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Question: On a current Chevy ...

Question: On a current Chevy Tahoe (I think) commercial with James Garner's voice, he recites what sounds like a song that I've heard before. Something like "I know where I've been." Is that a song or poem? — Cindy

Televisionary: Poem. And the impressive thing about it is that while you and others who've written in are sure it's a classic, it's actually a brand spankin' new work written just for Chevrolet.

Writer Patrick O'Leary explains on his website that when the idea came up at his ad agency to use children's verse in the spot, his boss decided they should write their own rather than use a well-known author. The task fell to O'Leary and he did, in my opinion, a spectacular job. (And given how much buzz the ad's gotten, I'm not alone.) Of course, having the always stellar Garner read read more

Joe Millionaire Babe Dismisses Horse Talk


Joe Millionaire's winning bachelorette Zora Andrich wants to set the record straight about her less-than-shocking split from Evan Marriott. She did not — repeat, not — leave the hunky construction worker for, um, Mr. Ed.

In a recent interview, Andrich described what it was like filming the Fox reality phenom at that now-famous French chateau. "Oh, I loved those horses," she told People. "Being with the horse, the one whose name meant 'Sweetie' in French, I was in heaven. That's who has my heart. The horse."

Well, a quote is a quote, of course, of course, unless of course... "I said that jokingly," she tells TV Guide Online. "There are people who actually ask me about that, and I'm like, 'Are you kidding?' It's so odd.

"That's one [drawback] when I'm doing these interviews," adds the 29-year-old substitute teacher from New Jersey, "things read more

APPETITE FOR MARRIAGE

Forget those fava beans, Hannibal Lecter has a new favorite dish. Anthony Hopkins, 65, married antiques dealer Stella Arroyave, 46, in a private ceremony in Malibu, Calif., on Saturday. This is Hopkins's third marriage. read more

FAREWELL, MISTER ROGERS

Children's TV icon Fred Rogers, who died Thursday of stomach cancer at the age of 74, was buried in a private ceremony in suburban Pittsburgh Saturday. In related news, I'm really bummed. read more

"TWIST" SINGER DIES

Singer-songwriter Hank Ballard, best known for launching a nationwide dance craze in the 1960s with his hit "The Twist," died Sunday of throat cancer at his home in Los Angeles. Ballard's age remains a bit of a mystery; birth records reportedly say he was born in 1927, but biographical information lists his birth year as 1936. read more

WAR OF WORDS

NBC may have found a scapegoat for The West Wing's declining ratings: Martin Sheen. The show's commander in chief told the Los Angeles Times that Peacock execs "let it be known they're very uncomfortable" with his rather public opposition to a U.S.-led war against Iraq. A network spokeswoman, however, told The Associated Press that she knows of "no concern among top management at NBC regarding Mr. Sheen's stand against the war or fear that it could impact the show." Someone here is lying, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's the publicist. read more

Action Dude Jet Li: Can He Act?


Jet Li is best known for his martial arts moves in flicks like Lethal Weapon 4 and Romeo Must Die. His current movie Cradle 2 the Grave — co-starring rapper DMX — offers more of the same high-kicking hijinks. But while the Beijing-born Li enjoys making "popcorn action films," he'd like to add some new flavor to his steady diet of popped-kernel cinema.

"I've always played the tough guy or the good guy," Li tells TV Guide Online. "And I save the families, the cities, the countries, save everybody. But right now, I'm working in Paris with Morgan Freeman and [director] read more

WHAT'S HE AFRAID OF?

Finally, some good news for Michael Jackson: The baby dangler won the first round of a legal fight with Granada Media Group over unseen footage from the controversial documentary Living with Michael Jackson. A private agreement has been reached between Jacko and Granada that will keep the outtakes under wraps until a court hearing on March 31. read more

WINNING CITY

Chicago's Oscar chances got a big boost over the weekend. On Saturday, the film's first-time director, Rob Marshall, picked up the Directors Guild of America award — considered the most reliable predictor of the Oscar. (Only five times in the DGA's 50-year history has its best director not gone on to win the Oscar.) Marshall's win came as a bit of a surprise; award pundits listed Gangs of New York helmer Martin Scorsese as the sentimental favorite. (Poor Marty, always a bridesmaid... ) Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Producers Guild named Chicago the best film of 2002. read more

NORAH, WHO?

His disappointing Grammy haul aside, Bruce Springsteen proved over the weekend that he's still the boss. Tickets to the singer's seven homecoming shows at New Jersey's Giants Stadium sold out in one day — a Ticketmaster record. The N.J. concert dates are July 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 26 and 27. read more

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