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Beyonce Knowles and Metallica have been added to the performance lineup for next Thursday's 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. They join previously announced acts Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Good Charlotte, Coldplay and Christina Aguilera. read more


Talk show vet Ricki Lake and hubby Rob Sussman have filed for legal separation. Married for nine years, the couple has two kids aged 2 and 6. Just this year, the family moved from New York to L.A., where they purchased Courteney Cox and David Arquette's old pad for about $6.5 million. read more


Angelina Jolie is poised to star opposite Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the on-again off-again thriller about a bored married couple who discover that they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other. Jolie replaces Nicole Kidman, who dropped out over a scheduling conflict. read more


Here's some more "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine: Frasier producers are wooing Oscar winner Emma Thompson to reprise her role as the shrink's first wife, children's singer Nanny Gee — the character she originated on Cheers in 1992. "We've found a very funny story that brings her back," says exec producer Joe Keenan, who adds that if Thompson's schedule allows, the episode could air in time for November sweeps. Isn't that convenient. read more


MADtv funnyman Frank Caliendo is joing Fox NFL Sunday this season as a game prognosticator. He replaces Jimmy Kimmel, who went on to score a bigger and better gig at ABC. read more


CBS has inked a deal with the family of Elizabeth Smart for a TV movie chronicling the Utah teen's nine-month abduction and eventual rescue. Dylan Baker and Lindsay Frost have been cast as the parents and Canadian actress Amber Marshall will play Elizabeth. Production is scheduled to begin next month and the network is eyeing a November air date. read more


Time to brush up on your New Wave hairdos! Several original members of the trail-blazing '80s synth-pop group Berlin — among them founding father John Crawford and lead singer Terri Nunn — got together recently at The Roxy in West Hollywood to tape a special for VH1. Since the gang's Reagan-era breakup, Nunn has assembled a new backing band and, earlier this year, released Voyeur, an album of fresh (in every sense of the word!) Berlin material. read more


Here's some "TV News" scoop from next week's issue of TV Guide magazine: It's not the Seinfeld reunion we were hoping for, but it'll do. Jerry Seinfeld is set to guest-star on Curb Your Enthusiasm, the HBO series starring Seinfeld cocreator Larry David. Jerry will play himself in the fourth-season finale (to air in 2004), which features Larry making his Broadway debut. "[Seinfeld] stopped by the set to visit," says an HBO spokeswoman, "and they decided to put him in the audience." Wise move indeed. read more


New Practice recruit Sharon Stone is in talks to play the female villain in Catwoman, the big-screen Batman spinoff starring Halle Berry. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stone would play a cosmetics giant who secretly runs an evil operation. read more


Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme are heading back to The West Wing — sort of. WW's former producers will provide audio commentary on the show's upcoming first season DVD, due out on Nov. 18, Variety reports. read more

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