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No wonder Chris O'Donnell hasn't had a major movie role since 2000's Vertical Limit — he's been too busy breeding. The actor's wife, Caroline, gave birth to their third child, Charles McHugh O'Donnell, on July 11. read more


7th Heaven star Stephen Collins has inked an eight-figure deal to continue playing the show's patriarch for another two seasons, through May 2005, Variety reports. read more


Coldplay singer Chris Martin is in a bit of hot water after allegedly losing his temper and smashing a photographer's car window on an Australian beach over the weekend. Gwyneth Paltrow's beau was arrested Sunday and charged with malicious damage. He's due in court on Oct. 8. read more


CBS has released a study that is sure to ruffle the feathers of a certain Peacock network. In a report issued Monday at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour in Hollywood, Calif., CBS surveyed more than 1,000 top media buyers and planners and concluded that viewers aged 25-54 — not NBC's coveted 18-49 target demo — is the audience of choice for most advertisers. read more


The truth about President Bartlet's MIA daughter is right here: She looks like former X-Files star Annabeth Gish. The West Wing has tapped Gish for the recurring role of Bartlet's never-before-seen eldest daughter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress will make her debut in this season's first two episodes, which were written by exec producer (and successor to Aaron Sorkin's throne) John Wells. Sources say Gish is one of several new faces Wells plans to introduce on West Wing this season. read more


Oprah Winfrey has topped VH1's list of the 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons. Superman came in at No. 2, followed by Elvis Presley. The music network began counting down the list on Monday, which means they should get to Oprah sometime in November. read more

How Normal Is Angelina Jolie?

Tomb Raider's Lara Croft has had a makeover. What's different about her in TR's sequel, The Cradle of Life (opening Friday)? Well, as Angelina Jolie points out, she gets a more human backstory and emotional connection to her co-stars. Of course, even if teenage boys miss the subtext there, it's unlikely her physical evolution will go unnoticed...

"I wanted her to be closer to my body," Jolie explains of the more modestly bosomed Ms. Croft. "She's a little less video vixen and a little more athletic, more of a real woman. I find that to be sexier. She's proportionate."

Jolie still has all of the digital heroine's toys, though. A self-proclaimed adrenaline addict, she loves Lara's adventurous accessories. "I'm trying to get my hands on her bike," she sighs, "and I liked her [sidesaddle]."

What's happening in Jolie's equally intriguing personal li read more


Sony has pushed back the release of its Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez romance Gigli (pronounced "Big-Flop") by two days. The film, which was slated to bow on July 30, will now open Aug. 1. The studio should just cut to the chase and tell us when this thing will be out on video. read more


Oscar winner Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer are expecting their first child in January. The Gladiator star married Spencer on April 7, which by my calculations means the newlyweds didn't waste any time. read more


Former New Kid Joey McIntyre and That '70s Show's Mila Kunis are taking the plunge, signing on to star in a big-screen adaptation of the interactive stage show Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding. read more

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