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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

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

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

SUPER GIG

Beyoncé Knowles has been tapped to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII on Feb. 1. read more

SAD DAY IN HOLLYWOOD

British-born TV and film director Brian Gibson has died at 59 from a rare form of cancer. In his career, the Emmy winner has helmed a wide range of movies, including The Juror, What's Love Got To Do With It? and The Josephine Baker Story. read more

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

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

MORE KUDOS

The Producers Guild of America announced its nominees for best picture of the year, and they are Cold Mountain, The Last Samurai, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Master and Commander, Mystic River and Seabiscuit. On the TV side, Alias, CSI, Six Feet Under, 24 and The West Wing (huh?) will compete for best drama series, while Everybody Loves Raymond, Malcolm in the Middle, read more

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

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