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NBC further tweaked its fall schedule over the weekend, moving Third Watch to Fridays at 10 pm beginning Oct. 31. The drama's Monday/10 pm time slot will be filled by the new Kathy Griffin-hosted dating show Average Joe (think Mr. Personality without the masks). Where does that leave Boomtown? Headed for TRIO, I'm guessing. read more


Blatant attention-seeker David Blaine ended his 44-day starvation stunt in London Sunday, when he emerged from his his clear plastic box looking surprisingly stout for a man who allegedly shed 50 pounds. Before being whisked off to the hospital for tests, the 30-year-old illusionist told the crowd, "This has been one of the most inspirational experiences of my life. I have learned more in that box than I have learned in years. I have learned how strong we are as human beings." (Quick, someone hand me an egg.) read more


It was a bloody busy weekend at the nation's box office as New Line's Texas Chainsaw Massacre redo debuted at No. 1 with $29.1 million — the second largest October opening ever. (Naturally, talks for a sequel are already underway.) Quentin Tarantino's gory revenge saga Kill Bill Vol. 1 slipped to second with $12.5 million, just enough to edge out John Grisham's latest big-screen adaptation Runaway Jury (No. 3 with $12.1 million). Rounding out the top five: The School of Rock (No. 4 with $11.3 million) and Mystic River (No. 5 with $10.36 million). read more


Fox has asked for an additional five episodes of The O.C., bringing the show's full-season order to 27. The thinking person's 90210 returns from hiatus on Oct. 29. read more


Carmen Electra has signed on to play herself in the upcoming MTV original movie Monster Island. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the telepic will be a satire of classic monster movies, featuring Electra as the celebrity host of a fictional MTV beach concert that goes awry when a giant beast shows up and flies away with her in its beak. Let's hope MTV doesn't scrimp on the special effects. read more

Quote of The Weekend: "I think...

Quote of The Weekend:
"I think the only thing I enjoy more than doing the incredibly easy crossword puzzle, is seeing candid photos of Mickey Rourke looking like a bloated wreck."
SNL castmember Amy Poehler in a commercial parody for The National Enquirer


World Series Game 2
I'll be honest, I'm from the Boston area, so it's been a tough time recently, baseball-wise. Watching this contest would be a little masochistic, unless the Yankees are losing. Since that quickly became irrelevant in the first inning with Hideki Matsui's three-run homer, I checked in only to see if anything changed. And it did. The Yankees got three more runs with the Marlins eking out one of their own. (Now, please picture my totally resigned expression. Thanks.)

Marshall (Kevin Weisman) rocks! For an amazingly awkward guy, he's grace under pressure when it's crisis time, read more

Meg Ryan Bares All

For years, Meg Ryan held the "America's Sweetheart" title, putting her button nose to work in meet-cute romantic comedies. So what's she doing in a dark, erotic indie thriller like Jane Campion's In the Cut (opening Oct. 22)? Though Ryan has acted in a number of dramas (When a Man Loves a Woman, Courage Under Fire) this is quite a departure. But she doesn't really mind that her latest gig is raising some eyebrows.

"[In the Cut] is an interior exploration, and a genre I've never done before," Ryan says. "I can see why people put me in a box about romantic comedy, and I understand that, because those have made more money than other things I've done."

In Cut, she trades in her perky blond bob for a dull brown 'do, playing a single English teacher in New York City. Things don't stay dull for long, though, read more


The word is out that doctors have temporarily removed a quarter of Roy Horn's skull to relieve cranial pressure. The crucial surgery occurred soon after the illusionist was maimed by a white tiger at his Vegas show on Oct. 3. Horn's skull fragment is said to be stored in a pouch in his abdomen for the time being. He remains in critical condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. read more


CBS has recruited Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knots and Jim Nabors to take part in next month's Andy Griffith Show reunion. The hour-long special — slated to air Nov. 11 — will feature the former co-stars reminiscing about the good ol' days on a replica of the show's famous courthouse set. read more

Hairspray Gal Kisses Mr. Kelly Ripa

In the Broadway smash Hairspray, Marissa Jaret Winokur won a Tony as plus-sized fashion freak Tracy Turnblad. For that role, the diva teased her hair to dizzying heights and even donned unflattering prison stripes! But that's nothing. Next up, she plays an overweight pageant contestant in ABC Family's Beautiful Girl (Sunday at 8 pm/ET). She spends the TV movie trotting around in an enormous squirrel tail — and when she's not wearing that, she sports a bathing suit with a built-in fish tank. Is she ever uncomfortable in such oddball get-ups?

"How can I be embarrassed?" Winokur laughs to TV Guide Online. "I had a tail bigger than my body. I love it. And because I'm also from the theater, the more costumes, the better."

There's just one problem. "You don't even get the full effect of the fishes being in my bra," the 30-year-old laments. "For some reason, they didn't really get the shot, but the fish were in there the whole time. I wanted read more

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