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Rudy's Divorce Drama Rehashed

Most Americans think of Rudy Giuliani as New York City's heroic former mayor, who bolstered the Big Apple in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. USA's biopic Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET) shows Hizzoner's good side, but also recounts his acrimonious divorce from actress/TV host Donna Hanover. For Penelope Ann Miller — who plays Donna to James Woods's Rudy — it wasn't an easy film to do.

"I've never met Rudy, but I've met Donna," Miller tells TV Guide Online. "We have mutual friends. My good friend Jason Alexander directed her in several read more


Embattled rock band Great White will perform a benefit concert on April 29 in Los Angeles to raise money for a memorial fund in honor of guitarist Ty Longley. This is the band's first gig since a Feb. 20 nightclub fire in Rhode Island killed 99 people, including Longley. read more


Fred Durst and his Limp Bizkit bandmates are in agreeance: capitalization and spacing are way overrated. Durst announced on the group's website that the band will now be known as limpbizkit. thatisfreakinbrilliant. read more


Tracy Pollan is sleeping with the right people in Hollywood. The actress has scored the female lead in Hench at Home, the ABC comedy pilot exec produced by her hubby Michael J. Fox. The show — which is loosely based on Fox's life — revolves around a hockey star (played by Broadway vet Craig Bierko) who winds up spending more time at home after his career suddenly ends. read more


It looks like Phoebe may have found a keeper in Mike on Friends. Paul Rudd has extended his recurring role as Lisa Kudrow's love interest into next season. read more


The United Way of Tampa Bay has canceled an April 11 fundraiser featuring Susan Sarandon as a keynote speaker after it received dozens of complaints about her opposition to the war in Iraq. In related news, Michael Moore is developing a film that will explore the murky relationship between Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the United Way of Tampa Bay. read more


Mike Tyson will serve as guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live next week, which means I may finally have to check this show out... Hidden-camera comic Jamie Kennedy is in talks to star in Son of the Mask, a sequel to the Jim Carrey flick The Mask... The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn heads to New Orleans on Monday for a week of special March Madness-themed broadcasts. read more


CSI: Miami is promoting frequent guest star Sofia Milos to full-time series regular, effective next season. Milos plays Det. Yelina Salas. read more


Got a burning question for recently-booted Idol finalist Julia DeMato? Well, I will have the honor of speaking to the 24-year-old hairstylist in the coming days, so send any queries to me via the link at the bottom of this page. And please, keep it clean, folks. read more


Uma Thurman has been tapped to star opposite Ben Affleck in the sci-fi thriller Paycheck, about an electrician who wakes up to discover his employer has erased his memory. John Woo directs. read more

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