: New York, CBS confirms. Although the spinoff doesn't debut until the fall, Sinise will first appear in a May sweeps episode of CSI: Miami. read more

FIDEL FOUND

Oliver Stone's newly overhauled HBO documentary about Fidel Castro will finally see the light of day on April 14. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Looking for Fidel replaces an earlier version, titled Comandante, which apparently failed to address a recent crackdown on Cuban dissidents. read more

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ABC's According to Jim will make its syndication debut on Tribune stations nationwide in fall 2006... Denzel Washington is set to reunite with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for The Return of Superfly, a biopic of Harlem heroin kingpin Frank Lucas, Variety reports... UPN has ordered five episodes of I'm Still Alive, a reality show that mixes real footage with CGI-animation to tell true stories of people who've survived life-threatening ordeals... Veteran TV writer-director Paris Barclay (NYPD Blue, The West Wing) is developing a cop drama for Showtime set in an NYPD hate-crime unit. read more

FAST FRIENDS

It wasn't Jesus Christ himself, but it'll have to do. On Monday, Pope John Paul II met with Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. According to reports, the two had a brief conversation and then went out for some fro yo. read more

Apprentice Star Drops F-Bombshell: "I Love Trump!"

NBC's standards and practices department breathed a sigh of relief last Thursday when Donald Trump dropped the F-bomb on Apprentice potty-mouth Heidi Bressler. But damn... er, darn if they weren't the only ones. Sure, the 30-year-old sales queen may not have been the classiest dame among the show's corporate guppies — as "Miss Manners" Omarosa delighted in pointing out. However, Bressler possessed a quality sorely lacking in her self-important rivals: Jersey girlfriend was fun! She was also three minutes early for this interview, and if there's one thing we at TV Guide Online appreciate more than a down-to-earth reality star, it's a punctual down-to-earth reality star.

TV Guide Online: I have to warn you up front: This is a family Web site, so no F-bombs.
Heidi:
(Laughs) I will not drop the F-bomb, I promise! I'll behave.

TVGO: Thanks. You didn't look too upset when Mr. Trump fired you.
Heidi:
I wa read more

NYPD Collars Video Star


Up-and-comer Trevor Wright is used to making a big impression in as little time as possible. First, the California boy's appearance in pop singer Stacie Orrico's "Stuck" video so wowed the TRL crowd that he was invited to return in a follow-up clip. And tonight at 10 pm/ET, you can catch the Tiger Beat dreamboat in what sounds like an especially nasty episode of ABC's NYPD Blue.

"It's a great part," he tells TV Guide Online with enthusiasm. "I play a guy who made a suicide pact with his 15-year-old girlfriend because she got pregnant, but my intentions were never to actually kill myself. So it's sort of Romeo and Juliet with a twist — [this time] Romeo's a [jerk]!"

Messing with his Clearasil-heartthrob image at this early stage in the game might seem like career hari-kari for Wright, who starred with a snowboarding chimp in his first feature, MXP: Most Extreme Primate. But the ambitious actor has his e read more

PURPLE REIGN

Eighties icon Prince, late Beatle George Harrison, hairy rockers ZZ Top and singer-songwriters Jackson Browne and Bob Seger were among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night in New York. The Artist Formerly Known as Apollonia's Plaything kicked off the ceremony with a rousing medley of "Let's Go Crazy," "Sign 'O' the Times," and "Kiss." read more

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